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Epic App Battles: Dropbox V.S. Google Drive

June 20, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

It’s time for the second round of Epic App Battles. Every week we’ll be continuing to bring a head to head battle between two similar yet awesome apps, and then you decide who wins in the comments on our G+ post. This week we have two of the most highly used cloud storage apps facing off in an epic battle for total control of the best cloud storage option. Dropbox and Google Drive. Both have their niche, and both have plenty of awesome features and functionality. They each have some pros and cons, and we’ll be going over all of that here. Who deserves to be crowned king of Cloud Storage?

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Dropbox is probably one of the biggest if not THE biggest cloud storage applications out there. By now it is pretty much known far and wide by most people, and it’s pre-installed on just about every Android phone out there. You’ll also find it on a virtually every Samsung device. That ties us into one of our very first pros with Dropbox. Buying a Samsung device will usually give you an extra 50GB of Dropbox storage for at least 2 years, which is a huge amount of extra space for most people, and that’s is in addition to the initial 2GB of free space that you get from signing up. Dropbox also allows you to get more storage space on your account for free, for every person that sings up for Dropbox for their own account using your invite. This can rack up to a lot of extra free storage, and can be a nice way to stick with a free account and still get lots of space for all your things.

Beyond the amount of storage you get, Dropbox allows for users to keep all their files synchronized across multiple devices and the Dropbox webpage without much effort. Simply create your Dropbox account and install the file folder to your PC or Mac computer, and it’ll be anywhere else you have your Dropbox account signed into. That includes your laptops, your phone, and the web. All seamlessly connected so that anytime you share something with your Dropbox in one place, it’ll be on every other device that has Dropbox as well. You can easily save email attachments to your Dropbox and share things with other via a Dropbox link, which they can use to download whatever you send them without the need to have a Dropbox account themselves. Dropbox also has more storage options available for those who need more room just in case they don’t want to deal with the limited starting options of the “free” account. for a fee of course. All in all, Dropbox is a very formidable cloud storage app that has not only the experience under its belt, but the features and functionality to back it up that has led to the love from its fans. Some of Dropboxes drawbacks are that it isn’t as “tied in” to other apps for sharing and backups,(not immediately at least) and you start off with a fairly small amount of storage space for free.

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Ahh Google Drive. Once known as the ever popular Google Docs, Drive is now a much more capable beast. Not only does it allow for the same type of cloud storage functions as other apps and services, like Dropbox for example, but it also allows to you to create new files like documents and spreadsheets, which are then saved to Drive and can simply be stored for later use, shared, etc. Drive has one awesome feature going for it, and that’s the massive and native integration and compatibility that it has with many other Google apps and services. This makes Google Drive a a force to be reckoned with when it comes to picking your cloud storage app of choice. Drive starts you off with a little more storage to begin with than Dropbox, which might be the deciding factor for most people immediately.

Signing up for a free Drive account gets you 15GB of space, which can be expanded upon by paying a small monthly fee to get more storage. Drive also has ways you can expand your stroage space in the cloud without having to subscribe, by purchasing various devices that will net you some extra space, like Chrome OS devices, and even HTC’s new One M8 comes with 50GB of extra storage. Google Drive also now has a handy offline mode that lets you access any files you need, and basically brings up the files since they were last updated and while connected to the web. If you make any edits to files or documents while on the go and have no connection, then Drive will promptly save those edits on whatever device you’re using at the time and update them to the Drive cloud version of those files once a connection is gained. That is a huge plus for many users as a connection is not always readily available. As we stated above Drive has easy integration with many of Google’s own applications without having to set anything up to do so, and now Gmail attachments is just one of those ways Drive has become infinitely more useful. Now, any attachments you get in Gmail can be saved to Drive right from within Gmail making backups of attachments simple and quick. You can also share just about anything you want to Drive from your mobile device using the “share” button.

Both cloud storage options have fairly similar features and both give the user a great experience and have simple user interfaces. Are you partial to the more seamless integration of Drive with Google’s apps or do you prefer to get your cloud storage from Dropbox? Who should be the winner in this App Battle? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments, what makes one better and worthy of the crown?