What’s on your cloud? Probably tonnes of photos or some MP3 or document files. As for me, I store photos taken on my phone to the cloud because of the convenience to access them online from any of my devices – computer, phone and tablet.
We have a plethora of cloud storage to choose from, depending on the operating system we use. OneDrive? Google Drive? iCloud Drive? Dropbox? Which is the best choice for consumers? Take a closer look at TrustedReviews for each of these four offerings. For the benefit of cost-conscious Malaysians, the pricing comparison as below:
Currency exchange rate USD 1.00 = MYR 3.28 (as of 28 Oct 2014)
While Microsoft’s OneDrive and Google Drive offers a basic 15GB when you signed up, Apple only offers 5GB of storage, which is one of the lesser amount. As for the ease of use, OneDrive and Google Drive apps are available on all three major mobile platforms – Android, iOS and Windows Phone, whereas iCloud Drive is pretty much limited to iOS. Dropbox being mostly web-based offers a basic 2GB, it’s pretty good for sharing folders wih friends and family. All of them are Windows and Mac supported.
Taking a 1TB storage monthly subscription for comparison, one gets a 1TB+Office 365 with OneDrive for RM19; RM33 for Google Drive/Dropbox; and a whopping RM66 for iCloud. Assuming we all don’t need that 1TB of storage, it costs around RM7 per month for a 100GB storage on OneDrive and Google Drive; around RM14 per month for a 200GB storage on OneDrive and iCloud. Google Drive offers a whopping 30TB storage for 1,000 ringgit monthly.
There are of course ways to earn free storage, for example referring friends to Dropbox and OneDrive or install the Carousel app for an extra 3GB Dropbox storage. Do you know that it doesn’t cost a single byte when you upload photos to Google Drive as long as it does not exceed 2048×2048 pixel? Installing QuickOffice also earns an extra 10GB storage for Google Drive (2 year validity).
Microsoft has just sweetened the deal for Office 365 subscribers, it now costs RM18.99/month for Office 365 + 1TB storage. This works out to be RM228/annually, of course you can get a savings of 16% when you opt for 1-year-auto-renewal.