Even if you’re not a power user and don’t own several computers it’s a good idea to use some kind of backup/sync service for your most important files. I’m personally using Dropbox, a service that allows me to keep in sync a folder on my computer. Any files added/removed or modified from that folder is automatically synced all over my devices where I have Dropbox installed and running.
All files are also backed up on the Dropbox servers (deleted files can be restored in 30 days). It’s an easy and convenient way to access and keep my files secure. Google is the latest to get into this sync/backup race, as of today their Google Drive service is live. If you take a look at the features it’s a pretty competitive product, since it allows docs to be shared with other users and all Google Docs files are backed up into Drive. You can upload photos and have text in those photos converted to text and so on. A 5GB allowance is offered for free and paid packages start at an affordable $30/year for 25GB. Higher priced packages with more storage are also available.
As you can see Google Drive is a pretty competitive product from day one, but it still has to evolve to the same level as its main competitors: Dropbox, SkyDrive, iCloud and Box (see a comparison here). For now you can only install it on Macs, PCs and Android devices, or access files via a web interface. Google said an iOS version is almost 98% completed, and will be available in the next few days. It will support iPhones, iPods and iPads. I’m already using Dropbox on my phone and tablet to have important files available to me when needed so I’m sure many of you will like Drive’s features.
For now I’ll be sticking to Dropbox, a slightly more mature product (plus my subscription renewed itself a few weeks ago), but I’ll be reporting on the iOS app of Drive once Google releases it.
Here’s the official presentation video of Google Drive: