This article is to help you choose the best cloud storage service for your photos, documents, files and more that serves your need and affordable for you.
Are you hearing cloud storage for the first time?
As define in Wikipedia, Cloud storage is an Internet hosting service specifically design to host users file in such a way that it allows users to upload files that could then be accessed over the internet from a different computer, tablet, smartphone, or other networked device by the same users or possibly by other users after a password or other authentication is provided.
I will be discussing ;
– Google Drive, its pros and cons
– OneDrive, its pros and cons
– Dropbox, its pros and cons
– Difference between GoogleDrive, OneDrive & Dropbox
– Other Cloud Starage you might have not hear about
Google Drive, OneDrive & Dropbox – Best Cloud Storage For You?
- Google Drive ; Is an office suite with cloud storage. You get a little bit of everything with this service, including a word processor, spreadsheet application, and presentation builder, plus 15GB of free storage space. If you have a Google account, just access http://drive.google.com/and enable the services then you will get 15gb free storage to upload your photos, videos, documents, files and many more to the drive but note that you share that 15gb with your Gmail account, your uploads to Google+ and Google drive.While you can access any of your files from the Drive Web site, you can also download the Drive desktop app for Mac and PC to manage your files from your computer. You can organize all of your files in the desktop app, and they’ll sync with the cloud so you can get to them anywhere. And like other cloud storage services, Drive has apps for iOS and Android, so you can manage your files from your phone.
If you already have a Google account, Google drive require little set up to get started. And also if you use google mail services Gmail, it’s easy to save attachments from your e-mail directly to Drive with just a few clicks. You can also preview attachments from Gmail in Google Drive, and save those files to your cloud. Google Drive also has the benefit of a built-in office suite, where you can edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
You can organize your files and photos in Google Drive but there is no way to automatically upload photos from your phone directly to the Google Drive. So, Instead Google has an Auto Backup feature in the Google+ mobile apps, which sends your photos to your Google+ profile.
- OneDrive ( Previously known as SkyDrive ) ; With this, You can store any kind of file in the service, including photos, video, and documents, and then access them from any of your Windows PCs or mobile devices. This service automatically organizes your files by type for easy navigation. All Windows 8 and 8.1 have this OneDrive built into their operating system, it shows up in the file explorer next to all of the files on your computer’s hard drive. OneDrive is not only for windows users, anyone can use it on the Web, by downloading a desktop app either for Mac or earlier versions of Windows (Windows 8 & 8.1), or its Apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Xbox. With the launch of OneDrive, Microsoft updated its Android app to add automatic photo uploads, so that when you shoot a photo with your phone, it’s automatically saved to OneDrive. This feature is also available on iOS and Windows Phone.
OneDrive is a good choice for people that uses Office frequently, OneDrive works excellently with Windows devices since it’s baked into the Windows operating systems running on PCs, tablets, and Windows Phone. It’s easy to open and edit files from OneDrive in Microsoft’s applications like Microsoft Word or the Photos app.
Is Clear that OneDrive is meant for windows devices though there are its apps for other devices but OneDrive doesn’t look good in other device unlike the microsoft devices itself.
And to use OneDrive, you must sign up for a Microsoft account, which gives you access to Outlook, Xbox Live, and other Microsoft services which you might not even have interest in. And One last note; Microsoft has a stricter code of conduct for the files you upload to OneDrive than any other cloud service. You may not be able to store any file that depicts any kind of nudity, or that incites, advocates, or expresses pornography or racism, and the likes which are not part of the Terms of Service you agree to when you sign up to use OneDrive.
- Dropbox ; This is the first cloud storage i used, is a favorite in the cloud storage because it’s reliable and easy to use. Your files are stored in the cloud so you can get to them at any time from Dropbox’s Web site, desktop applications for Mac, Windows, and Linux or the iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Kindle Fire mobile apps.You can store any kind of file in Dropbox, by either uploading to the Web site or adding it with the desktop apps. Those apps store in your file system so that you can easily move files from your computer to the cloud and vice versa by dragging and dropping them into your Dropbox folder. The service automatically and quickly syncs your files across all of your devices, so you can access everything, everywhere.
Dropbox gives its users plenty of opportunities to get extra storage to add to the normal 2GB you get when you sign up. If you participate in the quick Getting Started tutorial, you get 250MB. And if you urn on the automatic photo upload feature on any of the mobile apps, you get total of 3GB of extra space but not per device. Also, if you invite a friend to Dropbox who actually signs up for the service, you earn 500MB per referrals. Another great strength of Dropbox is that it works equally well on PCs and Macs, Android and iOS. Its desktop applications also works well with your computer’s file system.
Dropbox’s Web site design is very basic and it doesn’t give you many options to view and organize your files. It’s simple and clean, just that you can’t control the way your files are displayed. However, you do get many more sharing options on the Dropbox Web site.
Difference between Google Drive, OneDrive & Dropbox
|File size restrictions?||10GB||2GB||None with Dropbox apps|
|Can I earn extra free storage?||No||Yes||Yes|
|Paid plans||$2/month 100GB, $10/month for 1TB||$2/month for 100GB, $4/month for 200GB||$10/month for each 100GB, up to 500GB|
|OSes supported||Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS||Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS||Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Kindle Fire|
Credit ; Cnet
Other Cloud Starage you might have not hear about
There are other cloud storage out there apart from the well-known OneDrive, Dropbox & GoogleDrive , which includes ;
* Box ; Anyone can sign up for a free individual account on Box, but the service’s endless list of sharing and privacy features were built specifically for business and IT users. Beyond the basic cloud storage setup, where you can store just about any kind of file, Box lets you share files with colleagues, assign tasks, leave comments on someone’s work, and get notifications when a file changes.
* Amazon Cloud Drive; Its allows you to store video, photos, files and others from your phone to the Cloud with its apps which is available for Android & iOS.
* Copy ; Own by Barracuda Networks, It gives 15GB to start with which is same as in Google Drive and OneDrive
* Sugarsync ; Just like dropbox, it has apps for almost all mobile platforms, it gives a trial of 90days and after which you will need to pay to keep enjoying the service.
Which Cloud storage did you think is the best?
Have you try any of the mentioned cloud storage or any other? let’s hear your opinion bellow