Will Google Drive get you to drop Dropbox?

Will Google Drive get you to drop Dropbox?

Summary: Switching from Dropbox to Google Drive depends almost entirely on how your plan to use the new Google service.

TOPICS: Google

A fairly poorly kept secret, Google's answer to Dropbox, SkyDrive and others has finally launched.

Google Drive works in a similar manner to Dropbox, creating a folder on your computer that syncs across any device that the account is linked to. That, coupled with the Android and eventual iOS apps (not to mention its SDK), makes the service almost infinitely expandable -- much like DropBox.

But the big question now is this: Is Google Drive compelling enough to make you want to ditch Dropbox? Here are are few reasons that might be the case.

You rely strongly on Google services

While this one is a bit obvious, it's also the most clear and compelling advantage Google Drive has to offer so far. If you are a big user of services like Gmail and Google+, Drive will become a natural, probably seamless extension of that.

Google Docs collaboration is a big part of your workflow

Collaboration appears to be a pretty big part of the Google Drive experience, which is why Google Docs is getting built directly into the service. Collaboration works in real-time, allowing multiple users to work on spreadsheets and presentations with few hiccups (in theory, anyway). If you are a heavy user of Google Docs, using Google Drive is probably a no-brainer.

You're a fan of free space (and deals)

Free Google Drive accounts come with 5GB of free storage, which is a pretty big jump over the (pre-referral) 2GB freebie that Dropbox gives new users.

Tiered prices tell a similar tale: At $4.99 a month, Google Drive's 100GB offering is half the price of the identical Dropbox account. (It's also notable that Dropbox's Pro accounts start at 50GB, whereas Google Drive's own start at 25GB, which certainly affords users a bit more flexibility.)

You trust Google (and the government) completely

With Google Drive, Google is set to extend its indexing tendrils from the web into your personal files. Seeing as how the company has had a bit of an inconsistent track record in matters of privacy, this should probably give you pause. Then again, this isn't much of a problem if you don't typically concern yourself with privacy issues.

Likewise, as ZDNet writer Zack Whittaker points out, putting any kind of sensitive information on a cloud-based service is a risky endeavor. This reality isn't unique to Google Drive, of course -- but it's worth keeping in mind.

Topic: Google

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  • Price comparison

    [quote] At $4.99 a month, Google Drives 100GB offering is [b]half[/b] the price of the identical Dropbox account. [/quote]
    [b]It's actually 1/4 the price, since the Dropbox 100GB plan is $19.99.[/b]
    • Price comparison

      SkyDrive 100GB (extra beyond the original 7Gb or 25GB if you are grandfathered in) plan is $4.16 per month...even cheaper!
  • SkyDrive

    Or you can get MicroSoft SkyDrive with 100GB of storage for $50/year which equates to $4.17 a month, even [b] CHEAPER!! [/b]

    Plus the free option of SkyDrive gices you a minimum of 7 GB, unless you were a SkyDrive user prior to April 22, in taht case you get 25GB [b]free[/b].

    There has obviously been a lot of talk about Google Drive and Dropbox, but there are other (maybe even better) options out there.
    • SkyDrive seems better

      Not only do you get more free space (i'm getting 25GB) it also allows you to create your own private cloud storage space by letting you access your home computer via sky-drive. That feature alone makes it well worth it...there might be files that I don't want to publish to the cloud, and would rather leave them on my home machine, but I want to access those files from anywhere. WAY COOL! Way to go SkyDrive!!!

      Plus, it works with my iPad, my Windows Phone, my wife's iPhone and my Windows Tablet. It even works with my Son's Android phone. What more can I ask for?
  • Wow lame, skydrive kicks this deals a$$

    Skydrive is 7G free. Paid starting at 20G and only $50 for a 100G. Basically beating gd on both space and price.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Article suggestion - compare options

    So there's DropBox, Box, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive and who know what else. Could some one please write an article comparing all these choices. A grid showing features and prices would be nice.
  • Happy with Dropbox

    I'm happy with Dropbox for the moment. My switching will probably depend on just how Google integrates Google Drive into the Android experience. If it's compelling I could see myself switching. And while 5Gb is certainly better than 2Gb, I probably using less than 20 Mb as is, so at the moment that's not enough of an enticement.
  • Wrong comparison...

