The Best Cloud Storage Services Compared: Dropbox vs. OneDrive

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Best Cloud Storage Services Compared: Dropbox vs. OneDrive

Posted by Rahul Gupta
In every given industry, competition is always an aspect that can’t be controlled. With this as the case, an emphasis will be placed on the cloud storage services industry. When it comes to cloud storage, the companies that have taken the day are Dropbox and OneDrive. Nevertheless, both companies might have a positive reputation, but the users will always stick to the provider that offers them the most suitable terms of service and all that. 
Dropbox Vs. OneDrive
In this article, the differences between these two services will be revealed. However, if you need more information, you can find everything there is to know in a review of Dropbox and OneDrive made by CloudStorageAdvice.com. According to them, Dropbox shines when it comes to security, but if we are talking about the pricing, OneDrive takes the day. Now, let’s see what these services are capable of. 

A Comparison regarding Pricing 

Dropbox 

When you choose Dropbox as your preferred cloud provider, you receive 2GB free cloud storage. Far from that, you can earn more free space by referring to other individuals. As for the packages offered by Dropbox, there is a package known as Dropbox Pro whereby you are issued 1TB storage that can be billed either annually or monthly. 

Far from that, the referral space can only reach a maximum capacity of 32GB. As for the 1TB storage capacity, you will be charged $12.50, for business users and the capacity can be extended to unlimited storage capacity for business entities who purchase more than five licenses. 

OneDrive 

As for OneDrive, you will always be offered 5GB free cloud storage. The other plans provided by OneDrive include a 50GB plan that goes for $1.99 per month. However, the storage capacity for this price seems suitable since not every user needs large storage capacity such as 1TB. 

The other package offered by OneDrive includes the 1TB package which is also accompanied by benefits like access to various Office 365 apps. The 1TB package costs $9.99 on a monthly basis. Moreover, as for OneDrive, their business plan does not have the maximum user limitation. Nevertheless, if more than five users come together, they are allotted an unlimited storage capacity for OneDrive. 

Synchronizing Capabilities 

Dropbox 

While using Dropbox, you can sync your data from any of your devices. You only need to install the Dropbox application and sign in to your user account. The Dropbox platform is compatible with; Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. Far from the various platforms that support the Dropbox application, Dropbox has gone a step further, and they have also built mobile apps for the following platforms; Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone, and iOS (iPad, iPhone). 

Far from compatibility, the synchronization process is quite fast regarding upload and download speeds. The incredible speeds are a result of the incremental sync feature incorporated by Dropbox. Additionally, when uploading files to the Dropbox platform through your browser, there is a 20GB limit. Nevertheless, while uploading documents from your desktop or mobile app, there is no limit whatsoever. 

OneDrive 

OneDrive is compatible with iOS, Windows, Android, and Blackberry. To compare the two cloud storage services, OneDrive lacks the incremental sync that is incorporated by its counterpart Dropbox. The upload and download speeds are quite remarkable. As for OneDrive, uploading large files might be quite robust since the cloud storage service does not support sync speed throttling. File uploads are also limited to 10GB. 

Content Control and Sharing 

Dropbox 

The Dropbox platform allows sharing through the web interface. You highlight the objects you want to share and click the share button afterward. When sharing content through the Dropbox platform, a link is always provided, and the link allows access to the shared content. You can share the link through various platforms, and people can access the shared content through the provided link. The sharing option is limited to Dropbox Pro users. 

After sharing content, you can monitor the shared content. There is a “sharing” tab where you can monitor the content you have shared and the content that has been shared with you. There is also a “links” tab that enables you to manage the links that are tied to the shared content. There is also a third page called “events” that enables you to audit general activity about your account such as people who can access the shared content. In case any file is mistakenly deleted, Dropbox enables you to recover the deleted content. 

OneDrive 

The web interface of OneDrive is quite attractive. When sharing content on OneDrive, you also receive a link that can be used to access the shared content. Permissions can be attached to the link. The permissions are such as allowing the users access to editing the shared content and enabling view-only access on the other hand. After being issued a link, you can share it manually, through email or even using various social media platforms such as Facebook. Through the various platforms, people can access the link thereby the ability to view the shared content. 

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