Google Drive Vs. Dropbox
Life these days revolves around our computers and the important data stored there, but this data is vulnerable. Virtual storage space in the cloud is becoming increasingly vital to both individuals and businesses.
Dropbox already has loads of momentum under its belt. The company is very popular, is well-funded and boasts of having millions of users.
But now the search engine giant Google has stepped into the online storage scene by adding Google Drive to its ever growing list of product offerings.
Which storage provider is better? In the Google Drive vs Dropbox battle, who will reign supreme?
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- Compatibility – Dropbox is compatible with Blackberry, iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
- Sharing – Dropbox has recently added a super cool sharing feature where users simply send a link to the files they want to share, even to non Dropbox members, and the recipients simply click the link for access.
- Easy access – With the Dropbox app installed on your computer, you can access your files whether you are connected to the internet or not.
- Versioning – If you accidentally delete a file, it can still be restored. Dropbox keeps all files for 30 days.
Google Drive Features
- Compatibility – Google Drive is compatible with Windows, Mac, Android and applications for iOS are in the works.
- Sharing – Google Drive also has one click file sharing, except you have to send the link yourself, whereas Dropbox does this for you.
- Easy access – You can access your files at any time, even without an internet connection, as long as you have the app installed on your computer.
- Versioning – Google keeps all files and all file versions for 30 days, but you can change that in your personal settings and have all files, or just certain ones, saved forever.
Prices and Plans
- 2 GB of free storage space.
- Pro – 100 GB, 200 GB or 500 GB starting at $9.99 per month.
- Teams – plans start with 1 TB of storage for 5 users and include centralized billing and administrative tools.
Google Drive offers much more flexibility and lower prices:
- 25 GB for $2.49/mo.
- 100 GB for $4.99/mo.
- 200 MB for $9.99/mo.
- 400 GB for $19.99/mo.
- 1 TB for $49.99/mo.
- 2 TB for $99.99/mo.
- 4 TB for $199.99/mo.
- 8 TB for $399.99/mo.
- 16 TB for $799.99/mo.
Security the one of the biggest concerns users have.
Dropbox uses bank-level security for storage and file transfers, but if someone knows your username and password, they will have complete access to your account.
Google Drive links directly to your existing Google Account, which allows you to use a two-step authentication with additional security features you are probably already accustomed to using. The two-step authentication provides an additional layer of protection because even if someone does know your username and password, they still won’t be able to access your files.
Google is famous for searching. It takes that experience into Google Drive by providing you with a search box you can use from any page. Plus, Google takes it one step further with its ability to recognize images and text in your documents.
To search in Dropbox you have to return to the home page.
Dropbox is great for collaborating with friends and colleagues, but every time you drop a file into your Dropbox account, it is removed from your computer and only resides in Dropbox.
When documents are uploaded into Google Drive, you have the option of converting the file into a Google Doc for sharing and collaborating. The process is quick and very easy. In addition, you have the ability to open over 30 types of files right in your browser, like HD videos, Photoshop files and Adobe illustrator, even if you don’t have these programs installed on your machine.
With Google Drive, you and your colleagues can work on the same document at the same time. Only people you give permission to can access your files and all changes are saved instantly so all members of your team stay in the know.
Google Drive takes the self-help approach to customer support. They provide many links to How To documents and troubleshooting pages, but there is no email support or community forum.
Dropbox offers a detailed tour of all of their products, community forums, and support tickets.
It was a great battle. Dropbox has a few good points and some great features like the ability to access files from anywhere with virtually every desktop and mobile device. But, Google Drive is clearly the winner. With its flexible plans, integrated search feature, top notch security and the ability to open just about file format puts its way ahead of the competition.
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