With so much data moving from the desktop-based computers to our mobile devices, the space that data takes up on those devices becomes more and more important. Apps compete with photos, movies and songs for that tiny amount of space, so users are left with few options with which to store their data. One of the increasing options being presented to users is storing their data in the cloud. Users have Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft‘s SkyDrive and even iCloud. All services offer a bit of free space, with the option to purchase more.
What Does It Do?
G Cloud backup seems to be in the group of backup applications and services that tries to be as unobtrusive as possible. For the most part, a users experience with the application will all take place upon installation and setup. After you’ve assigned the folders you’d like backed up in GCloud’s settings, you very rarely, if ever, have to go back into the application to make modifications. You can set GCloud Backup to schedule automatic backups, and upon completion, remind you with a small notification that your backup is complete. I currently have my backups being done every 24 hours, and receive my notification sometime during the evening. Genie9 states that GCloud Backup “intelligently, automatically and effortlessly protects and backs up all your android’s data” and it really does exactly that. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles and the interface is clean and easy to use.
One of the features that I really like about this app is the expanded backup ability that it possesses. Most backup apps allow you to do a few of the things that GCloud Backup does, but not all of them at the same time. More specifically, GCloud allows you to backup photos and movies while at the same time backing up SMS data, Call logs and contacts, all in the same app.
Who Needs Another Backup Tool?
Admittedly, I was hesitant to review yet another backup tool. There are so many options out on the market right now and it seems like another app is just going to clutter up the market even more. The more and more I thought about GCloud, though, the more I realized that (for me) GCloud really seems like the type of tool that every ROM-addicted Android user needs in their repertoire. With the ability to backup nearly all of the data on your device, pairing this with something like Titanium Backup pretty much ensures that the data you had on a previous ROM is going to make it onto your future ROM. As a modder of the original Motorola Droid, I can remember a time when you lost your data if you rooted and ROMed your device. Now, you barely even miss a beat when you install a new ROM, and tools like GCloud Backup really make it an easy decision to switch ROMs.
GCloud Backup might not be for everyone, but it’s a nice, simple, and clean tool that should find its way onto your device if you have any need for backup services. GCloud Backup is free (fantastic) and gives you 1 GB worth of storage, which is about all that you’re going to need if you want to backup the integral portions of your device. With the ability to increase your storage (you can upgrade to 10GB for only $0.99/month), GCloud Backup at least deserves a look, and is nice to set-and-forget for that moment in time when you think you’re up the creek without a paddle, only to realize that you’ve been backing up your data every single day.