If you regularly use internet on your iOS device, then you probably use one of the many available cloud storage options currently available. The question is which cloud storage should you use? And the answer is often a Dropbox vs. Google Drive battle.
Let us begin our Dropbox vs. Google Drive for iOS comparison with Dropbox’s iOS application.
The Dropbox iOS application is compatible with iPhone as well as iPad devices. The app is a file browser where you can browse and mark things as your favorites. Favorites are stored locally so you can quickly view them later when you are offline. To speed up accessibility further, you can set the application to cache a certain amount of memory.
iOS restricts the application to upload pictures and videos only from within the application. The files within the application can be directly opened by iOS; these files include Word files, Excel files, and PDFs along with numerous image formats. For editing, you can send certain files to corresponding applications.
Features-wise, Dropbox offers media streaming and file sharing online through the app. Version documents can also be tracked. On the down-side, Dropbox does not have its own applications to open and edit files hence you always have to open third party apps in your phone.
In terms of storage, Dropbox offers only 2 GB of free storage. You can refer users and get 250 MB per user till your total storage capacity becomes 8 GB. You can purchase additional storage with 50 GB costing you $9.99 a month or $99 per year, 100 GB costing you $20 a month or $199 per year, and 1 TB team accounts costing you $795 per year for the first 5 users.
Now, let us move onto Google Drive. To begin with, Drive has the disadvantage of not having a phone app for iOS devices. To use Drive, you will need to access it through your device’s Safari browser.
Starting with storage, Google Drive offers its users 5 GB of free online storage. You can buy 25 GB for $2.49 a month, 100 GB for $4.99 a month, and 200 GB for $9.99 a month. Although Drive does not offer streaming, it has its own web applications for viewing and editing documents which many users will find convenient.
In terms of 3rd party applications support, you will find that most have better built-in support for Dropbox than for Google Drive; this is because Dropbox has been around for a long time where Drive is relatively recent.
Overall, iOS device owners should definitely pick Dropbox over Google Drive. Not only does Dropbox have an iOS application, but it also has better support.
We hope you found our Dropbox vs. Google Drive comparison to be helpful. If Google Drive users feel we skipped any plus points of Drive, do let us know in the comments.