The USB on-the-go is a feature using which a user can take advantage of the flash drives to use them as an expanded storage for the smartphones which come with a limited memory. The OTG feature is somewhat new, but most of the high-end and many mid-to-low-end devices too have got the feature. Earlier when the technology was introduced, people used to connect the normal flash drives with a USB to MicroUSB connector, but now, there are dedicated OTG pen drives which would do the work easier.
For the current time, here are some of the best options for the USB 2.0 and 3.0 OTG Flash drives for the International as well as Indian market. These are the best picks from Amazon and Flipkart stores.
The Kingston DataTraveler microDuo is a flash drive, which comes with USB 3.0 and USB OTG functionality support as it is a great way to store large files including movies, music and all your data files. It is specially design to work with tablets and smartphones running on Android 4.0 ICS and above.
It is compatible with large number of devices that includes but not limited to HTC One (M8), LG G2, Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, etc. You can simply plug and play as the response of the flash drive is excellent.
This is available in the market for the price range starting at INR 449 for 8GB while 16GB is available for INR 699, and 32GB for INR 1279.
The Corsair Flash Voyager GO is a flash drive which comes with the USB 3.0 connectivity and the USB OTG feature, and there are 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions available for this. The advantage one can find over the USB drives with the cables, is the need for the wires is eliminated, and there is also USB 3.0 speed for transferring the files. It would work with any USB on-the-go compatible tablet or smartphone and that device needs to have the MicroUSB connector.
It just needs you to plug the drive to the phone and it starts functioning, as there is no driver or app needed for it. The body gets the protection with the cap on the MicroUSB pin.
This one is available for the price of $46.99 for the 64GB version, $32.99 for 32GB and $22.61 for the 16GB one.
The Stellar series OTG flash drive from Patriot comes with the USB 3.0 and there are transfer rates at 80 Mbps as claimed by the company. Interestingly, every color option has a particular storage capacity – Orange for 16GB, Silver for 32GB and Gold for 64GB. The USB 3.0 connectivity would be compatible for the PC and Mac OS.
The durable aluminum housing on the drive would protect it from the elements, and it looks pretty good with the cap on the top of the MicroUSB pin.
Right now, the 32GB is a better deal due to the price of $22.99, while the 16GB one is priced at $24.99. The largest storage, i.e. 64GB is available for $39.99.
Transcend is a well known brand for the storage options for gadgets, and they are providing some cheap and good USB OTG flash drives for the Android phones and tablets. One of them is the Transcend JetFlash 380 flash drive, which has the USB 2.0 connectivity, and one of the good features of this one is the resistance to dust, water and shock.
The color options available for the JetFlash are Silver and Gold. The 8GB drive is available for $9, while the 16GB and 32GB are priced at $11.99 and $24.83 respectively. There is a Transcend Elite APP for Android which would help in making the transferring of files easier between the flash drive and the phone.
The OTG drive supports Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 7/8 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X, and Linux OS with the USB 2.0 speed.
This 64GB Flash drive with the USB OTG is a little different in looks when compared to the other ones, because you have the swivel option to make the USB work with the MicroUSB pin, or the USB 2.0 to work with the computer. It’s the same Plug & Play technology used by the drive, and once connected to the smartphone, it would directly show as an external storage on it.
One of the requirements given by Imation for this 2-in-1 Micro USB flash drive, i.e. you will have to use it with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and later OS versions. For the flash drive to be working with the computers, the OS requirements are Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP; Mac OS X and higher.
The price for the Imation Micro USB flash drive is $55.73, a little high but still it’s quite good given the reviews from the users.
Some of them available in India on Flipkart:
A little different, Verbatim Store n Go Nano 32GB OTG Drive in U.K.
This is one of the cheapest and best option for the users who wanted to use a pen drive, both as a storage for computers and also as the OTG option with the compatible devices. It comes with the USB 3.0 connectivity, and the MicroUSB connectivity is with most of the Android devices although the company has listed a range of phones and tablets with which it seems to be working perfectly.
This is the 16GB Hybrid OTG flash drive, and there is 3 Years India Warranty and Two Years International Warranty provided along with it. The pen drive is priced at around Rs. 875 on Flipkart. The Plug and Play is an advantage, as it doesn’t require any software or driver to work with the smartphones. For the time being, you would be getting a free card reader along with the flash drive.
While Verbatim comes with the free card reader for the 16GB drive, the Strontium OTG Nitro 16GB OTG pen drive has a very neat design and a small size to be carried easily, and there is the Black and silver combination for the looks.
When compared to the Verbatim OTG pen drive, this one has the USB 2.0 connectivity, thus making it slower than the former for transferring of files from the computer. It supports the micro-B and Standard USB Connector, and it doesn’t require any drivers to run.
The pricing of the Strontium OTG Nitro drive is Rs. 825 and it is available with 5-years domestic warranty.
If you were looking for a higher storage option, the Sandisk Ultra Dual Drive comes with the 32GB storage option, and it works with any OTG supported tablet or smartphone, and it has the MicroUSB 2.0 connectivity for the computers.
For the Android devices, it would work better if they install the SanDisk Memory Zone App for Easily Managing and Backing up content. The pen drive supports the Windows XP, 7, 8, Mac OS X 10.5 and later.
The pen drive is priced at Rs. 1649 and it comes with the 5 year domestic warranty, and of the options available in India, this one from Sandisk looks a bit durable.
We would be updating the list regularly, with the updated pricing and any other inclusions. Do comment below with any other better flash drives which we have missed including in the list.