The best USB Type-C flash drives made for Android smartphones and tablets
posted by Nick Todorov, Georgi Zarkov / Dec 18, 2018, 3:09 AM
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 USB Type-C ports, which enables them to work not only with computers but with the newest 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. With USB Type-C becoming the go-to connector on smartphones, there are now plenty of flash drives on the market that will fit both your computer and your latest handheld device.
Samsung Duo Plus
This stylish flash drive from Samsung comes in four variants – with as little as 32GB to as much as 256GB of storage – and offers transfer speeds of up to 300MB/s, by far the fastest on this list. If you find yourself moving large files from your phone often, this USB drive will make your life much easier.
Kingston Digital Data Traveler Micro Duo
This tiny flash drive is just big enough to have both USB connectors you need, but still can hold up to 128GB of data and move it at up to 100MB/s.
SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive
SanDisk’s USB OTG stick has an elegant design that conceals both connectors when not in use, preventing any accidental bending that might occur during carrying. It comes in five storage configurations and transfer speeds top up at 150MB/s.
Sony USB Flash Drive
Sony’s USB OTG thumb drive comes in three storage options, but the most you can get is 64GB and at a price that can get you 128GB or more elsewhere. Transfer speed is not bad, 130 MB/s at maximum.
PNY Duo Link
The PNY Type-C flash drive also has a design that hides the USB connectors when it’s not plugged in, sparing you the hassle of having to look for a cap all the time. Transfer speeds are about average at 130 MB/s, still good considering the affordable price.
Transcend JetFlash 890S
Transcend’s compact dual-purpose drive currently comes only with 64GB of storage available and the transfer speeds aren’t very impressive either, reaching a maximum of 90MB/s.
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I have the pqi connect!and so far so good..
posted on Jul 20, 2014, 7:44 AM 0
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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 Jul 20, 2014, 7:54 AM 2
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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 Jul 20, 2014, 9:05 AM 14
I'm curious to know JackLee's recommemdation.
posted on Jul 20, 2014, 4:23 PM 1
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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 Jul 20, 2014, 8:03 PM 0
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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 Jul 20, 2014, 8:40 PM 0
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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 Jul 21, 2014, 9:34 AM 1
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