I bought the full version right away so I could fully check out the app, but if that isn't your style, the app has a free version also. With the free version, you can expect to be able to backup and restore to your SD card and you can backup and restore from your computer. You can also expect ads (naturally). The app is a bit more than most at $4.99, but I think you will find that it is more than worth it.
With the premium version, you get the following features:
- No ads
- Automatic Backup schedules
- Android to Android sync
- Cloud backup and restore
- Google Drive
Reddit that Carbon is not supposed to replace Titanium Backup or try to compete with it. Instead, it is trying to accomplishing something different. Koush says he wants “to bring iCloud to Android.” Titanium Backup does backup to the cloud, but it requires root. Carbon doesn't require root, and that’s where it is different.
So what other cool features do we have? Well, you can schedule your backups. This is something I might actually take advantage of. I’m thinking about setting Carbon to backup my apps while I’m asleep maybe once a week or something. That way, I don’t even have to back anything up if I flash a new build of a ROM. And of course, you can backup yours apps to Dropbox, Drive, Box, or your SD card.
So what are my thoughts on this app? Well I gave it a run through, and while each person has different preferences and expectations, I would say this is a solid app that you should definitely give a whirl. A full backup (47 apps) to my SD card took less than 15 minutes. Backing up to the cloud took a lot longer, but that can be expected. I backed up to Google Drive at about 1:00 PM and it was done around 2, then I wiped my phone and then tried to restore everything. It took a while to restore because I accidentally had "App Data Only" checked, which made me have to redownload every app. Most data was restored. Nova Launcher's settings were not restored and AOKP ROM Controls remained at their default settings, but the latter was expected. Everything else seemed to pick up right where it had left off.
Would I recommend this app? You bet. It is a well made app with a great concept created by a great developer, and I think it will only get better. It does exactly as advertised. It is not a root backup app like Titanium; it is an everyman's backup app. With just a few clicks, you've backed up your data securely and given yourself the ability to move everything - from your Twitter settings to your saved games - to a new devices or just flash the device in hand with confidence that you won't spend hours setting things back up just so.
If you are interested, grab the app, give it a run, and let us know what you think. I believe you'll find it to be a positive experience.
Carbon (Basic features, with ads) is available for free on the Google Play Store
Carbon Unlocker is available for $4.99 from the Google Play Store (Standard Carbon install required)