Cloud Storage Showdown: Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud and More Compared

By Mario Aguilar on at

Cloud storage bigwig Dropbox just slashed the price of its plans, offering 1TB of storage for £8 per month. And it's not alone. Over the last year, most of the major players have been cutting prices and upping sizes. So what's the best option today?

The price of storage has got so cheap that most of the serious options you would consider are almost giving it away. Dropbox, MediaFire, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive all offer 1TB for £8 a month or less. And MediaFire's $2.50 (£1.50) fire sale is an unbelievably good deal; it's amazing more people don't talk about. iCloud and Box seem like pretty pathetic options by comparison.

The above table is from the US, so it's prices are in USD, but the prices convert as so: Amazon (£25), Box (£3.50), Dropbox (£8), Google Drive (£6), iCloud (£6), Mediafire (£1.50), OneDrive (£8).

Of course, there's more room for differentiation with services like automatic photo-syncing and native file support, so if you have any really specific needs it's worth digging a little deeper to see what extra value you can drudge up.

Plus, certain services will be inherently more convenient for hardcore platform fans. Microsoft power users are likely to benefit from using OneDrive. If you're into Chrome and Android, you might benefit most from Google Drive. And if you're a hardcore Apple fan who revels in simplicity and doesn't need a lot of features or space, iCloud might make the most sense. As a rule of thumb though, the chart at the top will give you a good overview.

So what do you guys use? Let us know in the discussion below.