Aug 10, 2010

Dropbox has been one of those extremely useful online tools for me over the past couple years and keeps getting better as time goes on. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the program, it basically is a file sharing app. Once installed onto a couple computers, it then creates a folder on each user’s system and syncs any files that are added into the folder. So basically it’s like you have a shared folder only over the internet.

Dropbox is a must for anyone who wants to use a phone or tablet as a productivity tool, making access to documents, photos and other files between computers and mobile devices a snap.

You’ll also need the Dropbox desktop program, but once you pop open the Dropbox app, you get a clean interface of folders and documents. It’s a great way to share music or photos on your device without wasting hard drive space.
The Dropbox service is free, with more space available if you’re willing to pay. You might need other apps like Quick Office Pro to really take advantage of documents, but just having a conduit between your tablet and your computer is handy.

Well now the team has brought the app to Android phones so you can easily view all your files and even send files into it as well right from your phone. I personally use it to share pictures with my girlfriend or to get files to my brother that don’t want to take the time to send an email for. With it now on Android, I can view all my pictures or music that I have put into my Dropbox.

What is Dropbox?

Dropbox is the place for your photos, docs, videos, and other files. Everything you keep in Dropbox is safe, synced, and easy to share. Get started at https://www.dropbox.com

No need for an existing Dropbox account. You can register right from the app by entering your name, an email address and a password. Once signed up, you can access your Dropbox from your Android phone or from any computer that connects to the web.

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Dropbox features an easy user interface. It launches directly into your phone’s new storage “box.” Your Dropbox comes by default with two folders – Photos and Public – but you can easily add folders to customize it. Instead of moving stuff into folders, you just open a folder, and then use the app’s menu to upload or create new content directly in it. Whenever you put something into the Dropbox, the app automatically uploads it to the web. If you choose to create new content in your Dropbox, the app will open your camera, video recorder, sound recorder or other apps to help you.

Long press on a file in your Dropbox, and you can share it via email. The app creates a URL that your friends can use to open your file via Dropbox on the web.

Overall, the app is meant to supplement the online services provided by the Dropbox team and does just that perfectly. It was able to view most of the files that I dropped into it and synced up very fast with my online folders. The only thing that I wish would be available was push notifications for new files added. Add that and you have a perfect app in my book. If you have never used Dropbox before, definitely check into it. It is easy and useful. If you’re looking to make your tablet into a work tool – or just need some additional space and a way to transfer files – Dropbox is among the simplest and quickest methods you’ll find.

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Developer: Dropbox, Inc.
Price: Free+
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Erik Fikkert

With a heart for technology and its synergy with daily life, Erik has been involved in many different areas of media. He has composed music for film, designed branding for local companies and currently enjoys spending his days playing with iPhone apps and keeping up with the latest tech news.

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