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SugarSync is a tempting option from a feature standpoint. The most interesting feature (to me) is their Outlook attachment client: It plugs into Outlook and, rather than sending attachments through the e-mail system, puts them on your SugarSync share and includes a link. For heavy Outlook users this could make SugarSync a good option. Note that HighTail (formerly YouSendIt) offers a similar feature with their (not cheap) paid plans. I expect that, before too long, this capability will become de rigueur for companies, like Microsoft and Google, who offer both cloud email and cloud storage.
SugarSync allows not just undelete, but they maintain the last 5 versions of a file, and only the most recent version counts against the storage limit.
But SugarSync is really expensive, in some configurations the most expensive option here. Their prices don't get good until you get their business-oriented (1 to 3 users) 1TB plan and, at that point, they're even cheaper than Google Drive.
Storage (GB) $ monthly $/GB monthly $ annual $/GB annual 5 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 60 $7.49 0.12 $74.99 1.25 100 $9.99 0.10 $99.99 1.00 250 $24.99 0.10 $249.99 1.00 1000 $55.00 0.06 $550.00 0.55
SugarSync has an interesting client collection: iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile (NOT Windows Phone, and no third parties have picked up the slack there).
Gold, Silver and Bronze
Tying it all together, I have to say I'm most impressed with Google Drive - in the abstract. They're not the least expensive, but their combination of price and plans is head and shoulders above the rest. Most of the other services are trying to game you into buying a plan that's better for them, than for you. Not Google. Google's platform coverage is excellent, if not everything I need.
I'm also very impressed with Copy.com. The reason they're not #1 is that I feel manipulated by their restrictive plan structure. Like I said, if what Copy offers (free/15GB, 250GB, 500GB) is good for you, they go for it. They've got an impressive service.
Third place was a tough decision. I seriously considered all of the remaining three products: Dropbox, SkyDrive and SugarSync at different times for different reasons. I'm choosing SkyDrive in spite of the their major disadvantage, that they max out at 207GB. The main advantage it has over SugarSync and Dropbox is the huge price differential. And if you're a Windows/Office user, SkyDrive has extra appeal.
SugarSync fails to medal in this event, mostly because of price. It could be a lot higher. But it could be worse. It could be Dropbox.
Dropbox is the market leader now, and they've done a good job with their product, but I have to think things will get a lot more competitive in the next few years. Windows users will have SkyDrive in their faces from now on and Google users have good reason to use Google Drive. That's a big chunk of the market. Maybe they should have taken Steve Jobs up on his offer.
The One I Choose
If I weren't a total cheapskate I would probably go with Copy.com. As highly as I regard Google Drive, it's not the best choice for me.
Given that I'm currently using 48GB of my 200 capacity on Dropbox I think I can get away with 100GB as a plan, but I'll also price out 200GB. I can't get exactly what I want from everyone, but if those are the sizes I was shopping for, here's what I would have to pay.
About 100GB Plan Annual About 200GB Plan Annual copy.com 250GB $99 250GB $99 Dropbox 100GB $99 200GB $199 Dropbox w/PackRat 100GB $138 200GB $238 Google Drive 100GB $59.88 200GB $119.88 Microsoft SkyDrive 107GB $50 207GB $100 SugarSync 100GB $99.99 250GB $249.99
SkyDrive works better for me. With the way I use my cloud storage, it works just fine.
This is what works for me. You choose what works for you. Just don't assume Dropbox is the best deal.