SyncMate 2 review

It’s a little over a year since we last looked at SyncMate. Though largely impressed with version 1.4 of this handy tool for backing up your Mac to multiple devices, there were one or two glitches that stopped us from being bowled over.

Version 2.4 seems to have ironed out these difficulties and has expanded the range of platforms supported by the program. Our last review noted that SyncMate 1.4 enables you to access data on Windows Mobile devices, directly from your Mac. You can synchronise between Mac and Windows Mobile, or transfer data one way. The range of data types supported is particularly notable, with audio, images, SMS, contacts and bookmarks all syncable.

But there’s more. While the last version was a relatively simple tool for synchronising between Mac and Windows Mobile, SyncMate 2.4 has significantly expanded its repertoire. Support for Nokia series 40 phones, other Macs, and Google have all been added. With google support, you can synchronise iCal with Google Calendar and your Mac’s Address Book with Gmail’s Contacts. The cream on the apple pie is support for Windows synchronisation.

OUR VERDICT

So, SyncMate 2.4: do we like it more than before? Yes, we do. It’s more stable, has a cartload of new features and shows a commitment to expansion that’s worthy of praise. Just over a year ago, this was a far more humble tool – and the price for the Expert version hasn’t budged. If your Mac is the hub of your world, but you’re one of the few people yet to switch to the iPhone, SyncMate’s a bargain.

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