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Old April 6th, 2013, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mini MicroSD Reader for Android Smartphones & Tablets on Kickstarter

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There is a project--Mini MicroSD Reader for Android Smartphones & Tablets on Kickstarter. Copy introduce from Kickstarter.
Mini MicroSD Reader for Android Smartphones & Tablets by Andy & Rich — Kickstarter
An external card reader that enables you to use MicroSD card on your Nexus/Android tablets and Android smartphones.

It works with the following devices:

Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, Note, Note 2; Class 1 support.
Motorola RAZR M, RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD; Class 1 support.
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; Class 3 support.
Tablets using RockChip & AllWinner chips; Sonicview N710; Class 1 support.

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 to remove such limitations. Class 3: a custom ROM such as CyanogenMod is needed.

It should work with most other devices that support USB host or USB-OTG (On-The-Go) as long as the device maker doesn't intentionally disable such functionality. For the technically inclined, it has been tested and verified on all four major mobile SoCs(system-on-a-chip): Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos 3, 4 & 5, Nvidia Tegra 2 & 3, TI OMAP; as well as on RockChip and AllWinner chips.



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This is actually exactly like what I've just been looking for. Great timing. The new HTC One does not have a MicroSD slot and I want to continue to use my current MicroSD card.

I would purchase one of these at the drop of a hat, however I do not use Kickstarter. Is there any other way to get involved and purchase one of these?

I've been dreaming of another solution for no MicroSD slot and that is a case with the USB connector built into it with a ribbon cable and MicroSD slot on the end that runs up the back of the case/device and lays flat against the device. It would be a little bit nicer to have the MicroSD card installed all the time and not have a mini hub sticking out of the bottom/side of the device. If it could be integrated into a case or somehow securely lay flat on the back of the device it would be very low profile.
A pass through for simultaneous charging would be a really nice feature too. It could allow you to utilize the port for the MicroSD card while still allowing the device to be charged at the same time. I wonder if that would work with the Phone/tablet software
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This is actually exactly like what I've just been looking for. Great timing. The new HTC One does not have a MicroSD slot and I want to continue to use my current MicroSD card.

I would purchase one of these at the drop of a hat, however I do not use Kickstarter. Is there any other way to get involved and purchase one of these?

I've been dreaming of another solution for no MicroSD slot and that is a case with the USB connector built into it with a ribbon cable and MicroSD slot on the end that runs up the back of the case/device and lays flat against the device. It would be a little bit nicer to have the MicroSD card installed all the time and not have a mini hub sticking out of the bottom/side of the device. If it could be integrated into a case or somehow securely lay flat on the back of the device it would be very low profile.
A pass through for simultaneous charging would be a really nice feature too. It could allow you to utilize the port for the MicroSD card while still allowing the device to be charged at the same time. I wonder if that would work with the Phone/tablet software
It is good idea. But I guess it should be more expensive. Have to consider every tablet style. It should be not universal for most of device.
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It is good idea. But I guess it should be more expensive. Have to consider every tablet style. It should be not universal for most of device.
Thanks for responding. Cool to be able to connect with you guys.
Yeah, it is a more complicated idea given the high number of devices and configurations out there. It would definitely be more expensive. Maybe a future idea or blueprint plan you could sell to a well established accessory company after you make a name for yourselves in the mobile world

So is there any way to purchase the Mini MicroSD Reader outside of Kickstarter now or in the near future? A website or email address or anything?
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Thanks for responding. Cool to be able to connect with you guys.
Yeah, it is a more complicated idea given the high number of devices and configurations out there. It would definitely be more expensive. Maybe a future idea or blueprint plan you could sell to a well established accessory company after you make a name for yourselves in the mobile world

So is there any way to purchase the Mini MicroSD Reader outside of Kickstarter now or in the near future? A website or email address or anything?
There are many battery case without sd card slot now. We'd like to hear what you need. Hope it will be realized someday. Thanks.
It is just released in Kickstarter now. Maybe it will be sold in the future.
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Every backer will get a USB-TO-MicroUSB for free if reach next stretch goal, $50k. Now is over $39k.

