Content quality checked
Samsung Kies review
Any smartphone vendor has to provide its users with some software for connecting their phones to computers. So it was in a Windows Mobile galaxy far far away when you had to use Outlook to sync your phonebook and calendar. Today’s phone managers can do much more, and Samsung Kies is a good example.
If you own a Samsung smartphone or a tablet, you’ll need this software.
As you connect your phone to a computer, Kies detects it automatically. All you may need to do is unlock your phone itself, to make sure it’s yours. After a brief detection, Kies makes your phone contents available on your computer. Autorun can be enabled or disabled in Kies options.
There are two basic purposes for Kies: firmware update/recovery and managing content. In its sections, you can (respectively) manage contacts, audio and video content, pictures and even podcasts. Gee, there is even a tool for converting Audio CD straight to your phone MP3 library! And yes, you can view your photos and videos and play audios from your phone directly in Kies.
Syncing can be done manually or automatically, all you have to do is select the mode and the folders to sync. Contacts can be as well synced with some cloud service (like Google), so you won’t lose any saved contact, no matter what device you used to enter it. Music and photos can be synced to Windows (or OS X) music library and picture gallery, both ways. There’s even more to manual export and import. This way you can sync call logs, memos, notes, calendar events, To Do files and so on.
If there’s a firmware update available, you can install it via Kies. And if you run into some problem while updating, you can restore your phone from the brick condition by recovering the function of Kies.
To prevent data loss, you can create local backups manually or automatically. Modern phones may be hungry of memory, so make sure you have freed as many gigabytes of your storage as your phone has on board.
And yes, you can install apps from Samsung App store directly from your phone, but sometimes it’s more comfortable from your computer, and Kies is here for you to help.
Practical as can be, Kies is designed to require as little moves as can be. It looks similar to Windows Explorer, with folders section in the left part and traditional menus on top.
There are more functions if you make even one step further into a menu. Advanced copying and syncing options, access to phone features and clouds, more settings are just one click away.
You may need to get used to Kies, but it’s easier anyway than mastering all Android features. And it’s worth spending an hour for learning its possibilities and then enjoy automatic backup and syncing.
The software is available in most world’s popular languages.
Cross-platform use 5/5
Speaking of cross-platform means both desktop/laptop and smartphone/tablet sides. The program itself is compatible with Windows and OS X and works with devices that run Android, Symbian or Bada (though the latter two can be considered dead, many devices are still in use). The Kies version your device requires will be detected automatically, and if you use the wrong version, you’ll get a link to the right one.
In fact, if you own a Samsung smartphone or tablet, you have already bought Kies. So there’s no need to pay separately for the software or some extras within it.
The ultimate manager for Samsung smartphones and tablets makes it easier to update your gallery and library, backup photos by your camera and clear it of the files you don’t need anymore. But Kies may be even more important to update your device, backup and restore it, and sometimes even unbrick it. Yes, you can do without it with your Galaxy, but it really makes life much easier.Collapse
A must have app for all Samsung owners using their gadgets for more than just calling and texting.
Pros : Rich backup/restore/update and even unbrick functions
Cloud backup and Samsung Apps available
Automatic detection of your phone
Cons : Only works with Samsung phones (no wonder)
Cross-platform use 5.0