SyncMate Expert 2.4 review

Version 2.4 was a major upgrade for the SyncMate sync utility, adding new features and new devices for the Mac to sync with. In addition to Pocket PCs and smartphones, Macs running SyncMate can also sync with another Mac, a Windows PC, a Nokia Series 40 phone, a Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), and with a USB flash drive. You can sync with all of these devices and computers at one time, or choose which to sync. You can connect with a USB cable, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth, depending on what the device supports.

SyncMate comes in a free version that can sync with Address Book and iCal, and with Entourage contacts and calendars. It can also copy SMS messages to the Mac, where you can read and search through them. A nice touch is the ability to delete all contacts, events, or to-dos that reside the device or another computer that your Mac is connected. This is an easy way to clear out old data before syncing for the first time.

However, for the $40/£24 Expert version, you can sync much more of your Windows Mobile data. I looked at the $40 SyncMate Expert 2.4, which is chock full of data types and handy features, many of them unique.

For example, SyncMate Expert is the only utility that will sync Windows Mobile email with the Mac Mail application (Entourage e-mail isn’t supported). It’s a one-way sync, where you select mailboxes to sync over to the phone. The mailboxes appear in a Mac OS X Mail folder in the phone’s Mail application, where you can read, reply to, and forward them. To prevent floods of email from filling your Windows Mobile’s memory, you can limit the sync to one or more weeks of email.

While the free version of SyncMate lets you view SMS message on your Mac, the Expert edition lets you send messages from your Mac, where you have a full-sized keyboard. Just type the message in SyncMate and sync with the device. Another useful feature is the ability to copy the call log to the Mac. SyncMate Expert provides a search field for calls history, as well as the ability to view incoming, outgoing, or missed calls.

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