SAN FRANCISCO — This simple, elegant and inexpensive gadget that can add an extra 64GB of space to Android handsets is now ready to order thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Essentially a mini MicroSD card reader, the Meenova slots into a device’s micro USB slot and supports both MicroSDHC and MicroSDXC format cards giving even the heaviest of multimedia content devourers plenty of extra capacity for HD video clips, eBooks, photos and music.
Compatible with the Samsung Galaxy SII, SIII and SIV as well as the HTC One and Motorola Moto X phones among others (for the full list, check here), the little gizmo also comes with a full-size USB adaptor for use with computers, making copying and sharing files even simpler. But its best features are its size – at 21x23x8mm it’s smaller than a coin – and its price, just US$12 (RM34) plus US$3 shipping. As well as a micro USB to USB adaptor, that tiny fee also includes a keyring chain, attachment ring and a one-year warranty. However, it doesn’t include a memory card.
Although some Android handsets do come with a memory card slot, accessing the card can mean taking the device’s rear panel off, which isn’t always practical, however, a number of manufacturers, specifically HTC and all Google Nexus-branded devices, don’t make any storage expansion available. The logic behind the decision being that smartphone and tablet owners will be forced to use cloud storage or streaming services instead to get their multimedia fix and to keep their devices backed up.
However, as the processing power of handsets increases and screen quality continues to improve, smartphone and tablet apps are going to get bigger and bigger meaning that soon 16GB of internal storage will not be enough for both apps and content.
In May Samsung made the headlines for all of the wrong reasons when it was revealed that due to the space taken up by its operating system and pre-installed apps, the 16GB version of its flagship Galaxy SIV handset really only had 8.49GB of storage available for other apps and user generated content.
And while the Meenova can immediately boost storage, it won’t allow users to install more apps on their devices. Android phones and tablets can’t run apps that are stored on external devices, only those stored on the device itself.