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.
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.