Cloud is the next hot thing and yes , Cloud War is on ! The evergreen lovable Dropbox gets more competitors namely Google’s Google Drive , Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Apple’s iCloud . There are a dozen more of these kinda services but these 4 are the most prestigious and most powerful in this Cloud era . Lets see what features are provided by them and which one’s you should be choosing …
1] Google Drive
Google announced its long-awaited Google Drive cloud storage service , providing users with 5GB of free storage integrated with Pure Google Docs and other Google services.The launch of Google Drive comes as several other cloud storage services have extended their services in recent days. Drive features a built-in document editor on par with Microsoft’s online Office suite that’s part of SkyDrive. You can’t yet use Drive with multiple Google accounts which are the only cons .
25GB for $2.49/month
100GB for $4.99/month
200GB for $9.99/month
2] Microsoft’s SkyDrive
SkyDrive is to Microsoft what Drive is to Google .It started by offering 7GB of free storage . Just like Google DOcs , you can use SkyDrive to edit and sync Office documents created using OneNote and other Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the go for free within your browser [Not restricted to IE 😉 ]. If your sharing PC is turned on, you can access all your files using SkyDrive’s “Fetch” feature . Also you can share public links, view-only private links, and view/edit private links. The only thing worse is that there’s no sharing yet from the Mac and you can’t download items for offline viewing on all mobile platforms. Pricing: 45GB for $10/year; 75GB for $25/year; 125GB for $50/year.
45GB for $10/yr
75GB for $25/yr
125GB for $50/yr
3] Apple’s iCLoud
iCloud is the soul of Apple fanboys having more than one Apple devices – iPhone , iPad , iPod , iMac because of the feature to sync data into a cloud storage It had replaced Apple’s MobileMe service which was acting as a data syncing center for email, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, to-do lists, and other data and as of 2012, the service has over 100 million users ! iCloud is one of the elementary document-syncing solution and still it’s the simplest one to use. To use iCloud , you need a device with iOS 5 or a MAC with OS X Lion 10.7.2 and that;s the only limiting factor of this service .
10GB for $20/yr
20GB for $40/yr
50GB for $100/yr
Dropbox is the most famous and easy go-to solution for syncing files across multiple devices . That’s what makes it super-awesome ! It’s user-friendly and with a couple clicks you can share files and it offers lotsa settings for you to mess up. Dropbox recently launched a new feature that makes it easier for non-Dropbox people to use files stored in the cloud. Using the new collaboration feature, Dropbox subscribers now can send a Web link connecting the files or folders in the account to non-Dropbox receivers using the service’s desktop, Web or mobile application. Any kind of data can be opened and viewed immediately without having to sign in .
Which comes out on top? Only you and your storage needs can say for sure …
I have not tried other clouds yet, I have been using Dropbox for several months now and I am quite happy with it. This post gave relevant info about various clouds. Thanks for sharing it.
Was suprised not to see carbonite in there as I have been using that for a while and have never had any problems with it (It can be a little slow at times)
iCloud I use and have never had any issues with but I have never had to restore yet so Im hoping my data is there lol.
I use Dropbox a lot, and want to use Google Drive more, but as long as there is no iOS app for Google Drive, I do not use it at all. Mainly the use on my mobile devices (iPad, iPhone) are what I need it for.
I use Skydrive, and it’s awesome being integrated with Windows and all, however it lacks syncing! That means that I have to put something in the Skydrive directory, and only that something will sync! I was hpoing more of a general syncing solutions, based on folders on my PC that I choose to sync. Otherwise, it’s still a good backup solution.
SkyDrive is Microsoft’s syncing solution, and in our testing, it works very smoothly. SkyDrive starts things off right by offering 7GB of free storage, which is best in class.
Dropbox is the go-to solution for syncing files across multiple devices for a reason. It’s a no-brainer to use, allows groups to share files with a couple clicks, and offers few settings for you to mess up.
While Google Drive isn’t much more than a Docs rebranding that syncs to a folder on your computer, it has a few key features that make it worth checking out.
I’d prefer Google Drive(former Google Docs) at this moment. I’ve been using it for almost 2 years and everything is working fine for me.
I used both dropbox, sky drive and google drive.. but I feel comfort with DropBox. It is really good
I also use dropbox. I think there is no use of google drive because it is only limited to document.
There is one more famous company called SugarSync who provide better features than all of above. In case of dropbox, we cannot sync multiple folders of our computer but in case of sugarsync, we can do that.
Looking at google drive, sky drive, icloud and dropbox, I prefer dropbox. It is really awesome. Only con with it is we can just sync only one folder and upload/download speed is very low.