SnapPea is billed as “Android’s best friend,” and after spending significant time with application I am inclined to agree—somewhat. The free utility lets Android users manage photos, music, video, contacts, and apps from the comfort of their computers. SnapPea is a useful tool, but a few niggles prevent it and my Samsung Galaxy Note II from being, like, total BFFs.
SnapPea, in a nutshell, is iTunes for Android—minus the bloat. You start by downloading SnapPea to your Windows PC and the corresponding mobile app to your Android device. There are two setup methods: You can connect your Android phone or tablet to a laptop via USB (and download the appropriate drivers), or connect via Wi-Fi. The latter option requires a small but easy amount of setup. Step one: Make sure that the laptop and Android device are connected to the same wireless signal. Step two: Launch the SnapPea mobile app and key in the displayed passcode into the SnapPea desktop app when prompted. That’s it! Note: Part of SnapPea’s music functionality is gimped when used over Wi-Fi. More on that later.
SnapPea then asks to you link the two devices. It’s optional, but there are advantages for doing so. The app auto-connects desktop to mobile and performs automatic contact, photo, and text message backup. It’s useful and I’d recommend it to all users—unless you’re running the software on a public computer.
The SnapPea Experience
The SnapPea home screen has two areas. There’s a large, main content area that occupies most of the screen and a column that houses the My Device and Download top-level categories.
My Devices is where you manage content and, thankfully, the interface is clean and intuitive. Clicking Apps, for example, lets you move software from internal storage to a SD card (and vice versa), export Android apps to your computer, import Android apps, delete apps, and install apps from Google Play. You can perform similar functions with Contacts, Music, Video, Pictures, and Messages content, but each category has its own unique features.
For example, Messages lets you read text messages in a layout that very much resembles an IM chat session. It’s incredibly useful for people who have large mitts (like me) as I can craft messages on a large, spacious computer keyboard. I liked it a lot, but SnapPea took nearly a minute to send some of my texts—frustrating. Photos can be viewed as individual pictures or in slideshow format, but SnapPea only displays images snapped with your Android device or sent to you via text; photos saved from email aren’t shown. On the music front, SnapPea allows you to import music from your desktop into to your phone. Liam Finn + Eliza June’s “Honest Face” song transferred from my laptop to my Samsung Galaxy Note II in under a minute. SnapPea also lets you import music from iTunes, but only if your Android device is connected to the computer via USB.
The Download section is where you can download content from a variety of sources. There’s the obligatory Google Play section, but you can also download content from the likes of Pinterest, YouTube, and Ted Talks (you can also stream video to the desktop). There are sections for Android-related sites such as Android Central and Phandroid, too.
Is it for You?
SnapPea makes managing Android content a breeze. The software is incredibly simple to use and gives users a central location for handling Android-related tasks. If you own an Android phone or tablet, consider SnapPea a worthwhile download.
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