File this one under: “why hasn’t anyone thought of this before”.
Storage company Imation has just released a new product which is one of those classic inventions: a USB thumb drive that you can mount as storage in anywith a micro-USB connection (i.e.: all of them).
Awkwardly dubbed the 2-in-1 Micro USB drive, the thumbstick comes with two connections; a standard USB 2.0 plug for connecting to a laptop or similar, and a Micro USB jack for connections with your phone or tablet. It comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options, with prices starting from $29.95.
When you stick the drive into an Android phone it mounts just like an SD-card, with all the same functionality and limitations. You can stream movies off the drive, load it up with a business presentation, or just use it to quickly pass files between devices.
This is great news for people who own Android phones or tablets without a Micro SD card slot. If you are going on a long flight, you can fill up this drive with movies and music and plug it in when you need it.
Our only reservation about this ingenious little device is in the design. The ‘2-in-1’ has a couple of hinges, allowing it to turn about like a circus trapeze artist. You really need to make sure that you cover the Micro USB connection, otherwise we fear it could be damaged after you toss it in your bag under your laptop, salad bread roll and gym clothes.