Dropbox and Google Drive are the finest cloud storages in the market right now. They help sync the files between a folder on devices and the cloud. Users can make use of these tools to store their data and access it whenever they need. They provide backup and restore options as well. Both Dropbox and Google Drive offer almost similar functionalities in terms of storage, just with a slight difference in pricing.
Google Drive cloud storage allows the user to edit in real time making the user work in sync. It allows the user to sync the data with multiple devices. It is affordable and comes with various offers in terms of pricing. With the help of free account user can enjoy lots of storage and functionality. There is every possibility to increase it on need. Dropbox has been launched in 2008 and has about 100 million users whereas Google Drive has got only 10 million users.
Dropbox Vs Google Drive
Storage and Pricing
Dropbox provides 2 GB of storage for free whereas Google Drive provides 5 GB for free, but using Dropbox user can access additional storage for free. It offers 125 MB of extra storage on connecting account with Facebook, and 125 MB of storage on connecting with Twitter. User can also get extra storage by inviting friends to join Dropbox. Dropbox also offers a Pro plan starting at $9.99 per month for 100GB and up to $49.99 per month for 500 GB whereas Drive offers 25 GB for $2.49 per month, 100 GB for $4.99 per month, and up to 16 TB of storage, for $799 per month. So, Google Drive pricing is cheaper than Dropbox and also it offers more space at low price.
Desktop Client and Web Client
User can access files in a desktop folder using both the cloud storages. Users of Drive need to use Google Docs to open the documents. In case user wish to open Docs in offline mode, the file first need to be exported from Docs and then need to be opened in Word. Dropbox is best in terms of desktop client. When it comes to desktop client, Drive will emerge as the winner. This is because Google Drive features a suite of apps like Docs, Spreadsheets, PicMonkey for editing images, and DocuSign for collecting and sharing signatures, powerful search tools etc. Though Dropbox come with advanced search, it comes nowhere close to the options of Google Drive. So, Drive wins the race in terms of Web client.
File type support
Google Drive supports up to 30 different file types which can be opened directly within the Web browser. ThoughDropbox supports many file types and can be viewed in the browser, user can't edit them online. So, Drive wins out once again.
In terms of sharing, both Dropbox and Drive offers top notch services. Using Drive, user can only share through Web app while using Dropbox user can share using Desktop app only. Dropbox has more options when it comes to sharing compared to Drive.
Compatibility and Security
Both cloud storages are compatible with iOS, Windows, Mac, and Android devices, along with them Dropbox is also compatible on Linux and Blackberry. As Dropbox has more platforms to offer, it has the upper hand. Both follow two-step authentication, so they both get equal score.
Finally, taking into consideration all the deciding factors, Drive stands in the first place. It has more file types to offer, more storage space at cheaper price and offers more protection online.