Originally Posted by HarryT
But why buy a device that you have to hack the firmware of in order to accomplish something that's a standard part of the o/s on virtually every other tablet? It seems ridiculous to me that this should be necessary.
Hosting USB storage is neither "standard" nor rare in tablets--much less standard than uSD slots, certainly, but moreso than HDMI--and "hack the firmware" is a dramatic way of putting it. You're enabling access as the root user on a computing device and installing some software. A culture has developed where service providers and/or equipment manufacturers are acting as the IT department for individual consumers, and like any IT department they maintain the consistency they need to provide that service by limiting end users to a "client" account with limited privileges. If you want fine-grained control of any computer system, you will have to gain access to the root or admin account.