SugarSync, the popular solution for browsing, backing up, and syncing your files across multiple devices, is now available on the Android platform. If you're not familiar with the program, its concept is simple. Download SugarSync on all of your computers and mobile devices, and select which files and folders to sync. Then voila, access your files and folders from any of your devices, or through the SugarSync Web site. It's a super convenient service that you probably won't truly appreciate until you try.
The mobile app installs and syncs in seconds, provided you already have a SugarSync account (otherwise, you'll have to go online and register for either a free 5GB account, or a paid account starting at $4.99). Then once you're up and running, the interface is fairly straightforward, as you simply choose which of your devices you'd like to peer into, tap it's icon, and browse. But remember, since the files aren't all stored in your phone's local memory (thank goodness), whatever you access, you'll have to download first. From there, you can view files, share via e-mail, or share folders with other users. It's all a snap, especially with the built-in File Manager, for reaching those normally-hard-to-access corners of Android's file system.
Where the SugarSync app really shines is its AutoSync Photos feature. Enable it, and every picture you take will automatically be backed up to your SugarSync account in the cloud. It may drain a bit of battery life, but it's terribly convenient, reliable, and works completely behind the scenes. For the phone paparazzi among us, this feature alone is worth the download.
While SugarSync for Android is a near-perfect solution for viewing and syncing files through your mobile device, one thing we were missing was a greater set of sharing options. For instance, there's no built-in sharing of files (or links to files) via Twitter or Facebook clients. Meanwhile, rival file-syncer Dropbox incorporates the function into its menus.
Overall, SugarSync is a solid Android download, especially for existing account holders. It provides access to files on any of your synced devices, backs up to the cloud, shares via e-mail, and comes with a built-in File Manager. And for phone photographers, the AutoSync Photos feature is something you can't pass up.