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10 USB flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets

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10 USB flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets
USB flash drives are awesome, we hope you'll agree with that. They are cheap, tiny, lightweight, and very useful for moving files across computers. The USB flash drives we have for you today, however, are even more awesome than that. They come with both a standard-sized and a micro USB port, which enables them to work not only with computers, but with Android smartphones and tablets as well. 

How does the magic happen? Well, thanks to USB On-The-Go – a specification of the USB standard which allows a mobile device to have USB peripherals connected to it. Most recent Android smartphones and tablets are USB OTG-friendly and would recognize a USB flash drive when one is connected to them. This is useful for moving stuff between devices, or for using the same collection of files across a computer and a mobile gadget. What makes things even better is that these fancy USB OTG-compatible flash drives are pretty affordable. For example, many of the models below can give you 64 gigs of storage for roughly $40, and the cheaper ones go for under 15 bucks. Not bad, huh? 

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posted on 20 Jul 2014, 07:44

1. amats69 (Posts: 1086; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I have the pqi connect!and so far so good..

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 13:42

13. sgodsell (Posts: 1289; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


They should have listed the Sandisk Connect as well which is WiFi as well as USB. But I guess they only listed USB otg connections.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 07:54 2

2. dtn_93 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


I prefer using a meenova to these, it lets you swap micro sd cards. and is more compact because it doesn't have a full size USB connector.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 08:11 2

4. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1578; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


This^ Loved my Meenova so much I picked up a spare.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 09:16

8. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 81; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Same here Meenova is awesome... compact and have it hanging on my keychain. Love the fact I can swap out the SD cards. My 128GB works great in it too.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 07:56

3. mc0714 (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


I'm using Transcend JetFlash 380S. It heats up very quickly

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 08:19

5. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Thanks for the suggestions PA

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 08:28

6. Tsrnexus (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)


Does SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive works on nexus 5 without root

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 09:05 11

7. PAPINYC (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


This article should be renamed:

"Things you'll never be able to do on your iPhone!"

Footnote: I have the SanDisk 32GB ($27.99 Staples sale Memorial Day Weekend); best way to transfer downloads (via my grandfathered Unlimited Data plan), docs', pics' or videos to PC or laptop.

Android, YOU FREAKIN' ROCK!!!

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 16:23 1

14. willard12 (Posts: 818; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I'm curious to know JackLee's recommemdation.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 21:42

19. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


A feature that I don't need, the majority doesn't need.

Might be useful for spreading viruses and Trojoan horses though.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 22:40 1

20. willard12 (Posts: 818; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


You'll change your mind once it hits iOS 10.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 22:55

21. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


It won't. People don't need a gimmick like this.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 23:25 1

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


But need gimmicks like Passport and Healthbook? Right.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 23:48

23. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Well, I don't use them either.
Not yet and not in current state.

S-Atisfied, S-Murfette?

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 07:51

26. PAPINYC (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


You are so right Mr. Lee, "people don't need gimmick like this,' people need to spend more money on new iLightning AdApters. BTW, 'how do you get those shirt so white'?

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 00:20 2

24. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Since when file transfer between devices become gimmick.

Your virus theory is much like you can't drive a car because there is a potential for a crash.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 09:31

9. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'm guessing these work on other USB OTG platforms, like Symbian? Would be great to further expand the storage and move full-size files from a Nokia 808 PureView, for example.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 09:46 6

10. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Advantage, Android!

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 10:23 3

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Advantages of Android!

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 12:03

12. dratomic (Posts: 463; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i bought adata ud320 32 gb today for 68$ i can use the adapter for other usb drives too. (middle east prices are high)

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 19:02

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Using SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 64GB. A fast and convenient way to transfer data between devices.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 19:44

16. mail2me98 (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Feb 2013)


i Have 2 Kingston MicroDuo 16GB and 1 Kingston Wi-Drive 32GB. I lost my 1 MicroDuo.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 20:03

17. JadeMoon (Posts: 29; Member since: 12 Aug 2012)


I have the Corsair Voyager GO in the 32gb model and its fantastic! Works great with my HTC One M7, hope it works with my LG G3 that I will be buying.

I have heard complaints about the usb3 speeds but I have not seen an issue in my computer. Speeds are average- no issues.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 20:40

18. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3309; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


One might observe is that this very article might have been about WP if Microsoft wasn't such an anti-customer company.

I guess for Microsoft it is enough to be a patent troll and make money off Android like the parasite they are.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 00:43 1

25. RandomUsername (Posts: 487; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I'd rather just get a USB OTG cable for $1 and use my existing flash drive...

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 09:34

27. alannyny (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


None of these solve the main problem with USB OTG: powering your phone while simultaneously streaming music from a flash drive in your car.

Lack of data service on most of a US cross-country drive makes cloud-friendly phones (without removable SD cards, and with little built-in storage) a little lacking for music. USB OTG would solve that problem, but only if the phone could charge simultaneously. The Y-cables I've tried don't achieve that.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 18:24

28. cleat-glitch (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


thanks for including the price

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