SugarSync is an app much like any other standard cloud storage service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Windows SkyDrive, iCloud, etc. However, its developers have taken a close look at these services and realized that they all do one thing – confine you to a box.
SugarSync does its best to take you outside of the box that most cloud storage services confine your shared files to. By offering potential access to the entirety of your computer’s files via any device, you can do so much more (like creating an automated backup of your files).
The iPhone version of the app depends quite a bit on your home station, and while it is true that you potentially have access to the entirety of your computer, you must manually select the folders that you want to be synced. If you haven’t done this before, this can definitely take some time, but fortunately, files are accessible from your iPhone as they are uploaded to SugarSync’s servers.
In short, SugarSync itself is a wide and vast service with many features, but the SugarSync iOS app merely complements it. For a more detailed rundown on SugarSync as a whole, you should check out Aaron’s article that explains why he thinks SugarSync is the most well-rounded free file backup and syncing service.
Like I said before, the iPhone app is just a part of SugarSync as a whole. Besides allowing you to access any synced file, you also can access any device that you have connected to SugarSync. Furthermore, you can take these files and do whatever you want with them: email them, copy them, open them in your Google Drive, open them in DropBox, etc. You can even open them in the Bump app for fast sharing with someone else.
In a way, SugarSync for iPhone allows you to have everything that you work on right in your pocket. Granted, there are some limitations with storage plans, and for your information, below are all of SugarSync’s personal pricing plans:
- 5 Gigs: Free
- 60 Gigs: $74.99/yr or $7.49/mo
- 100 Gigs: $99.99/yr or $9.99/mo
- 250 Gigs: $249.99/yr or $24.99/mo
- 500 Gigs: $399.99/yr or $39.99/mo
Practically speaking, you likely would not purchase a plan that really allows you to backup your entire computer. But then again, you might, and for those of you who have a computer with low storage (like a MacBook Air), the pricing just might be worth it.
Furthermore, SugarSync offers unlimited storage for businesses, but that involves entirely different pricing tiers.
But think about it. The ability to access these files (and even view them) from your iPhone is quite amazing. You can even download certain files to be viewable while offline!
I keep reiterating that SugarSync allows access to the entirety of your computer, and this is true. However, you can only access a certain amount of files at a time based on storage limitations. Even still, this a great step up compared to the original features offered by similar services. Typically, you would have access to one folder that was tied to your account, and you would dump all of your desired files into this folder.
With SugarSync, you can select multiple existing folders that you would normally use to do this.
Regarding the actual files you sync, there are a number of practical reasons you could have for them. For one, almost everyone has forgotten to email a certain file to a certain someone and put themselves in a situation where they either have no WiFi or have left their PC at home. If you have – for instance – synced your computer’s Documents or Desktop file with SugarSync, you can easily email that file right away from your iPhone.
Furthermore, like Dropbox, SugarSync allows you to share certain files with other SugarSync users right from your iPhone – perfect for collaboration.
SugarSync is a great cloud storage and backup service with great iPhone app. While the service is great as a whole, one must view the iPhone app as just one extension of it. It implements quite a few other factors, so you have to take that into consideration.
For those of you who already use SugarSync iOS app, what do you think of it? Should it have made our Best iPhone Apps list?