One of the common conversations we have on the forum is which Nexus 7 model to purchase...the 8GB model or the 16GB model. That great $199 entry price point gets you the 8GB tablet but in reality it only provides slightly less than 6GB for user files since the rest is taken up by the Jelly Bean OS. For $50 more you can get the 16GB model which gives you more space of course but some have balked at paying 25% more for just 8GB of additional storage. Regardless of which model you buy the fact of the matter is the Nexus 7 does not have an obvious or easy way to increase the storage since it doesn't come with either a microSD card slot or support mass storage (at least without rooting) via its microUSB OTG (On The Go) connector. Load a few high-def movies, a few dozen albums and large megapixel pictures on your device and next thing you know you're bumping up against the memory limits of your Nexus 7. So what to do if you don't feel like rooting and still want to take along more movies, music, pictures and files with you on the go than your Nexus 7 allows? Well one good option is the Kingston Wi-Drive.
What's the Kingston Wi-Drive you ask? It is quite simply a portable, battery powered solid state memory device with its own built in Wi-Fi network built-in. So in a nutshell you can load 16GB/32GB/64GB(depending on model) of movies, files, pictures or whatever else you want onto the Wi-Drive and then access all of it with the Kingston Wi-Drive Android App
that you can download at the Google Play store. You can stream movies, access files, look at pictures...all right onto your Nexus 7 from the Wi-Drive... anywhere you are. It's really a clever device and even let's you stream to multiple devices at the same time. You can have 2, 3 or more friends all connect to the Wi-Drive simultaneously and all of you can stream directly from it or access any other files you have loaded. The video below from YouTube user thatguyjth does a nice job of demonstrating how it works and includes some easy step by step instructions as well to create a 'bridge' connection so you can access the internet and the Wi-Drive at the same time.
Now pricing of the Kingston Wi-Drive differs depending on which size drive you get. Despite what the video above says I've found that typically the 16GB model sells for around $59, the 32GB model sells for around $69 and the 64GB model goes for $130 . You can find out more about the Kingston Wi-Drive at the Kingston Wi-Drive Site
. I've also included a link to the Kingston Wi-Drive on Amazon below which includes free shipping.
While it doesn't mention it by name in this video it works just as well with the Nexus 7 Tablet