Nowadays it seems that anyone who’s anyone has a cloud storage service. While the market seemed like it was just dominated by Dropbox at one point, now a lot of the technology giants offer something of their own. As such, it can be tricky choosing which is going to be the best for you. They all offer similar functionality, but each have differences that might have an impact on which one you prefer. This guide will look at Google Drive and Amazon Cloud Drive side by side to see which comes out victorious.
First of all, it makes sense to look at how much storage each service offers and how much it costs. The amount of space you are going to want is entirely dependent on the type of files you want to store in the cloud. If, for example, you need access to lots of video files, then this is going to take up much more storage than word documents. Both Google Drive and Amazon Cloud Drive offer 5GB of storage space for free. For a typical user this will probably be more than adequate. Enterprise users will likely need to go beyond this however, which is where the paid plans come in. The most than Google offers is a sizable 16TB of space for a sizeable $799.99 a month. The most Amazon offer is 1TB for $500 a year, with the equivalent space on Google costing $599.88. Amazon win out when it comes to the cheapest rate, but it is only with Google than you can go above the 1TB limit.
Both Google and Amazon allow you to upload any type of file. Google, however, has a 10GB limit per file, while Amazon allows for anything. While only a few will probably ever exceed that limit, it is one to bear in mind if you are operating with huge files.
One of the brilliant things about cloud storage is that you can access your files at any time and from anywhere. As such, the support for these services on your mobile devices is going to be important. Google Drive supports Android and iOS, but has no app for other phone operating systems. At the moment Cloud Drive only supports Android, but an iOS app could happen down the line. Both services have desktop applications. The winner here will just depend on what type of phone you have (if accessing your files on your phone is important to you).
Google Drive is going to be great for those who are already tied into Google’s ecosystem, like their apps and Gmail. Everything is unified and it is easy to bring it all together. However, if you need storage expansion then it comes at a hefty price. Where Amazon Cloud Drive falls down in comparison is that the program does not automatically sync your files to the cloud, unlike Drive. You can upload files and retrieve them, but updates made on one system are not automatically reflected in the cloud. This is quite a let-down and frankly sees Google Drive come out the victor.
Google Drive vs. Amazon Cloud Drive
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