Deal alert: Get a microUSB to USB host cable for only $0.83 with free shipping

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MicroUSB to female USB adapter cables can be useful for quite a number of things, not the least of which is taking advantage of the USB host capabilities found on many Android devices. I didn’t really have a reason to look into the feature until recently, when I realized that the 8GB of storage on my Nexus 7 wasn’t quite enough for all the media that I have.

While looking around for cheap USB adapter, I finally found on Amazon exactly what I was looking for. A simple, short cable for the low price of $0.83, with free shipping. I was doubtful at first, but went ahead and ordered the part from Hong Kong. To my surprise, it arrived in just over one week, and worked great. The build quality also isn’t lacking, and the accessory feels quite solid. My Galaxy Nexus with CyanogenMod immediately recognized USB, SD card readers, and my Sansa Clip above, although I haven’t yet gotten it to work with the MTP mode on the Nexus 7.

However, your mileage may vary, and many phones don’t support certain USB devices, or don’t support USB host at all. For those who are interested in using USB host on their mobile devices, I can definitely recommend this adapter, especially at this price. In fact, even if you don’t plan to use one, it might be worth ordering at this point just to have. Who knows, it may come in handy when you suddenly need to get images from your camera’s SD card directly onto your device.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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6 thoughts on “Deal alert: Get a microUSB to USB host cable for only $0.83 with free shipping

  • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård
    October 12, 2012 at 9:41 am
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    This is pretty much the normal price on any type of cable from sites like dealextreme

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    • Avatar of Aaron Orquia
      October 14, 2012 at 9:54 am
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      Perhaps it should say “deal reminder,” although I’ve had some trouble with DealExtreme in the past (~%50 faulty units), so even though this is still from Hong Kong, the fact that it is sold through Amazon may make some buyers more confident.

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  • Avatar of Doug Culp
    October 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm
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    This is awesome! Gonna be able to plug my USB NES controller into my phone…finally

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  • Avatar of nathan
    October 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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    I agree with Andreas, 83 cents might be a little bit cheaper than what you can find online but not extremely impressive as you can just buy one for about a dollar if you search “OTG” everyday on ebay.

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  • Avatar of Shawn
    October 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm
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    Awesome! And free shipping, too! Placed my order just now.

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  • Avatar of Stringfellow
    October 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm
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    So could I attach a thumbdrive to this cable while attached to my Evo LTE and retrieve files from the thumbdrive?

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