Twixt our Windows laptop and our Moto G Android phone that is
Here at GoMo Towers, we reckon anyone who owns both an Android smartphone and/or tablet along with a Windows based PC is going to wonder how he or she ever managed without a Leef Bridge 3.0. That’s because it is the simplest way of moving or sharing data files between the two seemingly incompatible worlds. As we mentioned in our previous story here, the device has been available in the USA for a while but it has only just arrived in the UK. So the maker kindly loaned us one. Leef says that the device requires Android Jelly Bean (v 4.1) or above. But the other important criteria is that the Android device supports USB OTG.
That OTG qualification proved important because GoMo News tried the Leef Bridge with a Prestigio Android handset running v 4.1 and it didn’t work.
OTG (On-The-Go) is a USB standard that lets devices act as either the host or the slave. So when the Leef Bridge is acting as the slave device, the handset must be capable of acting as a host.
It’s simple to see when the Leef is working correctly (thanks to OTG support) because the light indicator comes on and flashes – just as with standard USB memory drives.
The trick with the Leef Bridge is to be able to access the content stored on it directly. That’s because the maker claims it can run up to ten times faster compared to ordinary flash (memory stick) drives.
Which is why it is well worth following Leef’s advice and downloading the ASTRO File Manager app from Metago which is available free from Google Play here.
With ASTRO, the Android handset will recognise file types. Using the standard File Manager that comes with your Android device instead doesn’t always do this.
So basically, any rich media files you might have stored away on your Windows based laptop can easily be transferred to the Leef Bridge and then viewed on a suitable Android handset or tablet.
You aren’t of course, going to be able to listen to protected music files such as those purchased a while back from Apple’s iTunes service.
The trick with this device is that it is “slide-and-lock”. The packaging doesn’t explain how this works, however.
Essentially, there’s a little pad on the Bridge which you press down. This lets you slide the connectors about.
Push it fully one way and you get the micro USB connector you need for an Android device. Push it fully the other way and you get a standard USB connector for any laptop or PC.
You can even lock the Bridge in the middle so that both connectors are then protected. Strange the company doesn’t mention such a useful facility.
GoMo News looked it up and the entry level 16 GB version of the Leef Bridge 3.0 is now available from Amazon.co.uk and already discounted to £17.35 from the original price of £19.99 ($33). There are also 32GB and 64GB versions.
In effect, the Leef Bridge 3.0 is priced so competitively against ordinary flash drives that you’d be mad not to opt for the Leef if you own an Android tablet or smartphone.