compact and lightweight bridge that saves you hundreds in media cards
doesn't let you know if you've already uploaded the files
The Belkin Media Reader is simple in it's design. I found it as clever as it is simple. There are two versions and one requires you to carry a usb cable with you. For twenty dollars more I chose to get one that has a connector on it. Personally ... Read full review
The Belkin Media Reader is simple in it's design. I found it as clever as it is simple. There are two versions and one requires you to carry a usb cable with you. For twenty dollars more I chose to get one that has a connector on it. Personally I think it's silly to offer one that makes you carry a cable.
Initially not too sure about the higher price I tested the unit out before my trip on the Yucatan Peninsula. Everything worked easily on the test run. Armed with two 1gig cards I took thousands of photos on my trip and felt my stomach churn as I uploaded them to my iPOD. I saw the files but still wasn't sure how they would transfer, would they be corrupt? The green flashing light suggested all was going well. Would I lose all my photos? Of course I continued to fill the 12gigs of blank space on my iPOD and hoped for the best.
Each transfer was 15 or 20 mins on a full card. As others have reviewed you only have batch transferring. I also forgot a few times whether I had cleared my card or not so I uploaded it anyway. I didn't care for the fact that it doesn't let you know if you have already transfered the files. It just creates another folder and puts duplicates on your iPOD, so be aware and clear your cards after each download.
The moment of truth was at hand. When I arrived home I connected my iPOD and transferred the files. Everything went smooth as silk. I had thousands of photos and only two 1gig cards and the media transfer tool. At the price of another 1gig card the Belkin Media Reader was worth it's weight in gold. I had for $70 the equivalent of 13 extra gigs of space. This would require you to either have, or clear some extra space on your iPOD.
Overall there are more expensive media transfer (mini computers) with screens out there. They cost thousands of dollars and are much larger. When camera equipment is heavy enough the last thing you want is more bulk and weight. Your first time feels like a leap of faith but you get used to the fact that you can't review your photos once transferred. I assume the iPOD photo would have the ability.. however that is a much larger investment.