Hands-on with SanDisk's updated Dual USB Drive 3.0

Move files easily to and from your phone and computer

At CES 2015 SanDisk came out with an updated version of their Dual USB Drive which now has the power of USB 3.0 technology. SanDisk has made the drive physically smaller with the added capability of storing the full size USB and microUSB sides of the drive inside itself until you want to plug it into your computer or your Android device.

To improve upon the older model, SanDisk made the microUSB end of the Dual USB Drive 3.0 longer than a standard plug so that even devices in thick cases would be able to plug it in and transfer files. With the drive you can backup your photos and videos that are taking up precious storage space on your device, provided your phone or tablet supports the USB OTG (On The Go) standard. The added benefit of this drive is that you can then turn around and quickly transfer your backed up photos and videos to your computer with a transfer speed of up to 130MB/s with the USB 3.0 end of the drive.

Paired with the Dual USB Drive 3.0 is SanDisk's own Memory Zone application that is available on the Google Play store. When the app is installed on your phone or tablet and you plug in the USB drive, the Memory Zone application will automatically open. Inside of the app users will be able to easily move files to and from their device with very little effort.

Overall the SanDisk Dual USB Drive 3.0 was near perfect for someone who would want to transfer data to their phone or tablet. While this might seem like a device that would only be good for quickly transferring a file or two to your computer, it is actually so much more. Since this has its own flash storage you don't necessarily need to immediately or ever plug it into your computer. As we start to depend on our phones and tablets for more of our everyday life, it can be useful to be capable of moving files around safely and easily. The drive is on sale now in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants and ranging in price from $22.99 to $64.99.

Justin Duino