Update, here are the best alternatives to Dropbox for 2019
Since the last time we made the comparison between the various online hosting services – cloud hosting that allows us to have our files synchronized between multiple devices – things have changed a lot.
Some like Copy – which we recommended as fast and with enough free space – have completely disappeared. Others, like Mega, have changed ownership and are no longer safe options. Excellent services like Microsoft's OneDrive greatly reduced their quality.
The picture is thus very different. The options have been narrowed, and this time, I wanted to focus only on those that we can trust in the long term. No more alternatives that promise us free terabytes, only to disappear after two months for not finding a viable business model. One thing that is clear: if we really want to take advantage of these free storage services, it is worth choosing one and paying for it.
Online Accommodation Comparison Table
(see mobile version)
|Free||2 GBs||15 GBs||5 GBs||5 GBs|
|Free Extra Space||500 MBs per referrals (up to a maximum of 16 GBs)||Various promotions for buying Android phones||–||Promotions for buying Android phones|
|Limit per file||10 GBs from the Web / Unlimited from apps||5 TBs||15 GBs||10 GBs|
|Paid Plans||1 TB – $ 9.99 a month||100 GBs – $ 1,991 TB – $ 9.9910 TB – $ 99.99||50 GBs – $ 0.99200 GBs – $ 1,992 TBs – $ 9.99||100 GBs – $ 1,999 200 GBs – $ 3,991 TB – $ 6.99|
|Observations||Only available for Mac, iPhone, iPad and the Web||Comes with an Office 365 / Skype subscription|
Online Hosting: Dropbox
My current favorite option for online hosting, which I am paying for and use for almost everything. Dropbox is the most popular and well-known service, which gives it an advantage that others do not have: great integration with multiple apps, services and websites. Many apps I use on Android and iOS sync to Dropbox, without offering many other options.
Dropbox is the most limited in free space, giving us just 2 free GBs, but we can expand it by completing the start guide and referring friends, to reach a total of 20 free GBs (once we have referred 32 friends and completed the guide).
On the other hand, Dropbox offers us 1 Terabyte of storage with its Dropbox Plus for $ 9.99 a month or $ 99 a year. The bad? That we have no other options than the free one, or the terabyte. It will be nice to see alternative options.
But the way things are this 2017, Dropbox is still the most reliable, fast, and compatible option on the market. If I had to recommend one above the others taking into account the set of features they offer, Dropbox is my choice.
Google's Google Drive is still an excellent option, which has been improving over time. While It doesn't offer Dropbox's level of compatibility / versatility – which is everywhere – it's still a pretty attractive option. Above all, because the space is shared in various Google services. That is, these Gigabytes that we rent, will serve not only for Google Drive, but also for Gmail, Google Docs, and the rest of Google properties.
Google Drive is still one of the most generous online hosting services when it comes to free storage, giving us 15 GBs. But nOr forget that this storage is shared with that of Gmail and documents, so it can be considerably reduced if you have too many emails.
On the other hand, Google Drive plans are with fairly average prices. For 100 GBs, we have to pay $ 1.99 a month, 1 Terabyte costs us the same as Dropbox, $ 9.99, while 10 Terabytes will cost us $ 99.99 a month.
It may not be the most attractive option of all, but if you use Google services, it is a very good alternative. Another thing I want to highlight is that Google offers the best photo synchronization / backup service, which is free, and we can use it independently, since it works through the Google Photos App.In my setup, for example, I use Dropbox as my primary online hosting, but Google Photos is where I keep my photos backed up.
Online Hosting: iCloud
Apple's iCloud has become quite relevant over time. The service, which was initially used to make backups of our iPhones and iPads, has now become a true online hosting service, allowing us to access files in the cloud at any time.Of all the options, it brings the best prices, with 50 GBs for $ 0.99, and 200 GBs for $ 1.99.
Personally, having an iPad and iPhone, I pay $ 1.99 for these 200 GBs, which are used to backup and store files. The great limitation of iCloud is that it is available only for iOS and MacOS as available platforms. We have a web interface from where to download and access these files, but it is not as friendly as having a true multi-platform solution. iCloud works very well if they work mainly with Apple devices, and it is my recommendation for iPhone / Mac / iPads users, as its integration with the operating system, especially with iOS 11, is excellent. But if they depend on Windows devices, or Android phones, perhaps they can consider it as a secondary alternative and pay that dollar for 50 GBs, while using any of the other options as the main one.
Online Hosting: OneDrive
OneDrive was once my favorite, and the recommended one on the blog. Microsoft, however, ruined its credibility and lost my confidence when, instead of improving the service – which is what one really expects – decided to make it considerably worse. For free users, I limited the 15 or 30 GBs that I so generously gave, to just 5 GBs. What if you had exceeded those 5 GBs, believing you would have those 15 or 30? Well bad luck, time to pay. For users who paid for its service, it went from being unlimited – which made it extremely attractive – to limiting accommodation like the rest, to just 1 Terabyte. After this, I stopped recommending and trusting OneDrive and moved to Dropbox.
I keep mentioning it, though, because it's possible to get this terabyte if you pay for Office 365, which is still a decent deal. For $ 7 a month, they can get not only that terabyte, but also access to Office applications. If you still need applications like Word, Excel, etc., it is a good option (although there are already better alternatives)
As you can see, the portfolio of options has been reduced to fewer options. But this time, as I mentioned, I wanted to leave the Pros and Cons of reliable services. We have already had bad experiences with other services such as Mega and Copy that, although they offered attractive options, finally ended up disappearing, leaving us with a bad taste – and quite a lot of work having to move files.
Here, I wanted to recommend you to the services that you can choose and continue to use for years. My personal favorite, as I mentioned in the article, is Dropbox. It is not the cheapest, but it is the most compatible, fast, and that works best and is coupled with the apps I use. Also, I use Google Photos to back up my images (it's free, and the app is excellent), but I also use iCloud for my iOS backups (in the 200 GB plan). I do not use OneDrive at all, for the reasons mentioned in the post.