It’s often the case that when a gadget is over-packed with functionality, usability is sacrificed and it ironically ends up being less useful overall. But the On The Go, which promises to replace your flash drives, portable chargers, and sync cables with a single multi-connector contraption, looks like it’s managed to strike the perfect balance between form, functionality and ease-of-use.
To protect its built-in USB 3.0, microUSB and Apple Lightning connectors, the On The Go uses a retracting mechanism so they all remain out of harm’s way when not in use. But to quickly access them a clever sliding panel moves and spins in multiple directions to deploy the connectors individually to use the On The Go as a portable charger or flash drive, or in pairs allowing the device to be used as a substitute sync cable.
The On The Go also has a built-in 1000 mAh battery of its own for giving your device a boost of power when you’re away from an outlet. And it’s available in 32GB to 128GB capacities ranging in price from $US130 to $US280. However, if you are planning to use the On The Go to boost your iPhone’s storage capacity you’ll need to rely on the free accompanying OTG app for backing up files or accessing media stored on the drive. Where as most Android devices should be able to access everything directly from the device’s native apps.
And if all of that functionality wasn’t enough, the On The Go even offers basic Bluetooth functionality allowing you to use it as a way to remotely trigger an alarm and locate your smartphone if you’ve misplaced it. [On The Go]