FIGHT! Dropbox vs. Google Drive...Guess Who Wins?

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Storage, storage, and more storage.

As our digital lives evolve virtual storage space is becoming increasingly vital.

Dropbox already has a ton of momentum behind it, the company is well-funded and has plenty of users.

But search giant Google, has entered the storage arena adding a new service, Google Drive, to its ever growing list of products.

So which one should you choose? Keep reading to see how Google Drive and Dropbox stack up against each other.

Round 1: Free Storage

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.

Google Drive starts you off with 5GB for free. No referral program is available.

Google wins for providing more free storage without making you do anything.

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 1

Dropbox: 0

Round 2: Paid Storage

Users yearning for more space have several plans to choose from.

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 gives you much more flexibility at a cheaper rate:

Storage Monthly Rate 25 GB $2.49 100 GB $4.99 200 GB $9.99 400 GB $19.99 1 TB $49.99 2 TB $99.99 4 TB $199.99 8 TB $399.99 16 TB $799.99

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 2

Dropbox: 0

Round 3: Availability

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.

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 2

Dropbox: 1

Round 4: Security

Making sure your files are secure and not susceptible to unwanted access is important.

Dropbox enlists bank-level security for your files. Its site 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, allowing you to enable two-step authentication and the security features you may already be familiar with. 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.

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 3

Dropbox: 1

Round 5: Linking

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.

Dropbox wins this one for simplicity. They send the email for you.

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 3

Dropbox: 2

Round 6: Search

Google is know for search. It uses that expert knowledge in Google Drive and it shows. Search is simple, easy, and quick because the search bar is always with you. Google Drive can even recognise 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.

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 4

Dropbox: 2

Round 7: Offline Availability

As long as you 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, so this one is a tie.

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 5

Dropbox: 3

Round 8: Deleted Files

What happens if you delete an item by mistake? Dropbox keeps a one-month history of your work. Any changes can be undone, 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.

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 6

Dropbox: 3

Round 9: Support

Google Drive gives links to many How To Documents and 'Fix A Problem' issues though, no forums or email for help options exist. If you have a specific issue, then you may be out of luck. Dropbox support includes, a detailed tour of the entire product, community forums, and the ability to submit a help request where the support team will get back to you on your problem.

The ability to receive a response from a real person is much better.

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 6

Dropbox: 4

Round 10: Sync

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 is frankly, game changing.

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 7

Dropbox: 4

Round 11: Sharing

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.

Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 7

Dropbox: 5

The results

It was a great fight. Dropbox offers some excellent features and benefits that really make the App stand out. Its ability to be accessed from virtually every mobile and desktop platform is crucial.

While Google Drive is the new kid on the block, today we declare it the winner. Google's flexible storage plans, deep search integration, security, and ability to open more than 30 different file formats from a web browser helped them secure the title.

Final Scoreboard:
Google Drive: 7

Dropbox: 5

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