Review of the Apotop DW09 Wireless Reader for iPhone and iPad
Although the SD card and USB flash drive are mainstream methods for saving data, the iPad and iPhone do not support them. To use an SD card or USB flash drive with these products, you must go through the hassle of connecting your iPad or iPhone to a computer and using the iTunes software to transfer data. The Apotop DW09 Wi-Reader simplifies the process. Insert an SD memory card or USB flash drive into it and you can wirelessly access its files and data from your iPad or iPhone.
What is in the box?
The box contains the Apotop DW09 Wi-Reader, a USB cable, a quick guide, and a user manual.
Design and features
The Apotop DW09 features a compact, utilitarian design. It has a durable plastic body. The ports are conveniently located on two different sides. This wireless reader has a regular USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader slot, and a power On/Off switch on its front side. When powered off, DW09 enters charging and reader mode. The Wi-Fi mode is enabled when you power on the switch. Apotop DW09 also has an Ethernet port and a mini USB port on one side. The Apotop DW09 has three LED indicators that indicate the status of the built-in battery, SD card, and wireless connection. It also has an LED power indicator.
The Apotop DW09 doubles as a wireless Wi-Fi router. You can use it to connect and share data among three iOS devices simultaneously, even if you are not connected to the Internet.
The Apotop comes with a built-in rechargeable battery. Once fully charged, the battery is advertised to last for up to three hours. In our testing, the rechargeable battery did not last for more than two hours no matter how we used the Apotop DW09.
To enable the Apotop DW09 Wi-Reader, you need to have the Wi-Reader App installed on your iOS device. Once installed, it will ask you to configure your Wi-Reader. To do this, go to the Wi-Fi Settings on your iPad or iPhone and select the Wi-Reader. The Wi-Reader automatically classifies different files as video, picture, music, and document files. Simply tap on the Tabs of the Wi-Reader App to listen to music, watch HD videos, look at photos, or open a document stored in the SD card or USB Flash drive. The application is easy to use, but not very sophisticated. Hopefully, Apotop will release a more robust version.
We inserted a 32GB SD card into the Apotop DW09 Wi-Readers SD card slot. We had already configured the Wi-Reader App on an iPad 2 and iPhone 5. We tapped the Wi-Reader App on both of our devices and the files stored in the SD card displayed on the screens. First, we played a video on the iPad 2. It streamed from the Apotop DW09 and played smoothly on the iPad 2 in real time with no lag. However, when we attempted to play the same video on both devices at once, the video playback suffered a slight lag on both. We cancelled streaming and attempted to copy them on to our devices. It took about 12 seconds to copy the file to both devices.
The Apotop proved to be a useful wireless router with good signal strength and a 10-meter working range. We did not have any problems using it. It helped us share and transfer files to and from our iPhone and iPad using an SD card, which was easy, fast, and more convenient than using iTunes.
The Apotop DW09 Wireless Reader is a very useful device for any iPad or iPhone user who would like to have SD card and USB flash drive functionality in their iPad or iPhone. It makes saving, storing, and sharing files much easier than the cumbersome process of using iTunes. The Apotop DW09 works nicely as a wireless router too. HomeGear Lab gives it a 3 Lights On rating.
IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards compliant
2.400 ~ 2.4835 GHz (subject to local regulations such as CE / FCC / TELEC)
Power LED & Wi-Fi LED Embedded
Reset (10Sec) / WPS (4Sec) button Embedded
SD/SDHC/SDXC or USB flash drive supported
Includes USB 2.0 cable for battery charging
Built-in rechargeable battery
Dimensions: 60 x 50 x 25 mm (L x W x H)