Google Drive vs OneDrive vs Dropbox: Which one is better?
Let’s start off with Dropbox. Dropbox was one of the first cloud storage options available, it is one of the most popular options because of its simplicity, and reliability. Almost any type of file can be stored in Dropbox, all of your files are automatically backed up and can be easily accessed on the desktop app via Windows, Mac, or Linux.
You can also access your files with a mobile app on iOS and Android devices. There is even support for kindle fire, and blackberry phones if you still use one. But I highly doubt that in 2020 Another great thing about Dropbox is that it can be easily integrated with other programs like Microsoft Office.
One of the nice things about Dropbox is that you can share your files with other people even if they don’t have an account. If they do have an account, all of your files and folders can be shared with them. As great as Dropbox is though it does have a few caveats. Dropbox is free, but only for the first two gigabytes of storage, which is minuscule.
But today’s standards. Also, there aren’t any specific tabs in the desktop app, which can make it a lot more difficult to locate older versions of files or files that have been deleted. One of the biggest issues of Dropbox is that it doesn’t allow for folder locking. If someone has access to your account, all of your folders can be accessed at any time. So from a security standpoint, Dropbox has a lot to be desired. However, even with all those caveats, Dropbox is still a great service that is simple, fast, and easy to use.
We have Google Drive. One of the things that make Google Drive stand out from the rest of the competition is its 15 gigabytes of free storage that you get starting out. This makes google drive a lot more appealing to new users. Google Drive isn’t just about storage either. You also get access to a built-in Office Suite where you can create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
With Google Drive, you can upload and access your files on the site. Or you can download the backup and sync desktop app and sync the local files on your computer to the cloud. Once these files are uploaded to the site, they can be accessed from virtually any device.
Compatibility is a nonissue with Google Drive, as it works well with either Windows or Mac-based systems, as well as iOS and Android devices. But with all cloud storage options, it does have its shortcomings. While the 15 gigabytes of free storage is great. It’s important to note that this storage is shared between all Google Drive services.
This includes your Gmail account and other apps such as Google Photos. So if you have a full inbox or large amounts of data stored on other apps, this can eat into your storage. Also, if you use Office Suite to create documents, spreadsheets, or presentations, then you have to export those files to edit them in other programs which can get fairly annoying. But even with these issues, the pros still outweigh the cons of the service and should still be worth your consideration.
The last cloud storage option we’re going to look at is OneDrive. One of One Drives greatest advantages is that it is integrated directly into Windows, so you have access to it as soon as you install the OS onto your computer. You can use OneDrive to access any type of file either on the website or through the desktop app with an earlier version of Windows Mac, or on the mobile app with iOS and Android devices.
Also, like Google Drive and its integration into other Google Apps, OneDrive works very well with Microsoft Office and has the benefit of having free browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. You can open documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that were saved on OneDrive in some Office 365 applications.
Plus, you can collaborate on these documents with other individuals in real-time, well OneDrive is a commendable cloud storage option. OneDrive actually has automatic file organization that sounds great on paper but isn’t actually executed that well, because sometimes the program doesn’t always put your files where they need to be.
Also, some users have reported that one driver doesn’t always sync your files correctly. One other important thing to mention is that not all OneDrive plans include access to the Office apps, only the Microsoft 365 plans will give you access to the Office apps, and you may only get access to a select few. So keep that in mind. But even with these issues, OneDrive is still a commendable cloud storage option. That is great for those who are already familiar with the Windows platform.
In the free tier, Dropbox provides two gigabytes of storage. Google Drive provides 15 gigabytes of storage and OneDrive provides five gigabytes of storage at the $2 price tier, Google Drive, and OneDrive both provide 100 gigabytes of storage.
Dropbox, unfortunately, doesn’t have many options at the $2 price tier at the five to $10 price tier OneDrive provides one terabyte of storage for $7 a month and six terabytes of storage for $10 a month. It is important to note that this plan does split the storage to one terabyte per person.
On the flip side, it does give you access to the office suite on multiple PCs, which is pretty nice. Google Drive provides two terabytes of storage for $10 a month. Once again, Dropbox doesn’t have many options at this price level. However, Dropbox does have a three terabyte storage option for $16 and 58 cents, if you choose to have it billed yearly.
Now, it is important to know that these are just personal storage options. There are plans for businesses as well. But I wanted to focus on the personal options because that’s probably what the majority of you guys are interested in.