Top positive review
171 people found this helpful
on April 17, 2011
This is a generic 'Type A to Micro B' USB cable. It will work with third generation Kindles (possibly with second gens too but I don't have one to verify), Blackberries such as Bold or Storm, many of the newer phones and other gadgets. I needed one of these to connect one camera to the computer because I lost the original when someone 'found' my camera case. It works.
On this specific cable, it is USB 2.0 certified, meaning that it supports data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps and, if your device accepts a standard Micro-B plug, this is the one to get. Maybe the 2-meter length (6+ ft.) is a little too long but it does not bother me a lot and there may come a time when a cable this long may come in handy.
I am awarding this item 5 stars mostly for the low price. It's low enough to make it easy for anyone concerned about quality to buy two.
Anyone in the market for a USB cable should be very careful because there are at least 6 kinds of USB connectors. If you are buying a cable that connects 'something' to your computer or laptop, the computer end of the cable will always be a USB-A or 'Type A' connector. At the other end, you may have a USB-B/Type B - a nearly square shaped connector used mostly to deliver power to a device but this is rare. Most likely, you will have a Mini-B or a Micro-B. The difference between the 2 is that the Micro-B is half as thick while the width is the same - Mini-B is 3x7mm while Micro-B is 1.5x7mm.
If your device (phone, PDA, camera) is a later model (post 2009-10) and it's using USB, chances are that they will need a Micro-B connector because the industry seems to be adopting the 'Micro' form factor as its standard. If the above sounds simple, you should keep in mind that some devices require Mini-AB or Micro-AB connectors, also known as USB OTG (OnTheGo) devices.
My advice: before ordering any cable, make sure that you clearly understand what type of cable you need. Whenever in doubt, do some more research, beginning with the product's manual.