Galaxy Note, Android 4, not rooted. Does anybody have a backup strategy where the restore has actually been used and worked for them? Everybody's got a strategy/tools.... but the real test is doing a total restore to an empty device. I mean the scenario where the device just goes missing, external SD card and all - never tb seen again and you order a new device and a new SD card. From other threads, I gather that the first step is to download and install AppBrain's AppMarket - which would have been installed on the old device and synced to AppBrain's cloud with some regularity. Then I'm guessing that AppMarket can automagically re-install all of the apps downloaded from PlayStore an then apply all updates to both the Play Store and native apps. Assuming that's the case (???), what then? What about all the system settings, the desktop arrangement, and so-forth? There are plenty of threads/web pages out there on "How To Back Up", but I have not found anything where the author says they have actually tested the scheme by restoring to an empty device. Kies? Kies' Backup/Restore tab has lots of entries but, intuitively, it does not look like the whole enchilada to me - and I don't have five hundred bucks to buy a second device to test it. So, Bottom Line: Has anybody got a (non-rooted-dependent) strategy that has actually proven itself in a real situation where the old device went away and a new device had to be loaded from scratch? Or should I bite the bullet and think about rooting this thing?