Are you terrified you’ll lose your contacts when you swap phones or get that new iDevice? Scared you won’t have that girls number from the bar when you wake up tomorrow? Geek up and save digits with My Contacts Backup. The app is free in the App Store, and with easy syncing options, there’s no reason to lose a contact’s information ever again.
Form and Functionality
My Contacts Backup offers the quick ability to export all kinds of contact information from your iPhone to vCard format. This is accomplished by emailing the created file to a safe address for use later. To reinstate saved contacts, one simply opens the included vCard format on the desired device, and the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad does the rest of the work.
Users can also save contacts in an Excel friendly format, if Microsoft is more their shtick.
My Contacts Backup doesn’t just backup digits, however: The app also manages everything from email to personal websites to birthdays. It will also backup photographs. As if that weren’t handy enough, My Contacts Backup will even shrink your avatar photos to save space and make for quicker exporting.
All in all, the app makes it piss-easy to backup your personal information. The only downside is that you’ll need an active data connection to receive the saved information, as you’ll need to email it out before it can be used. Having the option to share contacts via iTunes file sharing would be a tremendous boon, but as is the exporting functionality is still quite useable.
My Contacts Backup could not be simpler to use. The app’s Web 2.0 style interface offers a quick to read and easy to manipulate feature set that makes backing up your information a breeze. A quick readout of your total contacts (and how many have been saved already) sits above the big green backup button. Slap the verdant rectangle and away the app goes, crunching photos down to size and converting your information to your preferred format. Once done, the app itself will ask where you want to email the backup.
With such a simple interface, it’s hard to find a complaint with My Contacts Backup’s packaging. As mentioned, it would be nice to save contact backups to DropBox or iTunes. That being said, it’s hardly a pain to email the data, especially considering that’s how the gift will be unwrapped for a restore.
Best of all, My Contacts Backup is free in the App Store. Granted, the app doesn’t necessarily do anything iTunes doesn’t already with an iDevice sync, but if you’re away from a desktop, or just concerned about losing sensitive data, it could be a tremendously valuable lifesaver. My Contacts Backup isn’t perfect, but with such a simple outfit and useful feature set, the app certainly earns a recommendation.
My Contacts Backup requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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