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Cloud services

It seems to me that I’m endlessly looking for the best cloud service available. So many things to consider. Price, amount of storage capacity for the price, speed of up- and downloads, sharing and collaboration features and utility apps for different platforms. I need them daily to collaborate, backup, send and receive files.

Google drive

Big promises, varying experiences. The Google ecosystem is very appealing to anyone because of collaboration options, price and availability, miscellaneous things like Google docs and mail, all in one nice package.

However, there are downsides of this. Google drive is still missing many options and reading their forums it seems that the company don’t really care about user requests.

I experienced very varying upload and download speeds, and to my surprise, many failed uploads. I tested this from multiple locations and the experience was the same. Even with amazingly fast connections. It’s cheap and very promising, but the lack of features, the instability of speed just makes me want to search for other services.

Box

First, I didn’t like the pricing of this service and to be honest, I still find it a bit expensive. Once you pay for their service, the feature list is quite impressive. I still use it with some clients and it seems that Box has a serious reputation no matter if you are located in Europe or in the USA or in Asia or really anywhere.

Where it falls short for me is the up- and download speed. It’s nowhere near as fast as the competitors. Again, I tested this from multiple locations with pretty fast connections.

I think Box has one of the best feature list, but for the price it should be faster.

Copy

Maybe relatively new, but it seems they take cloud storage seriously. Their apps are very good, however, you can’t upload files larger than 1Gb through a browser and I had some connection issues with it. I really like their service, but it seems that it’s not nearly as ubiquitous as most other services. I don’t know if they really want to care about smaller businesses, but in my opinion, they’d need some more options with their packages.

Dropbox

It is on the more expensive side, but for the price, you get a lot of things. Lot’s of storage space, good apps, nice collaboration options and frankly, quite amazing up- and download speeds. Also tested from multiple locations, Dropbox always had excellent speed. I only experienced one serious slow down, which later proved to be a connection issue on my side.

For now, it still seems that Dropbox might be the most reliable cloud service, but I continue to search for the very best.

If you have any idea, experience, please share your knowledge with me through the comments or email, twitter, etc. Thanks.