iPhone App Review: Box.net
There are a few applications that let you remotely access all of your important documents, but I have only found one that is worth downloading that is free.
Free applications tend to be fun time-wasters, but how many can actually be of much use? Box.net, recently released to the public, joins the growing list of free apps that are incredibly useful and productive.
Having an account set up with box.net will give you online storage space in which you can store Office Docs, PDFs, pictures, and even music and videos. To get started, sign up for an account on their website. The free option gives you 1 GB of online storage space with a max file size of 25 MB, and you can buy additional space; $7.95/month will get you 5 GB of space, and $19.95 rewards you with 15 GB.
Once you sign up, it’s time to upload your files and organize them into whatever folders you want. Then feel free to fire up the app on your iPhone or iPod touch to be able to view those folders and files. After you type in your user name and password, you should see a screen similar to the pic below:
As you can see, box.net takes advantage of the simple iPhone UI to make it easy to find and view your files. After selecting a folder you will see the available files:
That’s right – in addition to having access to Office documents, you can watch videos, listen to MP3’s and also view PDF files. The only files I had an issue using were .wma; I wasn’t able to try out every possible type of file, but I used some of the most popular ones. At least we know it will work with most files. Still, not bad for a free app.
When you access a particular file, you are given the opportunity to zoom in and out to your ideal size.
Here I have used a jpeg file as an example.
Another welcome feature box.net offers is the ability to upload files from the camera roll on your iPhone to your online account. This can be very handy if you’re nowhere near your computer and would like to sync your iPhone.
The box.net application can be utilized over the 3G connection as well as WiFi.
This will be an app that I continue to use on a regular basis, and love the fact that you can get it for free. However I do recommend buying extra space if you do a lot of business travel, or even if you’re just running out of space and would like a place to store extra videos and music.
Download the application through the App Store.