    Coming off the heels of SkyDrive's big day, I think the question should ask about SkyDrive, not Dropbox. Dropbox lost my business after last year's security blunders.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • Don't forget dropbox referral and the ref'Around project

    BTW, for those who are limited with their dropbox account, you can easily get up to 32Go free by inviting people. I found this very interesting website to share my referral link :

    the ref'Around project http://www.refaroud.com/dropbox

    I already referred 16 people for dropbox there, but there are many other offers like Directv ($100 for the referrer AND the referee), verizon, AT&T ... Nice catch of the month this site !!
    • If you use skydrive

      you don't have to pimp anything onto your friends =]
      Mister Indie
  • I think all Google Drive did was

    reinforce people's decisions with choosing SkyDrive or Dropbox in the first place.
    William Farrel
    • Why choose?

      5gb free from GDrive
      5gb from Dropbox
      25gb from Skydrive

      If you have iOS? That's another 5gb.

      I don't pick sides, so I benefit the most.

      edit note: Forgot to "upgrade" to my free 25gb because I've had the account since SkyDrive came into existence.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • Skydrive > DropBox > Google

    Skydrive is definitely the best. 25GB, the best Windows and OSX client, Windows Phone, ipad, and iphone. And Android users can still access it through the web interface until they get their own dedicated app.
    Mister Indie
  • Will I drop or switch? No

    Easy answer, no. For one, you have to have a Google account, or at least gmail in order to use it. Personally, I hate gmail, it's unintuitive, screen-space wasting and confusing. That's just my opinion though

    Other than that, I hate the idea of linking my accounts and increasingly my entire web experience.
  • Already moved to Drive

    My storage needs aren't that high, but I still have my 50GB from Box if I need it. But all my essential files have already moved to Drive. The integration with Google services is a big draw.

  • Why not symform?

    200GB free.
    <$40 pa for [b]unlimited[/b] storage.
  • Switched over last night

    I moved the stuff in Dropbox over to Drive last night. I'm more than happy to quit trying to remember if I saved something in Docs or Dropbox.
  • Why Not Use Them All?

    I don't see a problem, just use them all. I had been a Hotmail user before it was Microsoft so I have the 25GB on SkyDrive. I also have the DropBox free portion for 2GB I will get the Google Drive. Since I am also an iOS/OS X user, I have the 5GB from Apple's iCloud. I don't really use them that much, but my resume sits on SkyDrive and DropBox right now, so it will also appear on Google Drive. I mainly use them as swing storage, so data doesn't sit there for more than a day. I have several 2TB drives so, I always have enough on-line, but all the others also work for my Android devices, so I just use up to the limit temporarily until I get home and load them onto my local drives.
  • Still looking at storage? you are outdated

    Cloud storage is cheap and no longer sexy, so does dropbox - it is too simple, is it good? No, people need more features. DriveHQ cloud IT service is much more advanced than dropbox, and to SMBs, cloud IT is far more valuable.
  • Google is a copycat in this case

    Google Drive (excluding Google Apps) is basically copying Dropbox. It does not offer anything new. In fact, feature-wise, it is weaker than Dropbox. However, I would recommend dropping both Dropbox and Google Drive for DriveHQ's cloud IT service. DriveHQ's service is mainly for business. But consumers may also benefit if you don't have a lot of data.

    For business services, it is important to note that many service providers (e.g. Dropbox and Google Drive) have different pricing for business services. For example, Dropbox for Business starts at $795/user/year + $125/user/year for each additional user license.

    Google Drive charges $50-$100/user/year (incl 30GB storage space), additional storage space for business service is twice as expensive as for consumer services.

    I have worked for DriveHQ since 2006. Founded in 2003, DriveHQ is the first cloud IT solution provider with over 2 million registered users. For business service, you will find DriveHQ service a lot better and cheaper at only $6/user/year. You can find more detailed comparisons and reviews at: