OTG - I dont get it.Tips


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  1. val88

    val88 Well-Known Member

    Because the N7 wasn't created with OTG in mind as a selling point. Thats why google doesn't market it. Otherwise google would have done something here without requiring root.

    OTG is a workaround that people are utilizing to do something that wasn't intended. Its a hack, a mod, however you want to label it. And with all hacks and mods, it requires the person to go that extra mile to do something that they could not otherwise do before.

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  2. whs37

    whs37 Well-Known Member

    You don't need root to download something from an OTG attached stick. The Nexus Media Importer does the job without root.
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  3. Liamo_210

    Liamo_210 Well-Known Member

    Having been kelping up with thus thread but was wondering if its possible to use an otg cable without root?
  4. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    To read, not write
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  5. Liamo_210

    Liamo_210 Well-Known Member

    So you can watch say videos using it but you cant save stuff to it from the device? Is that correct?
  6. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Yes. If you've got videos or documents you could view them, but not make changes
  7. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-) VIP Member

    No, not Apple. A company that makes money by having you depend on their cloud services is responsible. ;)
  8. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Not to mention it helps you eat up data. Your favorite non unlimited wireless company likes that as well
  9. John Bean

    John Bean Happy Wanderer Guide

    I look forward to that. I did a bit of web research and found a few complaints that it didn't work on some phones but did on others, no mention of Nexus though. That's why I posted with the question of whether it will work on a Nexus 7, hoping someone has already tried it.

    Here's hoping...
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  10. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Some phones don't have support for otg. That's probably why you saw reports of it not working for some.
  11. whs37

    whs37 Well-Known Member

    We'll see. It cost only $6 which is anyhow cheap for a 16GB stick. If nothing else, I use it on the PCs. Today I got the shipping notice. But with US Postal you never know how long it will take. Last year we sent an overnight mail to NY - it took 4 weeks to get there.
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  12. losl

    losl Well-Known Member

    Do you mean that the "eForCity USB 2.0 A to Micro B Female / Male Adaptor"
    has the same function as a OTG cable?

    Thanks the info!

    SLo
  13. magohn

    magohn Well-Known Member

    It 'supports 16gb' it doesnt come with 16gb. The devil is always in the details. :)
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  14. whs37

    whs37 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it's kind of funny the way they specify the capacity. Well, we'll see when it gets here. Worst case I lost $6.
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  15. magohn

    magohn Well-Known Member

    Thanks for giving it a shot. If it works, its more eloquent than the other methods.
  16. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-) VIP Member

    Okay, I'm going to fess up that I couldn't resist. I have to see what this thing can do. I paid a ridiculous amount of money (half of it shipping) that probably isn't worth it even if it can do everything I think it can, but the geek experimenter grabbed my wallet and ordered it from a Japanese web site (who are very good at communicating about the order, so I think I will actually see it).

    I saw a Japanese video and it looks like it hugs the side of the Nexus 7 pretty tightly and I think my Folio case will accommodate it.

    When I get it, I'll give a complete rundown with pics, no matter how foolish it makes me look. :eek::rolleyes: I have no idea when it will get here.
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  17. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

    This adapter seems bulkier and more intrusive (not to mention more expensive) than an OTG cable to me so I'll stick with my OTG cable and USB card reader.

    I have a 64G SD card filled with movies/TV shows that I carry with me on trips so I have a good selection of stuff to watch. Worsk great for watching on my N7.
  18. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

  19. boofer

    boofer Well-Known Member

    there are many threads already out there speculating that google was moving away from micro SD cards for a variety of reasons...cost (the Nexus 7 is a low cost device), using the "cloud" more, etc.

    at any rate, the OTG cable feature doesn't "defeat" any purpose at all. it opens up the possibility to consume almost anything on your tablet without having to delete and copy files over on a constant basis. i have a 1TB external hard drive that's smaller than a deck of cards, and the N7 powers it without any issues. if i'm going on a trip, i can bring all of my media with me. furthermore, i can delete locally-stored files from the tablet and copy over whatever i want from the hard drive, then unplug the drive and enjoy. all of this, on the go, on an airplane, anywhere. this is a great feature! try doing that with your iPad...

    even if the N7 had a microSD slot, it stil wouldn't let you bring all of your media with you, unless you bought a boatload of microSD cards and copied everything onto them, and then brought all of them with you...
  20. magohn

    magohn Well-Known Member

    I'm excited to see your results. :)
  21. magohn

    magohn Well-Known Member

    This appears to be a circular debate. I understand that its possible and for some people, a handy addition. My question was if its really worth the time/effort for the average Joe. To me, its like the early days of the Pocket PC where yes, I could get email on the device but to do so I needed a cable and my cellphone with me at all times. Yes, it worked, but it was a definite hassle to make sure I had my email 'kit' with me on journeys etc.

    I just feel we have progressed so much since the mid-90's and carrying HDs and cables around seems like a step backwards. Until an integrated mini-usb/otg/sd comes on the market, I think Id rather manage my space than worry about cables, HDs, swapping out files etc. At some point it becomes too much work - for me at least :)
  22. val88

    val88 Well-Known Member

    Because you're still not getting that an OTG cable is not meant for the average joe. Thats the whole point. Its a tool for people who wants to do different things that the N7 wasn't meant to do or do things in more granular detail.

    The same way most people prefer cell phone cameras and point n shoots because the mainstream masses don't want to go through the hassle of metering light and calculating F stops. You wouldn't tell a professional photographer to just use an iphone to take pictures because its just easier to tap on the screen.
  23. whs37

    whs37 Well-Known Member

    Depends what you do with the N7 - if you want to have a lot of videos available at any place, the OTG is handy. The man who carries 1 Terabyte worth of movies around has no other choice. No SD card reader will solve that problem.
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  24. magohn

    magohn Well-Known Member

    Then its more experiment than practical. So for most people, its too much of a hassle. Im looking for a practical solution rather than leaving the house with my McGyver belt just in case I want to watch a video. :)
  25. MeatLoafT

    MeatLoafT Well-Known Member

    My cable was delivered yesterday, and woohoo! :)
    I'm not rooted, but using Nexus Media Importer, I can get the space I was using for movies and music cleared off of my Nexus 7!

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