Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cloud Storage Showdown!

In our modern tech society cloud storage is all the rage and a month ago Dropbox was your only major option. But this month we have seen the launch of not one but two cloud storage services under the names of Cubby and Google Drive. Both have proven to be true competitors in the cloud storage wars and may be giving Dropbox a run for its money. In this article I will go over my opinion of all three sevices and give you my honest opinion on which one I find the most useful and reliable.

1.    Dropbox

Dropbox is already fairly well known for in the cloud storage community and even though it may lack features people have fallen in love with the ability to sync up to 5GB of data across all their devices for free. Dropbox offers the very basics of cloud storage but has recently added on to their amount of features by giving their users the ability to share media with a url address for anyone to download and see. Dropbox has been extremely reliable and stable over the last couple months  and has made the experience of cloud storage so much more enjoyable. Dropbox is a free service with the ability to pay for more storage which storage ranging from 5GB to 1TB. You can download it today for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

2.     Cubby

Cubby is the second newest cloud storage option and continues to impress me day after day. Cubby was launched by LogMeIn at the beginning of this month as a beta service and has already seen wide spread adoption. It has by far giving me the best experience out of all three options with its easy to use desktop application and mobile apps for iOS and Android. Like Dropbox, Cubby gives you 5GB of free storage without the ability to increase your storage. Cubby offers some very nice features such as the ability to share a folder privately with certain people or with a url address. Even though Cubby is still in a beta phase it holds great promise in the cloud storage world. Cubby is also free to use and you can download it today on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

3.     Google Drive

The newest member of the cloud storage family is Google Drive. Now we all new Google would have to release a cloud storage service in order to keep up with their competitors. Sadly Google drive is only available on Windows, Mac, and Android without any option for iOS use. But what Google Drive lacks in software it makes up in features, with the ability to sync between all your Google services such as Google Docs. While Google always seems to do great jobs with their software, I Don’t believe Google Drive is anywhere close to being as good as it could be. Overall it is an excellent service that I’m sure will only get better in the near future. You can take advantage of this free5GB storage by downloading the free application on your computer or Android phone.

4.     Who wins?
All three services offer something that the other doesn’t. Dropbox is the most stable, Cubby is the most user friendly, and Google Drive offers the most features. Overall Cubby has proven to be the better service of all three. Even though the service is still in beta I have been overly impressed with its easy to use interface. This service is surely going to take off when the full version of the software is released. I highly recommend Cubby to anyone who is trying to find the perfect cloud service that will fit their needs.

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