The big ones got involved quickly following Google and Dropbox, the “small one”, on the online or cloud storage market. But in this little game, and despite the arrival of Amazon, Dropbox holds the upper hand.
Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive: match three in storage services?
Free … in part
Each of the three solutions offers a free entry offer: 5 Giga for One Drive from Microsoft – which has subtly changed its name to be closer to its competitor, 15 GB for Google Drive, and 2 GB for Dropbox. Beware of Google: the available space also depends on the size of your mailbox in Gmail.
But the big advantage of Dropbox is to unlock free space either if you refer a friend or with the Samsung offer which gives you 50 GB free for 2 years (be careful on devices launched after autumn 2014 the offer is subject to the creation of a new account). Nothing like Google, Microsoft or theAmazon Cloud Drive.
Whether it’s free or not, the file limit is the same. 10 GB at OneDrive or Dropbox (for the web part) and 5 TB at Google Drive. But if you use the Dropbox app on your computer, you no longer have any file size restrictions.
The price of the difference
Dropbox is distinguished by its availability on a wide range of OS: in addition to the classic desktop (Windows and Mac OSx) and mobile (iOS and Android), it is still the only one available on Blackberry and Linux. Linux being the bastion of developers, it enjoys a good foundation of notoriety which the 2 “big” ones cannot boast of. Dropbox and OneDrive are available on Windows Phone as well.
In terms of price, if Dropbox is the most expensive in appearance (10 euros or dollars), it offers from the outset 1 TB (i.e. 1000 GB) where the 2 dollars on OneDrive will offer you 50 GB. Google Drive is doing well with an equivalent price and storage combined with an entry offer of 2 dollars for 100 GB – twice that of Microsoft. But let’s not forget Amazon, which for $60 a year gives you unlimited storage (and availability on the Kindle Fire)!
Dropbox in the lead
In short, Dropbox still has room. File synchronization is one of the best and its integration on multiple OS allows you to find and use your files everywhere. However the web interface is the weak point of the service.
Amazon Cloud Drive offers an interesting storage service for the price but in return, no real integration. It remains limited to storage, uploading and downloading.
OneDrive and Google Drive are only interesting for their integration with their respective office suites and services.
Among the challengers, Copy is a service similar to Dropbox which is worth a look for its file sharing system. Basically you share the storage space on a 20 GB folder between 4 users, each will have 5 GB used in their account. This is not the case on Dropbox where the 20 GB remains the responsibility of the user who shares.