Originally Posted by solipsism
There are some services that are far better than the MobileMe counterpart (Dropbox and SugarSync compared to iDisk are prime examples) but I dont know of a single product that competes well with MobileMe as a whole.
Some of Apples other advancements have obsolesced some of MobileMes features. For example, the syncing and backup of so many personal settings and info that go well beyond what MS Active Sync can achieve. Another is Find My iPhone which Apple made a free service thus demising its value in another way.
Others simply have no equal, like Back To My Mac which means I can input my MobileMe credentials and have access to all computers both in Finder and as a remote client without any additional setup. For $65/year I get plenty of use from the service.
It's funny that so many of the people bashing MobileMe also say "I don't use it". It really amazes me how many people while whine about a product that they don't use - and expect their whining to have any credibility.
I use MobileMe all the time and use it on several different computers and iDevices. What it does for me is:
- Add a bookmark on one computer and it's automatically on all of them.
- Add an item to iCal and it's automatically on all my computers.
- All my essential files are instantly available to all computers when I save them to iDisk. No extra steps of moving them around to drop box or anything.
- My keychain is synced to all computers.
- If I DO have to get something on my home computer that isn't on iDisk, I can go to my home computer's Finder.
- I can continue to do the same thing even when not connected to the Internet. If I make changes to one computer, it will automatically sync as soon as I connect to the Internet.
It comes close to allowing me to work on all my computers the same way without having to spend countless hours manually syncing files and worrying about where to find something. It's all automatic and I don't have to give it a second though. I want my business files? Just go to iDisk without worrying about where I put them.
I'm not aware of any other package that does all of that. Heck, I can't think of even a collection of software that does all of that, although I suppose that you might be able to find 5 or 6 different software packages that would do the same thing, but I haven't seen them.
Is it perfect? Nope. There are a few flaws. For example, when you mirror iDisk to your computer, it seems that it should be backed up with TimeMachine, but that doesn't seem to be the case (or, at least, I can't find it). I guess Apple feels that their own data center backup is sufficient. I don't agree, but it's a minor enough issue that I can live with it to get all the other advantages (once I week, I simply copy the iDisk to somewhere else on my computer so it gets backed up locally).
It's a great product and makes life much easier for many people. Unless you've actually used it enough to explore its capabilities (some of the posts here are so wrong as to be ludicrous), you shouldn't be commenting.