ADATA is better known for its storage solutions for computers and though the recently announced DashDrive Durable UD320 falls under the same purview, the flash drive adds something that you don’t find in most of the readily available USB flash drives.
UD320 looks like a run of the mill USB drive but the fact that makes it special is the support for OTG (on-the-go) out of the box. In simpler words, the USB drive can be attached to your smartphone or a tablet to expand storage.
Making the drive work is pretty simple. You copy the data from a PC through a regular-sized USB 2.0 port and flush it at the back of the drive. The front of the drive sports a microUSB connector which can be used directly with the device.
The retail box mentions the OTG drive should work with devices on Android 4.1 and above however, in our test, we found not every Android 4.1+ device supports the flash drive. For instance, LG’s G Pro Lite didn’t detect the ADATA drive while Samsung’s Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S4 instantly detected it as an external USB storage. Mind you, it’s no limitation of the ADATA flash drive but a restriction make sure your device supports OTG function or you’ll end up using it as a normal USB flash drive.
The content on the USB drive can be copied, transferred, deleted just you’d do in the device’s file manager.
Another interesting use of the drive is that the back sports a regular-sized USB 2.0 adapter. This means you can either use the adapter to host the data from the pen drive or use any other USB 2.0 device. As you can see, a USB 2.0 mouse works perfectly when attached with the ADATA drive.
The ADATA UD320 comes in two storage capacities – 16GB and 32GB and are priced at Rs. 1,299 and Rs. 2,199 respectively. Admittedly, OTG solutions involving a cable can be acquired for a cheaper price but it does not give the convenience that the ADATA UD320 offers.