Comparison charts can never tell everything you need to know about the difference between Dropbox and Google Drive
For example, others prefer Dropbox because a lot of other people are using it, while others choose Google Drive because you already use lots of other Google services and want to tie in cloud storage
Dropbox deserves credit for showing the others how to do it, Apple iCloud aside. Excellent integration on Mac and Windows, and excellent apps on the supported mobile platforms. Though its security record is not the best.
Google Drive presents as a folder in Windows and on the Mac, but it is as much an extension of Google Apps, the online office suite, as it is a storage service. This can introduce friction. Documents in Google Apps appear there, with extensions like .gdoc and .gsheet, and if you double-click them they open in your web browser.
One of the problems for all these services is that 2GB of data is actually a lot, unless you get into space-devouring things like multimedia files or system backups. This means that many will never pay to upgrade.
Google’s desktop client is very similar to Dropbox’s—in fact, certain parts just seem copied exactly from Dropbox’s interface. When you install it, you can choose where to put your Google Drive folder, as well as choose which folders you actually want synced to your desktop. You can choose to sync Google Docs files or not sync them, your choice.
Once it downloads all your files, you’ll see them in your Google Drive folder, just like Dropbox. Each has a green checkmark if it’s synced, or a blue refresh icon if it’s currently syncing. Items created in Google Docs have their own special icons, and can only be opened in Google Docs. If you double-click on them, they’ll open up in a new browser tab. This is fine if you want to use Google Docs, and it works well with Google Docs’ offline viewing,
Its annoying if you want to tweak docs in your favorite desktop word processor—you actually have to go to the Drive webapp, export them as an Office-compatible file, then open that copy up instead.
Worth noting is the fact that Linux users don’t have access to Google Drive, but they will have access to Dropbox.
Both apps do pretty well at sharing files, they just work in slightly different ways. Dropbox lets you share files by right-clicking on them in Windows Explorer or the Finder and getting a link to share with your friends. Google Drive forces you to go the webapp, and has a slightly confusing method of sharing files
Google Drive, however, has an edge in the collaboration department. Not only can you share folders, but it also has all of Google Docs’ built-in collaboration features that we love so much. By sharing a document with another Docs user, they can edit the file, make comments, and so on. That way, you don’t just see the edited file, you see what they’ve done and can chat with them in real time as they do it.
Dropbox provides users with 2 GB of free storage space just for signing up. Users can get more by referring friends to the service, 500MB per referral, up to a limit of 16 GB.
Dropbox offers Pro 50, Pro 100, and Team plans. The Pro 50 plan gives you 50 GB for $9.99/month and the Pro 100 gives you 100GB for $19.99/month. Both Pro Plans give users 1 GB for referrals up to a limit of 32 GB.
Dropbox Team plans are ideally for businesses or groups, they start at 1TB and give 5 users shared access for $795/year. Additional users boost the storage capacity by 200 GB and can be added for $125/year.
Google Drive starts you off with 5GB for free. Google Drive gives you much more flexibility at a cheaper rate:
Google Drive is available on Android, Mac OS X, and Windows. iOS applications are on the way.
Dropbox is available for iOS, Blackberry, Android, Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows.
A visit to Dropbox website it says, “Your files are actually safer while stored in your Dropbox than on your computer in some cases.”
Google Drive links directly to your existing Google Account, with a two-step authentication and the security features. Two-step authentication gives you an added layer because even if someone has your username and password, they still will not be able to access your files.
If someone wants to access your Dropbox account, they just need your username and password. There’s no backup like Google offers.
Dropbox recently added a killer feature allowing you to share content by generating a link to any file in your folder, even with non-users. Simply click a button and enter an email address or user name and they will receive a link and be able to view the file you choose.
Google Drive allows sharing with a link by copying and pasting the URL of any file and sending it in an email.
Search with Google drive is simple, easy, and quick because the search bar is always with you. Google Drive can even recognize objects in your images and text in scanned documents.
Moving away from the Dropbox home page takes the search bar away and you have to go back home to find it. Search is not inscribed into every page of Dropbox.
Here both storage applications tie.
If have the Dropbox app installed on your computer, files can be accessed when offline from the folder that lives on your desktop. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection without having to do anything.
Google Drive works the same way,
Accessing Deleted Files
When you delete an item by mistake? Dropbox keeps a one-month history of your work. so files can be restored after deletion. Google Drive tracks every change you make. When you hit the save button, a new revision is saved. You can look back as far as 30 days automatically, or choose a revision to save forever.
Google Drive is definitely a better choice, the saving forever option is awesome because it’s… forever.
Google Drive allows you to create a document and work on it at the same time with a colleague. You choose who has access and who can edit or make changes. The changes then appear instantly so everyone can stay in sync.
Dropbox prides itself on simplicity. Instead of just inviting someone to change a document you can invite someone to view a folder and all of its contents. Dropbox says, “it’s as if the folder is saved directly to the other person’s computer.” Creating photo galleries viewable by anyone you choose is perfect for sharing your recent vacation with distant relatives.
When adding a file to your Dropbox from your computer it’s as simple as dragging and dropping. Dropbox fails because the original file is removed from your computer’s hard drive and is only accessible in Dropbox.
When you upload a document to Google Drive it gives you the option to convert that file to Google Docs for easy sharing and collaboration. The process is simple and fast. In addition, the ability to open over 30 file types right in your browser—including HD video, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop—even if you don’t have the program installed on your computer