Synching a phone with a computer and transferring pictures and music sounds easy when you read the handset manufacturers’ bumf. And it usually is – provided you have a USB data cable.
If you haven’t, Bluetooth is the usual alternative. And in practice many a user has spent many an hour shouting “what do you mean you can’t find my phone”at a blinking light on a Bluetooth dongle.
Install a Bluetooth dongle (in the retail pack), load up BLINK, and you’ll get a graphical representation of a mobile phone floating on the PC screen – looks like a generic Motorola/Nokia circa 2003, but this isn’t a fashion statement. The image is big, but it can be minimised easily to the system tray.
Alongside it is a toolbar. Once connected,users can use that to operate all the main phone functions directly from the computer. That includes drag-and- drop to move items from PC to phone, a synchronisation wizard for contacts and calendar, and the send-SMS-from-your- PC function.
The best news – it works. Admittedly the BLINK toolbox did crash a couple of times, especially when synching from Outlook, but it restarted easily enough and completed the job.It’s not especially sophisticated in operation – overlong file names are rejected rather than truncated intelligently,and the synching is an all-or- nothing business – but it is refreshingly plain and (mostly) simple.
It’s easy and impressive to demo,too. Well worth a place on the average retailer’s shelves.