Dropbox for iPhone review

Dropbox offers a cool service that lets you store and sync files online, so that they’re accessible from multiple computers. Dropbox is free for 2GB or $9.99 (£6) a month on subscription. Now, with the company’s free iPhone app, you can access your Dropbox files on the go.

The feature list with Dropbox for iPhone is impressive. You can view all kinds of documents – Word, Excel, PowerPoint – not to mention browse photos and watch videos. It’s truly powerful to gain access to the latest versions of your important files, in your pocket.

Unfortunately, the app doesn’t let you edit files. While some iPhone apps – Documents To Go or QuickOffice Mobile Office Suite, to name two – let you tweak documents, Dropbox is a read-only affair. That’s a big limitation on its functionality, since if you see a typo you won’t be able to make a change. Similarly, you can’t create new text files, either. You can create some files, though. Any photos you snap or 3GS videos you shoot from within the app get synced to your Mac automatically.

Browsing photos and videos from your Dropbox is very snappy, plus there’s no limit to the number of photos you have access too. With Dropbox, you can access your whole photo library, without using up space on the iPhone itself.

If you’re going to be offline for a while, or just don’t want to keep redownloading a larger document repeatedly, Dropbox offers the ability to mark files as favourites. Favourites are cached directly onto the iPhone. The next time you’re online, Dropbox will put icons next to any cached favourites that have become outdated so you can sync them.

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OUR VERDICT

Dropbox makes it easy to email files. Tapping the email button creates a new message without exiting the Dropbox app. The message body is pre-populated, featuring a link to the file. You don’t have to wait for an attachment to upload, and your contact can download the file directly from the Dropbox website.

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