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

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)




Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Totally exclusive to Android, but no others™®

20. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 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?

3. 110410

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

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

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The lack of a cable.

7. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

17. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

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

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

8. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

10. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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)

11. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

12. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

27. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

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

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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!!! ;)

14. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

whats up with all the thumb downs?

15. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

pledged, Great idea!

16. Suraj3337

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

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

19. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

21. iluvsmartphonexpdx

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

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

22. gu3sswhoo

Posts: 32; Member since: May 04, 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!

23. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

neat little extention.

24. SpectatorS

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

25. SpectatorS

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 12, 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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