Recently we got our hands on the HTC Sensation, today we were having a little play and thought we would try out one of the apps which comes pre-installed on the Three UK model, this is called Transfer my Stuff for Android (version 220.127.116.11) and we must say that it really deserves a mention in the smartphones user manual or packaging because it is great.
When people buy a new phone there are lots of ways to import contacts from their old handset to their new one, however most opt for the old-fashioned way of manually entering contacts, this is because people sometime worry about a complicated procedure getting in their way, having just used Transfer my Stuff for Android we have to say that this is the solution for people looking to transfer contacts to android easily.
We are not sure which Android phones this comes on as standard, but our Three UK HTC Sensation lists it as “Transfer” in the all apps section of the OS, when you open it up you will see that it uses Bluetooth to transfer contacts, SMS and calendar events to your new Android device, however it is very dependant on your old smartphone’s capabilities.
In our test we imported data from the BlackBerry Bold 9700 to the HTC Sensation, we thought this would be a good test as the Bold 9700 has been heavily used for over a year and is full of messages, contacts and calendar appointments. The procedure is pretty straight forward, initially you have to choose your old phone’s make and model (thousands of models are supported from dozens of makes), once this is done it will tell you how to turn Bluetooth on (on the old device) to enable the transfer, we have embedded images showing this stage below.
Once you enable Bluetooth on your old device the your new device lists Bluetooth devices available in the area and you must simply select the source device, the two devices authenticate to enable the transfer and then you get to choose what content you would like to import. Initially we just important contacts, from start to finish the import took roughly 1 minute to copy 149 contacts across, however we found that important nearly 1000 messages took much longer than this (approximately 10 minutes). We have embedded photos below which show the next stages of the transfer below, when the procedure finishes you get to see a report of what copied across.
We checked all of the imported messages, contacts and calendar entries and it looked like everything coped across just fine, therefore we would highly recommend this app to others. Currently we are unsure whether this comes as part of HTC Sense 3.0 or whether it is a third party app, we searched for it at the App Market but couldn’t find it, but we have previously seen earlier versions of the app on the HTC Desire S and Incredible S, so perhaps it is exclusive to HTC, either way we would highly recommend it, just look out for the icon below on your Android phone.