Even with a microSD card installed, snapping a new photo every few minutes or regularly adding to your mobile music or video library can soon eat up the available storage on your smartphone or tablet. You could dig through the box of cables to offload some files to a computer, or even use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth for your transfer needs, but now Sony has come up with another option. Its latest USB flash drives have a full size USB connector at one end and a micro-USB plug at the other.
Available in either 8, 16 or 32 GB capacities, the teeny flash drives can either be plugged into a full size USB 2.0 port on a Windows or Mac computer or laptop, or the cap at the other end removed and the micro-USB connector used to hook up the drive to a smartphone or tablet. The cap locks to allow for plugging and unplugging, while protecting the micro-USB plug from damage, and comes in a choice of three colors.
The new 2-in-1 drives are compatible with mobile devices running Android version 4.0.3 and up, and support USB On-the-Go functionality. Users can also download a free File Manager app from the Play Store to help with searching for content, or moving, copying, sorting and deleting files stored in different locations.
Sony is due to release the 18.9 x 9 x 31.4 mm (0.7 x 0.35 x 1.2 in), 6 g (0.2 oz) drives next month. The 8 GB flavor is priced at US$19.99, the 16 GB at $29.99 and the 32 GB at $62.99.
Product page: USM-SA1