Google Drive vs SkyDrive vs iCloud vs Dropbox vs SugarSync: cloud services comparison

Google Drive vs SkyDrive vs iCloud vs Dropbox vs SugarSync: cloud services comparison
We've been waiting for years for Google to come up with its mythical Drive cloud storage service, and it arrived yesterday. Google is downplaying it as an expansion of its Docs service, trying to lull the enterprise folks (where the money is) by also offering up to 16TB of cloud storage - for a price.

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, SugarSync and others, which became immensely popular and cross-platform, while the big boys were mulling their own solutions.

Not everybody is comfortable with their data in the cloud, but given how phone makers are omitting microSD card slots lately, we might have to skew the hybrid usage of local vs cloud a bit in the online direction, so we decided to tabulate what those frothy white condensed water vapor thingys floating in faraway servers have to offer.

We used the annual price for the respective services and rounded up to the next dollar for easier comparison, although some services like Dropbox and SugarSync offer both monthly and discounted annual subscriptions, whereas Google Drive only offers monthly payment options.

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33 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

nice comparison ... but .. WOW! icloud is really expensive :P

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Overpriced as usual for Apple...

7. GalaxyOptimus

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

you don't say

8. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

I never realized how cheap Skydrive was until I saw Apple's pricing!

25. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: Oct 07, 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: Aug 05, 2011

" I would not trust the cloud to store important things..." - Agree!

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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. +1

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: Aug 05, 2011

Building with all Cloud servers also can burn. LOL! :D

27. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: Dec 17, 2010

Try live mesh service. It can sync 5GB data across platforms like sugar sync and does not count towards 25GB of skydrive.

4. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

SkyDrive won again ;-)

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: Nov 21, 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: Dec 12, 2011

why dont they ever include box. box is sooooooo sick

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think there is a mistake dropbox is 100 for 50GB not 25 https://www.dropbox.com/plans

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Please sign in or register to access this page. " :P

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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 https://developers.google.com/drive/

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Anyway, thats good. :)

16. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 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. This sucks.

21. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 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: Sep 01, 2011

I get 50GB from Box.net and all for FREE. None of these services can beat that!

29. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 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: Mar 16, 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: Apr 26, 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.

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