I have been using Photo Transfer for awhile now and I never had a problem with the App on my iPad or the iPhone when it comes to transferring batch photos or videos. I decided to try something simpler, PhotoSync for the iPad and iPhone. I thought maybe Photo Sync would sync faster for me without me having to go to my Mac or PC to transfer the Photos. The apps has its differences and it all depends on what you need, both has its advantages.
Photo Transfer (iTunes Link) is a universal app and has recently updated their app to work with either the desktop app or without it. This is an advantage if you are on the go and would like to share your photos to your Family or Friend’s Computer. They don’t need the desktop app just to off-load your pictures. But the desktop app would be an advantage for yourself when you are at home. You can navigate the camera roll that is on your iPad or iPhone from your computer like as if you are directly connected to the iPad. It’s pretty cool actually, you can select the photos that you want to transfer directly from the desktop app. Your iPad or iPhone would show the home screen as Connected to desktop client once you are connected through Wi-Fi.
The desktop app makes it easier if you want to batch download the photos you want. You can also do a batch download without the desktop app, but on the iPad or iPhone, you can either select the photos you want to download one by one or you can click on Select All. Touching to select the photos you want to download might be tedious with the touch screen, whereas some of us are more used to selecting the good photos with the mouse or track-pad.
Without the Desktop app works great too when it comes to batch downloading, but it can be tedious if you have to preselect 10 or more photos from your iPad or iPhone to be transferred to your friends or family computer. I have yet to find a bug with this app, it is so stable and have not crash on me yet. Photo Transfer can’t transfer to Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Dropbox and so on. It’s only an app to transfer to a Apple Computer, Windows, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. You can however transfer photos and videos to iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
If you want a lower resolution from the camera roll, Photo Transfer App can do a medium resolution, but only if you use your browser to download the photos rather than using the Desktop App.
PhotoSync (iTunes Link) is a faster way to transfer your photos if you have the PhotoSync Desktop app installed. If you don’t, you can still use your computer internet browser and point to the direction from the instruction on the iPad or iPhone to access your iPad or iPhone through Wi-Fi. If you have the desktop app installed, you don’t need to go to the computer to access your iPad or iPhone. You just transfer the photos or videos with your eyes close after you click on the send button. Unlike Photo Transfer where you are required to be in front of the computer in order for the photo or videos to be transferred, PhotoSync don’t, if you have the PhotoSync Desktop app installed.
PhotoSync can directly transfer the photos to your iPhoto for OS X, or you can specify a folder for all your photos and videos to be transferred to. There is a bug though when it comes to transferring videos to iPhoto no matter if they are 2 seconds or longer, PhotoSync will throw out an error code. But if you transfer videos to a specific folder, you won’t have a problem.
I find PhotoSync to be the faster app when it comes to transferring photos or videos, especially if you set the settings on the iPad or iPhone for Quick Transfer to be enabled, which means when you open up Photo Sync, it will automatically sync whatever in your Camera Roll to the Target that you set Quick Transfer to such as to Computer, iPhone-iPod-iPad, Dropbox, Google+/Picasa, Facebook. You can still set it manually and have it upload to the previously mentioned target. I personally use Facebook a lot, so transferring to Facebook manually saves me time. You can also receive photos or videos to iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch using PhotoSync. So it’s a two way street plus social uploading.
PhotoSync can transfer your Photos or Videos to Computer with Desktop App, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Dropbox, Flickr, FTP/SFTP, Google+, Picasa, Facebook, SmugMug, iDisk, WebDAV, Zenfolio, and Box.
Both Photo Transfer and PhotoSync can’t run simultaneously on the iPad or iPhone if you want to transfer photos or videos. They will make communicating with the computer difficult. The Desktop app can run simultaneously, just not the app on the iPad or iPhone to have them run at the same time even if they are sitting on the Multitask bar. End one or the other app before running any of the transferring photo app.
So what’s an advantage to either one? I personally don’t need to have another app to upload to Facebook (iTunes Link for iPad) or Dropbox (iTunes Link), I can use the native app for that. I found Photo Transfer App to be more stable, easy to use Desktop App for Windows and Mac, and the interface is bar none the best of the two. I find PhotoSync to be buggy, even when I transfer photos to Facebook in batch upload, one or two will give me an error and I have to figure out which photo didn’t get uploaded. I use another app to batch upload to Facebook and that’s Web Album, less buggy. My recommendation would be Photo Transfer for it’s simplicity of what it’s suppose to do and that is transfer photos and videos. PhotoSync is an advantage if you want to transfer Photos on the fly without touching your Computer or have an automated upload photos to your favorite social plugins. But overall, the app that are compared here has more advantages over the other and that is PhotoSync since it can upload photos and videos to social sites and more. For reliability, Photo Transfer is for stable and easy to use as well, but requires you to go to your Computer to transfer photos or videos.