Originally Posted by am8449
Although iCloud seems like an great idea, I wonder how much use the average user (like me) would get out of it.
Can anyone offer anecdotes on how they use it on a day-to-day basis?
Syncing calendars, contacts, bookmarks and reading list between devices.
Syncing data between devices when apps support iCloud Storage (work in progress)
On the Mac side you get Back To My Mac which is pretty neat. Basically you can remotely access your Macs. So if you have an iMac at home and a MacBook you just see your iMac at all times. You can screen share, transfer files, etc. It will even wake up your iMac at home if it's asleep.
Find my iPhone/Mac/iPad
(with iTunes Match) Have your entire music library in the cloud so all devices can share it.
Backup your iOS devices to the cloud. So say you drop your iPhone into a black hole. You go buy a new one, login to iCloud, and it restores everything down to your icon placement, text messages, applications, settings, etc. It's a perfect 1:1 clone.
PhotoStream -- take a photo with your iPhone. Go home and sit in front of your computer and it's already there waiting for you.
iCloud definitely benefits people the most who own multiple iOS devices and Macs though there is a Windows iCloud syncing agent as well. Just the device backup stuff alone is worth the 5 minutes required to sign-up for a free service.