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Earlier in the year i had LG Secret mobile phone, and when i purchased is, there was an offer of a free 8gb Sandisk micro card, with the MobileMate micro reader included. I must admit personally i would never have bought this product straight off the shelf as at first glance appearences, it looks small and fiddley which when put hand-in-hand with my incredible ability to lose things, it would not have been ideal for me. Still when i opened up the packaging for my new phone, and had set it up ready for use it was only after a couple of months that i then had a use for the MobileMate micro reader, to transfer some of my images of my phone onto my computer. Process: Starting with the process, it couldnt really be more simple. you take the memory card out of your phone, or device which requires external storage and slot it into the MobileMate micro reader and plug it into your computer through a standard 2.0 USB port. The external storage will the open up as an external drive, allowing you to the transfer data to and from your computer at your own demand. Memory Card - Sandisk 8 GB Class 4 microSDHC: The memory card i had attained was an 8gb class 4 microSDHC, which in simple terms gave me 8gb of data storage, and a writing speed of atleast 4mb per second. I have never really bothered with the writing speed of small devices such as a card reader or flash drive as there is generally not a noticable difference in my opinion. (A external hard drive however, it is incredibly useful to have a greater writing speed). With regards to the 8gb data storage space though it was more than adequate for my needs, which was for the most part storing pictures. MobileMate card reader: The card reader it self would be best defined as petit and is quite fiddley when inserting or removing the memory card, however this is not such an inconvience that it becomes a nusiance. It is however incredibly durable and hardy and can be well 'man-handled' on the assumption you can find it. it does nake for a perfect key ring accesory with a purpose ideally due to its size. Price: Not a particularly long section but however very useful. The MobileMate card reader itself without a memory card can be currently picked up for £3.90 at Play.com or for £12 as a combo with the 8gb microSDHC. Final note / recommendation: So in short it is effective, definatly compensates for its size, and is recommended as a perfect device for a frequent user of MicroSDHC card users, and very much the value for money.
On my continual search for genuinely useful keyring attachments, I came across the 'Sandisk MobileMate Micro SD Reader', which comes with a high capacity 8GB MicroSD card. The tiny MicroSD is the smallest variant of storage media currently available, and is commonly used in mobile phones and a selection of other portable electronic devices. The MobileMate reader is simply a method of transferring whatever is on your MicroSD card to your computer, and it's compatible with both PCs and Macs. Design + Ease of Use - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Built from a sturdy black and red plastic, The MobileMate Reader is available to buy with the MicroSD card for around £12.99 online - without the card, the MobileMate can be picked up for £3.99. To use the MobileMate Reader, you simply slide your MicroSD card into the small slot on the device's upper side, and then subsequently insert the Reader into the USB port of your computer - it's a really simple process, albeit a little fiddly due to the small scale of the card itself. The bottom of the reader features a small hole, into which a small black cord lanyard (included) is fed - this allows the attachment of device to your keyring. I should point out however the the metal loop at the end of the cord isn't especially sturdy, and can come loose from your keyring fairly easily. The MicroSD - - - - - - - - The 8GB MicroSD card which comes with the MobileMate Reader is a 'Class 4' card, meaning that it's got a potential write speed of at least four megabytes per second - to be honest, i've used a few different speed classes of these cards, and haven't noticed a huge difference in practical terms between any of them. Besides, write speed isn't especially important to me on a MicroSD - my primary concern is reliability, and thankfully the card hasn't ever let me down. I should point out that when formatting the card on a Mac, it's best to select the MS-DOS (FAT) option rather than MAC OS Journaled. Final Word - - - - - - - Overall, The MobileMate Micro reader is a great little device which makes the transferal of files from phone to computer into an incredibly simple process. The product's body is well made and sturdy, meaning that it can survive being dropped and generally treated quite roughly. The only downside is the fact that it can disappear from your keyring with minimal effort due to the rather flimsy metal loop - recommended nevertheless.