Is Samsung Kies or Android File Transfer recommended for file transfers

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Appletise, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. Appletise macrumors member

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    from my OSX 10.9.4 to samsung note 2 and back? appreciate if someone can tell me which is more user friendly, and if AFT is compatible with other android phones, that can only be a plus.

    remember using kies on my pc in past and didnt remember it being that user friendly.

    thanks in advance
     
  2. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Android File Transfer is better, Kies is bloated and buggy in my experience. AFT just does what it says on the tin. It's a bit basic but if you just need to copy files it'll do it fine.
     
  3. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    No kidding. Kies is utter crap. Its like Samsung tried to copy iTunes functionality, but just ended up making a mess.

    I only use AFT on my Mac.
     
  4. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    Kies is only useful to restoring the original ROM/OS back to your Samsung phone. It does a great job with that. It does everything else extremely poor.
     
  5. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Aren't you meant to use ODIN for that anyway?
     
  6. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    When I had the S3, I must have flashed almost everything. I've ran into situations that I couldn't even get into any mode, so ODIN wouldn't detect. Phone was basically bricked. Kies is basically the fail proof way of getting your phone back up and running if something goes wrong at that level.
     
  7. chagla macrumors 6502a

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    install this app called "airdroid" on your android device. one of the best android app you can ever have. you can not only transfer file from ANY computer simply by using your browser but also do a whole bunch of other things - sending messages, manage other apps etc etc.
     
  8. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    I'll have to remember that. I once managed to almost brick my S4 but I managed to save it by flashing the stock recovery in ODIN.
     
  9. JaySoul macrumors 68020

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    1) Kies is OK to make a pretty complete backup, especially if you are moving from Samsung to Samsung or lose your phone etc.

    2) Android File Transfer is damn quick for things like films, other files etc.

    3) iSyncr is relatively slow but very accurate for transfer iTunes music to your phone

    4) Rocket Player combines well with iSyncr as the Music playing app
     
  10. Klyster macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. I only use Kies for total backups, nothing beats AFT for speed an control.

    Helium is worth a look to, great for saving app data rather than the whole app.
     
  11. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    So I removed DRM purchased iTunes movie that weighs in at 6GB which exceeds the max 4GB Android File Transfer? Any other software suggestions for transfer
     
  12. RMXO macrumors 6502a

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    Use Airdroid for file transfer, it's one of the best there is.
     
  13. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    That's not a limitation of the transfer software, it's a limitation of the filesystem used by Android itself. The only way to bypass that is re-encode the movie to make it smaller. You can retain 1080p quality at around 2GB anyway, no way does it need to be 6GB. Use Handbrake to transcode it.
     
  14. Klyster macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure the android file system is the issue?

    forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1823746

    "Internal storage is ext4, which has a filesize limit of 16 TB. I believe it will be enough for all Infinity users The 4GB limit is under FAT16 and FAT32 only, which on your device you won't see anywhere besides the (micro)SD(HC) card!

    If someone here really thinks your internal storage could be formatted FAT32, read about file permissions under Linux for the starters

    And just to make sure, I've just copied a 5.46 GB file from full-size SDHC card in the dock to my internal storage (/sdcard/) with an average speed of 15 MB/s without experiencing any problems (within the tablet, so if you experience problems with USB transfers, consider it a problem with Windows handling MTP on your device or a similar issue).

    This whole thread actually spreads disinformation. Better try to make sure, if you are unsure.

    BTW, don't go with NTFS under Android in general and under .26 Infinity firmware in particular, it will give you trouble at some point on any device you connect to it. Just format your external cards to exFAT and don't even try to touch internal...

    As to watching big .mkv files, try BSPlayer Free, it has played my 15 GB 1080p mkv files very smoothly. You can see more about apps for the Infinity in my apps (sticky) therad."
     
  15. Klyster macrumors 6502a

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    Just copied 8gb movie onto my Android tablet (internal memory), no issues.
    Copied via USB cable from win7 pc.
     
  16. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    It may be a limitation of the MTP protocol itself rather than the filesystem. Either way the issue is not with the file transfer software and it's still true that you do not need your movie to be 6GB. That's just a waste of memory.
     
  17. Klyster macrumors 6502a

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    Too true, I just wanted to see if it was possible.

    It played fine after I found a DTS encoder.
     
  18. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    They both suck. Just horrible.

    I usually just use the SD slot on my Macbook. Faster and more stable.
     
  19. Klyster macrumors 6502a

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    Good luck using your sd slot for internal memory.
     
  20. lugworm macrumors 6502

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    This.
    I used AFT last night to transfer music and movies from my mac to a new Oneplus 3t. I was amazed at the transfer speed !
     

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