I’ve had the new phone for several days now. I was even asked once if it was the much more expensive new Samsung, which amuses me greatly. As usual, it feels (and likely is) decidedly faster at many things than the previous phone. Some apps I’d had on the previous phone I decided not to bother with anymore. And some new ones are there, at least for now.
One I think I’ll be keeping is Syncthing which keeps chosen folders (directories) in sync across computer(s) and phone. About the only modern things it seems not to run on are iPhones (iOS stuff) – and I presume Apple has something to handle those.
What I like about Syncthing is not just the sync-ing, which is the program’s job so it had better do that, but that there is no external requirement – though one can relay through the ‘net if one so chooses. I do not have to have an account in some “cloud” storage setup (Hint: There is no cloud. There are only other people’s computers, not under your control.) It’s all my hardware, my network, and my rules. I can set it to only sync when the phone is charging, is on WiFi, and connected only to WiFi network(s) I specify. Is it absolutely 100% secure? Of course not, as nothing truly is. But miscreants won’t be handed anything on a silver platter, at least.
This is not a backup setup. Something deleted one place, will be deleted in the other. It is synchronization. Think of it more as file sharing, but only for the devices you choose. Joe down the the block can go get his own files. That is why the sync-ed folder on the computer has copies of the files I also want on the phone – and why, say, photos from the phone should be copied or moved to an un-shared folder on the computer. Duplication might be disk-inefficient, but it’s less apt to end in anger and disappointment at something being truly lost by some accident.
Between that and the IR port which means the phone is also a truly universal remote control, I’m really liking things. How universal? So far I have it able to control five TV’s (two LCD sets, three CRT sets) and two air conditioners. And I’ve not gone looking at the other stuff in the old TV/video/stereo stack yet!