Comparatively, here’s how the three programs weigh in (out of 5):
Even in its state of pre-release, DataVault impressed me. It’s not perfect (the program times out very quickly making you re-enter your master password every time you head back to the desktop or BlackBerry interface), but apart from that, a definite thumbs up.
Cryptmagic may have gotten a head start in this space, but they’ve got a little bit of work to do as their first strong competition, DataVault, seems to have them beat on a lot of fronts.
SplashID isn’t a bad program at all, it does what it’s supposed to do. But it’s the fact that DataVault and Cryptmagic go the extra mile with their applications, and SplashID should do a little more than what’s asked.
Ascendo’s DataVault has a price tag of $29.95 USD, a little cheaper than CryptMagic’s $34.95 offering. Not only is it cheaper, but in my opinion, it’s a better investment (and not to mention, Ascendo offers free upgrades on intermediary releases). Ascendo is one of those go-getter type companies that puts all of their effort into their releases, and DataVault is no exception.
BlackBerry Cool rating: A