Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back


Review The Kingston DataTraveler microDuo is a convenient flash storage device that features a full-size USB interface at one end and micro USB at the other.

The thinking here is that you can upload data to it from your computer or NAS box, and then stuff it into your phone or tablet for easy file sharing and to supplement any fixed storage limits. Likewise you can offload photos and video recordings from your handset, so you can keep on shooting.

Kingston DataTraveler microDuo reveals its Android appeal

Kingston DataTraveler microDuo reveals its Android appeal

There are a few prerequisites though, as the micro-USB-connected device will need to support USB On-The-Go (OTG). So that rules out Windows Phone and iOS devices – although, iPads can access external storage using Apple's Camera Adapter kit, but that’s a rather expensive diversion.

Lanyard provided but there's no quick release here

Lanyard provided but there's no quick release here

OK, so all we’re looking at here is a tiny USB 2.0 flash drive with dual interfacing. But with capacities spanning from 8GB up to 64GB, one of these gadgets will cost you a good deal less than, say, paying to have a 16GB phone with fixed storage over an 8GB base model.

Motorola Moto G with a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler microDuo

Motorola Moto G with a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler microDuo

A case in point is Motorola’s Moto G. Arguably the most popular low-cost Android handset on sale at the moment. You’d pay about £40 more to increase the storage by a mere 8GB, whereas a 32GB microDuo would cost you just £14. That said, the Moto G doesn’t yet appear on Kingston’s compatibility list, but I’ve tested it and it works fine playing audio and full HD video from the microDuo without a hitch. Likewise, images can be accessed instantly by selecting Albums from the Gallery app.

Setting a path in VLC Player scans the microDuo, copying in Astro File Manager is simple and swift

Setting a path in VLC Player scans the microDuo (left), copying in Astro File Manager is simple and swift (right)

Even though USB OTG isn’t supported on Windows Phones, out of curiosity I did plumb the microDuo into a Nokia WinPho 8 Lumia 820 but, unsurprisingly, the storage wasn’t recognised. So I dug out a Nokia E7 Symbian phone, which was among the first handsets to support this feature, and after warning about power consumption, it was plain sailing apart from a reluctance to play full HD movies. Still, MS Office for Symbian could access files easily and open them up.

Nokia Lumias can't do USB On-The-Go but this old Symbian E7 can

Currently, Nokia Lumia handsets can't do USB On-The-Go but this old Symbian E7 can

Similar topics


Other stories you might like

  • Immersion cooling no longer reserved for the hyperscalers, HPC
    With increasing density in a smaller footprint, small shops finally have datacenter dunking dibs

    Immersion cooling has long been the domain of larger datacenter operators but with increasing density and therefore smaller datacenter facilities, there is a need for shops of all sizes to get around heavy-duty AC and air cooling.

    This is the target for German server maker RNT Rausch, which has teamed up with cooling specialist Submer to provide immersion cooling for RNT's server and storage systems

    The partnership means businesses of any size can deploy liquid cooling in their datacenter. A relatively small space is required for this as it eliminates the need for air-conditioning units to cool servers, or for expensive and sophisticated fire extinguisher systems, the companies said.

    Continue reading
  • Lonestar plans to put datacenters in the Moon's lava tubes
    How? Founder tells The Register 'Robots… lots of robots'

    Imagine a future where racks of computer servers hum quietly in darkness below the surface of the Moon.

    Here is where some of the most important data is stored, to be left untouched for as long as can be. The idea sounds like something from science-fiction, but one startup that recently emerged from stealth is trying to turn it into a reality. Lonestar Data Holdings has a unique mission unlike any other cloud provider: to build datacenters on the Moon backing up the world's data.

    "It's inconceivable to me that we are keeping our most precious assets, our knowledge and our data, on Earth, where we're setting off bombs and burning things," Christopher Stott, founder and CEO of Lonestar, told The Register. "We need to put our assets in place off our planet, where we can keep it safe."

    Continue reading
  • Panzura scores $80 million funding to grow storage footprint
    Startup aims to add more than 150 workers by the end of 2022

    Cloud storage company Panzura has received an $80 million injection in a Series B funding round, which CEO Jill Stelfox says it'll use to build a "different" kind of storage company.

    "The whole storage industry and management of end user data hasn't changed in 20 years," Stelfox told The Register. "We think we've got a shot at bringing it all together and making a real change."

    Panzura competes in the enterprise cloud-based NAS market, with its hybrid cloud-based CloudFS. More recently, the file sync-and-sharer added cloud outage failover, shared NFS and SMB access, and Hyper-V support via its Data Flex release in February this year.

    Continue reading
  • Samsung unveils hardened SD card that can last 16 years if you treat it right
    And apply an asterisk or two

    Samsung has dished up a new variety of SD card that can, it claims, sustain 16 years of continual writes.

    The Korean giant's calculations for the longevity of the PRO Endurance Memory Card – for that is the new tech's name – assume their use to record 1920×1080 video content at 26Mbit/sec (3.25MB/sec).

    At that rate, the 256GB model is rated to endure 140,160 hours of use. Smaller capacity models won't last as long because they'll be overwritten more often, so the 128GB, 64GB and 32GB each halve their larger sibling's lifetime.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022