MobileMe vs. Google for school group project

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  1. themightyspitz macrumors regular

    themightyspitz

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    I'm a grad student, and my whole class and I are going to do a term-long project where we divide into teams and gather data in the field; at the end of the term, we compile all the data we gathered and make a final presentation to city leaders and residents.

    My first thought was, since groups in the past have encountered challenges with coordination and having materials available to everyone, that we could simply get a Google account, dump all our Docs, PDFs, Excels, etc. in Gmail and use Google Calendar to prioritize who has what assignment in the field. Furthermore, everyone in the group would have access to it, since staying on the same page is a high priority. However, the concern I have with Google is that it's not necessarily secure per se...you know how it has those ads on the side that read your emails and find similar ads. So to combat compromising our research, we might have to actively code all our work for security.

    So my second thought went to MobileMe, since I think it's much more secure than Gmail, though of course at a price. The price isn't that big of an issue in my mind, since my class is quite large and it wouldn't cost much per person to chip in towards a common MobileMe account. My concerns with MobileMe, though, is it did get off to a rocky start in July, so I'm worried about stuff like uploading to iDisk, sending emails, setting calendars, etc. Can anyone tell me how their experience has been using MobileMe's iDisk, mail, calendars, etc? Is there any noticeable difference between using MobileMe's interface on a Mac and a PC? If you had to pick between Google and MobileMe for our purposes, which would you choose?
     
  2. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

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    For your group project, I would go with Google Apps/Sites. You get an all-in-one with that (office suite with files stored on a central server, calendars, email if you want to use it, etc). You can even get your own domain assigned to it. Very neat stuff and it cost nothing (not counting domain name registration).

    MobileMe is more of a personal service (as in home users) and I don't think it's worth the time or money for your project. But this is all based on what you have posted.

    I use both Google Apps (for my personalized email address and web site) and MobileMe (idisk, photo gallery, switching to email if they ever support personal domains).
     
  3. themightyspitz thread starter macrumors regular

    themightyspitz

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    Wow, I didn't know about Google Apps. This sounds like just the thing we might need for the project.

    Thanks for the input!
     
  4. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

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    I need to make a correction:

    My web site is not with google, it's on a third-party hosting server (not sure why, but I'm always forgetting that - too much automation - I lose track of what's where sometimes). But, google does have a canned site you can use with google apps (it's called google sites). they provide a basic layout that you can modify.

    Google's offerings are quite similar to Microsoft SharePoint.
     

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