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Why you should stay away from devices with custom connectivity ports

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Smartphone and tablets come with standard micro-USB ports and cables these days. These are universal standard accessories, meaning that they can be used on every other device. This just makes for convenience.

However, a few mad hatter brands fit their devices with custom ports. As such, those devices can be connected with only cables from the particular manufacturer or brand. It sucks.

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You see, if you forget your cable at home, chances are that you are screwed for the day. If your cable gets damaged, again, you are screwed. If your cable gets stolen, again you are…yes; you get it.

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In both above situations, unless there happens to be someone around you with that particular cable, you cannot charge your device, or use it as a mass storage device. It is frustration.

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If you love your convenience and need to be able to pick any available USB cable for charging or for transferring files to/from your mobile device, stay away from custom connectivity ports.

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  2. .. unless there happens to be someone around you with that particular cable, you cannot charge your device, or use it as a mass storage device

    The charging one, I agree with. But, who still transfers data via cable in these modern days?

    Additionally, if I have a device with a battery that lasts and lasts like the Gionee M3 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, who cares I the post is proproetary.?

    My point here is that the port doesn’t matter if your battery would last you a day… and the data transmission can be done wirelessly.

  3. Ebee key, always playing the devils advocate. By the way, usb file tranfer is 10 times faster than wireless

  4. as a rule I don’t F with devices that use proprietary connectors. it’s an annoyance I choose to live without

  5. These connectors are not proprietary. The one in the picture is the male microB USB 3.0 connector which is faster in transferring data. The ‘standard’ one is the USB 2.0 version of the male microB connector which can charge your device if you don’t have the 3.0 cable with you.
    I expect the Type C connector to become standard in a couple of years.

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