TechSpot: Cloud Storage Services, Five Alternatives Compared

It's cloud storage week apparently, with Dropbox rolling out an update that improves how its users can share things, Microsoft's SkyDrive getting dedicated desktop apps and a revamped feature set, and Google Drive finally making its long-awaited debut. The market suddenly got much more competitive.

Although there are many more options out there, some serving specific niches, we've hand-picked some of the most established and consumer-friendly cloud storage services and took them for a spin to see how well they stack against each other. We've included a comparative table for an at-a-glance overview of each service's strong points, while a more detailed description should give you a better idea of which one fits your needs.

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I love DropBox.
- Multi-platform
- Unlimited upload size
- LAN sync

Granted you pay a premium for their storage compared to others, I still think it is worth what you pay for.

S.P said,
I love DropBox.
- Unlimited upload size

With Google offering 10GB and Skydrive 2GB I think unlimited file size is a bit gimmicky (especially for most users who don't pay for the services)... I don't think many people have files over 2GB, definitely not 10GB well unless you know... yarrrgh.

For Free users file size is particularly irrelevant... for example Dropbox only offer 2GB storage for free (a bit more with refferals)... but effectively there is a file limit on free accounts of the size of your dropbox.

lt8480 said,

With Google offering 10GB and Skydrive 2GB I think unlimited file size is a bit gimmicky (especially for most users who don't pay for the services)... I don't think many people have files over 2GB, definitely not 10GB well unless you know... yarrrgh.

For Free users file size is particularly irrelevant... for example Dropbox only offer 2GB storage for free (a bit more with refferals)... but effectively there is a file limit on free accounts of the size of your dropbox.


SkyDrive offers 7GB (and for existing users 25GB), not 2

Matthew_Thepc said,

SkyDrive offers 7GB (and for existing users 25GB), not 2

I was referring to maximum file size limits not maximum storage space.... with my point being if maximum storage space on Dropbox is less than the maximum file size limit on SkyDrive and Google then Dropsboxes unlimited file size (for free users) is nothing more than a gimmicky name (for free users).

lt8480 said,

I was referring to maximum file size limits not maximum storage space.... with my point being if maximum storage space on Dropbox is less than the maximum file size limit on SkyDrive and Google then Dropsboxes unlimited file size (for free users) is nothing more than a gimmicky name (for free users).


ah, makes sense thanks for clearing that up

Google Drive really needs to work on it's Grid Layout. The way Skydrive uses Live Tiles to present picture albums, as well as the way it lays out those pictures is much more efficient that Google Drive's at the moment. The whole huge grey folder icons look is pretty awful.

I'm very happy with SkyDrive, especially considering that I've got OneNote syncing my uni notes to it and I've got the app on my computer. It also doesn't mangle Office documents unlike Google Drive.

I like the way as google made some original design for their GDrive data mining site - lucky they didn't copy Metro design language, that would be awkward... uh oh, wait

Google drive is crap. It wont sync many types of files and it only gives you 7gb.
Skydrive "just works" and they gave me 25gb!
Its very obvious gdrive was pushed out the door in a hurry to try and compete with Skydrive. I'm also extremely disappointed google has dramatically hiked the price of extra storage AND not increased the picasa 1gb limit.

Gdrive has been removed from my computer - I just use Skydrive now.