MobileMe vs. Google Apps
I’ve been using Google Apps for Domains for some time now. I use it for email, contacts, and calendaring. My wife has her own gmail account and uses it for it’s calendaring service.
I also use Spanning Sync to synchronize my Apple Address Book and Cal applications to my gmail accounts. I do this because it allows me to sync up my iPhone with my gmail information. It works, but it’s clumsy. Ideally there would me a transparent syncing between my iPhone and my Google apps services. But it doesn’t exist. So now I have to manually connect my iPhone to my Mac to get updated on everything.
So when MobileMe was announced, I was immediately drawn to the seamless syncing between a web based application set, my Mac, and my iPhone. I like the ability to edit a contact on my iPhone and have it appear on my Mac automatically.
But I don’t want an @me.com account to be my main account. I’ve had samuraipanda.com for years and have a have used it for my email for the entire time. I don’t want to change it.
So until MobileMe actually comes out, I won’t know if it will allow customized domains for email (which .mac doesn’t currently allow).
There may be a work around.
First I will have to set up my iPhone and mail.app to use MobileMe. Then I will have to configure both to use the gmail smtp servers instead of the MobileMe server for sending mail. This will allow me to send email from my samuraipanda.com account. Finally I will have to forward all email from my gmail account to the me.com account. It’s clumsy, but it might work.
Then again I might not use it at all if it doesn’t prove manageable.