Google Drive launched with a very competitively cheap cloud storage price and 5GB free storage space is set to change the game.
Until the launch of Google Drive, Dropbox was considered (is still considered a strong competitor and I am going to stick with them) by many as the hands down winner in the cloud storage service provider. With some of its unique features which were not provided by the competition than, Dropbox was adopted by the masses soon. After the launch of Dropbox, some services did came up that offered quite similar feature sets, like SugarSync, but for some reason, they were not that much popular.
Earlier, I have covered five free cloud storage services, that are worthy to keep your files safely on the cloud. But with the advent of Google Drive, by one of the largest organization on the Internet, who are having tons of resources in their hands, it becomes very important to analyze the scenario again. It’s now time that I do a comparison between all the popular cloud storage services to see who offers what.
|Free Storage||5 GB||2 GB (+ 500 MB per|
referral up to 18 GB)
|7 GB (free upgrade|
to 25 GB)
|5 GB (+ 500 MB per|
referral, up to 32 GB)
|Minimum Upgrade Price||25 GB at $2.49/month||50 GB at $9.99/month or $99.00/year (+ 1 GB per referral, up to +32 GB)||Add 20 GB to your free storage at $10.00/year||30 GB at $4.99/month or $49.99/year|
|Native File Support||Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, Apple Pages, Illustrator, Photoshop, TIFF, AutoCad, SVG, PostScript, TrueType, XPS, ZIP and RAR||Photos, Videos||Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Photos, Videos||Photos|
|Online File Manager||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Desktop Access||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac, Linux||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac|
|Mobile Access||Android only, iPhone and iPad app coming soon||iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry||iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone||iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian|
These are some of the basic points that matters most for users while considering a cloud storage service. (I’ll try to update the table with more data as and when needed.)
Which service(s) are you using? Which features are important for you while considering a cloud service? Tell us in the comments below.