Every now and then an application comes along that sounds too good to be true. You read the negative reviews that say "don't go there." But, it sounds so cool you have to try it anyway...
MobileMe, in theory, allows you to sync your iPhone with your Outlook calendar on multiple windows or mac machines. In addition, using the MobileMe web interface, you can also access your calendar and contacts from a good looking Web interface to the MobileMe "cloud" out there on the Web. Sounds good, right? Who wouldn't want this?
I was initially scared off by a Google search of MobileMe problems
. But, what do the experts know, anyway?
So, a few days ago, I installed MobileMe. I probably only lost 3-4 hours of my life trying to get it to work, and thankfully I didn't lose any data so it could be worse. But, here's how MobileMe worked for me:
1. MobileMe generally was able to sync my iPhone, notebook, and MobileMe cloud. However, MobileMe stubbornly refused to sync a 2nd windows computer, and completely balked when I tried adding a 3rd. The extra computers would sit there forever during a sync. Afterwards, nothing was synced.
2. On four occasions, when I tried to sync, MobileMe informed me that I've never synced before. Somehow, it completely lost track of the fact that I'd used MobileMe to sync and I had to start all over again.
3. On multiple occasions, when I tried to sync, MobileMe told me that I had "inconsistent data" in my Calendars and I needed to reset MobileMe. That basically meant wiping out the calendar on the MobileMe cloud and uploading it again from my desktop. My calendar goes back 10 years so this took a fair amount of time.
4. On a couple of occasions, I could swear that an appointment I'd entered on my notebook disappeared on its own after syncing. No way to prove this, but I have my suspicions.
5. On a half dozen occasions, the MobileMe Web interface was not able to load the calendar and told me to try again.
6. I noticed at one point all the calendar entries in my iPhone disappeared. A few minutes later they were back.
My experiment with MobileMe is over for the moment. I have a free 2 month trial. I may decide to try again in a month and see if it is any more reliable. After the free trial I have the option of paying $99/year to torture myself like I did the past couple of days.
MobileMe. A great idea. Just not yet.