As a user of two Macs it’s important for me to keep copies of files contacts, and calendar events synchronized between both computers. Apple had a solution or so I thought. I’ve been testing it for a few days and here’s how it scores so far:
- Calendar Synchronization – A+
- Contact Synchronization – A+
- Email – Not sure as I’m not using this functionality
- Photo Sharing – B+
- File storage / backup – D-
File storage was the primary feature I was looking for so I could access working files between my two computers without having to lug a portable storage device around or forgetting what machine I saved a downloaded file on. The feature that keeps me from giving the File storage capability an F is that it offers iDrive functionality. This feature allows the virtual storage space appear and function like local storage such as an external hard drive or a USB thumb drive. What is extremely disappointing about this service with much potential is that the upload functionality is painfully slow. So slow in fact that I’m looking to test some other service.
While uploading photos seemed quick enough uploading a folder with HTML files and images required zip compression which Apple claims would speed up the process. My testing showed that the MobileMe service was still painfully slow for folder uploads. Unzipping files only 2-4MBÂ proved unsuccessful on most attempts with a failure / error message.
The MobileMe service has great potential, but if you are a serious computer user and time is money, MobileMe is not practical until Apple can address upload times and decompression of files that require zipping to get them uploaded.
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