Over the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve had Rseven running on my Nokia E5. What is Rseven? Basically, it’s a really cool service that automatically backs up the contents of your Symbian device (read contacts, calendar appointments, SMS, email, call logs, images, audio and video) to the cloud. It can also record all your calls automatically. Free accounts are limited to a 50MB upload limit per month, which is actually more than enough if you keep media out of the picture. Pro accounts have a 500MB limit and cost USD48 per year. Remember Nokia Lifeblog? Rseven has a similar concept. Let’s take a closer look.
Rseven is comprised of 2 components: the app that sits on your device and the website which allows you to view whatever has been backed up in a timeline. Both are really simple to use and don’t require much figuring out. The app monitors the data that’s stored on your smartphone and automatically backs everything up online on a set schedule. You can override the automatic backup and trigger the process manually, but it’s best to leave it alone to do its job and not worry about it. Personally, I’ve set the app to back up my E5 at 3am every night and it’s never failed me.
As I mentioned above, the Rseven app can also record your calls automatically as they happen. These recordings are then uploaded and can be accessed as part of the call logs on the website. As I don’t receive many calls anyway, I’ve left this feature turned off; you can also have the app throw up a prompt when a call comes in so you can choose whether you want to record the call. It can also be configured to sit quietly in the background and record every call that comes in.
One gripe I do have about the app is that it doesn’t have a upload progress indicator – if you trigger a backup manually, there’s no way to see how far it has progressed, and you can’t even open the app during the process. It did throw me off a little in the beginning but I learnt not to worry about it and just let it do its job on its own.
The website essentially presents the contents of your device (or whatever you’ve backed up, anyway) in a timeline, and I was instantly reminded of Microsoft’s Kin Studio upon seeing it. Even if you’ve cleared out your SMS inbox, you can still go back in time and dig out an old text message on the Rseven website, which should really satisfy anyone looking for a good SMS backup solution for Symbian. In fact, you can restore everything you’ve uploaded to Rseven back to your device if it’s been wiped for whatever reason. Your contacts are displayed in a column next to the timeline; you can also view and mark them for download in the main view. There’s also a Gallery view where images, audio and video content is displayed. There isn’t much to configure in the Settings menu, but you can view your usage statistics, export the content in your Rseven account and send selected items to Facebook.
In conclusion, Rseven is an excellent, useful service and I highly recommend it. The contents of our smartphones can be just as priceless and important to us as what’s stored on our computers, and as far as backup solutions on Symbian go, there’s really nothing I know of that surpasses Rseven. In my view, the free account should be adequate for most people and there’s really no need to go Pro unless you love Rseven and want to support the folks behind it, or if you intend to use it to back up a whole bunch of photos and video that you shoot with your device. If you’ve tried Rseven yourself, what do you think of it?
Go to www.rseven.com to get started.
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