Manage your data deluge

GADGET: SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0

TECH SPECS: High-speed USB 3.0 performance with up to 130 mbps file transfer

PRICE: Rs 1,525 (64GB) on Amazon

BEST FOR: Quick and hassle-free transfer of content to and from Android-based smartphones, tablets and computers 

We live in a digital world where every single minute you are either deluged with gigabytes of data or create a sea of data. Our smartphones have turned each one of us into data generators as we upload or share zillions of videos, songs and pictures. Therefore, it's only to be expected that we run out of memory soon. The only option, apart from buying a smartphone with more storage, is to transfer some from this flood of files to your PC.

I usually use a USB cable to transfer files between my Android phone and PC but it is cumbersome and out of the question when you are on the go. The solution? A new generation flash drive that lets you transfer high resolution pictures and movies in a jiffy.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 is undoubtedly one of the best picks in the market. With a micro-USB connector on one end and a USB 3.0 connector on the other, the drive lets you move content easily between your devices - from your Android smartphone or tablet to your laptop, PC or Mac computer.

The USB 3.0 connector is high-performance and backward-compatible with USB 2.0 ports. The SanDisk Memory Zone app2 for Android (available on Google Play) helps you manage your device's memory and content.

The SanDisk flashdrive significantly increases the storage available on any Android device. It also folds up extremely small, making it easy to carry. Most important, the tiny device does not get in the way when you have to cram your laptop into a small space. The device works better if your phone has a file explorer. If you are on a trip with just your camera phone and are running out of memory, this device will be immensely useful.

One small grouse is that the flash drive doesn't work with some phone models. Since it is tiny, it is easily misplaced. The bulge around the slider makes the device a little too broad and inconvenient to slip into crowded ports. You also can't use the external frame to push the device into a port, that just causes it to retract.

If you are a phone junkie with a perennial storage problem, however, this could turn out to be your new favourite device.


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