Which family just has one phone nowadays? None. Most families have two or three of different types, brands, platforms, and there’s different data on all of them, which can be crucially important. Now every smartphone maker offers their own brand of backup software, and there are tons of 3rd party tools out there, but the fact is that keeping it all coordinated is very difficult, unless you want to spend your leisure time keeping track of all the options.
The result is that most of us don’t bother to backup our data, like contacts, messages, photos etc, until it’s too late and we’ve already suffered some sort of loss.
Moborobo is a new freeware program which bills itself as the all-in-one smartphone management tool, and it certainly does seem to work as promised. The Windows software wraps up a bunch of useful phone tools in a simple interface, and throws in some pretty powerful backup/restore functionality as well.
You can elect to connect your handset to the software either via WiFi or USB cable (they recommend the latter for more robust connection reasons) and once connected, you have the option to manage all of the content on your phone, from music to files, contacts, SMS messages and beyond.
The software supports a huge number of handsets, including all the iPhone models and even some of the more obscure Android manufacturers like HP and Pantech.
As with many free things, there is a price to pay, and in this case it’s the fact that the program is also a wrapper for a bunch of additional content which the company is trying to sell you, but it’s actually not that intrusive, and as long as you focus on your own data management you can get things done with minimal hassle.
The developers also claim you can move your data to and from iPhone and Android phones, which is pretty cool. We don’t have an iPhone, so couldn’t test that bit out, but we’re going to trust them on the feature. We did a huge back up of hundreds of photos and music files and while it took one restart (it stalled for some reason) it managed to accomplish it in a reasonable length of time, which is more than we can say for some of the proprietary offerings (cough…Kies).
There are a couple of neat tricks embedded in the software too, like syncing data between the PC and phone so you can keep it up to date day to day, and also we found the ability to take screenshots a nice touch (it’s one way to remember what your favorite home screen looks like and what apps you keep there if you have to do a reset).
You can also manually add contacts, install and uninstall apps and themes, and generally manage your files and data as if it were all on your PC. The message Manager is also a nice touch, and lets you send SMS messages using your PC instead of that tiny keyboard on the handset.
But of course one of the key things about this freeware is the fact that you can manage multiple handsets all from the same interface. Just click on the drop-down to access a new phone and you can do all the backup, restore, and file management work you need. It’s a great way to keep on top of things for your whole family of mobile phones.
Overall we’re hooked. It’s a super simple program, which comes with just about every tool you’ll need to make your phone a happy bunny, and protect your data at the same time. If you’ve been worrying about getting backups down, we suggest you give this product a serious look, it could answer your needs perfectly.