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Storage and security company Imation have released a 2-in-1 USB Flash drive with both a micro USB and full sized USB connectors and a data transfer app targeted at Android 4.x smartphone and tablet users.

The design allows the micro USB to swivel over the full size connector. I tested it on a Samsung Galaxy S4 and the native file explorer identified the drive and allowing copy and paste.

The free ES File explorer app from Google Play also allows data to be dragged and dropped to the external 16, 32, or 64GB drive – and vice versa – making it as convenient as an external hard disk device. Prices are AU$29.95, AU$49.95 and AU$79.95 respectively.

Take care when buying the drive that your phone supports the capacity – some smartphones will only support a maximum of 32GB.

The USB 2.0 drive also works with Windows XP or later and Mac OS X. It will be available for other Android devices like camera’s, iOS and Windows Phone soon.

I tested it on an ASUS Vivo Tab Windows 8.1 and the mircoUSB connector worked perfectly – it is a Windows device of course!

Opinion

Sony and Sandisk have announced two-in-one models, and other generic Asian manufacturers are appearing with similar devices including one model that has a micro SD slot as well! The technology is not difficult – it is really just an adaptor but I would be wary that it worked with a specific handset or tablet – Imation is better placed to ensure that.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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