Ok, well as I eluded to in the News Posting, I managed to wangle a copy of Sprite Backup 6.5 on Monday. (Thanks Paul!).
I had decided to flash the ROM on my device, and it seemed an excellent opportunity to test out the capabilities of Sprite Backup 6.5. Bearing in mind that I was moving from the same device, but to a new ROM version.
Installation procedure, was very much the same as any other software. Install the application on your PC, sync it with your device, the app installs on your device. Job done!
I then fired up Sprite backup and entered my registration number, and was then presented with:
Quickly flicking through the options gave the following clear and concise menu items:
Going back to the first option "Backup" I clicked next and was asked what I wanted to backup:
I then was asked what to call the backup, and where to store it:
Sprite backup then informed me that it needed to restart the device to continue. It then restarted and the following window appeared:
It then continued until it reached 100%, and rebooted. Upon restarting, it presented me with a message saying that the backup had completed and to view the log file.
Overall I was really impressed with the simplicity of the application, and that you were able to perform Backups without needing to connect to the PC. This is great for me, as I rarely use ActiveSync, but can be safe in the knowledge that I can Backup the device to local storage prior to any changes.
As mentioned above I was flashing the applications ROM. Luckily this went without a hitch ... phew! Once the ROM flashing was complete, I reconnected the device to ActiveSync, reinstalled only SpriteBackup. I went to the application, entered the product code and then selected the options section.
I chose "Restore" and then "Upgrade". This presented me with two options:
- Personal Data Only
- Merge Level
- Level 1 - Use this option to perform restore operations between same devices with different ROM revisions.
- Level 2 - Use this option when you wish to restore across devices and ROM versions.
- Level 3 - Use this option if the device does not boot after performing a Level 1 or Level 2 restore.
I selected the Level 1 option. The restore commenced and then the device reset. When the device had finished restarting everything was back how it was prior to updating the ROM.
I was thoroughly impressed with how simple it was.
I know this review has only scrathed the surface of this very flexible application. There are far more features to this application, such as encryption, backing up via activesync or network, scheduling backups and also using Sprite Explorer to go through the backup at a file level should you need to restore just one or two files.
Anyway ... onto your comments!