Many of you own or at least have trialed Resco Explorer. One of the more overlooked features of Explorer is the backup function. Yes, it has a backup function: Menu->Options->Backup RAM. Altogether, the backup itself is almost identical to Resco’s similar product, aptly named Resco Backup, though it lacks the major features such as scheduling and the ability to create backup projects. Projects allow you to define special settings for the backups. You could have projects set up for a full nightly backup, a weekly application only backup and a Documents backup on Saturdays, for example. you may want to seek an alternative. (such as RB!)
After rigorous and painstaking research and testing, Resco Explorer outperformed Backup in compression but fell short when the speed of the backups were brought into question. Explorer restored much faster, though.
My first test was a full RAM backup of my T|X(approximately 68MB used) measuring the compression of the backups. The percentage is the backup size compared to the size of my used RAM. Explorer eeked out a win here, but the difference is almost insignificant:
– 38514/68579K for Backup (56.1% of original RAM size)
– 37301/68579K for Explorer (54.3% of original RAM size)
My second test was also a full RAM backup, but this time measuring the rate of compression, in MB per minute.
– 859 seconds/38514KB (2.62MB per minute) for Backup
– 1023 seconds/37301KB (2.31MB per minute) for Explorer
I did a third test, measuring the time for a full restore, after a hard reset. The apps quite nearly restored the device to the original state, except they didn’t delete that pesky Quick Tour. Here are the times and the rate of restore in MB per minute:
– 767 seconds for Backup (2.84MB per minute)
– 605 seconds for Explorer (3.72MB per minute)
As for UI:
Both app’s interfaces are confusing, IMHO(this review focussed on backup v1 – v2 improves the UI considerably). They are mostly in tiny little design ways that can confuse or frustrate a new user. Granted, Explorer isn’t a backup oriented software so I can understand hiding backup away in the menu and will cut it some slack. But I found that Backup’s idea for projects was confusing to a new user and that the new project option was hidden away in either the dropdown on the left or in the menu, which seemed counter-intuitive, given the large button style the rest of the form carried.
I noticed that RB didn’t put itself on the card automatically. That makes things mighty difficult after a hard reset if it isn’t possible to restore! Also, RB had a habit of confusing me when I tried to restore. The concept of filters confused me (don’t laugh please…) and the tips dialog didn’t help much. Explorer, however, was pretty cool about restoring the set without much trouble.
Other than those little nags though, RB is basically a set and forget solution: just schedule it by day, time, and whether to update or rebackup and your off. My suggestions to the folks down at Resco: When RB first starts, help the user create a project with a wizard like Neeews! does for new feeds.
I’m starting to run out of things to say, so let’s end it. Altogether they are both stellar backup apps and worth their weight in pie. The folks at Resco did good jobs on these apps, IMHO, and both apps are definitely worth the 15 dollars each it takes to register them. Explorer can do almost anything except my homework (feature request ), but without scheduling, it may not be the one app to rule them all.