Newest Review: ... automatically installs once you open the exe file. Once installed, connect your phone to your PC (I use the supplied USB cable that came w... more
The thumb saver!
FJ Software MyPhoneExplorer
Member Name: The Duke
FJ Software MyPhoneExplorer
Advantages: Enables you to do the core phone operations via the PC
Disadvantages: Some error messages not explanatory
Having recently changed phones from a Nokia 6210i to a Sony Ericcson K800i, I had to re-adjust to a completely new way of doing things. With Nokia's PC Suite of tools, there were a huge number of applications that I used including, but not limited to, synchronising with Outlook, updating contacts, sending SMS messages and all sorts of handy gubbins. If you were connected via Bluetooth, then this could all be done wirelessly. Hurrah!
The official Sony software was much easier on the eye, though not as helpful. I found that it did enough to set up the phone (i.e. synchronise Outlook with the phone), but trying to edit contacts on the phone or type SMS messages via the PC was not possible. At least, if it was, I had trouble finding how to do it.
Enter MyPhoneExplorer, a piece of software designed for managing your Sony Ericsson phone on your PC. It's roughly a 2.2MB download, available from http://www.fjsoft.at/en/ (version 1.5.7 at time of writing) and it automatically installs once you open the exe file.
Once installed, connect your phone to your PC (I use the supplied USB cable that came with my phone but I believe there's also Bluetooth support) and you'll be given access to your phone. From here, you can sync the PC with your phone and, in my case, start making better use of your phone.
Initially, I was very impressed. Despite being an unofficial piece of software, the program does appear extremely professional, much more so that the similar Nokia offering, though less than the Sony Ericsson software.
I found the software extremely easy to use and within seconds, I was synchronising my phone, updating contacts, adding appointments to my calendar and much more. Some of these functions are available in the Sony Ericsson software or can be done in a roundabout fashion using it, but the MPE solution works best for me.
For example, I don't particularly want to store things like dentist or optician's appointments in Outlook to sync across, but with MPE, I can enter these directly into the phone's calendar to have as handy reminders on the move. Likewise, having synced my phone with Outlook, I can now update those contacts I wish to have on my phone and delete the ones I have no use for, but still keep them as Outlook contacts. I could do this manually via the phone, but using the PC makes this so much easier. I can also send SMS messages by typing on my PC and sending them through the phone, making life much easier.
When the phone is connected to the PC, status messages can appear from the icon in the system tray and, for example, an incoming text message alert will be displayed when that happens along with some of the message text. There are a few other handy features such as transfer of files between PC and phone (and vice versa), being able to have a look at the status of your phone which might indicate battery charge remaining, memory usage and other attributes. There's also an option to set the time of your phone automatically using the internet's atomic clock.
MyPhoneExplorer is designed for Sony Ericsson K700, K750i and K800i phones, but it claims to work with every Sony Ericsson phone except the Symbian-based phones (P-series, M600, W950). It's compatible with more programs than just Outlook, including Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird and others.
The only time I've had a problem with the software was when I was sending SMS messages on New Year'S Eve where MyPhoneExplorer would often return a numeric error message "Error: 845" or something. This was actually a problem with O2 being overloaded rather than an issue with the software, but it would have been nice of the error message had been a little more explanatory.
All in all, I've found MyPhoneExplorer to be an excellent piece of software as it enables me to do exactly what I want with my phone, something that the Sony software could not offer. It's free and there is limited English language support on the website, but I've not needed it so far. If you've got a Sony Ericsson K800i, then I have no hesitation in recommending this piece of software.
Summary: Useful piece of software for managing your Sony Ericsson phone.
|Variety of features:|