Google Drive, Apple iCloud and Dropbox: Which is the best cloud storage?

Cloud server is an amazing storage solution that replaces the limited storage space on your computer's hard drive. But choosing the right cloud storage is not easy.

1. Costs

Google Drive, iCloud and Dropbox give users a wide range of storage options, but the prices are very different. Fortunately, each service has a free version, so you can try them out for free.

If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you may already have an iCloud account. Apple strongly encourages users to back up photos, applications, contacts and other data to iCloud. But Apple only provides 5GB of free storage. If users need more storage space, they will have to spend $ 0.99/month for 50 GB of data and $ 2.99 for 200 GB of data. If you spend $ 9.99/month, you'll have 2 TB of storage on iCloud.


The basic Dropbox account provides users with 2 GB of free storage. If users spend $ 9.99/month, it will offer 1 TB of storage and additional features such as being able to view files when you are offline. Customers using Dropbox Professional have 2 TB of storage and additional features like full-text keyword search at a cost of $ 19.99/month. For large businesses, service fees will be based on the storage needs of each business.


Google Drive is one of many free apps that come with Google accounts. It offers 15 GB for free. If you want more storage, you will have to pay $ 1.99 for 100 GB. This is a sufficient capacity for average storage needs, or when you need to back up your phone. Students, photographers and people with more files will probably need 2 TB. With this capacity, you will have to pay 9.99 USD / month. The amount will increase to 99.99 USD per month if you need 10 TB. Google also offers a 20 TB package for $ 200 / month and 30 TB for $ 300.


2. Accessibility

IOS and MacOS users can manage their iCloud settings from the System Preferences application, and PC users can download iCloud for Windows versions from the Apple website.


If you don't want to use browsers, you can access Dropbox on PC and mobile apps, and even on smart watches.


Google Drive has many versions, including mobile and PC applications that can be downloaded on any device.


3. Using

Apple's iCloud page is quite simple. After logging in, iCloud users are greeted with a simple folder containing saved data of iOS apps to click on. The way files are arranged on iCloud is more convenient for iPhone and Mac users. As for Android users, they are less familiar with this layer arrangement.


Dropbox has a quite bland interface. Its website and app are harder to navigate than other applications, especially for newbies. In addition, many of Dropbox's most powerful features seem to be hidden by unclear labeling.


In contrast, the Google Drive home page arranges the function buttons on the right, and uses context menus (accessed via right-click) to help you easily reach where you need to go. In addition to aesthetics, the Quick Access section and custom features make Google Drive the most dynamic and reliable among the 3 cloud storage applications.


4. Sharing

For many users of cloud storage services, the ability to share and collaborate on projects is the most valuable feature that cloud storage services can provide. Fortunately, all 3 services offer excellent sharing features.

Dropbox allows users to share files or folders with their friends, just by entering an email address. The file owner can decide who has the right to view, to edit, to download or to delete the file. Dropbox can also create links to files, which users can easily copy and paste into an instant message or post to multiple viewers. Users can also customize their link settings, such as selecting an expired link after a period of time, or asking for a password to view the file…


Apple's iCloud works the same way. Files on iCloud are easy to access.


Google Drive also uses a similar sharing method, with an additional feature that allows recipients to comment their thoughts.


5. Conclusion

Obviously, your cloud storage needs may be different from others. IPhone users want to keep their data protected and embedded in Apple's ecosystem. They will prefer iCloud. Others may want to invest in a more advanced solution like Dropbox, which is one of the most popular cloud storage solutions on the market and most of its customers are large businesses.

However, Google Drive provides a comprehensive service that is almost suitable for everyone. It is certainly the most flexible and easiest cloud storage service to choose from among the existing cloud storage services.


By: Chris Stewart