Now, as much as I love MobileMe and the sync services it provides, I just can’t bring myself to pay the massive renewal cost for an extra year as a member. The £59 is staying firmly seated in my pocket this time round! However, I am a little addicted to the services MobileMe provides, so I found myself having to track down alternatives for all of the services I am losing. Surprisingly enough, this is not as difficult a task as it actually sounds.
First things first, the email was a good send – it was (as fair as I know) the first to other ‘Push‘ email technology, basically saving having to check for mail every 15 minutes. However, since I signed up to MobileMe, the boffins over at Google have now enabled ‘Push‘ email too. So….Let’s compare:
| || || || || |
|Service: ||Mobile Me || ||Google Mail || |
|£59 per year || ||100% Free || |
|Storage Space: ||20 GB || ||7 GB || |
|Push Mail Support: ||Yes || ||Yes || |
|Mobile Device Support: ||Yes || ||Yes || |
|POP/IMAP Support: ||Yes || ||Yes || |
So, there’s little difference between MobileMe’s email service, apart from the storage space…Now who’s going to need to keep more than 7GB?? If like me you download your mail to your laptop/pc anyway then that’s more than enough!
This brings me to the MobileMe’s contact features. Again, as part of signing up for your Gmail account for FREE you also get access to a contact solution, which is again capable of sync’ing with your mobile device using MobileSync. So that’s that sorted.
Next on the high list is the calendar offering from MobileMe. Again this is part of the free alternative Gmail account and I am yet to find a way that Google calendars doesn’t meet up to/beat MobileMe’s offering.
Then onto the picture storage service. Ok, you don’t get that as part of Gmail, but unless you are completely new to the whole internet world you should have at least heard of services such as flikr! Granted flikr doesn’t have a mobile client, but all that can be solved in the final stage of my investigation…
Cloud based storage is the final feature in the MobileMe package, the best replacement for this is by far, Dropbox. Dropbox has one of the most intelligent desktop clients I have ever seen. Along with a mobile client to boot, it certainly has to be the best in the running as a replacement. With Dropbox you get 2GB of storage for free, with the opportunity to obtain more space by inviting friends along. Alternatively, you could spend some of your £59 on upgrading your account and bagging yourself some more storage space.
So what do you have to lose? Hang onto that £59 and embrace the powers of Google and Dropbox.