As someone who is a bit compulsive about backing up her data (I've learned from my father/office IT guy to take a belt & suspenders approach) I was intrigued by Iomega's SuperHero ($69.99), a charger that could also back up the data on my iPhone.
At first glance the SuperHero looks very similar to the charging base that came with my first iPhone, except with a shiny metallic finish. Looking at it more closely I noticed it was a bit heavier, a bit thicker and had a 4GB SD card sticking in the back.
The SuperHero works by backing up the photos and contacts on your phone using the SuperHero App, available free through iTunes. It took me less than 30 minutes to set up the charger, install the app and complete my first backup. Using the app you can also set reminders to back up (the app needs to be open for the backup to be completed), and what items you'd like backed up and restored. It also allows you to back up multiple iDevices.
There is no question that this is a very convenient way to back up the data on your iPhone, iPod Touch or 4th generation iPod, but it is definitely not designed for someone like me who regularly syncs her phone to her computer.
I would also like to see added functionality in future generations of the App, specifically the ability to back up installed apps – I know several parents who would appreciate not having to remember all the free games they've installed on their kids' iPod Touches. Backing up songs and movies would also be helpful.
Do you back up your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPod? Do you need a SuperHero?