Macworld: What Makes SugarSync Better?

SugarSync Macworld Expo 2011

Whenever I do a post about online backup or file syncing, I almost always get a comment or a tweet like this one. Essentially, “hey, how come you didn’t mention my favorite: SugarSync?”

I was happy to see that SugarSync was at Macworld Expo, so I dropped by their booth to ask them what the fuss was about.

Of course, it is almost impossible to get into a discussion about file syncing without bringing up the D-word, but the guys at the booth were cool about it and obviously get questioned on the comparison a lot.

Here is what they say makes SugarSync better than the alternatives:

  • It is convenient for users. Since you can specify any folder on your drive to be synced, you don’t have to worry about remembering to save your files in a certain folder. You and others can just go about doing what you do normally, and things will be synced in the background
  • It is more mobile. They have clients for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, and Symbian
  • More free storage. Their free plan gives you 5 GB storage
  • More flexible pricing. They have a 30 GB plan starting at $4.99/month and the $9.99/month plan gives you 60 GB
  • Easier sharing. To send a link to a file or folder, it doesn’t need to be moved to a Public folder. You just right-click and go.

So there you go SugarSync fans, here is your chance to sound off in the comments about why you like it better. Are you happy now?!?

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6 Responses to “Macworld: What Makes SugarSync Better?”

  1. Sophie February 15, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Great post, Brooks. I tried both SugarSync and Dropbox to figure out from experience which better met my needs. Until now, I liked SugarSync better because it integrated seamlessly with the way I work. My files are organized in different folders (further categorized in subfolders), and some subfolders I want to sync/backup and others not. Using Dropbox would have meant changing the whole structure of how I organize my documents, and separating things that usually belong together. This is why I chose SugarSync. But I heard that Dropbox now offers addons that let you sync any folder on your computer (DropboxFolderSync for Windows and MacDropAny for Mac) to your dropbox. This might make me reconsider…!

    • BrooksD February 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

      Yeah, it has always been possible to use Symlinks with Dropbox but it is not something most normal humans would want to mess around with. It's nice that these new apps are coming out to make things easier.

  2. w0qj June 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Good review – there are a few recent changes as of June 2011:
    You get 5GB of space with the FREE version, but now there is no restriction to the number of computers you can sync/backup (up from 2).
    It gives you the ability to upload and sync any folder on your computer.
    It is the only service that offers such a broad device and OS support with apps for iPad/iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Symbian, not to mention your computer!

    Also if you use the below referral code you get a bonus 500MB extra on top of your Free 5GB!
    https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=tbtp0asbw9p

    Hope it helps someone.

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