Need more storage? Make it so with Meenova!

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    Where I come from there is storage a plenty! Before my Moto X I had a 32GB Frost White Galaxy S4. It didn't take a terrible amount of begging to convince all those involved that I need a 64GB Micro SD card (need is such a relative term). I was flying high with my 96 gigabytes of music, movies and photos. I thought it was true love.

    About 2 months ago I got a Moto X. Ill save some of the juicy details, but I got it free! I wasn't really looking to leave my S4, but I couldn't say no to a free Moto X! I will be the first to admit that at first I was concerned about storage. Going from 96 gigabytes to 32 gigabytes was is huge downgrade in the storage neighborhood. Ultimately the Moto X's sexy design, brilliant screen, and features won me over, and made the storage issue rather bearable.

    Fast forward a month, and I have now been close to my X for quite some time. We have been through thick and thin together, everything from my photos of my pets, school dances, random pictures of inanimate objects, to snapping pictures of the first time I ever saw snow in my life! It has been a busy two months. All of these memories were now locked away with my new electronic best friend. Suffice it to say, after about a month I was becoming a little concerned about storage. I was crunching away with a whopping 28 gigabytes used between all of my MP3s, photos, videos, and games. I knew that the relationship with my Moto X was one I wanted to last forever, but something had to change!

    After about 3 days of using the Google Machine, and talking to different folks in the Interwebs I had finally found my solution, Meenova! Let me be the first to say that I am a student and don't really have a lot of money, which is exactly why I was so excited to see the price tag was about $12 (plus $3 shipping). I promptly ordered mine and got it within a few days.

    Short Version:

    What is Meenova you say? Lets find out! Long story short, Meenova is an “OTG” device, or more simplistically an adapter, that allows you to use any Micro SD card as storage on your phone. You essentially take any standard Micro SD card and insert it into the Meenova. You then connect the Meenova to your phone's USB charging port. Here's where it gets a little tricky... Depending on the phone you have one of a number of thing's that will happen. If you happen to have the Moto X running something lower than Kit Kat 4.4, my understanding is that it will automatically mount it as storage, and allow it to be used for media. If you are running 4.4 you will need to be rooted and use something like StickMount (by Chainfire) to mount it as storage. Once mounted you can then copy files to and from your SD card. If you happen to have StickMount Pro then your media will automatically be scanned and added to your music player apps, gallery apps, etc., each time you plug it into your phone.

    Meenova actually has some fairly formal information on device compatibility. It is, (as I write this), as follows:

    List of Compatible Android Smartphones & Tablets
    Due to hardware and software limitations of many Android devices -- especially older ones, we can ONLY guarantee compatibility with the following tested and verified devices.
    • Samsung: Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note, Note 2, Note 3, Mega; Galaxy Express, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0/10.1, Galaxy Note 8.0.
    • HTC: One, One Mini, Desire 7060, First, One X+, Evo 4G LTE, DROID DNA.
    • Motorola: Moto G, Moto X, Droid Mini, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, RAZR M, RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, Xyboard 8.2" Tablet.
    • Google: Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 Original & 2013 New), Nexus 10, Galaxy Nexus; third-party software required or device being rooted.
    • Sony: Xperia Z & Z Ultra, Xperia S39h; LG: LG G2, Optimus G Pro; Asus: MeMO ME171, MeMO Pad FHD 10; Dell Venu 8.
    • Xiaomi: 1S, 2, 2S, 2A, Xiaomi Box; Meizu: MX, MX2, MX3; Huawei: Ascend D2, Mate; Lenovo K900
    • Most Windows XP/Vista/7/8 computers, most Windows 8 Tablets (inlcuding Dell Venu 8 Pro, Lenovo MIIX2); Apple: all Intel-based notebooks and desktop computers.
    • * Notes:*(1) read-only access on Moto G running 4.3 and root is required to write to USB storage; (2) Android 4.4 update for Moto X and Mot G disables external USB storage access; now*it requires third-party software*or root to access USB storage, similar to Nexus devices.

    Google Nexus 4 doesn't support USB-OTG, it is NOT compatible.

    As an added bonus the Meenova actually comes with a small adapter to convert it into a USB drive for your computer. It also includes a key chain to attach it to your keys. This makes copying files between your phone and computer extremely easy. The only complaint I have is that the key-chain broke after about 3 days. The key-chain seems like something you get out of one of those quarter machines at the grocery store. The Meenova itself; however, is built strong and looks classy. On a final note, I really like the fact that it's small. It's about the size of a quarter. Since it is so small it doesn't take up a lot of space in my pocket or on my keychain. Oh, I almost forgot! You can also get it in black, white, silver and orange.

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    Overall I give the Meenova a 9.5 out of 10. I am totally impressed and would recommend it to anyone else. With the price point being what it is you won't break the bank to check it out.

    You can get all of the technical details or place an order on the official Meenova website here.
     
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    That is definitely on my wish list...I'll be ordering one probably tonight! Thanks for a great write-up! :icon_ banana:
     
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    It looks like from their website that it doesn't require root access if you use the third party apps they list. Has anybody tired this and is this correct?

    From the Meenova website:
    Moto X and Moto G Running Android 4.4
    Android 4.4 KitKat update disables external USB storage access on both Moto X and Moto G. You now need to use a third party App to access the Meenova reader (or any other external card readers or USB sticks). Though now you don't need root privilege to write to USB storage on Moto G. We tested and verified the following options, all Apps available from Play Store:

    • Use App "Nexus Media Importer".
    • Use App "OTG Disk Explorer".
    • Use App "Total Commander" (free) and "USB Stick Plugin" (not free).
      1. Install both Apps.
      2. Plug-in the microSD card reader.
      3. Start up "Total Commander" and it will show "USB Stick Plugin" as an option.
      4. Select the "USB Stick Plugin".
     
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    I have not. I have a rooted moto x so I just use stick mount. Would be curious if anyone tries it.

    Texted while driving (hands free) on my Moto X.
     
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    It's interesting that Android 4.4 has some inherent disabilities compared with Jelly Bean, whereas it's suppose to be better.

     
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    Yes, apparently they disabled USB storage in 4.4. Not sure why?

    Texted while driving (hands free) on my Moto X.
     
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    I dunno, its a somewhat big attachment that IMO could easily break your USB port on your phone if it gets bent. I've always wanted to set up an old phone as a wireless server in my house. Something like a secure FTB server I can access from the internet but something that I also dont' want to have on my actual PC. A phone would be ideal but storage would suck. I could see using this for something like that...a device that doesn't move.
     
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    I leave mine attached a lot. So far so good.

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    This device isn't new and was a kickstarter product.
    I have one and keep it on my keychain.

    I use it to shuttle files on my GS4.
    I have a 64GB MicroSD in my S4 and a 64GB card in the Meenova.
    I store my backups and movies on the Meenova.

    Works great!!!
     
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    Agreed.
    Here's an old YouTube posting for the same device.

    I did the same thing and built my own, not fun, but worthwhile.
     
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    Haha for $12 I'll buy it.

    Texted while driving (hands free) on my Moto X.
     
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    I use Nexus Media Importer app ($2.49) on my Nexus 7, Samsung Notes and HTC Rezound.
    It allows both read and write on them.
    None of my devices are rooted.
    I use a $1.50 otg cable and flash drive or card reader/sd card combo.

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    So I would assume this app would work on the meenova too?

    Texted while driving (hands free) on my Moto X.
     
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    That's awesome. Thanks.
     
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    It's one of the ones that they recommend on the Meenova site.
     
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