With the advent of mobile and cloud computing technologies, there have been lots of application available online that allows users to backup and synchronize files on the web across different computers automatically. One such popular tool for file syncing service is Dropbox. Competing in the same arena now is Google, which recently released its own cloud storage service called the Google Drive. In this article, we will tackle which is better and why you need to transfer to Google Drive.
1. Memory Storage Space
In a match for free cloud storage, Google Drive offers 5GB of space immediately with no referral program required, whereas you’ll only get 2GB of space from Dropbox plus 500MB per referral, up to a limit of 16 GB. As for the pro service, you need to pay Dropbox a whopping $199 for additional 100GB and only $60 to Google for the same extra storage upgrade.
2. Search Capabilities
When you have plenty of files, you sort them out through folders. Yet again, disorganization is one thing you can’t miss. Google Drive’s web application allows users to preview all documents, images and other files and search by file type, owner, and other useful advanced filters. In comparison, Dropbox also has its slice of the “advanced search” cake, but it is not as good. It’s only capable of searching using all the words, none or any of the words or the exact phrase.
Moreover, Google can search images using its Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature that is used to find images and words or text in scanned documents. Dropbox loses a point here, again, as it can’t do any of that.
3. File Access
Dropbox supports all three major computer operating systems: Apple, Microsoft and Linux and the three major operating systems as well in mobile phones: iOS, Blackberry and Android. On the other hand, Google Drive has not yet infiltrated through Linux, Blackberry and iOS. Dropbox may win the match here but wait—there’s more.
Users are only allowed to preview all the items in Dropbox; Google Drive has the added advantage of enabling users to edit their documents created through Google online without downloading or installing any software. Also, Drive allows over 30 file types to be accessed from the web browser, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and HD videos, while Dropbox cannot.
4. File Security
What happens next when you discovered that some of your files has gone missing and the possibility that someone has entered maliciously through your account? Don’t fret. Both Google and Dropbox have your back.
Google Drive prompts for a two-step user authentication linked to your Google Account so even if hackers have obtained your username and password, they still cannot penetrate through your files in Drive. Dropbox claims a high security for your files as it utilizes bank-level safety authorization. But hackers would only need the username and password and they can directly pass into the account (no second gateway just like what Google has).
5. File Backup
Another thing that rings our bell is that the deletion of files by accident. So what happens next when we encounter this by mistake? Dropbox keeps these trashed files in a month then it’s forever gone, while Google can help you retrieve the file back in more than 30 days of history. Google Drive is a better choice because it gives you the save-forever option which as the name suggests, allows the changes to be saved forever.
There are far more differences between Google Drive and Dropbox than have been described here. Simply though, to conclude, while Google Drive has just entered the fray, today we bank on the decision to declare it as the winner. Its storage plans, deep search integration, security, access and other cool features helped them secure the title. If you haven’t tried Drive yet, then consider making a switch and experience its awesomeness firsthand.
Alexis Thompson is an alumna from Martin College Australia, a former Mountain Backpacker and a 26 year old mother of 2 daughters, Sophie and Rhian. She is into almost all types of Music especially The Fray and Hillsong. She also has a passion in Singing and Scrap Booking. Follow her escapades on her Twitter.