The cloud is the next-gen of file storage. With the average consumer owning multiple devices like computers, tablets and smartphones, it’s no longer prudent to have all your data at one single place.
The cloud has made accessing photos, music, videos or documents more convenient than you can possibly imagine. And this is just the start. The world is slowly drifting towards the cloud. So if you’re planning to jump onto the cloud bandwagon, but don’t know which to, here’s a detailed look at the two most sought after cloud storage brands – Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) Drive for Work and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) Cloud Drive.
Google Drive for Work
Google Inc Drive for Work is a powerful online tool that allows people from different parts of the world to work together without having to come face to face.
Google charges $10 per month for offering unlimited storage of all sorts of files, and allows users to edit and preview them on the web or on the Android and iOS apps for Google Drive.
File sharing is easy, and is possible even with people who do not have a Google account. And the best part is that users can work together on a file in real-time through a commenting system that does away with the tedious task of exchanging emails back and forth.
Google Drive for Work is a great tool for online collaboration. You can get Google Drive free for 15 GB, or upgrade to 100 GB for $1.99 a month, or 1 TB for $9.99 a month.
Amazon Cloud Drive
Amazon.com Cloud Drive may not currently be as hot as Google Drive, but the unveiling of new prices could change that. The new service provides unlimited photo storage for a yearly fee of $11.99; which equates to just $0.99 a month – typical Amazon’s undercut-everything strategy. The plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for other formats, such as videos, music and documents.
The pricier alternative is Amazon.com’s $59.99 annual plan, which offers unlimited storage of photos, music, videos and documents, for as long as you decide to keep paying the subscription. For first-timer users, Amazon has a 3-month free trial for both its Unlimited Everything and Unlimited Photos plan.
Amazon Cloud Drive is a wonderful, cheap option for those looking to sync all their files across the different platforms. However, there is a downside – you can’t do much with those files. You can stream music to iOS or Android device, but contrary to other services that offer an entire suite of features to work with, Amazon.com Cloud Drive is a pretty basic offering.