ADATA’s Card Reader with Lightning Connector is more useful than Apple’s offering

ADATA’s Card Reader with Lightning Connector is, as you can tell from the name, a Lightning card reader specially designed for iOS devices and licensed with Apple MFi (“Made for iPhone’) certification. It supports a wide range of video formats, and raw image files. 

The card reader can handle up to a 256GB SD or 256GB microSD card and — unlike Apple’s $29 Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader — features both read and write capabilities. That’s right. You can freely move content to and from the reader to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

The ADATA accessory is also, as far as I know, the first to combine SD and microSD on one reader. This provides simple, cost effective storage expansion since you can use your existing cards instead of buying proprietary expansion cards or additional hardware.

The Lightning Card Reader boasts a rugged, scratch-free body and sports a flexible cable. It also comes with a free app for content management and media playback even. The app works even when you’re not connected to the Internet, which is extremely convenient. Beyond working in online and offline modes, the ADTA tool incorporates a media player for music and video that can be used when you’re not logged into your iTunes account.

The Lightning Card Reader is a take-it-with-you item as it’s only (5.2 x 1.5 inches x 0.3 inches and weighs 0.32 ounces). You can buy it at Amazon for $37.99 (without a Micro SD cardD) or $79.99 (with a 32GB Micro SD card).

If you need a card reader for use with your iOS device, ADATA’s solution is a bit more expensive than Apple’s — but it has more features and is worth the extra few bucks.