Google Drive vs Dropbox

As a web design company we need to find clever ways to make our lives easier and enable us to become more efficient web designers.

A couple of years ago we used to exhaust our email space with our customers constantly emailing us images, text documents or sending us very big zip files. In some cases we had our customers post CD, USB or DVD’s to us and in some cases we had to go and get the data directly from their door step.

Then we discovered Dropbox which is a free service that helped us bring store all images, documents, videos etc anywhere on multiple computers and mobile devices. We used a great feature which allowed all of our web designers to share files with one another whilst having our own space to store personal or private data.

We encouraged all of our clients to sign up to Dropbox which helped us to accumulate more free storage space as we would introduce more people to Dropbox. Dropbox’s ethos was all about sharing hence it was very easy and simple to share with other people and with multiple computers or mobile devices which was exactly what we needed. We recently had a hard drive failure on one of our iMac’s but the web designer simply logged on to another machine and connected to their Dropbox and continued with their work.

The new buzz today in our office is the release of Google Drive. Unfortunately for me I am disappointed that the emphasis is not on gaining free space as you introduce more people to Google Drive like Dropbox but I guess Google does not need any help getting to the top. There are a couple of advantages to Google Drive which are:

  • Google are generous giving us 5gb of space in the first space.
  • Google Drive is lighting fast because hardly anyone is one there hence it beats slow speeds of Dropbox.
  • Google Drive will be cheaper to use in the long run as they can operate at a full loss to steal Dropbox’s business or customers.
  • $20 a month is peanuts to back up commercial work hence Google Drive might be a serious business storage solution for many companies.
  • Google Drive offers a good disaster recovery solution for business and personal use.

Some disadvantages to consider:

  • Google Drive has no app yet for the mobile device like Drop Box
  • Google Drive is unproven because apart from Google Maps and Analytics who uses Google Plus?
  • Dropbox will allow you to accumulate free space (upto 16gb) if you introduce people via email, Twitter, Facebook whilst Google Drive does not have this feature.

I personal conclusion is to stick with Dropbox but there is no harm in having both! If you want us to design your website for you today then call us today on Bristol: 01179 000 482 or Cardiff: 02920 290 080. We are an established web design company based near Bristol and Cardiff.

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