Should I Switch From DropBox to Google Drive?
Personal Cloud storage has forever changed the way I store files, both personally and professionally. No longer am I carrying around USB sticks or asking people how large their email attachment limit is. So now the only problem is ’’Who should I use?”
To preface this, I’ve been using a combination of DropBox and Ubuntu One (For different purposes) for the last 2 years, and I’ve been more than happy with the functionality and data limits.
Google Drive now being available peaked my interest substantially. Anyone that has ever had me work for their company knows how keen I am on consolidation of platforms, and I’m a heavy Google user in most of their other offerings. But I did have my concerns.
There were reports that images that go up on this system will be at the ready to be loaded onto Google Plus. This bothered me because I like to keep my GPlus account pretty clean, and my storage is going to be full of client logos, stock photos, and the crème de la crème of email forward pictures. But much to my surprise, the images didn’t clog up my private profile, so I’ll keep an eye on this, just to make sure they haven’t enabled the feature yet.
Feature wise, I think the sharing and collaboration features are on par. However, myself, I don’t utilize this a great deal. I have other project management tools to do this with teammates and clients. But it’s nice to know that it’s there… maybe I’ll set up a recipe folder so mum can pass on all of her secrets…
Price wise, I decided to pay the whopping cost of $5 per month which affords me 100GB of space shared throughout Picasa, Gmail, and Drive, which due to the dark magic of storage, now that I have it, it will get filled. DropBox for this amount of space is almost 3 times the rate. But in saying that, they do give referral bonuses.
One thing that does push Google Drive out ahead of the pack is it’s file size limit is 10GB… for 1 file… I don’t anticipate backing up my entire Rocky DVD collection and packing it into a single ISO, so I may not need to have this available… but still, nice work guys.
The only other thing that I really like about Google Drive is it’s Web and Phone integration. The files give you the option to open directly within the Google Apps for editing, which sounds pretty simple and straightforward, but you’d be surprised how many small businesses don’t have a spread sheet editor installed on their local machine. If I had have been using DropBox, I would have had to save it, then open it up in an editor.
I realise that some of these points made only really measure to small blessings, but I believe that these products are neck and neck, and these are really only all that separate them.
If Google Drive didn’t come out for another year, would I have survived? Sure, in fact I’m more than happy with DropBox. Will I move across? Sure, if not for the fact that it’s cheaper, has a tighter integration into my working environment, it may actually force me to revisit my long forgotten file structure I had keenly setup within my DropBox environment.