Top 5 OTG USB Drives for Smartphone Users

Nowadays many people like watching HD movies or videos on their mobile phones and tablets but when it comes to storage, they often run out of it. This is a big problem among gamers, they often run out of space and are unable to keep more. Many new age smartphones do give the option for expanding the memory using microSD card but there are many phones which do not have microSD card support. Many tablets also don't have microSD card support, in that case you can use the OTG for expanding memory.
Note: Please check that your phone or tablet supports OTG (On-The-Go) before purchasing the OTG USB drive. If your phone / tablet does not support OTG, then sorry to say but you won't be able to use this feature.

What is OTG?

OTG stands for On-The-Go, this means that using a microUSB cable or port, you can actually access your USB Drives, External Hard drives, gaming controllers, USB keyboard or mouse etc. There are a number of OTG accessories which you can buy online or from nearest mobile stores. 

If you want OTG only for expanding storage then you can go for OTG USB Drives or the hybrid ones, these USB drives have both USB v2.0 port and microUSB port and are great for expanding storage. If you intend to connect external hard drives, USB keyboard/mouse or game controllers then you can go for OTG cable. OTG cables are cheap and can be used for all needs.

Top 5 On-The-Go USB Drives for Smartphone Users

If you only want to use OTG for expanding memory then I suggest you to go for OTG USB drives, they are compact, transfer speed is higher and can be used a plug and play storage. Below are top 5 OTG USB drives which you can buy for your smartphone.

1. SanDisk Ultra MicroUSB OTG USB Drive

SanDisk Ultra OTG pendrive

This USB Drive is small and compact, it can be used for easy file transfers and the transfer speed is high. This USB Drive has a microUSB v2.0 port on one side and a standard USB v2.0 port on the other side. This can be used for transferring files between your computer, tablet and mobile phones. This USB drive comes with 5 years warranty.

Read Speed: 21 MB/s
Write Speed: 8 MB/s
OS Supported: Windows, Mac OS, Android

Rating: 4 Out of 5
Price: Rs.600 (16GB) | Rs.1050 (32GB)
Buy Now: 16GB | 32GB

2. Transcend JetFlash 380 On-The-Go Pendrive

Transcend JetFlash 380 OTG pendrive

This USB drive comes in two premium colors, Gold and silver. Small size and premium metallic build makes this USB drive simply awesome. This USB drive has decent read and write speeds and comes with 3 years warranty. Transcend JetFlash 380 does tend to get a bit warm occasionally but that's manageable.

Read Speed: 21 MB/s
Write Speed: 5 MB/s
OS Supported: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 | Mac OS 9.0 | Linux Kernel 2.4.2
Build Material: Metal

Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 
Price: Rs.460 (8GB) | Rs.695 (16GB)
Buy Now: 8GB | 16GB

*The prices listed above are of Silver variant, Gold variant may cost higher.

3. Verbatim Hybrid OTG Utility Pendrive

Verbatim Hybrid OTG pendrive

This is a high performance utility pendrive which comes with two heads, 1) USB v3.0 and 2) MicroUSB v2.0 which will directly connect with your computer and mobile phone. The best thing about this OTG USB drive is that it supports USB v3.0, which means that the writing speed will be great. This USB drive comes with 3 years India warranty and 2 years International warranty.

Write Speed: Up to 20 MB/s if using USB 3.0
OS Supported: Windows 7
Build Material: Plastic

Rating: 3 Out of 5 
Price: Rs.500 (8GB)
Buy Now: 8GB

4. iBall Hybrid OTG Pendrive

iBall Hybrid OTG pendrive

iBall Hybrid is another great OTG drive for smartphone users, this dual connector pendrive comes in two variants, 8GB and 16GB, both are available at Flipkart or nearest electronics stores in India. The disappointing thing is that iBall Hybrid comes with 1 year limited warranty while other brands comes with 3 to 5 year warranty.

Write Speed: 4-5 MB/s
OS Supported: Windows and Mac OS
Build Material: Plastic

Rating: 2 Out of 5 
Price: Rs.475 (8GB) | Rs.675 (16GB)
Buy Now: 8GB | 16GB

5. Kingston Data Traveler MicroDuo 2-in-1 OTG Pendrive

Kingston Microduo otg pendrive

Kingston has a good reputation when it comes to USB pendrives, here is a great OTG pendrive from Kingston, the MicroDuo OTG drive. This OTG drive is very small in size but the metal body make it somewhat indestructible, the chances of it breaking down is very rare. This OTG drive does not require any dedicated app for transferring data on mobile phone, you can use any file explorer app for transferring data. The pendrive come with 5 years warranty, the read and write speed is decent and price is affordable.

OS Supported: Windows, Mac OS, Linux
Build Material: Metal

Rating: 4 Out of 5 
Price: Rs.650 (16GB) | Rs.1165 (32GB)
Buy Now: 16GB | 32GB

So these were 5 OTG USB pendrives which you can use to transfer files from smartphones / tablets to your computer. You can also use them for expanding storage of your device. I hope this article was interesting and helpful, you can click on the links to buy these USB drives online, please use my links as they help the website. Let me know your views in comments.


About Jimmie Luthra

Jimmie Luthra is a Tech Writer, Reviewer by passion and a Marine Officer in Merchant Navy by profession. When not on his laptop, he loves to travel, read books, adventure sports and playing guitar. He is also fond of Rubik Cubes.
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