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Gadget of the Week: Mini MicroSD Reader

Kris Carlon (translation)
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In our gadget of the week we show you a mix of extraordinary technology, simple solutions and cool gadgets that we find interesting - things that make life easier or just more fun. This week: the Mini Micro SD Card Reader for Android by MeenOva.

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Gadget of the Week. / © AndroidPIT

What is the Mini MicroSD Reader?

The Mini MicroSD Reader was realized via a Kickstarter campaign, as so many of the gadgets we see were and are. About 5,700 interested parties supported the makers with more than 70,000 USD of pledges, and showed just how big the demand is for such a simple gadget. Because this microSD card reader is one thing for sure: incredibly convenient! It facilitates the exchange of data between smartphone and PC or vice versa, allows you to play videos or music directly from the microSD card and also proves to be very helpful when making a complete backup of your smartphone.

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External storage for your smartphone: the MeenOva Mini MicroSD Reader. / © AndroidPIT

Specifications

Dimensions: 21 x 23 x 8 mm
Weight: 2.7 grams
Connectors: USB Micro-B, USB 2.0
Supported memory cards: MicroSDHC up to 32 GB, MicroSDXC up to 64 GB
Energy consumption: 0.25 W
Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X, Linux 2.6+
System Requirements: Android 4.0+ with USB OTG support/software support for USB OTG

How does the card reader work?

The Mini MicroSD Reader is easy to use: after inserting a microSD card, the reader is simply connected to the smartphone or tablet. Then you can access the memory card using a file manager just like you would a normal USB stick. For our test, we used Astro File Manager, and the data could be accessed and shuffled back and forth easily. 

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Memory expansion for travel and a variety of possible applications. / © AndroidPIT

The following devices are compatible with the Mini MicroSD Reader:

Samsung: Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note, Note 2, Mega, Galaxy Express, Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet.
HTC: One, One Mini, HTC First, One X +, HTC Evo 4G LTE DROID DNA.
Motorola: Moto X, Droid Mini, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, RAZR M, RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX, HD Xyboard 8.2 tablet.
Google: Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Nexus 10 (requires additional software, such as USB OTG drive or mount a device with root).
Sony: Xperia Z.
LG: G2, Optimus G Pro.
Other: Xiaomi 1S, 2, 2S, 2A, Xiaomi Box, Meizu MX, MX2, Asus MeMO ME171, Huawei Ascend D2, Ascend Mate.

Note: We have tested the card reader with the HTC Nexus One and Nexus 7 ( 2012). It does not currently work with the Nexus 4.

What's so cool about it?

With the Mini MicroSD Reader many devices get support for microSD cards, and thus more space, without necessitating a microSD card slot. The dimensions of the gadget are absolutely minimal and the card reader fits easily and conveniently on any key chain. For something that gives you up to 64 gigabytes of additional space it's perfect, especially for those who like to watch movies on your tablet or want to pack huge music libraries everywhere they go without using up precious app space on their device. With the Mini MicroSD Reader attached to your phone, you can record your movies in Full HD without having to worry about internal memory. Many more options for data transfer are also on offer.

Conclusion

Anyone without a microSD card slot in their phone or with large memory needs, and simply those who do not particularly trust cloud services needs to pick one of these up. The gadget is available in four different colors and costs $12 plus $3 for international shipping. The Mini MicroSD Reader can be ordered directly from MeenOva.

What do you think of this gadget of the week? Do you think it's a great little practical tool like us? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Trent Neuman 6 months ago Link

    Ordering 3 now!
    Thanks for sharing this.

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  • Amy R. 6 months ago Link

    Too bad, when I took a close look at my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, I don't think it would work for this device (no compatible slot to put it). I tried something similar from Amazon but it was not recognized by my device (even with filing program installed)..................oh well

    -Please correct me if I'm wrong :)

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  • Skip Flem 6 months ago Link

    I just got a $1.47(free shipping!!!) cable from Amazon and that works fine
    with a SD cardreader or 64GB USB stick, using my rooted Nexus7'13.

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  • GotBacon78 6 months ago Link

    How do u order/get the Micro SD Card Reader??? From where???

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    Kris Carlon 6 months ago Link

    Hey @GotBacon78, the link is at the bottom, on the MeenOva hyperlink. @Skip, can you share the link for your cable? Is it a USB stick extender cable or card reader to USB cable (or both)? Always good to have options. And @Amy, I'm not sure why the list stands the way it does for compatible devices (eg why the Nexus 4 is not compatible) but the Note 10.1 has a microUSB charger slot, so that's all you need (along with root access and the software) - if and when the device is added to the compatible device list. Unless you have the older Note 10.1 in which case you're correct, no compatible slot.

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  • Kannan 6 months ago Link

    is it I want to root my mobile. note2. to use this Micro sd card.

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  • James Ahn 6 months ago Link

    When are they going to make an adapter, where you can plug in a FULL size SD card into a micro usb or micro sd card slot? Everyone has tons of full size SD cards in use, from their cameras and what not.

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  • Glostermeteor 5 months ago Link

    HIGHLY recommend this reader, I gpt mine today and it works like a charm, and its tiny! I might actually consider buying the nexus 7 now

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