Originally Posted by Jonamac
Am I totally alone in liking MobileMe? I agree it's pricey if you only use one or two of its features, but if you use them all it's great value. The web hosting is often unused by the moaners but it's worth the market rate for hosting alone! Push email and calendar synch make it a great package.
It all works just fine for me too and always has after a few early problems, for which (as in conveniently forgotten) I was reimbursed!!
Whether or not people have happy experiences with MobileMe syncing seems to be all in the luck of the if-then-else draw. I have seen terrifying data loss in every app, except iDisk which I find so slow I am never sure it's done before I pack up my Mac and leave. On another forum where I participate, not related to tech and therefore reasonably grown-up, someone mentioned losing some data and the whole forum seemed to chime in with further examples.
Eg in mail: I renamed a folder with 1,000+ emails in it. The folder disappeared, the new one appeared with no emails, over the next 30 minutes new emails reappeared, but not all, then later the old folder reappeared holding some of the old email, but the total number of remaining emails was less than the original. I have tons of these examples such as multiple drafts of sent emails lurking in Drafts but won't bore you, though I do envy you your working MobileMe.
When it does work, it is bad at maintaining data quality. Say you decide you want to make a custom tag for dates called 'expirydate'. You do it on the iPhone and next time you want to do the same, you click Custom and you see your previous custom tags and can choose the same one. But on OSX when you choose Custom, you *don't* see them, so you might enter "Expiry Date", which is not the same. Now you have a mess with two tags for the same thing and poor data quality. If you wanted to do something clever with searching or some AppleScript, it's broken. Same applies with country. Choose a country on the iPhone and the country is set. On OSX you can't choose a country, it's just text. Even if you type it exactly as on the iPhone it's just text. So if you enter Nicaragua in OSX and view it on the iPhone, it looks correct, but when you drill into the edit screen it's still set to the default USA. And when you try to map it, it often ends up showing Cupertino due to no matching address. Again, the examples go on and on.