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MOBILedit: put your PC and phone in sync

Liane Cassavoy | April 21, 2014
You might think of your smartphone and your PC as two entirely separate entities, never needing to cross paths. Or, perhaps you use the desktop software that comes free with your phone, finding that it meets all of your syncing needs. However you choose to sync--or not sync--your smartphone, MOBILedit should have you rethinking your decision. This comprehensive tool offers almost everything you need to manage your smartphone from your computer.

iOS users who have been stymied by iTunes' restrictions will appreciate the freedom MOBILedit offers, but the experience remains somewhat limited. Because of Apple's strictures, MOBILedit can't access everything stored on your iPhone. It couldn't, for example, access all of my contacts, which MOBILedit says is due to a limitation of the Apple synchronization API. This it too bad, because MOBILedit's ability to help you clean up and de-duplicate your contact list is one of its most useful features. Still, MOBILedit offers plenty of features that iTunes lacks, including the ability to view and edit your iPhone's calendar, text messages, apps, notes, and more.

MOBILedit Lite is free, but is limited to read-only functionality with two phones. The $25 Basic version adds the ability to write your data to another phone — helpful if you're using MOBILedit to transfer data to a new device. The $35 Family version offers all of the application's features and five phone activations. Note that connecting a phone via WiFi and then via USB counts as two phone activations, so the Family version is a worthy investment if you plan on using it with one than one device. MOBILedit is more expensive than iTunes and the free software that comes with your phone, but you get what you pay for, as it's a whole lot more powerful, too.


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