I, like many, was never an iPhone adopter. I held onto my Samsung sliding phone for many years until I heard about Google releasing their Android mobile operating system. Luckily, I was on T-Mobile, so I was one of the few that were able to get their hands on the HTC G1. For those unaware, the G1 was the first ever Android smart phone. The G1 was released in 2008 and lasted me until last year. I was able to hold onto that phone due to the open source Android code. There are developers out there that cater to each of the Android based phones and create ROMS, Kernels, and various software that allow you to fully customize and take full control of the phone. I was able to gain root access, flash a custom ROM, and overclock my phone enough to last me longer than the usual smart phone lifetime of 1-2 years. Today, people upgrade as soon as their contract allows.



One thing that I like about Android based phones is the custom factor, especially when it comes to storage. The phones all feature microSD slots that support all of the latest capacities. This is something that iPhone users lack. To expand storage, a new phone needs to be purchased. Right now, microSD cards can be purchased up to 64GB and in UHS-I speeds. Card sizes keep expanding and Android based phones can keep up with the trend without buying a brand new phone. Phones are shooting 1080p and 3D video now, so storage fills up fast. Built in controllers for phones and cameras are typically very slow. This is where external card readers come into play.


The Kingston FCR-HS3 and FCR-MLG3 USB 3.0 Flash Card readers make sure transfer speeds stay current. The FCR-HS3 and FCR-MLG3 are fully compatible with the latest class 10 and UHS-I flash storage. Both use USB 3.0 specification. USB 3.0 ensures a maximum transfer rate of 5Gb/s. The FCR-HS3 features an ultra portable, metal construction. There is a built-in LED indicator. The FCR-HS3 had complete compatibility with a 19-in-1 flash card format design. Its little brother, the FCR-MLG3, features a much smaller portable size. The FCR-MLG3 uses a 7-in-1 flash card compatibility design. The sides of the FCR-MLG3 retract to protect the interfaces on both sides.