Here’s a comparison between Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s SkyDrive on different parameters:
- Free Storage
SkyDrive starts with the maximum amount of free space – 7GB. Google starts with 5GB, while Dropbox starts with the least – 2GB.
- Paid Storage
If a few GBs aren’t enough, you can pay for additional space – 100GB costs $99 on Dropbox, $60 on Drive and $50 on SkyDrive.
- Platform support
All three services are available on iOS, Windows, Mac and Android. SkyDrive, belonging to Microsoft, gets to be the only service to have an official app on Windows Phones, while Dropbox makes it to Windows Phone via a third party app. Dropbox has an edge here since it is the only one compatible with Linux and Blackberrys. So if you’re running any of these two – you know you have to go for Dropbox.
- File Type Support
Dropbox doesn’t support any file type. All files must be downloaded and nothing can be opened online. It’s not a major issue though – if you’re using Dropbox on your phone – you can edit files right from your phone (via an editor ofcourse) and have them updated. The same would apply for your computer.
Google Drive supports unusual, and in a way, diverse range of file types – like Autodesk AutoCAD files, Photoshop (.psd) files, and even Adobe Illustrator files. But at the same time, it lacks basics. You can only view, but not edit Microsoft Office documents. All such files are converted to their Google Docs equivalent for editing. That can troublesome if you’re using a phone. I run an HTC Android, and am unable to edit any office documents via Drive. Since Google Docs can only be accessed online, there is hardly any offline usability. Serious disadvantage here.
SkyDrive will let you open and edit any Office documents. There is even support for audio formats, but limited to MP4 and WMV only.
- Online features
Dropbox limits online uploads via its website to a maximum size of 300MB, while there is no size limit while uploading through the desktop application. SkyDrive’s web version also limits file size to 300MB. Google Drive limits it to 10GB on both the web version and desktop application.
Google Drive brings its online Apps Suite with itself, which means you can edit and documents and files online without having to download them to your computer. SkyDrive comes with Microsoft Web Apps, which lets you edit Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote files from within your browser.
Dropbox has more online presence than the other two. Its integration with Facebook Groups is also a big plus. Sharing files is simple – just share the link. Drive and SkyDrive offer more customization, letting you choose exactly who you would want seeing your files. The latest update for Dropbox for Android lets you share entire photo albums with a single link.