Google recently released their newest product, Google Drive. Which is very similar to Dropbox, Too Similar. So I’m here to show you which one is better.
Round 1 – Paid Storage Costs
Dropbox currently offers:
However Google Drive Offers:
Google Drive gives you much more flexibility at a cheaper rate, So for this round Google Drive wins.
Round 2 – Free Storage
*Dropbox provides users with 2 GB of free storage space just for signing up. Users can get more by referring friends to the service, 500MB per referral, up to a limit of 16 GB.
The winner of this round is Google Drive since you don’t have to do anything to receive your FREE storage. So so far
Round 3 – Access to your storage
Google Drive is available on Android, Mac OS X, and Windows. iOS apps are on the way.
Dropbox is available for iOS, Blackberry, Android, Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows.
So Dropbox wins this round!
Round 4 – Searching for you data
Google is know for search. It uses that expert knowledge in Google Drive and it shows. Search is simple, easy, and quick because the search bar is always with you. Google Drive can even recognize objects in your images and text in scanned documents.
Navigating away from the Dropbox home page takes the search bar away and you have to go back home to find it. Search is not inscribed into every page of Dropbox.
So The search giant, Google wins again.
Round 5 – Security
Making sure your files are secure and not susceptible to unwanted access is very important.
Dropbox enlists bank-level security for your files. Its site says, “Your files are actually safer while stored in your Dropbox than on your computer in some cases.”
Google Drive links directly to your existing Google Account, allowing you to enable two-step authentication and the security features you may already be familiar with. Two-step authentication gives you an added layer because even if someone has your username and password, they still will not be able to access your files.
If someone wants to access your Dropbox account, they just need your username and password. So Google Drive wins once again.
Round 6 – Deleted Files
What happens if you delete an item by mistake? Dropbox keeps a one-month history of your work. Any changes can be undone, so files can be restored after deletion, Which is a great lifesaver. Google Drive tracks every change you make. When you hit the save button, a new revision is saved. You can look back as far as 30 days automatically, or choose a revision to save forever.
Google Drive is a better choice, the saving forever option is awesome because it’s… forever(Hopefully =D).
Round 7 – Offline Availability
As long as you have the Dropbox app installed on your computer, files can be accessed when offline from the folder that lives on your desktop. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection without having to do anything.
Google Drive works the same way, so this one is a tie.
Round 8 – Syncin’
When adding a file to your Dropbox from your computer it’s as simple as dragging and dropping. One Dropbox issue is when syncing, the original file is removed from your computer’s hard drive and is only accessible in Dropbox.
When you upload a document to Google Drive it gives you the option to convert that file to Google Docs for easy sharing and collaboration. The process is simple and fast. In addition, the ability to open over 30 file types right in your browser. Simply Amazing.
Google Drive wins Again.
Round 9 – Sharing
Google Drive allows you to create a document and work on it at the same time with a colleague. You choose who has access and who can edit or make changes. The changes then appear instantly so everyone can stay in sync.
Dropbox prides itself on simplicity. Instead of just inviting someone to change a document you can invite someone to view a folder and all of its contents. Dropbox says, “it’s as if the folder is saved directly to the other person’s computer.” Dropbox wins in this round
Round 10 – Support
Google Drive gives links to many FAQs however there isn’t any forums or any “live” help . If you have a specific issue, then you may be out of luck. Dropbox support includes, a detailed tour of the entire product, community forums, and the ability to submit a help request where the support team will get back to you on your problem.
The ability to receive a response from a real person is much better.So again Dropbox wins again.
It was a great fight. Dropbox offers some excellent features and benefits that really make the App stand out. Its ability to be accessed from virtually every mobile and desktop platform is crucial. Many people will still favor Dropbox, since they’re solely a storage company.
Google Drive is declared the winner. Google’s flexible storage plans, deep search integration, security, and ability to open more than 30 different file formats from a web browser helped them secure the title.
Google Drive: 7