SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive review: Android file transfers made easy

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SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive

There are lots of ways to transfer files between your PC and an Android device, but the simplest method has been to tether one to your PC using a cable. SanDisk has a better idea: Its Ultra Dual USB Drive can be used with Android smartphones and tablets andwith PCs.

The thumb drive has a standard Type A USB 2.0 plug on one side, and a Micro-B USB 2.0 plug on the other. I tested the 32GB model with an HTC One smartphone. Both of the drive’s connectors are protected by a sliding plastic shell that automatically retracts when you push the plug into a USB port (you’ll need to pull the covers back out when you unplug it). Due to the thickness of the thumb drive’s shroud, I had to pop the bottom of my phone out of its Speck case. But I’ve encountered the same issue with right-angled headphone plugs, so this isn’t a showstopper by any means.

SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive
The thick plastic cowl on the Dual USB Drive might force you to remove your smartphone or tablet from its case before you can plug it in.

Having both connectors makes it extremely easy to transfer files between your Android smartphone or tablet and your PC. Move or copy files from your phone to the storage device, unplug it, plug it into your PC, and move or copy those files to that device (and vice versa). If you use a cloud-storage service, you can copy files there as well. The storage device measures just 1.5 inches long and 0.75 inches wide. It has a lanyard ring so you can add a tether, but the hole is extremely small.

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