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Wish your Android device had microSD support? Check out and support the Mini microSD reader

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Wish your Android device had microSD support? Check out and support the Mini microSD reader
Whenever we review, discuss or report on a device that does not have expandable memory, there is always a noticeable mood of disappointment among our readers. Even if a device has 32GB or more of native storage there are a few folks that openly express the desire to be able to augment that storage.

We tend to agree in general, although devices (like the iPhone, HTC One, or Galaxy S4) that have an option for 64GB of storage, or arguably 32GB, can usually assuage media storage fears.

If you are a Nexus, Droid DNA, or user of smaller capacity iterations of the popular Samsung or Motorola Android devices, then the notion of managing 16GB or only 8GB of space has definitely crossed your mind, especially if the device does not support microSD storage expansion and especially if you have a couple thousand songs or few dozen videos you like to carry around. Yes, the cloud is there to help you (and yes, Google really wants you to rely on Google Drive and other Google cloud servies), but if you are on a measured data plan or connected to a congested network, you are not going to be feeling too much love from the cloud.

If only your device supported microSD. Well, two brothers in Northern California have a solution, a microSD reader that you can plug into the micro USB port on your Android device and from there you can copy files between your device and SD card. The Mini microSD Reader will support microSD cards up to the SDXC standard (in theory up to 2TB, but that has not been tested yet).

The reader’s functions are as straight forward as they come and will also work on devices that already support microSD storage. The Mini microSD Reader will work on Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, Note, Note II, devices, the Motorola RAZR M, HD and MAXX HD, HTC One X+, Evo 4G LTE, Droid DNA, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, Nook and Kindle Fire as well as tablets that are using RockChip or AllWinner chips.

There are a few caveats, some devices may require a third party app to utilize the Mini microSD Reader and if you want to use it on a Kindle Fire, or Nook you would have to root the device. Unfortunately, Nexus 4 users are out of luck as the device will not support USB OTG (On-the-Go). It is not known if the HTC One will work with this, but they will test it as soon as they can.

A $12 pledge to their kickstarter campaign gets you a reader with standard worldwide shipping included. If you have a couple thousand dollars laying around, there are two spots to pledge $2,048 which gets you lunch with the developers and a reservation to tour the manufacturing facility in China (expenses not included).

Check out the photos and video and click the source link to get yours, delivery is expected in July.

Thanks for the tip!

source: Andy & Rich (Kickstarter)




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posted on 07 Apr 2013, 19:48 10

1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Totally exclusive to Android, but no others™®

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 03:33 5

20. yowanvista (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


WP doesn't support OTG or even USB mass storage, iOS doesn't feature NTFS,FAT32 or even exFAT support so how do you expect it to work on those platforms?

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 20:04 2

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Not a bad idea. Give it Bluetooth support and we may have a real innovative winner here.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 20:32 7

5. 14545 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I believe it is already an innovative winner. The only downside to including any kind of wireless functionality is the fact that you will then have to include a battery, and the be totally dependant on whether you are near a power source or not. This isn't a bad product given the recent direction of manufacturers not name Samsung.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 21:03

9. rsxl5 (Posts: 65; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Certification for device with Wi-Fi functionality would be much more expensive as well. Not sure about BT

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 01:45 1

18. PhoenixWright (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Bluetooth for what exactly.
The will most likely have [about 99.9%] Bluetooth installed in the phone anyway.

+OTG cables are already sold, what makes this different from the cord + flashdrive method.

OTG cables are cheaper + Flash drives are already very common now that you don't need to buy it for the sole purpose of keeping stuff handy.

So what, Buy this then buy a memory card and place it permanently on that dongle?

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 12:41

26. 14545 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Look, I don't know why you replied to me. I never said I would add in any kind of wireless functionality. To me that seems useless and an added expense.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 20:25 9

3. 110410 (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)


I dont get it. Whats the difference between this and a usb otg cable?

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 20:32 12

6. Captain_Doug (Posts: 792; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The lack of a cable.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 20:33 1

7. 14545 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Excess size. This looks to fit more snugly next to the phone than a dangling MicroSD reader+USB OTG device. However, 12 dollars seems a bit high.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 01:05

17. Ohrules (Posts: 325; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


the nexus 4 does not support OTG cables without mods. perhaps this will work hassle-free

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 20:28 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5952; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wonder if the micro USB plug is sufficiently long enough for the reader to work with phones in cases? Having to remove the phone from its case each time you wanted to connect the reader would be an annoyance, although not fatal flaw. Also, what about phones equipped with the mini USB port? It looks like the pictured reader supports the micro USB plug. Is there an adapter for mini USB receptacles?

It is a great idea, though. A few tweaks, and it could have a compelling value proposition.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 20:36 3

8. 14545 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


People still have phones with Mini USB? Also, I'm pretty sure, given the small part in the article about the LED, that it's sole purpose is to make it where you can use the phone and this device without removing the case.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 21:26 4

10. bayusuputra (Posts: 943; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I believe the new HTC One supports USB OTG as per HTC Blog:
http://blog.htc.com/usb-otg/
So this device should work (at least theoretically)

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 21:43

11. pwnarena (Posts: 974; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


they should be designed to seamlessly fit a handset. should be something like a bar that would look like an additional chin to the smartphone or integrated with a device cover/flap. that thing looks silly. defeats the purpose of wanting a built-in sd card reader. you can use USB OTG in lieu of that thing with probably lower the price.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 22:09 5

12. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Heres an idea... Make a phone case that has a microsd and extended removeable battery in it. You would make bank if you sold those for HTC devices.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 16:00

27. _PHug_ (Posts: 395; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


here's a better idea buy phones from companies that give you more options instead of less

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 22:24 2

13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Up to 2TB?! I know it has not been tested yet, but 2TB?! You can store a DOZEN of music, HD movies!!! Oh, yeah!!! ;)

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 22:58 5

14. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


whats up with all the thumb downs?

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 23:15 2

15. BattleBrat (Posts: 1174; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


pledged, Great idea!

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 00:33

16. Suraj3337 (Posts: 44; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Id rather have a otg cable and connect my card reader or a hard disk or even a controller to play games!!!

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 02:28 2

19. Jurdiales (Posts: 121; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


It would be a better idea if the manufacturers stop removing the microsd slot, because maybe the cloud storage its the future, but not today, and not all can afford expensive data plans... just my opinion.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 06:15 1

21. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Y cant some manufacturers stop making no microsd card slot in their phones...iritating u know?

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 06:57 1

22. gu3sswhoo (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I think this is a great idea! As long as it worked with the device I wanted, I would not have a problem getting an 8 or 16gb phone. The only streaming I do is Netflix, I want everything else local!

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 07:22 1

23. JunkCreek (Posts: 406; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


neat little extention.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 08:25 1

24. SpectatorS (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


only for android devices with USB host support, isn't it?
so it's basically a simplified USB OTG + microSD card reader.
don't know about you guys, but I don't see it as new stuff.

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 08:27 1

25. SpectatorS (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


only for android devices with USB host support, isn't it?
so it's basically a simplified USB OTG + microSD card reader.
don't know about you guys, but I don't see it as new stuff.

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