Applications And Value
So what can this card be really used for? Is it really that useful? Well, if you already have a digital camera that uses SmartMediaTM cards or have other devices that use that, it's a good accessory to have. SmartMediaTM cards aren't that expensive, and you really don't need a large capacity one unless you view lots of pictures or watch movies on your handheld. Currently, I'm using my card as a backup module. I also have a few movies on it. The usefulness of this module can only be realized if you have a need for the unlimited storage. If you find you have lots of pictures that you want to view on the go, or just have a large number of files that you want to keep safe, the MemPlug is a good solution. You can backup your Visor data on the go and don't have to worry about losing it. You can also take pictures with your digital camera and view them directly on your visor. Visor Prism owners will really appreciate this device. As for me, I use it mainly for the backup feature. I also use it to store my pictures and movies so I don't have to fill the Visor's memory. The gMovie application that came with the MemPlug has exposed me to movies on the Visor. Now I carry around a few, and it's cool to show off to people. With a price of $49.95, the MemPlug isn't the cheapest solution out there, but it has features that the others lack. You should really ask yourself if you really need this type of storage before deciding to invest in it.
So what's good about the MemPlug? Well, it provides you a virtually unlimited supply of storage space for programs. You won't have to worry about running out of space for data files. The software package that comes with the MemPlug allows you to view JPEG images, watch movies and back up your data. That means you can view images as well as watch movies directly off your SmartMediaTM card. Also, the MemPlug consumes very little power so it won't drain your batteries. The low cost of the SmartMediaTM cards also makes the MemPlug a very cost effective product. It's very easy to use and install. Most of the software is automatically installed for you when the module is connected to the Visor. The GUI for the applications is straightforward and easy to use.
Even though the MemPlug has a lot of nice features, it does have it's drawbacks. For one, you can't run any programs from the module itself. That means that if you have programs on the SmartMediaTM card, you'll have to transfer them to the Visor internal memory. Also, when a SmartMediaTM card is in the module, it sticks out of the top slightly so that the Visor's cover doesn't fit on the back. Even though it serves a necessary purpose, it's still annoying as hell. The transfer rate from internal memory to the memory card is acceptable, but I'd rather have it be faster. I'm an impatient kind of guy, so I have trouble sitting there and waiting for things to happen.