There are plenty of things I love to do with my Dell Streak 7, but probably the thing I do most with it (other than taking notes or playing games) is enjoying my media collection. Unfortunately, since the Streak 7 only has 16GB of data, I can't fit half of my music library on it, let alone any of my TV shows or movies. And besides, if you are like me, you like to keep a few gigs free for cache.
That's why I'm always looking for good cloud storage options that are cross-platform compatible and offer lots of features for media syncing and enjoying. So when I found about SugarSync from a colleague of mine, I was all over it and its awesome features. Join me below to find out why it's perfectly suited for you and your pocket tablet and any other devices you might have.
When you open the app, you're greeted with "all" of your devices that are hooked up to SugarSync and all of the folders that "all" of your devices have created. The reason that the word "all" is in quotations is because not all of my devices showed up under the 'My Devices' section. Sure, Maurice is my Mac and obviously my Dell Streak 7 is . . . My Dell Streak 7, but I also have an iPhone 4, and I don't see that anywhere on my SugarSync page. Of course, it shows up on the iPhone app, but there my Streak 7 doesn't show up.
It's really not that big of a deal, however, since my entire media library is stored on my Mac's internal and external hard drives and I can search them from my phone or my tablet, but it would still be nice to be able to navigate around one from the other. Anyway, I'm sure that it will be coming soon, and I'm not too worried about it right now, anyway.
Coming back to what makes the app so incredible for the Streak, let's now take a look at the music-streaming capabilities that SugarSync offers. Up here, you'll see some of the music that I have uploaded from my Mac to SugarSync's servers, for streaming down to my Streak 7. (As you can tell, I'm a huge 80's fan.) Regardless of the era you're most in love with, though, you can stream quite seamlessly to your tablet and it works very well. It's accessible anywhere you have a WiFi (or 4G connection if you have a T-Mobile variant,) which certainly helps with the limited space the Streak has.
Files are organized just like you uploaded them, and because of that navigation is very simple and quick. It's basically like browsing through the regular music app on here or any of your favorite desktop media players.
Here is an example of a song being streamed down from the servers to your Streak. Like I said, it's very simple and it even plays in the background without interruption, which really surprises me; I have a 1.5Mb/s down DSL connection at home, so you all should be confident about having no dropped connections at all.
It also recognizes which filetype you are playing, so if you're playing a music file like is happening in the picture to your left, then it will bring up music controls like play/pause, rewind, and forward. Again, really simple, and I love it.
The only problem I have with this part of SugarSync is that it won't go into landscape mode while you're streaming. I have tried, and tried, and even tried some more, but nothing will work to make it landscape. It's just me being nitpicky, but when I've got my Streak 7 in my car, I don't like it to be in portrait. I keep it in landscape.
All in all, though, SugarSync is a must have for any Streak 7 owner. It's got great features, and for absolutely free, you get 5GB of storage and streaming. It's not only functional, but if you're frugal like me, then this is the cloud app for you.