So here we are.
More than a year since I first set out to replace the groundbreaking over the air sync of my beloved Fido hiptop, a worthy replacement has finally been found.
But first, a quick refresher… My perfect PIM 2.0 client must meet all of the following requirements:
- Full support for the open SyncML standard, with no added bullshit.
- Online component accessible from any desktop computer.
- Full export of my PIM data in open formats, so’s I can move whatever to wherever, whenever.
Since this search began I’ve looked at no fewer than nine solutions:
One of the above, Memotoo.com, was initially given a failing grade because I didn’t properly set my time zone before I uploaded my calendar data. That um, “user error” has been rectified, thus bringing Memotoo into a final showdown with another hosted SyncML service.
I was just getting ready to give ScheduleWorld its own post when I received an email with the following proclamation:
Were excited to announce that ScheduleWorld is leaving the incubator stage and is going to start charging a yearly fee!
This puts ScheduleWorld on more or less equal footing with Memotoo, also a paid service — there’s also a free version of Memotoo, but the limitations on it make it pointless for serious use.
So how do the two compare? Let’s find out!
Round 1: The Basics
ScheduleWorld syncs calendar events, contacts, notes and to-do items with any mobile device that supports SyncML (workarounds are available for BlackBerries, teh iPhone and Windows Mobile devices).
Memotoo does all of the above plus lets you synchronize your mobile browser’s bookmarks. Oh, and 100MB of online file storage is included with every paid account, with the option to purchase more.
And most importantly, both will export all of your data into open formats.
They’ll also sync your PIM data to Google’s equivalents but really, if you’re already using Google you probably don’t need either of these services.
Winner: Memotoo — bookmarks sync and file storage put it out in front.
Round 2: Web Interface
This is important because either service is going to be the primary archive of your PIM data. There’s a lot of detail I could go into here but in the interest of brevity I’ll only highlight the important bits…
Overall Memotoo favours smaller fonts and a busier layout, while ScheduleWorld gives you big, bold text and brightly-coloured backgrounds. Choosing between the two is obviously a matter of personal taste, but there is one important practical consideration:
Memotoo allows you to choose your own start page — that is, after logging in you will be sent directly to the page of your choice, be it your calendar or whatever else.
ScheduleWorld gives you a start page that looks like this:
… Which I think is absolutely useless. What’s worse is that when I tried to tweak it (i.e. replace Dilbert and Sudoku with something actually useful) the changes didn’t stick, so the next time I logged in I was once again faced with this abomination.
Winner: Memotoo — sorry ScheduleWorld, that start page is a big fail.
Round 3: Email Aggregators
An added bonus with both of these services is the ability to bring your separate email accounts into one place.
ScheduleWorld lets you add an unspecified number of IMAP accounts (including Gmail) and also gives you a complimentary “@sweetmail.ca” address, which apparently you cannot change.
Memotoo gives you access to unlimited IMAP and POP accounts, plus Hotmail, Yahoo! and a bunch of others I’ve never heard of.
Winner: Memotoo — for POP email and more.
Round 4: Support
As Mementoo is based in France, a lot of the forum posts are en Francais, so you’ll need some kind of online translator to get full value from the information there.
ScheduleWorld’s forum has an altogether different problem: There’s some kind of bug which has prevented me from signing up for a forum account. I exchanged a couple of emails with Mark Swanson, the only point of contact for ScheduleWorld, before he suddenly dropped off the face of the earth – presumably to prep his baby for its début as a paid service.
Winner: I’ll give Mr. Swanson the benefit of the doubt on this one and call it a draw.
Round 5: Price
Here’s what you have to pony up for ScheduleWorld:
- $24.99 USD per year for all features except the IMAP client.
- $11.99 USD per year for the IMAP client.
- $33.98 USD per year for all features.
- These prices do not include taxes (this is explained when you purchase a license in the web application).
Payments are made through the site with a credit card. As ScheduleWorld is located in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, Ontario PST & GST apply. And yet pricing is in US and A dollars. Interesting…
Memotoo offers four payment options.
- Pre-pay 1 Month: 3 € ($5.10 CAD)
- Pre-pay 12 Months: 1 € x 12 months = 12 € ($1.70 CAD x 12 = $20.40)
- Pre-pay 18 Months: 0.95 € x 18 months =17 € ($1.61 CAD x 18 = $28.90)
- Pre-pay 24 Months: 0.92 € x 24 months = 22 € ($1.56 CAD x 24 = $37.40)
Payments are handled through PayPal and there’s no tax. Plus, conversion to popular international currencies is shown right on the payment page.
Winner: Memotoo — for obvious reasons…
Final Score: Memotoo 4, ScheduleWorld 0
I really, really wanted to like ScheduleWorld — partly because it’s Canadian and especially because it was free. But with their new pricing there’s simply no way I can recommend it over Memotoo when the latter offers substantially more features for almost half the price.
I’ve signed up a year with Memotoo, thus bringing my epic quest to an end. With this sense of closure I feel compelled to let you fine readers know that this may be one of my blog posts here at WordPress.com — I’m not going offline or anything (far from it!) but I’m starting to feel a bit stifled by the medium of the traditional blog.
More on this as it develops…