iPad Review: SugarSync

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If you’re wondering how you’ll be able to do work on your iPad, apps like SugarSync and Dropbox may help.

In SugarSync you have a fully versioned storage system that you can use to upload a variety of files including MP3s, videos, and documents.

Audio and video files, for the most part, play natively on the iPad. If you need to edit Office or iWork documents, not just view them, you’ll need to email the files to yourself and then open them in Pages. This two step process is annoying at worst and a non-issue at best.

The SugarSync app is barebones. You have access to shared files and can view everything you’ve shared, but there is no expectation that you’ll want to upload files or move them around.

The ability to sync documents with the iPad is near to non-existent. You can sync items through iTunes, but the interface is hidden for most users and clunky. 

It wold be preferable to have a folder that pops up on your desktop whenever you plug in the iPad, offering a safe place for files. Until this magic day happens we have to rely on services like SugarSync. If you need to send files back to the cloud, you use the Upload by Email service to add it as an attachment.

Aside from the “magic briefcase” aspect of SugarSync, the service is actually fairly reasonable and, in a pinch, can act as a full back-up service for your laptops and PCs. 250GB costs $249 a year or $24.99 a month. A free plan includes 2GB of data storage as well as syncing for a maximum of two machines.

Key benefits of SugarSync for iPad: Anytime, anywhere access to all files, photos and music, share remotely-stored files and media from your iPad with friends and colleagues, Stream your entire music library over the Internet from any computer (saving valuable iPad storage space for your favorite songs and videos.)

SugarSync also offers native mobile applications for Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile, especially beneficial to people who use multiple devices for everyday work and entertainment.

Bottom Line

Because the iPad has no real ‘file system’, or at least not one that’s visible to the average user, SugarSync fills an important niche and is easy enough to use that it is almost transparent.

via CrunchGear


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