Review: SugarSync offers an iOS-centric cloud storage tool for photos/videos

Back up and share your photos, videos, and other files in the cloud with this storage tool.

SugarSync attempts to do what other services before it have done well--provide an extended storage solution for the iOS platform. However, due to limited upgrade options, it will only work for a certain group of people. While the focus on video and image backup is good on a device with a camera and far too little built-in storage, it doesn't offer more than its competitors to truly stand out.

SugarSync is very much like other cloud storage tools like Dropbox and Box.net. Sign up for a free account and you receive 5GB of storage that you can use for files on your device or computer. It installs on all iOS devices and syncs your files in the cloud. You can set it to automatically back up photos and videos, while setting the quality at which those files are backed up; and you can organize your files by content or photos fairly easily. Sharing is also easy with a separate set of sharing menus and contacts built into the app. All of this is well done and the result is a strong, cloud-based app with a media focus.

The sole reason we are hesitant to recommend SugarSync is that it doesn't provide any tools or services that other cloud storage services don't already offer, and the upgrade option is limited to just 30GB a year. For those in dire need of more storage, especially for video, this may not be enough. All that said, if you are eager for a cloud tool that works well with the iOS platform, SugarSync is a decent option, albeit a limited one.

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