Google Drive vs Dropbox: Cloud-range, byte-fed
Every now and then another hot thing blows up the Web. In ‘95 it was the birth of Amazon. Facebook exploded in ‘07. Gangnam Style made my ears bleed in ‘12. Cloud storage popularity exploded in 2013. I can’t say that I made the decision to store some of my personal files in the cloud myself - more like I fell for a sweet offer from my handset manufacturer, which offered heaps of cloud storage upon purchase of a device.
I’ve never had any regrets about this move, as using cloud storage proved to be a safe and productivity-increasing option. The only hard thing I had to do was eventually deciding: Dropbox or Drive?
I’m still trying to find the answer.
In this VS we’ll try to find which storage is more user-friendly, versatile and reliable. Google Drive and Dropbox are two hugely popular services, and there’s a good reason for this. Both allow users to store their files online securely even on a free basic plan - with storage getting roomier and roomier as you let go of your precious dollars. Both services have their strengths and weaknesses, so let’s dig in deeper.
While your decision about a cloud service shouldn’t be based upon storage space alone, it’s an important factor nevertheless - it should be large enough to store information other than your ID scans and photos backed up from your phone. And while free plans won’t let you store a mammoth of data they would fare okay for most casual users.
The offer from Google Drive is 15GB of space on a free plan, and you can use it across multiple services including Gmail and Photos.
Dropbox provides you with a mere 2GB for free, so you have to choose carefully - just don’t upload all those duplicate photos from trying to shoot (pun!) a squirrel still.
When you sign up for a cloud storage service, you want to start doing things on the go and see an increase in your productivity. You have to be able to sync, share, upload and download your stuff the way you want, and it’s the point where functionality starts to buzz.
While Dropbox might seriously increase your productivity, it makes an impression of a service that’s made for an average user who wants to save his important stuff in the cloud “just in case”. The interface is flawless and quite easy to use with all the intuitive features that almost exclude the learning curve. The basic plan isn’t a heavyweight when it comes to storage space, but it doesn’t lag behind paid ones in terms of upload speed, sharing options and organization features. When you add files to your online folder, the process would normally go in the background, but it will use your battery and contribute to a slight decrease in multitasking speed. Things should return to normal when the upload is complete.
Google Drive is a blessing for business users who need high integration with their accounts and flawless sharing across their professional networks. It was definitely made with collaboration in mind as it’s banded together with the rest of your Google services. Creating and sharing documents is super easy, so if you’re a heavy user of Gmail, Google Photos or happen to own a Chromebook you should pay extra attention to Drive
In a head-to-head sprint like this every detail could possibly play a crucial role. The more useful features your app has, the more loyal users you’ll eventually have.
Google Drive, having its servers in the cloud and its roots in the world's most powerful search engine comes equipped with offers a powerful search tool that allows you to type any word and see the results in your folders in an instant. All the photos you snap with your phone will be saved to your Drive unless you opt out.
On the other hand, Dropbox has its own convincing perks. Even though it comes with less space, Selective sync is a nice option to weasel through your allotted 2GB and the separation of home and work accounts certainly gives you more privacy. Speaking of which, if you ever lose your device you can use the remote wipe option to delete all the data that might end up in the wrong hands.
With Dropbox, all of your data goes through SSL/TLS tunnels and once it’s in the cloud, it gets encrypted according to AES-256 protocol - which is used by the government to store TOP SECRET data. Unless you want to store something which might result in questioning for 11 hours straight you should be okay with this level of security.
You can use the two-step verification process to ensure extra security, accompanied by an option to see the unknown devices trying to access your account. All of your deleted data is still saved by Dropbox for 30 days in case you need to restore it, but it might be a double-edged sword in certain situations.
Google Drive also utilizes all the top-notch security features like AES-256 encryption, storage of deleted data for 30 days as well as two-step verification. The only setback is having identical login details with other Google Services so you can’t store your data safely if one of your accounts gets hacked.
So from a user’s standpoint, this might be a bit of a touch-and-go condition, especially if you still remember about NSA data leaks and it should be an issue to think about when signing up for Google Drive.
Google Drive and Dropbox are two equally amazing and competitive cloud storage services, and choosing between the two is an onerous task. When making a decision, you should really weigh your usage options, as your usage experience might be dramatically different.
If you’re an avid Google user or have a lot of projects that require sharing with others, my advice is to go with Drive. If you’re a lone ranger and value privacy and speed over networking options, you should probably choose Dropbox.