Google Drive vs SkyDrive vs iCloud vs Dropbox vs SugarSync: cloud services comparison
0. phoneArena 25 Apr 2012, 07:46 posted on
Now the big three in Silicon Valley - Apple, Google and Microsoft - all have their own clouds to go along with their mobile operating systems. They are, however, treading on the turf of third party services like Dropbox and SugarSync, which became immensely popular and cross-platform, while the big boys were mulling their own solutions...
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1. android_hitman (unregistered)
nice comparison ... but .. WOW! icloud is really expensive :P
8. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)
I never realized how cheap Skydrive was until I saw Apple's pricing!
25. abdane (Posts: 492; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
wait for sCloud to blow'em all away !!! haha :P
2. ilia1986 (unregistered)
I use Skydrive, and it's awesome being integrated with Windows and all, however it lacks syncing! That means that I have to put something in the Skydrive directory, and only that something will sync! I was hpoing more of a general syncing solutions, based on folders on my PC that I choose to sync. Otherwise, it's still a good backup solution.
17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4766; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I don't mess with the cloud. If anything is in the cloud, it's not really yours, it's the internet's now. To me it's too risky to have my personal stuff away from me. If something ever happens to the cloud then all your data is SOL. I am old school I have backups for my backups.
I would die if something happened to my children’s baby pictures or other very personal stuff. I am the type of person that if I pay for something I want something physical in return. I think I am the only person in the world who still buys CD & makes them in to MP3 or DVD/Blue Ray into MP4. Also I develop all my digital photos I take on my digital camera/mobile phone at my local Walgreens. My wife likes to make photo albums for that family.
I also have a fire & water proof safe where I keep all that stuff. I just think the cloud is too risky & once your personal stuff is on the internet, A. it’s not personal anymore it’s public (a simple hack can do that) & B. it's not yours anymore.
18. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I agree. I would not trust the cloud to store important things like what you mentioned but for a lot of things it's freaking SWEET.
I love being able to transfer files from my phone to my girlfriend's using Dropbox, and it's a nice place for me to keep kernels and such rather than cluttering up my SD card.
19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
" I would not trust the cloud to store important things..." - Agree!
26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4766; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
You are right about the sharing aspect of it. It's very simple and easy. I would rather still do it the old way though. I like the idea of putting kernels or root information in the cloud because that is public knowledge but with my personal stuff, I just want to keep them personal.
20. ilia1986 (unregistered)
I feel you man. However I've done some thinking ans came to the conclusion that among al the backup methods, the cloud is the safest one. HDDs fail. SSDs are insanely expensive. CDs\DVDs can get lost\scratched. Same for USB sticks. External hard drives take way too much space.
The cloud covers my basic needs (documents and pictures). The rest can always be redownloaded.
23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Building with all Cloud servers also can burn. LOL! :D
27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4766; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
You know if you take care of your stuff you shouldn't have a problem. I got SD cards from '04 that still work flawlessly. My old man has 45's from the late '50 & early '60 that still work perfectly. My CD's from the '90 are all in mint condition.
SSD's are what I want. I want a 2T SSD for my all my pictures that I have on CD's, SD cards, & Micro SD cards. The prices will come down soon & I will feel so much better about my personal stuff.
I admit right now I have thousands of photos & to print them all out would be crazy, so my Wife only prints what we want the rest are in our 3 HDD's one master HDD, one back up & one small for travel & to show to family & friends. The SSD WILL give me piece of mind.
All I am saying is that if there is some end of the world type thing to ever happen the cloud will most definitely go out. (zombies, asteroid, EMP blast…etc) You could lose anything that you don't have backed up. Also hackers can take your stuff or delete stuff or whatever. I am not saying this will happen nor I think it will happen but this day and age it could. I would rather someone take it from me physically than someone taking it from me in the cloud because I can fight for it, but against a hacker or some end of the world scenario there is really not much you can do.
Hey if it works for you, then that is all that matters.
24. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
lol. i think you are not the only one. even i hate the cloud idea but i guess cloud is the future. and yeah i agree with you that anything in cloud is not personall anymore.
22. wgaurav (Posts: 22; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)
Try live mesh service. It can sync 5GB data across platforms like sugar sync and does not count towards 25GB of skydrive.
9. protozeloz (Posts: 5393; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I hate the limits on skydrive and 25GB used to be free :@ I never got it to work as I wanted to :(
15. bon87 (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Limits are bad, but 25GB is still available for free if you activate it, I activated mine yesterday and it got increased back to 25GB from the new 7GB limit.
6. veRdiKt (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
why dont they ever include box. box is sooooooo sick
10. protozeloz (Posts: 5393; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I think there is a mistake dropbox is 100 for 50GB not 25
11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Please sign in or register to access this page. " :P
13. protozeloz (Posts: 5393; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
12. protozeloz (Posts: 5393; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
and Google drive has an SDK, cant say if for android yet. third party apps can make their apps use drive there a quite a few web apps using the SDK will have to wait for devs to use them
16. akbar (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
With all this Google drive hype nobody noticed how the prices of Picasa storage skyrocketed. WTF I used to pay 20$ per year for 80GB. With Google drive you have to pay 30$ for 25GB.
21. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
They let you keep your old plans if you didn't upgrade to the new, so you shouldn't be too worried about the pricing if you're still on the old plan. Until you have to upgrade to large storage that is...
28. EasyMade (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
I get 50GB from Box.net and all for FREE. None of these services can beat that!
29. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
I've noticed that sharing my music/project files on Dropbox with other musicians is very easy to do. Especially since most of the people I know already use it.
30. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I'd probably go SkyDrive, but I like the Drive integration and I already used Docs. :P
GO GOOGLE. Lol.
31. slackens6 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
It's definitely a useful comparison but it lacks little behind with the absence of Box, the great grandfather of cloud services. I don't use any such cloud services for my personal use because of various security reasons, but at work we are offered a similar solution called SyncBlaze which is totally useful only for business users.
32. iiillxlliii (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 May 2012)
I have finally decided to backup my files online and was confused with what to go with. I cannot risk loosing important files. I have tried various options Synctoy, Allwaysync, Toucan, dropbox, box, sugarsync. Box gives 50 gb but is essentially useless as the free version cannot sync.
Comparing Dropbox free and Sugarsync free:
* Dropbox gives 2gb, Sugarsync 5gb.
* Dropbox gives 500mb per successful referral, Sugarsync gives 2gb for inviting 20 friends, 500mb per successful referral, 10gb if they take up a paid account.
* Dropbox is easy, Sugarsync is just as easy but has more features.
* Dropbox syncs only the dropbox folder (there is a way around this, but all folders will still be uploaded to a single folder), Sugarsync can sync any folder and unlimited number of folders.
* Sugarsync lets you sync unlimited number of devices.
* Sugarsync can also stream music.
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33. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
A big comparison chart is available here:http://assets.sbnation.com/ass
Sugarsync is the most feature rich, you can sync any folder. Sugaarsync allows to sync multiple computers and can sync or backup multiple computers. Dropbox is simple, but you cannot select which folders to sync (unless you use complicated symlins). Dropbox gives 2gb, Sugarsync 5gb, Dropbox gives 500mb per successful referral, Sugarsync gives 2gb for inviting 20 friends, 500mb per successful referral, 10gb if they take up a paid account.
I got the free space increased to 7.5gb within (5+0.5+2) minutes. Click this link to get started:http://bit.ly/KbjOKH . Get the 2gb by easily referring any 20 email ids