Shot photos with a camera, then plug the memory card using an usb reader plugged to the usb otg adaptor, browse it and share pics.
connect monitor via hdmi, connect keyboard and mouse via usb hub - portable computer
someone wants to give you a file but only has an usb drive
in a trip you carry an hdd with 500gb of movies so you can easily copy them on the go
you want to print something, connect a printer and print (this is tricky without drivers)
And so on, the possibilities are endless
- CrackBerry Addict
01-31-13, 11:05 AM #5
- 752 Posts
My Nokia N8 has USB OTG and it's a fantastically useful feature, as you say connect a mouse & keyboard and the hdmi makes a very useful portable device when in hotel rooms etc. as well as memory sticks and card readers for the camera. It really is a useful feature. I hope the z10 has it and I also hope that when the playbooks get BB10 they'll have the feature enabled as it's sooooooo useful!
- 01-31-13, 07:59 PM #10
Evidently, BlackBerry's vision of mobile computing doesn't acknowledge the existence of USB devices. Kinda odd considering other, normal, boring old mobile operating systems allow users to plug a USB hub and a keyboard, mouse, card readers, external hard drives, DSLRs and even desktop missile launchers to their phone. Mobile computing folks. The days of dragging around a laptop are almost at an end.
- 02-01-13, 10:29 PM #13
USB OTG is huge for me - I use it for most the reasons above, external HDD access, uploading photos from DSLR on the road, USB keyboard/mice. Really sad this feature isn't implemented.
I've heard the hardware is capable, as we've seen with the Dev Alpha and PlayBook hack; they've just chosen to not use it. Sad.
- 02-01-13, 10:34 PM #15
I agree that USB OTG would be great to have... but im MUCH more concerned about having it on the playbook then on my phone.. we already know the playbook hardware can do it, hopefully it is enabled when BB10 hits the playbook.. if it comes to the phone great.. if it does't.. wont bother me.
- 02-01-13, 10:45 PM #16
- 02-07-13, 11:59 AM #17
1) a Hub, which is cool but each OS has its own version of a hub so not neccessaily unique
2) Time shift camera (owned by Nokia)
3) Keyboard (by a company who also develops for Android)
4) The unique things in a Blackberry have been lost in BB10, but are expected (but not confirmed) to come in 10.1
So basically, we'll have majority of BBOS in the next update, so when does "mobile computing" actually arrive, the Z10 does not even expand with the Playbook as much as BBOS.
C'mon Blackberry, your telling me you took an extra year and delays to refine the Time Shift camera & keyboard that a different company created? And spent majority of the time on ONE super app which is "the Hub"?
- 04-06-13, 03:09 AM #19
- CrackBerry Abuser
04-06-13, 03:33 AM #20
- 295 Posts
The Z10 is a USB OTG-A device.
Why would you want it to be a USB OTG-B device, when it already uses microSD, plus cloud storage, WiFi & Bluetooth links.
I doubt that the Z10 battery will last long if it needs to power a mouse and keyboard. There are better Bluetooth options. As for external hard drives, you are going to need to drag along a power brick. Definitely not very elegant 'keep moving' solutions. There are Wireless hard drives and WiFi SD cards for digital cameras.
- CrackBerry Abuser
04-06-13, 11:21 AM #23
- 295 Posts
Who knows, they might be working on a more elegant solutions with a proper powered media dock.
- 04-06-13, 07:30 PM #24
What if the next guy over has had a hard disk that he's been using for quite some time and all of a sudden you come along telling him the "Right Way" how to do things?
Thus, your Z10 would be a walled garden while everyone else's are more personalized. I own the device so I should be able to use it any way I want it. If I want a vacuum cleaner for drying my hair, then it's my prerogative.
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