Your smart phone probably comes with all the software you need
to sync it to your computer. But if you want to do more than just
sync basic information, such as your contacts and calendars, you’ll
need more than just the basic software. Enter MOBILedit, a utility
that will let you sync a variety of files–everything from basic
documents to YouTube videos–to your phone, while also allowing you
to control that phone from your PC.
MOBILedit packs in more features than competing apps, like
MyMobiler, but it’s also more complicated to use. MyMobiler
works with Windows Mobile phones only, and simply allows you to see
your phone and control it from your Windows-based PC. Its desktop
interface is that of your phone–only bigger. MOBILedit, on the
other hand, works with a variety of phones and platforms (a
complete list of supported handsets is available on their site),
and lets you explore the contents of your phone through a Windows
Explorer-like folder structure.
It can connect to phones via USB, IrDA, or Bluetooth. When your
phone is connected, it displays information, such as battery and
signal strength, and lets you browse through the phone’s data,
including your contacts and stored files. It allows you to backup
any of the information stored on your phone and store it on your
PC–but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
From within MOBILedit, you can compose an e-mail or text message
and send it from your phone. You can search for YouTube vides and
sync them to your phone. You also can open photos stored on the
phone, and edit them on your PC. You can even edit ringtones and
send them to your phone.
MOBILedit also lets you create what it calls a “shopping
list”–which can be any kind of list you want. You create it on
your desktop, and can sync it to your phone, so you’ll have it with
you when you’re on the go. Another feature, called mBoox, lets you
copy Word documents, pictures, and online articles from your PC and
sync them to your phone (which must support Java), where they
appear in one file that you can scroll through.
MOBILedit worked as advertised, but I found it tricky to use.
When I connected a Windows Mobile-based phone, the handset also
appeared in the application’s menu system. But when I tried to sync
information to the phone, I was told it was not connected–even
though I could see it listed. I had to disconnect and re-connect to
get it to work.
MOBILedit may be a bit complicated to use, but that’s because it
offers so many features. In terms of syncing information to your
cell phone, there’s not much it can’t do.
Note: At the end of the trial period, this program
reverts to the Lite version, which lacks some of the features of
the full version.