Cloud Storage Service Smackdown
As the popularity of cloud storage grows, so do the number of people providing a service. Of course, not all cloud storage services offer the exact same things, and some certainly do a bit better than others. Today, we're going to be talking about some of the biggest providers that we've personally used and discussing what we like and loathe about them. So, if you're in the market for a new cloud storage service and want a little bit of guidance about what to choose, you're in the right place - just keep on reading!
As the popularity of cloud storage grows, so do the number of people providing a service. Of course, not all cloud storage services offer the exact same things, and some certainly do a bit better than others. Today, we’re going to be talking about some of the biggest providers that we’ve personally used and talking about what we like and loathe about them. So, if you’re in the market for a new cloud storage service and want a little bit of guidance about what to choose, you’re in the right place – just keep on reading!
Cloud Storage Service Smackdown
Naturally, we’ll be talking about ourselves first! At Offcloud, we offer a browser-based cloud storage experience, with the ability to download from BitTorrent and cloud-based data directly into your cloud storage space – something that makes us pretty unique! The amount of storage space you receive depends on the plan you choose, although there is a free option to go for if you just want to trial the service and not decide 100% right away.
Perhaps the main negative point of Offcloud is that you need an Internet connection to access your items, as there’s no local storage option.
Dropbox is one of the big names when it comes to cloud storage, and it’s one that most people tend to trust. Dropbox is a brilliant collaborative tool that’s fantastic for use both personally and professionally. It installs a folder on your device making it easy to just drag and drop items to upload to the cloud, and offers a mobile app allowing you to do the same with your mobile device.
Dropbox does have a local storage option, which can be an issue for people with limited memory on their devices.
Google Drive, a venture of Google, of course, is a growing cloud storage service. Given the increased popularity of Google’s Android devices and Chrome Books, more and more people are using the service naturally and making more use of it outside of those devices as a result.
There’s no need for Google Drive to have local storage on your device, although that is possible if you want it. If you’re looking for a big name behind your cloud storage service, then Google Drive is possibly the best choice for you.
Remember when U2 used iCloud to drop their album into everyone’s iTunes via iCloud? Possibly everyone’s most amusing cloud storage memory there, and iCloud facilitated it (albeit not on purpose!). iCloud is Apple’s innate cloud storage that’s available on every Apple device, meaning that if you’re a heavy Apple product user it could be beneficial to use the service to keep all your documents, media and settings updated throughout the range of your devices.
Personally, we don’t think iCloud is much use to anyone who isn’t an Apple user (and it certainly benefits users with multiple Apple devices the most), but it’s excellent if you are.
Offcloud, your cloud-based download manager
If you’re undecided about which service you’d like to use and fancy giving Offcloud a try, you can do so with our free account! The free account is a great way to check out our services before making a financial commitment, and lets you do everything we’ve talked about above – uploading into your cloud storage space, instant downloading from BitTorrent and even cloud data fetching. Plenty to make use of your very own private, secure and reliable space!
With the free account, you’ll receive 10GB of space and 100 direct download links, plenty to try the service out with. Why not give us a go?