Google Drive is one of the biggest players in the personal cloud storage space. Its biggest competitors are OneDrive, Box and Dropbox. This article follows on from our last post of moving from Dropbox to Google Drive and some of the reasons why you should make the leap to Google Drive.
The Most Space for Free
Compared to Google’s rivals, Google offers 15GB for free where most offer 2–5GB. If you don’t have much data, this can work a treat, especially to backup your mobile devices photo online.
Talking about Google Photos, the app is incredible compared to its competitors. Most other providers just upload your photos to the cloud, Google Photos does it better. Once the photo is happily in your cloud the app automatically removes the photo from your physical device to save space there. Now the photos are in the cloud ready for you to find using their Smart Search.
One of the neat things about Google is its search capability, this ranges from Drive to Gmail. You no longer need to manually put things in specific folders you can leave everything in one folder and just “search” for what you are looking for, whether it be dogs, a location, a landscape, people.. Google can find it.
Gmail, Docs, Sheets and the ‘Suite’
With Drive it gets the perks of the entire G Suite, which provides you with Google Docs, Sheets, Note, Calendar, Contacts and Google Slides. The best thing, is they all integrate together which allows you to cross reference and collaborate on information easily. Best perk, all your files automatically save to your Drive easily!
Compared to some of its rivals, Google Drive is very competitive, it gives you the granularity to only upgrade your storage space should you wish and it offers a small plan to start with for 100GB at only $2.99 a month. Most of the others force you to jump to Terabytes of data and with that comes the price!
Access your data everywhere
The perk of cloud storage is that you can access your data, everywhere, on the Google Apps, on all of your devices and with other apps that automatically integrate with Google. Better yet, back your computer up and all your files automatically to Google Drive. That way should your computer not turn on one day, all you need to do when you get your new computer is install Google Drive and BAM! all your files are there automatically.
In some aspects Google is the internet. Because of Google being the familiar internet backbone that we have come to know, it makes it easier for trust such a large company that is so intertwined in our daily lives. As Google supports the education sector, most people coming from educational institutions (as well as startups too) have adapted to Google and due to this, it has become a known tool.
Google “just works”. It’s built for the individuals in mind, its products are simple and look sleek. There are no complex enterprise “nerd knobs” to adjust your settings to cause confusion or get lost configuring something. Need to share something? Then click “share”, want to move something into a different folder, then drag it. It’s intuitive and fun.
Google Overall is a friendly, easy to use and familiar system that has all the bells and whistles for an individual, or a team. If you need somewhere to save some documents and photos, then Google has you covered.