Cloud storage services are everywhere (as they should be). But how does one pick which service is right for them? We find out in this article.
If you need a proper, sort-of visual representation of the key differences across these services, let me show you through this nifty table below.
|OneDrive||Dropbox||Google Drive||Box||Apple iCloud|
|File size restrictions?||10GB||10GB with website, none with Dropbox apps||5TB||250MB for free plan, 5GB for paid personal plan||15GB|
|Can I earn extra free storage?||No||Yes||No||No|
|Paid plans||$2/month for 50GB||$10/month for 1TB||$2/month 100GB, $10/month for 1TB||$10/month for 100GB||$0.99 per month for 50GB of storage, $2.99 per for 200GB, and $9.99 per month for 2TB|
|OSes supported||Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone||Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire||Windows, Mac, Android, iOS||Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry||Mac, iOS|
Right off the bat by simply looking at the table above, you already have a great idea of which software rise above the rest. However, finding the right cloud storage service for you far exceeds specs. Think, for example, the case for iCloud. If you’re using mostly Apple products, that service will obviously work mostly seamlessly with your system.
With that said, let’s carry on with the list.
The best overall: Google Drive
Nothing trumps presence. This, Google Drive has in the bag. Apart from being seamlessly integrated across most of Google services (which is, hello, plenty!), Drive is also recognized by plenty of developers as a staple. You’ll almost never see a software that offers some form of file-sharing and not have Drive integration available.
I use Drive every day. My use of the software is mostly professional; Drive is where I store all the files necessary for projects I work on. I’ve been flip-flopping between cloud storage services, the convenience of always finding a way to access my Google Drive is irreplaceable in my book.
The best for ease-of-use: Dropbox
Dropbox’s biggest commodity is ease-of-use. First-time users won’t feel alienated with its straightforward UX/UI. What’s more, Dropbox offers a great list of features that both casual and power users can enjoy.
The best for businesses: Box
Box is built specifically for business users. There’s an extensive list of security and complex collaboration features that businesses can take advantage of. But where Dropbox excels at, Box falters—and decidedly so, if it means businesses can have a better cloud file-sharing services.
The best for specific platforms: OneDrive and iCloud
The obvious choices here for Windows and Mac users. If you’re using either machine, you should probably take a look at your native cloud storage. Go beyond these services if you think what they offer are no longer sufficient anymore.
That’s about it for my cloud storage service guide. If you think I missed something, feel free to chime in below.