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congrats! Reached $50k goal!!
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Seems like a good way to destroy your micro USB socket if you forget its there and accidentally knock it on something. I'll stick with the otg cable for now.
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Seems like a good way to destroy your Micro USB socket if you forget its there and accidentally knock it on something. I'll stick with the OTG cable for now.
An OTG cable (USB On The Go) is just as liable to "destroy" your Micro USB socket as a removable adapter if you "knock it on something"
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Granted, anOTG cable may be just as likely to trash your micro USB socket, but, how likely is it that you'll forget that the tiny micro SD card reader is there compared to forgetting to remove a cable?
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An OTG cable (USB On The Go) is just as liable to "destroy" your Micro USB socket as a removable adapter if you "knock it on something"
It is, but you are less likely to forget you have it there, or attempt to leave it there on a day to day basis.
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well... its smaller than the ones you can buy for the s3/note2... but not as flexable
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Thanks Andy & Rich
Mine arrived in the mail today. I vowed I'd never support a KS campaign, however you guys made an awesome product and made me eat my words.

Works like a charm! I highly recommend this product. The small size is one of the best benefits. Just barely smaller than a quarter as advertised. It would be mighty difficult to find a smaller product than this.




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Mine arrived in the mail today. I vowed I'd never support a KS campaign, however you guys made an awesome product and made me eat my words.

Works like a charm! I highly recommend this product. The small size is one of the best benefits. Just barely smaller than a quarter as advertised. It would be mighty difficult to find a smaller product than this.




Got mine today as well.
How do you have your SD Card partitioned? My HTC ONE shows the device as being connected (USB Mounted),but,apparently doesn't "see" the SD Card,still says "unavailable".

On a follow-up product,I saw a post @ AMAZON regarding an extended battery case & someone had the idea of having an SD Card slot as well.

They kinda stumbled onto that idea,thinking the ONE had an SD Card slot (or perhaps they meant access to the SIM Card).

Either way,sounds like another KICKSTARTER project for the SD Card challenged phones.............
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Got mine today as well.
How do you have your SD Card partitioned? My HTC ONE shows the device as being connected (USB Mounted), but, apparently doesn't "see" the SD Card, still says "unavailable".
My MicroSD card is just partitioned normally as one(1) primary FAT32 partition for mass storage.

I'm using my Evo 4G LTE (Rooted but stock, Android 4.1.1, Sense 4+) and browsing the storage card via EStrongs file browser.
The Android 'Settings->Storage' screen shows the correct capacity details under 'USB Storage'.
Apparently in Android, un-mounting a storage adapter unmounts the internal MicroSD card along with it

I plugged the adapter in first without the card in it, to make sure it was recognized and functional (gave a normal charging error). Then removed it, installed the MicroSD card and plugged it into the device together.

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An unfortunately growing population of devices
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Actually,it's not mounting,I mistakenly thought it had.

Went into my "SD MAID PRO" & "ROOT EXPLORER" (BTW, stock/unrooted, but, still use both apps), just to verify that the phone is not seeing the card.

Perhaps the HTC ONE has to be rooted for this to work, I'll check the MEENOVA & KICKSTARTER sites for information & post back later........
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Root shouldn't be needed. USB On The Go is supported stock out of the box on The One.
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Can you please post a picture of it together with your phone? Curious to see how it looks with One.
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There's been reports of some (not many hopefully) getting defective/malfunctioning adapters, much like I described above,& acknowledged by MEENOVA.

I've been communicating w/MEENOVA & will update as events dictate.

I will state that MEENOVA has been quick to respond to my issues, something that larger/long-established organizations should emulate.
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Can you please post a picture of it together with your phone? Curious to see how it looks with One.
No thanks. It looks just like the prototype in photos featured in the original post.

The black plastic is very slightly different than the photo but not really noticeable. It also has an easily ignorable die cut logo inset in each side. The indicator LED is kind of a darkish blue, the photo above had it looking like a lighter blue or even purple-ish
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There's been reports of some (not many hopefully) getting defective/malfunctioning adapters, much like I described above,& acknowledged by MEENOVA.

