Google Drive vs Dropbox vs SkyDrive vs SugarSync Cloud Storage Comparison

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.


Google DriveDropboxSkyDriveSugarSync
Free Storage5 GB2 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 Price25 GB at $2.49/month50 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/year30 GB at $4.99/month or $49.99/year
Share FoldersYesYesYesYes
Native File SupportMicrosoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, Apple Pages, Illustrator, Photoshop, TIFF, AutoCad, SVG, PostScript, TrueType, XPS, ZIP and RARPhotos, VideosMicrosoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Photos, VideosPhotos
Online File ManagerYesYesYesYes
Desktop AccessWindows, MacWindows, Mac, LinuxWindows, MacWindows, Mac
Mobile AccessAndroid only, iPhone and iPad app coming sooniPhone, iPad, Android, BlackberryiPhone, iPad, Windows PhoneiPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian
Developer Tools/APIYesYesYesYes

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.



  1. rex3y says

    I have finally decided to backup my files online and was confused with what to go with. I cannot risk loosing important files. I have tried various options Synctoy, Allwaysync, Toucan, dropbox, box, sugarsync. Box gives 50 gb but is essentially useless as the free version cannot sync.

    Comparing Dropbox free and Sugarsync free:
    * Dropbox gives 2gb, Sugarsync 5gb.
    * Dropbox gives 500mb per successful referral, Sugarsync gives 2gb for inviting 20 friends, 500mb per successful referral, 10gb if they take up a paid account.
    * Dropbox is easy, Sugarsync is just as easy but has more features.
    * Dropbox syncs only the dropbox folder (there is a way around this, but all folders will still be uploaded to a single folder), Sugarsync can sync any folder and unlimited number of folders.
    * Sugarsync lets you sync unlimited number of devices.
    * Sugarsync can also stream music.

    Get 7.5gb (5+0.5+2) by clicking this link:

  2. asperger gillian says

    A big comparison chart is available here:
    Sugarsync is the most feature rich. Unlike dropbox or google drive, you can sync any folder and backup any folder. you can upload by email too. Sugarsync allows to sync multiple computers and can sync folders between multiple computers.
    Dropbox gives 2gb, Sugarsync 5gb, Dropbox gives 500mb per successful referral, Sugarsync gives 2gb for inviting 20 friends, addtional 500mb per successful referral, 10gb if they take up a paid account.
    I got 7.5gb (5+0.5+2) within minutes by clicking this link: . Get the 2gb by easily referring any 20 email ids

  3. says

    When it comes to personal files that are needed more sporadically I choose SkyDrive but for work files that are required on a more frequent basis I choose Dropbox.

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