Soonr and Evernote sync documents to the cloud for iPhone access

Soonr and Evernote sync documents to the cloud for iPhone access

Summary: The big news today regarding the Apple iPhone seems to be the launch of Soonr (PDF news release). Soonr is an iPhone application that lets you access and view documents stored in the cloud. You cannot edit or create documents on the iPhone since that functionality is not yet available, but you can share them with others and print to a remote printer from your iPhone. Evernote also recently launched their file syncing capability. Is one better than the other or are both services valuable for iPhone users?

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The big news today regarding the Apple iPhone seems to be the launch of Soonr (PDF news release). Soonr is an iPhone application that lets you access and view documents stored in the cloud. You cannot edit or create documents on the iPhone since that functionality is not yet available, but you can share them with others and print to a remote printer from your iPhone.

Soonr and Evernote sync documents to the cloud for iPhone access

There is a free version of the software on the App Store and other versions through mobile operators and carriers are available outside the U.S. with U.S. partners expected in 2009.

I haven't found anything on what the available server capacity is for your account and whether or not there are paid options for increased capacity, but plan to give it a try soon. I installed Soonr on my iPhone and see there is 500MB of online capacity available for document storage. You can check out a video of Soonr in action here.

While people seem to be pretty excited about this new Soonr service, I think readers should also be aware that the outstanding Evernote service recently launched their file sync capability that appears to compete directly with Soonr, along with its note syncing capability. In addition to taking notes, clipping web pages, snapping and storing photos, and recording audio notes you can now add any other file type to your Evernote Premium service and have it stored on their server for usage from your iPhone, PC, Mac, or other device on the go.

In addition, if you are using a desktop version of Evernote and open a file contained in a note, then make changes, and save the file Evernote will automatically update the version in your online notes to the latest.

Check out this video to see the service in action:

Anyone used both of these services yet? If so, can you tell us what the differences are and if one is a better choice than the other?

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility, Servers

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  • Be sure and get the PC and/or Mac agent!

    Matthew, great to see your post about us! I am with Soonr and I wanted to make sure that as you check out Soonr on your iPhone you get the desktop agent. With the agent, you get continuous backup of the files on your PC/Mac with version control. Be sure and use the same credentials for each of your computers and you'll be able to get an integrated environment for all of of Macs AND your Windows PC all in one place.

    I'll post another entry to tell you about the differences in our application. One major thing is that Soonr is focused on business users more then consumer picture/media sharing. Yes, it will get your pictures if you choose to include them (you need to select this in the desktop agent), but by default it is focused on documents.

    Another big difference is that we can convert over 30 document types for viewing on the iPhone. You don't have to do anything. Once they are in the cloud, the conversion just occurs.

    Then there's printing, collaboration, SMS linking, but I digress.

    BTW, been reading your blog forever. I am also a gadget junkie and I agree with almost all your assessments in the mobile markets. The iPhone changes everything.
    songzunhuang
    • Looking very good so far

      Thanks for the comment on the blog post, I know our system isn't the best for open communications ;)

      I installed Soonr on my iPhone and PC and have to say I am VERY impressed so far and think there is a spot for both applications on the iPhone. As you pointed out, Soonr is definitely optimized for an amazing document experience and keeps the documents in their native formats while making them very viewable and usable.

      With Evernote the documents appear in a note viewer and are useful for viewing, but not so much for notations or collaboration. I think I'll have to do my own video and post more thoughts and screenshots on this application/service soon.

      Are there going to be options for people to buy increased server space? Any comment on security of documents?
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)