I've been communicating w/MEENOVA & will update as events dictate.

I will state that MEENOVA has been quick to respond to my issues, something that larger/long-established organizations should emulate.

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Andy & Rich from MEENOVA have already responded & have arranged for another unit to be shipped.

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No thanks. It looks just like the prototype in photos featured in the original post.
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For those who are interested to see how the real thing looks, here is a nice unboxing someone posted on XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2451972
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The black plastic is very slightly different than the photo but not really noticeable. It also has an easily ignorable die cut logo inset in each side. The indicator LED is kind of a darkish blue, the photo above had it looking like a lighter blue or even purple-ish
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Hmmm, looks exactly as I described?
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But you know what they say, Picture worth a thousand words
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Will it work with the LG G2?
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I think I would rather go with this:



Use the USB reader inserted into a USB OTG dongle. Would be less 'bulk' and more 'flexible' attached to the device... (or at least to me).
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Will it work with the LG G2?
If the LG G2 supports USB On The Go, this adapter has a high probability of functioning properly. There are still exceptions, and I can't say with 100% certainty without access to the device.

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Use the USB reader inserted into a USB OTG dongle. Would be less 'bulk' and more 'flexible' attached to the device... (or at least to me).
^ The flexibility of the adapter cable/dongle is for sure the benefit there.

However, you'd be hard pressed to find something less bulky than this, that can still plug directly into the device:


I have mine sitting directly on top of a quarter. The corners of the plastic case barely touch the rim of the quarter dollar.
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I wonder if it supports the faster UHS-1 speeds of the SDXC cards when plugged into PC USB 2.0/3.0 ports. Can't expect it on phones since the majority will support up to Class 10 and not the recent UHS-1 class.

Just personal preference, but I would still probably go USB OTG cable as it gives more flexibility and options (USB flash stick, card reader, keyboard, mouse, etc). Choices, choices, choices...

But you're right Pyro, don't think you can find anything more compact and less bulky.
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I wonder if it supports the faster UHS-1 speeds of the SDXC cards when plugged into PC USB 2.0/3.0 ports. Can't expect it on phones since the majority will support up to Class 10 and not the recent UHS-1 class.
Yeah I was wondering this too. I think I even asked it further up in this thread, but no official word.
My back up MicroSD card (32GB SDHC) is not UHS-1 so I can't really do any legitimate testing.

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Just personal preference, but I would still probably go USB OTG cable as it gives more flexibility and options (USB flash stick, card reader, keyboard, mouse, etc). Choices, choices, choices...
Ah yes, another HUGE benefit to utilizing a cable solution.
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Just now saw this thread but ordered one of these for my N5 on Friday. Should be here tomorrow!
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Just now saw this thread but ordered one of these for my N5 on Friday. Should be here tomorrow!
So N5 supports usb OTG? Someone asked me if FiiO E18 dac/amp I reviewed will work with Nexus 5. That portable headphone DAC/amp connects to the phone through usb otg.
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USB otg does work on N5 and it's even listed as a compatible device for the meenova site.
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Can someone tell me if there are any heat issues when using this reader? Just querying as the Patriot USB microSD reader gets extremely hot when doing heavy data transfers (~10-20 GB) in a few minutes with a computer. Doesn't matter which USB port I use (2.0/3.0), it heats up really bad.

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It gets hot. I transferred about 15 GB from the device to the card attached with the reader and it was extremely hot. Worried me, but eventually the data finished transferring and all seemed fine.

For the record, the reader has a 1 year warranty, so if heat ruins it, you shouldn't be liable.
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My Meenova and Sandisk MicroSD card get hot as well. Just par for the course when it comes to MicroSD cards and moving large volumes of data in a quick fashion. Not at all surprising either when you think about the the minute amount of space between the stacked NAND die[s] encased within the card.

My "official" Sandisk MicroSD -> USB adapter/reader, gets hot exactly the same, when processing a large file transfer.
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