Monday, May 19, 2014

How to transfer data from OLD phone to NEW phone?

Yeah, every one has been through the grind. Every time one gets new device in the family, the issue is to transfer all data to new device. The hack that most people use is to Copy the partial list of contact numbers in SIM, put it in to the new phone, copy form SIM to new device. Repeat. Waste of time, waste of energy, risky and in fact totally unnecessary. If you own a old feature phone - you still have to go through this. But, if you own a smart phone, there is so much more you can do for your self and your family.

There are so many "contact book backup" applications that you can use. This will allow you to move from one Phone to other with all your data in less than five minutes.

How to move data from old phone to new phone in 5 simple STEPS: 

1. Install any contact backup app. Please check that the app offers backup as well as restore. Also, that it offers cross platform support. Otherwise, you'd not be able to backup data from one platform to other and your contact list will be screwed. E.g. Snap Secure.
2. Signup to create an account
3. Sign on and change the internet settings in the app to be able to backup immediately.
4. Install same app on the new phone, Signin with the same credentials.
5. Restore all your contacts. Voila! Done!

Free versus Paid Backup Apps

Most free applications backup only contacts. Some can provide contacts, call logs, texts. Most applications that will provide Media (Photo/Video) backup will actually be a paid service. This is because all your photos and Videos are first stored on a cloud based storage service that costs money. Going for a paid subscription is better because you get an ample amount of storage on the cloud to store all Photos, Videos, Documents and what not. Moreover, services like Snap Secure and SOSonline Backup offer 5 to unlimited devices and lots of features for up to five more members of your family. It also helps you to continuously backup your devices so that if you happen to lose your phone, you'd still have all the latest data. It is like insurance, you can buy now or regret later.

Disclosure: I work for Snapone

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer or any organization, institution or business I am associated with. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

ByeBye Bluetooth!

Bluetooth sharing is SLOW, TIME-CONSUMING and FRUSTRATING. It Sucks! There was a time in evolution when people looked for mobile phones that have Bluetooth. We have come a long way from it being a USP to an essential/expected feature taken for granted to now getting vestigial. It still finds some utility in connecting devices (Phone to speaker, phone to headphones, phone to car etc.) but is losing very fast in the space of being a sharing medium for consumers.

For once internet is more accessible now and it is easier to multicast share on Whatsapp then the slow point to point sharing on Bluetooth. Many other technologies have evolved rather quickly helping new consumers adopt them as they get used to smart phones. Particularly in the family niche, where sharing is a frequent habit, more and more people are sensing a need to simplify sharing. Social media serves its purpose but for families people need something more private, simple and quicker.

I've come across some remarkable apps that are well on their way to replace Bluetooth based sharing:

1. Software Data Cable - Point to point direct wireless but great alternative to sluggish blue-tooth.
2. Dropbox - Secure sharing with friends and family. Who needs an introduction here, everyone has a Dropbox.
3. Snap Sync - Family Room has made sharing with the whole family just 1 touch distant. It makes sharing of already synced contents almost instant. It currently lacks multiple private groups inside family room that can allow sharing with selected members instead of all. But, overall still a great way to share with family.

It definitely is so damn cool for smart phone users to rise above the archaic Bluetooth based sharing. What do you think?

Disclosure: I work for Snapone
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer or any organization, institution or business I am associated with.