MobileMe vs Google Sync
ok, having peaked my interest, MobileMe sounds great. but it costs $99 a year. Google Sync claims to 'push' content to your Contacts & Calendar instantly...and for free!
MobileMe does offer other great services like Find My Phone and iDisk (maybe?), but is it worth $99?? anyone who utilized MobileMe in lieu of an Enterprise server...what are your likes, dislikes? is it worth $99 to those of us who don't rely on their iPhone/email for business? or should we just settle with what Google feeds us for free?
sorry for all the questions, but i'm seriously considering MobileMe for all of it's options. especially since photos & videos are only sync'd when you connect to iTunes on your desktop. MobileMe is instant.
- 06-30-2009, 04:46 PM #2
- 06-30-2009, 05:53 PM #3
- 07-01-2009, 01:22 PM #4
I am using GoogleSync and love it. I went from a blackberry to iphone recently and was able to upload all my contacts via my BB and then transfer with ease to my iPhone. Couldn't have gone smoother! Also, I find that the syncing is very seamless between my iPhone and Google calendar. Also, I use Novell at work and forward all appointments automatically to my Google email address. Once there, I can easily add those appointments to my Google calendar, which then syncs with my iPhone. I gave MobileMe a trial, but really didn't see what benefit it added. It's quite expensive and doesn't do anything that you can't do for free or at a very limited cost over Google.
- 07-01-2009, 01:43 PM #5
- 07-01-2009, 02:46 PM #6iPhone Intermediate
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Googlesync went perfectly for me coming from my Storm. The easiest thing possible. I have mobileme because it was a 30 buck discount when I got my phone, and the iDisk and find my phone feature are way too good to pass up. As well as remote erase from the desktop if it gets stolen.
- 07-02-2009, 12:09 PM #7
I really like MobileMe, push everything (email, calendar, contacts) all over the air and it works great with Outlook on my PC using the MobileMe installed user control panel.
Any changes (contacts, calendars, email) I do on either me.com or outlook show up on my iPhone in about 1-2 seconds literally and vice versa.
The nice photo gallery and iDisk is a nice bonus among some other items (Find My Phone) etc.
MobileMe can be had for less than $99, shop around.
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- 07-02-2009, 01:11 PM #8
- 07-02-2009, 07:59 PM #9
I love MobileMe. I love the fact that can sync everything without having to sync everything if you know what I mean. I can be anywhere without my laptop and sync cable and add an event, phone number, pic, or video and it's there right on my computer. Yeah, there are other sync programs out there, but no one can sync pics, calenders, videos, etc... using just 1 service.
- 07-02-2009, 09:31 PM #10
- 07-03-2009, 12:46 AM #11
- 07-03-2009, 07:53 AM #12
- 07-03-2009, 08:21 AM #13
esquire, my phone timeline looks similar to yours, although I started with the Treo 270. I am syncing my iPhone to Google (works flawlessly) and Google via CompanionLink to the Palm desktop.
Unlike the Palm, iTunes stores all your apps and password isn't an issue, so I've felt no need for some other kind of backup for apps. My photos & tunes are on my computer. If my hard drive dies, MM won't save you anyway. It isn't good enough to merely have the music on your iPhone - you can't get it off an iPhone onto a computer.
- 07-03-2009, 08:30 AM #14
1) Follow Alli's advice. Seems to be the most popular among PC users.
2) Throw that piece of "junk" computer under the first bus you see and go get yourself a Mac!!!
Sorry my PC friends. It was there I had to take it!
- 07-03-2009, 09:13 AM #15
Thanks for the input, Alli.
For some reason, I am not a fan of the way google handles contacts, and there is no note and task sync.
Also, I am running outlook. I have thought about companionlink, but believe it is an expensive option.
I am trying to get all my "ducks in a row" before making the leap.
As for backup, I have all my music/photos backed-ud using two different systems. That is not a worry for me. Any photos I take with the phone would be, I assume, backed-up to itunes, and the pics would then flow to my other back-up solutions.
I like the mome for the push of calendar and contacts. Also, the find my phone would be cool.
- 07-03-2009, 09:33 AM #16
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- 07-03-2009, 10:20 AM #18
I knew about that already. I will not be pointing my browser towards amazon, though. I'll pay extra for convenience thank you. I am near the end of my second year with mobile me but I had a . Mac account for years before. They just send me an email letting me know it's about to re-up. I do nothing, it automatically charges me.
- 07-03-2009, 03:34 PM #19
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- 07-04-2009, 11:04 AM #20
Stay on topic...
sticking with my original topic, i wanted to say thanks for all the comments and suggestions so far.
@Bad Ash: yeah, i'm a PC user who is not going to be using Exchange. simply Gmail. i DO have a mac, but it's so old it's running 10.3.9 software. iTunes won't even allow me to download iTunes 8.0 or better. so i have to run iTunes on my HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop with Vista (bleh).
sooo, i'm thinking for the first couple of months after i buy my iPhone 3GS, i will run Google Sync and iTunes backups exclusively. THEN, i may do the free 30-day trial of MobileMe to test it out. can't hurt, right? and since i'm going to do a lot of pics and video uploads to my blog (joshlowe.posterous.com), i may not even need MobileMe. only time will tell, i guess.
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- 07-04-2009, 12:11 PM #22
resurrecting an old thread...
but one other question. to those who have purchased mobileme through Amazon, does the renewal price go up to $99? i ask simply because the Amazon prices are around $50 right now and am not sure what to expect a year from now.
won't really be an issue if i fall in love with MM, but if i am not thrilled then i won't want to spend the extra $. thanks in advance for your replies!