4shared desktop has the benefit of looking just like the web app, so users will be totally familiar with the layout. It also uses a fairly standard Windows-style layout, with a traditional file tree so it’s easy to organize your files.
The advantage of this desktop version of 4shared is that big uploads tend be smoother. You can’t accidentally close this app like you can a browser window either, so if you use 4shared a lot it’s pretty useful.
While it’s pretty feature rich, 4shared isn’t as usable as Dropbox. On the other hand, the basic account gives you much more free storage space. It is also makes you feel more in control than with services like RapidShare or MegaUpload as it’s much easier to manage what you are storing online.
There are good sharing options, but again it’s just a little over complex compared with DropBox’s super simple system. The upload/download frame features information like speed, and elapsed time, but it could really be presented better.