Reviewed by David Savage
Mobile phones have come a very long way over the years from the brick I used to have. They got a lot smaller (I had a flip phone that was tiny) and they are now getting bigger again with the Samsung Note9 that I currently have. There was a time I used my phone for just phone calls, followed by calls and texts and that was all I needed. Now I seem to be using for everything, including taking lots of pictures. Phones are a lot faster and have lots more storage capacity from when they first became popular.
With the number of photos, as well as documents from emails that I have on my phone, I sometimes need to copy them off on to my laptop. This either involves emailing things so that I can pick them up on my laptop, plugging a USB cable into the phone and laptop and doing a data transfer or using third party software such as Send Anywhere or WeTransfer to copy across data. While not a big problem, it can sometimes be a pain, looking for a data cable or Wi-Fi/Data connection.
SanDisk have a great solution to the problem; a USB flash drive that fits my phone and plugs into the laptop. The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C is a flash drive with retractable Type-C and Type-A USB connectors, with USB 3.1 offering data speeds of up to150 Mbps. It is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB or a massive 256GB version. This facilitates the transfer of files between my phone and laptop quite seamless.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive measures about 4cm in length, so is perfect to keep in your pocket or bag. On first use, you have to install the Memory Zone app on your phone to be able to use all the features, and it has quite a few: Backup & Restore, Clean Up WhatsApp Media, Social Media Backup, Uninstall Apps and even delete Junk Files off your phone (Cache Junk, Residual Junk Files and Obsolete APK files).
I wanted to back up the photos that are stored on the phone. After inserting the flash drive into the phone using the USB-C connector the Memory Zone opened and met with several options. I wanted to backup so chose the Backup Now and chose PHOTOS from Photos, Music, Videos, Documents and Contacts menu. It then proceeded to copy 810mb of photo data from my phone to the flash drive, which took around 10 minutes (you can minimize the app and continue using should you wish).
When finished, I decided to back up my contacts, which took seconds.
After removing the drive from my phone I moved the switch on the top of the drive to retract the USB-C connector and push out the USB-A connector and inserted into my laptop. All the files had copied across perfectly.
As it is a USB 3.1 drive and runs at speeds of up to 150 Mbps, if the device you are using it with supports USB 3.1 then you can even store films on it and watch on the go.
The only issue I have had with it is that I have a case on my phone that protects it all round and with it on I can’t actually plug the flash drive into it. This is due to the thickness of my case rather than the flash drive so I’ve had to order a small USB-C extender cable as I don’t want to remove the case every time I want to use the flash drive.
This is a very handy gadget to copy files between phones, tablets and computers. It is compact, fast, and the app makes it really easy to back up your data. Now I have no excuse not to back up my phone data.
Price starts from around £10 depending on what size drive you require.