USB On-The-Go is a great feature to let you expand upon what your smartphone’s capable of, but let’s face it: it can be a little annoying to use. Since most of our USB gadgets use full-size connectors, if you want to access them with your smartphone, that means lugging around an adapter cable for your phone’s micro USB port. Something like that is just asking to be lost or forgotten, which can serve to limit USB OTG’s appeal. That’s why a new Kickstarter project really caught our eye, offering owners of compatible smartphones the ability to access microSD cards with their phones through an easily portable, convenient package.
Appropriately called the “Mini MicroSD Reader for Android Smartphones & Tablets,” the tiny adapter is barely larger than a microSD card itself, and conveniently attaches to a keychain when not in use. It will work with USB OTG compatible phones like the GS3, Note II, or Droid DNA without issue, though for phones with compatible hardware but lacking the appropriate software, a third-party app may be needed.
The initial early orders are all sold out, but you can still snag yourself one of these babies for a $12 contribution. Now, that’s just a little steep for what this is (similar super-tiny microSD readers for full-sized USB ports can be had for just two or three dollars a pop), but if your phone is already pushing the limits of its internal storage, this could be a cheap way to expand on that.
The readers are supposed to ship this July.