Proven/Tested Backup Strategy for Non-Rooted Device?

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http://androidforums.com – 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 (General)