For those among us who don’t like frittering away our data and don’t have access to a Wi-Fi hotspot, Sony has brought out this handy new 2-in-1 USB flash drive built just for phones and tablets. It’s got a standard USB 2.0 connector on one side and a micro USB one on the other side, hence the 2-in-1 reference.
The exterior is made of metal and the locking cap which protects the connector from dust and dirt, comes in three color options including deep purple. This diminutive storage device works fine with most Android gadgets running on 4.0.3 to 4.3 versions of the OS.
It also requires the handset or tablet it is hooked up to have USB On-the-Go (OTG). OTG allows gadgets to play host to USB devices as well as act as flash drives themselves. Sony will be selling the pen drive in three memory capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.
If you’re still trying to see the point of buying one just to transfer files, photos, videos and what not between devices, imagine a slow data connection zapping your cool as you try to share those important work files with a colleague.
Sony is even pushing the free File Manager application (on Google Play Store) for smartphone owners who will be using the flash drive. It can help users look through content stored on various other gadgets they own and copy, delete, play back and sort files.
You will be able to pick up this flash drive through Sony retail outlets starting from January 2014. The 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities are priced at $19.99, $29.99 and $62.99, respectively.