Apple clearly bit off more than they could chew with releasing the iPhone 3G and MobileMe at the same time. Steve Jobs said so himself in an internal email that found it’s way to the public view. I agree they should have waited on releasing MobileMe. Now they’re having problems on both platforms, which is creating bad press.
- MobileMe’s web interface only uses SSL when you log in or go to your account settings. Why?? Is it too much trouble to encrypt the entire session, especially since the service is paid for?? Google does this for Gmail, and it’s free!! You can also use just about all of Google’s other services in secure mode just by adding an s to the http.
- I can’t choose which calendars get sync’d. MobileMe assumes I want them all sync’d, but I don’t. I have a few calendars that I use to schedule backup jobs at work. I don’t need those following me around. It’s annoying when they do. With Google Calendar, I have to manually set up CalDAV, but at least that way I can control what “follows me around”.
- The email address itself. Do I want to use @gmail.com or @me.com? Who’s the idiot that thought up @me.com?? I’d prefer @mac.com to @me.com anyday. I hand out my email address a lot, and I cringe when I think of the confusion that most likely will follow with an @me.com address. ”My email is [email protected]”… “Ok, so it’s [email protected]?”… “No, it’s [email protected]”… “That’s what I said, [email protected]!”. *sigh*. I know I still have @mac.com, but I don’t know what Apple plans on doing with that name in the long run, or whether or not they make it available with newer accounts created after DotMac was taken offline. @gmail.com is easier to understand, and more people know it.
- It’s $150 a year! Google is free!! Yeah, I know I can get the family pack from Amazon for $109, but still.
- It’s more of an all-in-one solution that integrates seamlessly with Apple computers. My wife has been telling me for a while she wishes she could use iPhoto and iWeb to host pictures online. Yeah, there’s PicasaWeb, and it works well with iPhoto, but that leaves iWeb…
- iDisk is nice, and the storage space you get is ample (20GB). Yeah, there’s gDisk and other “hacks” for using your Google storage space other than it was intended. I’d rather not risk having my account shut down for violating the usage agreement.
- Wow, I thought I’d have at least 3 reasons, but I guess I don’t. Hmm…