From its inception on BBOS, BlackBerry Protect acted as my daily backup in-between the ones I would perform using BlackBerry Desktop Software. Most of the items on my device go back to when I activated my first dumb phone almost ten years ago. If you add in the numerous swaps between BlackBerry devices, trips, concerts, and other personal items, that is an extensive amount of documents, pictures, and contacts amassed that needs to be saved.
In the weekly roundup we showcased quite a few useful productivity tools to help with organization, both business and personal, to help you be more efficient. One of those applications was Fire Chest Backup, a free application that saved and stored your calendar, camera, contacts, documents, downloads, and Remember entries to Dropbox. At the time, functionality was limited though the developer planned additional support, including SD card and other cloud service support, in a future paid release. Backup Pro is the result of those labors with expanded cloud and memory support and a more comprehensive backup/restore item list.
Upon loading the application you are presented with a choice of four backup options from the top dropdown menu: Box, Dropbox, Local Storage, and SD card. For cloud services, the application will redirect you to their login site to enter your credentials though does not have access to your username or password.
Once selected, you will be prompted to choose which items to include in the backup. Common sense dictates, at least for myself, if you have an extensive music or video library that might be better for cloud storage as you can always create a backup on your computer of these items. However, the items listed here are comprehensive in that it includes BlackBerry Express, Books, Documents, Downloads, Photos, Playlists, Print, Remember, Calendar, and Contacts. Simply tick of each of the boxes next to the items you wish to backup.
Depending on the types and sizes of the files, archiving speeds will vary. This is not an immediate process by any means but as with any process smaller databases such as playlists and documents for me are quicker to upload than downloads, photos, or music. You also have to factor in network and WiFi speeds, which for larger files I recommend connecting to the latter for.
Restoring is also a simple process and is accessible by tapping on the option at the bottom. From this menu and the subsequent dropdowns, users will have access to the last three backups made of each data type shown. However, all previous backups remain in the cloud or in memory until deleted manually by the user.
- Easily switch between backup methods (Local, Memory Card, or Cloud)
- Backups made with the free version remain accessible
- Option to encrypt backups
- Comprehensive backup / restore tool for your personal data
- Active frame displays how long since your last backup
- Lack of SMS / MMS support (Coming soon)
- Not compatible with Evernote, Microsoft One Drive, or Google Drive
- Due to BlackBerry 10 API limitations does not backup Browser Bookmarks, Dictionary/Word Substitution, Map favorites, or Password Keeper
The Bottom Line
From the initial free product offering, Backup Pro grew into a first-rate wireless backup solution for BlackBerry 10 devices. The price tag is set at $4.99 which for some may be a bit high but the wireless backup capabilities more than offsets the cost. The files themselves are stored in universal formats so that data may be imported to and from your PC or other devices (i.e. Contacts as vCards, Calendar as iCalendar files, non-encrypted data as zip files) making this quite a versatile application.