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4.0 out of 5 stars Gives the Galaxy Tab USB connectivity and wide device support (low power devices only, I'm afraid), 26 July 2011
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 SD Card and USB Adapter for Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1 - Black (Electronics)
The Galaxy Tab USB adaptor is small - about 25mm x 40mm - with a Galaxy Tab connector on one end and a USB A socket on the other. I've tried the adaptor with USB memory sticks, mice, and a keyboard - all worked except for the keyboard which the Galaxy Tab reports as a high power device.

Plugging a mouse in causes a mouse pointer to appear on the screen - and from that point on its just like using a mouse on a regular computer. You'll probably want your tablet in a stand for this - either the tablet is (nearly) flat on a table or your knees right in front of you for touch use, or it is on a stand so that there is space in front to use a mouse. I use a Griffin A-Frame which is designed for the iPad but works just fine for the Galaxy Tab in Portrait or Landscape, even with the USB lead connected.

Plugging in a USB memory stick causes the stick to be mounted on the tablet's file system. The Galaxy Tab reports the connection and leaves a USB symbol in the lower-right corner of the screen. To unmount the memory stick you must touch this symbol and then click on the pop-up. Once the memory stick is unmounted you get a message telling you that it is safe to remove it. While mounted you can browse the contents with applications like AndExplorer or FileExport. If you put media on the memory stick then the media scanner will (eventually) pick it up and make it available to the appropriate media player applications.

Note that the USB socket is very stiff, so I recommend you remove the adaptor from the tablet before plugging in or removing anything from the socket.

The only disadvantage with this is that there is no way to supply power for high power USB devices, which in turn severely restricts what you can connect. It may be possible to plug in a powered USB hub and then plug high-power devices into that, but I've not tried this and of course you won't want to lug a powered USB hub around with you. A solution that allowed you to use the Galaxy Tab's own charger would have ben really neat - and for that reason I'm only giving four stars.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2011 09:21:34 BDT
Both a micro SD card slot, USB OTG connector and HDMI connector should have been built into the Galaxy Tab. By removing these they have killed off one of the USP's that Samsung's tablets have over the iPad. I suspect they will also have alienated a number of customers. I'd been looking forward to the launch of the 10.1 and 8.9, but as they are currently, I shall not be buying.

Posted on 11 Aug 2011 18:40:06 BDT
D. Weinberg says:
Hi, are you able to import video files that you have stored on your sd card in to the Samsung or is it only for photos?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2011 19:44:39 BDT
Mr. P. HAIGH says:
I use File Expert on my Galaxy Tab, and I can copy any files from the external memory to the tablet, and anything from the tablet to the external memory - space allowing. Unless I'm moving really big files around I tend to just turn on FTP in File Expert, this allows me to transfer files over WiFi from my PC using an FTP program.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2011 21:28:16 BDT
S. M. Zaidi says:
thanks nice review

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2011 16:01:15 BDT
You can access any files on the SD card (or USB device) from the Tab, it doesn't matter what type they are.

Posted on 11 Sep 2011 12:44:59 BDT
J. L. Loock says:
Hi, what about a wireless keyboard/mouse. They would be powered by batteries, with just the dongle inserted into the tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2011 15:28:49 BDT
Mr. P. HAIGH says:
Yes, that would work. I've an Apple wireless keyboard which I've successfully paired - but I don't really use it because I don't do much that requires a lot of typing on the Galaxy Tab.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2011 00:37:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Oct 2011 00:43:06 BDT
Teckno Gal says:
Thanks for the review. I can't wait to receive my adapters, which have just been dispatched after 6 weeks on back order :)

Posted on 2 Oct 2011 16:32:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Oct 2011 16:32:53 BDT
Hello. Do you know, please, if the USB adapter will work also for the 7" Galaxy Tab?
Thanks in advance.

Posted on 30 Sep 2012 22:41:51 BDT
Does this work with galaxy note 10.1?
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