Samsung PC Studio, a useful mobile phone management tool
The Samsung PC Studio is the official software release for the Samsung mobile phones and is indispensable for data management between the mobile device and the PC. At the moment there are multiple Samsung PC Suite software versions such as PC Suite 7, Kies and the New PC Studio we are currently reviewing and that seems to be the most user friendly and updated at a first glance. These versions may also attend certain phone models so for example the old PC Suite seems to be more suited for older Samsung models that have basic usb connection with the PC and not much data to transfer/manage and the Kies and New PC Studio are designed for newer models including smartphones and tablets. We had a look at each of these applications and indeed the New PC Studio is the most modern looking and user friendly.
The users do not need to have the mobile phone connected to the PC when installing the application. Once the package has been downloaded, just click on it and the installation will begin. The package also contains all the necessary drivers for the mobile device and USB connection.
When Samsung PC Studio is opened for the first time, a quick guide is shown and this dialog helps the first time users and beginners in getting up to speed with the application management. This window contains very well structured information about how to start the PC Studio, how to configure widgets, how to use easy start, how to manage various data types like multimedia and phonebook contacts, how to upload files and how to use additional functionalities like outlook synchronization.
Another window is the Connection preferences one. This window presents the available options for connecting the device to the PC. In our case these options are USB and Bluetooth connection.
Main program interface contains all the relevant buttons and the most frequently used ones at immediate reach for the users. These options are Widget Settings, Phonebook, Scheduler, Memo, Message Manager, Media Manager, Video Converter, Mobile phone upgrade, to Web, My Computer and Connect Mobile Phone. We will take each option separately explain its functionality.
First is My Computer, basically a file explorer which eases the file transfer between the PC and the mobile phone and also supports drag and drop for all the supported file types. Once clicked, the button will open the explore windows and immediately files can be transferred on the fly.
Connect mobile phone opens the connection preferences and users can pick which connection type to use when transferring files over.
Widget Settings allows users to add custom buttons for various functionalities in the main interface window besides the default buttons. These extra buttons include Internet connection, MMS Sending, Disk burning, Backup and restore, Outlook Sync and more.
Phonebook opens up the contacts window and users have the possibility to update all their names and numbers on the fly, add new groups, delete contacts etc.
Scheduler is for Calendar management. It also supports Outlook Calendar syncing so this option is very useful for meetings, planning and other important events. Custom views are supported including daily, weekly, monthly and overall. Events can also be added and deleted and mass import is supported.
Memo allows users to add notes for daily routine, shopping lists, reminders and other related activities.
Message manager is for SMS, MMS and Mail management. Messages of various types can be sent, removed, synced and saved as drafts.
Media manager can scan for Music, Photo and Video files on the PC and play them, view them, sync them with the phone, delete them and create subfolders with each type.
Video Converter can save the videos and music transferred from the PC in a supported format on the mobile phone to be played later.
Upgrade mobile phone will search for the latest firmware automatically and update the mobile device if needed.
To web is for uploading your files from the mobile phone to your website directly to be either embedded or saved online.
All these options and enhancements make the Samsung PC Studio app a great tool for PC<->phone management. It can be effective for both advanced users and beginners alike.