Review: Samsung SideSync Technology

By Mike Wheeler

For those of us who would you like our smartphone and PC to have a symbiotic relationship Samsung has released the SideSync application for its ATIV range of PCs.

By Mike Wheeler

For those of us who would you like our smartphone and PC to have a symbiotic relationship Samsung has released the SideSync application for its ATIV range of PCs.

In order for the application to work you’ll need a Samsung smartphone, and an ATIV-enabled PC – that’s it. We understand where Samsung is coming from with this technology, especially if you are one of those busy people who find it a drag swapping out between devices.

How does it work in practical terms? Well if your Samsung smartphone has the Android Jelly Bean operating system you can connect both devices wirelessly, but if the system is older then you will have to do so via USB cable connection. As you would expect the synchronisation is pretty quick. A virtual version of your phone will appear on the desktop and for all intents and purposes it can be used like your smartphone except you can tap on the keyboard of the PC to use it. And yes, this means you can answer your emails, SMS’s and also drag and drop files from the desktop onto the virtual smartphone. It all seemed a bit weird to us at first, but once we got used to it, you realised how much time this can save.

So how far does the synchronisation of the devices go? If you plug your headset into the PC, you can make calls via the smartphone through the PC. We noticed that there was no drop in sound quality, which we thought might happen due to using the PC to take the call.

An interesting aside is that the technology will automatically back up files on your phone to the PC without being asked. At first we weren’t too sure if we like this or not, but ee’d say we like it more than not. In the past I have lost files because I forgot to back them up, but in this case if you have a hard drive that is reasonably full already, then maybe automatically putting other files on it might not suit some users. Then again, if you have a portable hard drive or cloud service, this minor problem could be avoided.

Overall, we like the idea behind SideSync because the reality is that tech-savvy people (and let’s face it, every generation from X onward is only going to get more so) want more integration with their gear so on that score Samsung are ahead of the game.

Pros: Allows you to integrate your PC and smartphone; great for people on the go
Cons: Only works with Samsung smartphones

4.2 Shacks Out Of 5

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