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Just got Google Drive

04/29/12

Permalink 09:49:00 pm, by victor.ewert Email , 214 words   English (CA) latin1
Categories: Articles, Reviews

Just got Google Drive

 

Google Drive Logo

 

Google Drive is now available, and I just got access the other day.  Google drive is Google's answer to cloud-based file storage, and brings with it another alternative to likes of Dropbox, iCloud, Ubuntu One, SugarSync, Box.net, etc.

Currently, I use Dropbox and to some extent Ubuntu One, but since I use many other Google products I thought I'd give it try.

Pros:

  • Google Drive comes with 5GB of free storage, which is great!
  • If you use any of Google's other products, you'll find the User Interface familiar, and while I think it is OK, if find the Dropbox interface a little cleaner and easier to use.
  • If you download the desktop sofware, it creates a dedicated folder on you hard drive, that is used for syncing your files.

Cons:

  • I'm not sure I like how it is so integrated with Google Docs, in my mind they should be two separate things.
  • Not available on all platforms: currently only available on Windows, Mac, and Android.  That leaves Linux and iOS devices out (although the website states iOS devices will be supported soon).

 

Overall it looks pretty good, and if you do a lot with Google Docs , the integration may be useful, but for now, if I could only choose one, I'd stick with Dropbox.

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