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  • Buffalo Dualie Shifts iPhone Into Hard Drive


    Now this is cool... and a lot more practical as an accessory than an iPhone bazooka or an iPod stool - maybe. According to coverage from Gizmodo:

    iPod docks can already be found on speakers, alarm clocks, kitchen scales, space heaters, lamps, cars, bikes and I'm sure in a bunch of other wacky things. Leaving no stone unturned, Buffalo is releasing the Dualie, a hard drive/dock combo.
    Although the iPhone has been mounted, duct taped, or welded to just about any related (or unrelated) object imaginable, I would venture to guess that the Buffalo Dualie is among the first docks you've seen that juxtaposes an iPhone dock with an external hard drive. So obvious and logical, it makes you scratch your head in amazement that we've seen some of the bizarre iPhone modifications out there before this sensible arrangement for which there could be significant demand.

    The Dualie combines a docking station for iPhones and iPods of all generations with a 500 GB hard drive, saving you some desk space and coughing up two USB ports for your trouble.
    Pretty sweet, huh? This nifty little guy serves up an innovative offering with which your iPhone can be practically accessorized. In case you're wondering, however, the "Dualie" is available only with a "Buffalo-branded" portable hard drive replete with a FireWire 800 port. Buffalo's device then naturally accommodates the Apple Store prerequisite that its available products offer both USB 2.0 and FireWire.

    The device allows for simultaneous iPod- and iPhone-syncing and access to the hard drive's files.... comes formatted for Macs out of the box, and is Time Machine-ready, though drivers for Windows are included.
    The "world's first combined storage solution and docking station" for the iPhone and iPod retails for $249.99, with this "exclusive product" available only in the Apple Store.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Buffalo Dualie Shifts iPhone Into Hard Drive started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      It would be nice if it automatically backed up your iPhone every time it was docked
    1. ryanofdiamonds's Avatar
      ryanofdiamonds -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      It would be nice if it automatically backed up your iPhone every time it was docked
      now THAT would be neat
    1. darrenochpower's Avatar
      darrenochpower -
      Hell yeah to that!
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      I just might look at this when I'm buying my next external HDD.
    1. jdyates's Avatar
      jdyates -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      It would be nice if it automatically backed up your iPhone every time it was docked
      There is a magical creation called "iTunes".....
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      It would be nice if it automatically backed up your iPhone every time it was docked
      that would be awesome no more loading itunes. imagine it, ahhh the future!

      Quote Originally Posted by jdyates View Post
      There is a magical creation called "iTunes".....
      ****, i think he was referring to a autosync feature to save to the hard drive or vice versa, instead of opening itunes and going through it there
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      ^But wouldn't iTunes open up anyway when you connect it?? Does for me.

      So would back up anyway.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdyates View Post
      There is a magical creation called "iTunes".....
      Wow, you must be slow.

      Quote Originally Posted by ecd5000 View Post
      that would be awesome no more loading itunes. Imagine it, ahhh the future!



      ****, i think he was referring to a autosync feature to save to the hard drive or vice versa, instead of opening itunes and going through it there
      ^exactly!
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I need one of those...
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      This is for what now? Does it make an image of your phone? Why exactly would I want to hook it up to a HDD?

      Can someone just spell this out for me because I don't get it.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      interesting
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      It would be nice if it automatically backed up your iPhone every time it was docked
      i got a solution for that, get a monitor with a ipod dock like i do and everytime i place my phone on the dock it opens up itunes and backs it up =D
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Lol, I dont really need a solution. You would drool if you saw my set up
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      This would be perfect if you could backup your jailbroken iPhone entirely cydia apps and all. But 250.00 it way too much.
    1. eisforepileptic's Avatar
      eisforepileptic -
      Unless it comes with a free app that acts as a GUI for the HDD and lets you swap music, movies, etc. around, doesn't it seem completely useless to have a backup storage device bigger than 32GB? I mean, I can understand going bigger for the sake of accommodating future iPhones, but by the time they reach 500GB, this piece of hardware will be completely outdated. It will only be useful (and worth a single penny) if you can interact with the HDD directly through the iPhone while it's docked, making it a complete replacement for syncing with iTunes, the exceptions being carrier updates and whatnot.
    1. leram84's Avatar
      leram84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Lol, I dont really need a solution. You would drool if you saw my set up
      ummm... lets see it
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      too many people are missing the f'in point its an external HDD that incorporates an ipod/iphone dock to be sleek and only consume one port on your comp. JEEZ!