webOS App Review: Zumodrive

Introduction

Of all the capabilities offered up by the cloud, perhaps the most convenient and productivity-boosting is the ability store files and access them from anywhere. Services such as Dropbox, Apple’s MobileMe, Microsoft’s Live Sync (more recently Mesh), and Zumodrive are just a few, and for a relatively low cost (including free), it’s possible to save a file on one machine and access it from any number of others.

One of the first such services to offer a webOS client was Zumodrive, and they’ve steadily improved their webOS client to support an increasing number of features. While the client’s lacking a few capabilities that would make it a complete solution, Zumodrive is stable, reliable, and performs well, offering up an attractive solution for keeping your files secure and up-to-date. Zumodrive also makes for a nice music streaming and photo viewing solution, allowing users with limited local storage space to access large media libraries on the go.

The Zumodrive webOS app is free, and the company offers up to 2GB of storage without charge. You start out with 1GB, which is automatically upgraded to 2GB after going through a series of tutorials at the Zumodrive Dojo. The process is relatively painless, and 2GB for free is a great value.

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Zumodrive

The Zumodrive service itself is reliable and affordable, offering the ability to share documents across machines, including photos and audio files that can be viewed and streamed over the Internet. Files can be saved in a local Zumodrive virtual drive, or existing folders can be shared. The Zumodrive client can be installed on an unlimited number of machines, including mobile devices.

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Pricing is as follows:

  • 2GB – Free after completing the Zumodrive Dojo
  • 10GB – $2.99/month
  • 25GB – $6.99/month
  • 50GB – $9.99/month
  • 100GB – $19.99/month
  • 200GB – $37.99/month
  • 500GB – $79.99/month

This pricing is identical to Zumodrive competitor Dropbox, which offers 2GB free, 50GB for $9.99/month, and 100GB for $19.99/month. Zumodrive offers a great deal more flexibility in pricing, however.

For more information on how Zumodrive works, take the tour. The bottom line is that Zumodrive offers a great deal of flexibility at reasonable prices, and it just works.

Interface

The webOS interface is straightforward and easy to use. Files, photos, and music are a single selection tap away.

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Simply select a file, and you’re presented with options to open in the default app, copy locally, share via email, or cancel the action. If you copy the file locally, then it’s available from the default file location for the default app.

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Accessing music for streaming is a simple tap away. Zumodrive streams music nicely, with little or no buffering, meaning that webOS users can access more music on the go than they can store on their device.

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Viewing photos is equally simple.

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Zumodrive supports uploading files, music, photos, and video, either from local files or from files created at the time. The process of uploading is simple, but unfortunately Zumodrive doesn’t yet support uploading multiple files at a time.

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Performance

Files upload in the background, and users scan start one upload after another. Zumodrive uploads in the background and provides a notification (although not in the dashboard) when each file finishes.

For the most part, files show up immediately at Zumodrive and on all computers accessing the Zumodrive account. Every now and then, there can be delays in files showing up, and the delays are impossible to predict. They’re also rare, and so for the most part file are uploaded from a webOS device quickly and easily.

Files download just as quickly, and become available on the device immediately.

Conclusion

Zumodrive hits all of the hot buttons for a file synchronization solution: it performs well, it’s reliable, and it offers good value. It’s not perfect, however. The ability to select multiple files at a time for uploading would make the process more convenient and efficient, and the app could make better use of the webOS dashboard.

All in all, you can’t go wrong with Zumodrive. If you need a good solution for accessing files on the go, then go get it.

Positives

  • Straightforward interface doesn’t get in the way
  • Files are uploaded and downloaded quickly
  • Reliable and stable webOS and PC clients
  • 2GB free
  • Reasonably priced storage upgrades with a good deal of flexibility

Negatives

  • Would be nice to be able to select multiple files for uploading
  • Could use the dashboard for notifications

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