Why I'm switching from Dropbox to Google Drive

Summary:I have been a paid subscriber of the Dropbox cloud storage service for over two years, syncing files from home to office, across PCs and Macs. A few weeks ago, Google launched their Google Drive service, which is very similar to Dropbox.

I have been a paid subscriber of the Dropbox cloud storage service for over two years, syncing files from home to office, across PCs and Macs. A few weeks ago, Google launched their Google Drive service, which is very similar to Dropbox. I tested Google Drive and I'm happy with the service:

  • Google Drive is very fast for uploading and downloading files. One big problem I had with Dropbox was the speed of uploading files. Whenever I wanted to share a file through Dropbox, I had to wait a long time for my file to get uploaded to Dropbox. That's not a problem with Google Drive--huge files can be uploaded in minutes.

  • Google Drive gives you more storage at lower prices. Dropbox gives you 2GB free storage but Google Drive gives you 5GB for free. For US$19.99, I get 400GB of Google Drive storage while Dropbox only gives me 100GB.

  • Google Drive works better for sharing videos. When you upload a video file to Google Drive, it automatically gets transcoded into lower bitrates so that your recipients can watch the video through a streaming Flash player with minimal buffering, just like YouTube. However, the streaming video playback doesn't work on iOS devices yet, and I hope Google fixes this soon.

  • Watch out for the occasional high CPU utilization. A few times I had to kill the Google Drive process because it was using too much CPU. I suppose Google Drive is doing lots of data compression to achieve the speedy data transfer.

  • Google Drive doesn't have a client app yet for iOS, but their mobile Web site meets my needs.

After two weeks of testing, I'm fully convinced that Google Drive is a good replacement for Dropbox so I'm switching over to Google Drive. Google Drive is the best cloud service that fully exploits the fastest fiber networks in Asia.

Topics: Google

About

Lee Lup Yuen is passionate about mobile phones and PDAs, as he is constantly buying new gadgets and programming them in J2ME, .NET, Symbian and AppForge. He has developed commercial applications with mobile technologies like SMS, MMS, WAP, 3G video streaming and location-based services.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.