[Kickstarter] Mini MicroSD Reader for Android Smartphones & Tablets

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Mini MicroSD Reader

I was just chatting with some folks on G+ about the new HTC One’s lack of an SD card slot and someone pointed me to this awesome Kickstarter campaign that’s approaching its end. It’s a microSD card reader for your microUSB port. Some folks just have to have their storage.

It’s plastic, about the size of a quarter, and it fits right into a microUSB port. It has a cover that protects the plug when not it use. When you plug it into your device, it’ll mount just like any jump drive on a computer. It has some limitations, specifically needing root access in some instances, but it has been shown to “work” on many devices.

Mini_MicroSD_Reader

Per the Kickstarter description:

So far, we verified that it works with the following devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, Note, Note 2, Galaxy Express; Class 1 support.
  • Motorola RAZR M, RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, Xyboard 8.2″ Tablet; Class 1 support.
  • HTC One, HTC First, HTC One X+, Evo 4G LTE (Sprint), DROID DNA; Class 1 support.
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 & Nexus 10; Class 2 support.
  • Nook Color, Kindle Fire (non-HD); Class 3 support.
  • Tablets using RockChip & AllWinner chips; Sonicview N710; Class 1 support.

Note: “Class” 1/2/3 is used to classify how well the reader is supported on the particular mobile device. It is not related to the “Class” of the SD card. It supports SD cards up to Class 10.

Class 1: it is supported by the phone/tablet out of box, no rooting or other privileged software needed. Class 2: supported using 3rd party software such Media Importer from Play Store, with some limitations; root device and install 3rd party software such as StickMount or USB OTG Helper to remove such limitations. Class 3: a custom ROM such as CyanogenMod is needed.

As I’m writing this, the campaign has over 11 times its goal of $5K and it’s still going on until May 2. It’s a huge success already, but if you want to pledge, $12 will get you one of these readers shipped to you in July. I think it’s a great idea and may make for a real quick way to load new ROMs without having to store them locally.

Anyway, if you’re interested, check out the Kickstarter Page for this great idea. This page also shows a video of the Mini MicroSD in action.

 

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Zach Coma
Android is more than an obsession, it's a lifestyle. I have an HTC One and a retired EVO LTE and EVOg, all of which have served my flashing addiction well. By day I work for the man doing things in AutoCAD and MicroStation and by night I'm an Android Insomniac, always looking for the latest way to mess up my phone. In addition to my endless Android proselytizing, you'll find me working on my cars; rocking out on my guitars; listening to death metal; endlessly obsessing about politics, history, and economics; fixing grammar and spelling mistakes (defender of the Oxford comma & single sentence spacing); and reading up on all things science and tech. There's not enough time in the day to always satisfy all of my addictions, hopefully you'll enjoy what I have to share regarding one of them. For more about me: https://en.gravatar.com/zachcoma

  • davey0728

    I gotta say I feel REALLY cool now already being a backer of this project!!! Can’t waitit to get my 1st card reader and hook it up to my Nexus 10.

    • https://en.gravatar.com/zachcoma zAcHcOmA

      As soon as I first saw this last night, I did the $12 option…then wrote about it.

  • FILA

    Bout to say, some phones require Root to access a storage device. I know the Nexus does sadly. Why doesnt Google give rights to something like that but other phone makers tie it in the phone already. nice

  • FILA

    This reminds me of the mp3 player attachments for the old 2001 phones. Guess history is repeating itself all over again. From 64MB in 2001 to 64GB cards in your phone today.

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