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Sponsored App Review: G Cloud Backup

January 24, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

G Cloud Backup is an Android app that does what you think it does; it helps you back up your stuff to the cloud; your photos, your contacts, your videos, settings and even apps if you’re rooted. G Cloud is more than your typical backup app or cloud storage app, and it’s more of a sort of hub for all your personal files. You can take a look at all your memories from multiple devices using G Cloud Backup as well as keep your device clean and even find your tablet or phone if you’ve lost it all from one single app or website. It sounds great, and with 2GB on offer for free, and lots of different plans there seems to be a lot on offer from G Cloud Backup. Read on as we take a look.

As with anything on Android, you need to download the app from the Play Store and create a free account. You can either sign up with your email address and info or you can use a number of different social networks to sign in.

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You’ll be given a quick introduction into what the app has to offer, which is a nice touch, especially for users not familiar with the Cloud and what it has to offer.

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Each plan gets 2GB to use for free, and when you first open the app, you’ll be asked what sort of content you want to upload to your account. All you need to do is to check or uncheck items as you wish.

 

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After an initial upload period, you’ll be able to scroll through your photos, videos and more in your timeline in the ‘Memories’ part of the app.

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You can quick take a look at how you’re using your space at any time from the Dashboard.

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You can add certain features and storage to your account right from the app, and there are a lot of choices.

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You can pay just $3.99 a month to get unlimited space, removing ads is just $0.99 a month and to keep your Mom’s tablet safe and backed up will cost you just $1.99 a month. An intriguing option I noticed was the ability to backup apps – if you’re rooted – for $4.99, a one-off unlock that brings the features of other apps together with your main backup solution, which makes things nice and neat. You can also earn free space through a number of methods, earning as much as 10GB for free! All you need to do is help promote the app by following the Facebook page and interacting with the team’s social media.

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For the space conscious there’s a neat feature in the settings that can delete files that have been sent to your G Cloud after a certain period of time. On my phone, this is an excellent addition as there are many files I can easily remove after a period of time.

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There’s a lot on offer from G Cloud here, and what I really like about the app is that it’s not just another hard drive in the sky. Instead, it’s a complete solution for looking back through your memories, no matter if they’re videos, pictures or whatever. It can also help keep your device free of clutter, giving you more room for large apps and games. With flexibility on offer as well, you can easily add or remove parts of your subscription if you’d like and those not willing to commit money to the service can even earn more space for free. It’s an excellent all-round service and I found it to be nice and speedy, with a decent amount of features on offer to make it more than just yet another hard drive in the sky.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – G Cloud is nice and speedy and I never felt like I was waiting too long for my files to be uploaded to the cloud.
  • Features (5/5) – With free storage, ability to backup apps and games for rooted users and lots of flexibility, G Cloud is a hub for all your memories and your personal data. It’s free to try out and just $3.99 a month for unlimited data, it’s a great offering.
  • Theme (4/5) – The app looks good and the timeline runs nice and smoothly, but I don’t care much for the iOS 8 style icons.
  • Overall (4/5) – A solid offering that gives Dropbox and Google a run for their money, G Cloud Backup is easy to use, full of features and a pretty great deal compared.

Pros

  • Works well on both smartphones and tablets, and you can have one plan with multiple devices – bringing all your memories together.
  • Nice and flexible, you can use it to store images and videos or for app backups; the choice is yours.
  • G Cloud has plans to suit everyone and the $3.99 a month for unlimited data is a great deal compared to others out there.
  • Great way of storing all your digital stuff in one place, rather than jumping from app to app.

Cons

  • Generally a good-looking app, but the iOS style icons on’t fit in with Android all that well.
  • Dropbox and Google offer 5GB of space for free right away.

All-in-all, G Cloud Backup is more than just another backup app. It’s a full solution to keeping all of your images and videos safe, as well as your contacts and settings. It makes moving from device to device easier and it’s a nice way of keeping everything organized. It’s flexible and while you only get 2GB of storage for free, the rest of the plans are really quite affordable. Well worth looking into, G Cloud could be the option you’ve been looking for.

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