Twice the speed of Apple! The world’s fastest iPhone card reader from PhotoFast makes its powerful debut!

Chen Ning 2016/01/26 – 11:08pm

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PhotoFast, the leading global Apple flash drive brand released its PhotoFast iOS Card Reader CR8800 in January 2016. The device allows Apple users to freely exchange, backup, or share data on their iPhone or memory card storage devices. This bidirectional transmission and storage solution allows Apple users to no longer worry about insufficient storage space and sharing precious video data at any place and time.

The range of support for memory cards is also an important key when designing such card readers. Take PhotoFast and genuine Apple products for example, almost all memory cards available on the market are compatible right away. However, in the video at the end of this article, a U.S. brand card reader was used for testing and there were a lot of problems, including the memory cards being unable to be read, or even that they caused the iPhone to crash (i.e. the phone had to be restarted). These issues were caused by poor design of the card reader. From this alone, we can see how much thought and effort PhotoFast has put in for this card reader.

So how is this card reader used?
It is extremely easy to use. You simply insert the microSD card into the card reader and then insert the card reader directly into the iPhone and you will instantly have your own DIY iPhone flash drive. If the consumer frequently uses electronic devices that supports microSD cards, such as: Android phones, Go Pro sports cameras, dash cams, or drones, it is a good choice to simply buy an iOS Card Reader to create your own iPhone flash drive. That way, you can share the videos you take to all social media outlets through iPhone+card reader at any place and time. You no longer have to wait until you get home to turn on your computer and connect the card reader in order to upload cool videos onto Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.


But why buy a PhotoFast CR-8800 iOS card reader instead of an i-FlashDrive with built-in memory card? There are two reasons: First, the memory card of PhotoFast i-FlashDrive cannot be freely switched like the card reader; second, memory cards released by different manufacturers have different power consumption rates. Since consumers might use the card reader with all kinds of memory cards, PhotoFast needed additional processing for the compatibility of memory cards.

Therefore if you need to plug in and remove the memory card frequently, then buying this card reader will make it a lot more convenient for you.

Some consumers might wonder: Will it be inconvenient if I bought a card reader that can only read microSD cards?
I actually thought it was ok. Although the mainstream for current cameras is still SD cards, you can easily convert a small card into the larger card without affecting its transmission speed by purchasing a cheap microSD to SD converter, not to mention that a lot of devices nowadays use microSD cards. For example, the Go Pro sports camera, dash cams, or drones are all electronic devices that are becoming more and more popular recently. The application of microSD is indeed getting wider and wider.

I really do think it is great and I sincerely recommend it! Because this way the memory card can also be used with the smartphone and it’s a lot cheaper than buying the larger SD cards.

So what can you do by inserting the memory card of a camera into your iPhone?

I’ve always wanted to upload the photos I took with my SLR camera onto my fan page in real-time, but I was only able to send the photos to my phone if I brought a camera that had a supporting Wi-Fi function that day. Otherwise, I would have to wait until I get home before I can post the photos, or just take photos of my camera screen with my phone. Now with the PhotoFast card reader, I can insert the memory card to my phone directly and then copy the RAW files I want to post onto the phone (of course you can also copy JPG files), and then immediately edit them a little on the phone and post it onto my fan club page.

As for how to edit photos… iOS has a lot of photo-editing software. For example, the one my finger is pointing to is called PhotoRAW. It can edit RAW files directly on the phone. Compared to a lot of the cameras that only supports sending JPG files through Wi-Fi, being able to edit RAW files directly with my phone makes it a lot more convenient for my job. I can post something to my fan page even when I’m just taking a break while travelling outdoors, it’s really convenient. And since I have a subscription to the Photoshop + Lightroom package, I can also use Lightroom for iPhone to edit photos. The PhotoFast iOS Card Reader provides me with great help in times like this.

Other uses include if you have friends with Android phones who want to send you photos, you can also just remove their microSD card and insert it onto your iPhone. This way you can copy any photos, music, videos, or document files directly to your iPhone. Since the PhotoFast app itself works like a file manager, it can therefore be used to directly access all data saved on the memory card. If you run across files that cannot be opened, you can also use the “Open in” function of iOS to select other apps to open it, like the RAW files of the camera that I mentioned earlier. It is very convenient.
Let’s ask a final question concerning this card reader: Why not just buy a genuine Apple iOS card reader? After all it can read SD cards directly!

First of all, the cable to the right is the SD card reader released by Apple. It is a product released in the 30-pin era (it was released during the iPod years), and it only has one function: to read the photos on cameras into iDevices. That’s right! This thing that cost US$ 30 can only allow you to read photos (and videos) from the memory card into iDevices. Its initial design was to help you backup photos and videos in your camera. There was this need back then because memory cards were very expensive when it was released. And then… that’s it. You cannot save photos on the phone onto memory cards or place random files on the memory card for iDevices to read. It can only read numbered files saved in the DCIM folder of the memory card and nothing else; and of course, it cannot write other files onto the phone. Such designs cannot solve consumer’s problem of the phones having insufficient internal storage space. Instead, it will make the original storage space of the phone fuller and fuller.

Do you understand the difference between the two now? The PhotoFast card reader allows you to read all data in the memory card, and uses a file manager management mode. It can read and write any file that you want, including all photos and videos with its stream or play function. saved on the phone and back them up onto the memory card. It works just like an iPhone flash drive. When we look back at Apple’s own card reader, it can only read the camera’s photos saved in the DCIM folder, it cannot read any other file formats besides photos and videos, it cannot backup photos in the phone, and it cannot be used as a file manager! The functions of these two card readers differ greatly.

If you really want to ask about disadvantages of the PhotoFast product…I guess there’s only the fact that it can only be used with microSD card. But honestly speaking, the number of people still using SD cards is getting to be less and less, whereas the application level of microSD cards is getting wider and wider. Not to mention that consumers can solve this problem simply by using a microSD to SD card adapter. I think PhotoFast choosing the microSD card design was the smarter thing to do. Plus by doing so it can also make the product look prettier and more compact.


Finally, this card reader comes in four colors, and none of them have USB heads. So if you want to plug the memory card into your computer, you need to buy an additional card reader for PC. This can be counted as another disadvantage for this product, outside of the fact that it can only work with microSD cards. But the point here is that you want to allow your iPhone to read memory cards and “customize” your own DIY iPhone flash drive, so PhotoFast products adds a new option to the Apple storage device product line to meet the needs of different consumers.

Last but not least, I did a simple photo-reading test with three iPhone card readers that are available on the market, take a look at this video!

Test environment:
Phone: iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Space Gray
File transmitted: 12 identical Nikon D800E RAW files, totaling approximately 400MB
Card reader used: In the order from left to right PhotoFast iPhone card reader CR-8800, genuine Apple SD card reader (new version), Leaf iPhone card reader
Testing method: All background Apps were turned off before each test and then the twelve photos were selected and began transmission

Interested in this product? It can be purchased here:
PhotoFast CR-8800 iOS Card Reader (Official Store)
PhotoFast CR-8800 iOS Card Reader (Amazon)

Author: Chen Ning@Cool 3C

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