Google Drive!! Will it get the throne for end user cloud storage
There is around 1 exabyte worth of data being kept in the cloud. That’s 1 million gigabytes and more. No wonder all the prominent names are continuously evolving their services, hoping to retain users and entice new ones. With the announcement of new pricing for its iCloud service, Apple wishes to keep the iOS faithful backed up universally, and possibly tempt more folks to its side. But Apple’s competition with Dropbox, Google and Microsoft, just to name a few, is still imminent.
Therefore, the “billion dollar question” which cloud is the best? Here’s our pricing breakdown.
Pricing & Features
To assist you choose the right cloud service, let’s begin by investigating the fundamentals of what each service offers. Precisely what do you get for your money?
If free is the appropriate value for your online storing needs, you’re best choice are Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. Dropbox could be awesome — 16GB knocks down everyone — but to get all that storage space you have to refer 28 other people to try Dropbox.
Apple gives a 20GB choice of cloud storage. So if that is your sweet spot it will get you dearer by $0.99 per month. This offer is given free by Microsoft with an Office 365 subscription, but that costs minimum $6.99 per month for an individual. With the subsequent tier up — 50GB — Apple gets some rivalry from Microsoft. However, Microsoft’s deal is so much cheaper at $25.
Google, Microsoft and Dropbox all contest in the 100GB space, with the best deal being offered by Google Drive at $1.99 per month. However, for 200GB you’ll acquire the best price per gigabyte from Apple’s new iCloud pricing arrangement, which will cost you $3.99 per month. In this size range Google and Dropbox do not offer any option.
Once you reach the 1TB range, you get much more business-centric plans. Google offers 1TB for 9.99 a month. Onedrive (coming soon) and Dropbox on the other hand charge on the basis of respective users at $2.50 and $15 per user. Apple is yet to announce a price for its 1TB option.
Google Drive is presently the most popular service (Everybody has a Gmail account right?) and makes producing and sharing across every platform a cakewalk. Microsoft is trying to get more grip for OneDrive. With the announcement and addition with Office 365 you can bet the company will be diverting attention towards their cloud services. Google Drive and OneDrive’s integration with productivity software separates it from Dropbox.
Dropbox is the easiest cloud service to use and platform agnostic, as its only purpose is easy-to-use sharing and storage. Apple is taking a rather different path with iCloud, merging behind-the-scenes media and document syncing through multiple devices with an upcoming iCloud Drive option that will offer users the drag-and-drop and organization features competitors already offer.