Google Drive Thread

Discussion in 'iPhone and iPod touch Apps' started by Petronas, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Long time Dropbox user but am obsessed with account minimization and have been dabbling in Google Drive for a little while. I've seen that they have recently allowed you to delete files from the iOS app however you still can't send files via email/SMS, or can you?

    Anyway what are your opinions of Dropbox vs Drive for iOS? It seems Drive has 'almost' everything Dropbox has in terms of features plus a few more which include text editing and so on.

    I'm eagerly waiting to make the jump (One less account to worry about).
     
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    danbeckemeyer

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    I use them both.

    I've had Drive for quite some time, but I'm migrating files over. I do illustration and graphic design work, and most drawing apps on the iPad feature Dropbox storage/backup and other features like uploading custom fonts, etc. Since I've yet to see one of these apps support Drive, I am focusing my Dropbox on this only category.

    My Drive will be holding my personal photo/video backup and all misc. documents & files. Dropbox features an automatic uploader for photos and videos, but I found that it was saving doubles of many files. I'm looking into if Drive can upload automatically—it has been trying to with Google+ anyway! :rolleyes:
     
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    BigMcGuire

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    I use both for a long time (Google Docs before Drive). Drive on the PC/Mac is so terrible that I've moved all my data to Dropbox (80+GB). Google Drive I used awhile for my documents as 80+GB on Google Drive really... REALLY .... really slowed it down (30+ mins of indexing at *every* startup - kills laptop battery life).

    Dropbox seems to be better - has the automatic photo import (have to open it up, not sure how automatic that is)... Google Drive doesn't have that feature yet as far as I know - Google+ app does. Google's photo storage is pretty good - price wise. Loved Picasa but haven't used it recently - been storing everything on Dropbox just because it's a bit easier to copy a folder of pictures to Dropbox than to have a crappy Google Drive program on my PC (Dropbox is decades ahead of Google Drive atm).

    Nothing beats Google's search though... Dropbox's search has been getting a lot better. Nothing beats Google's storage prices... but their PC app just kills that for me. Dropbox it is.

    No doubt though, big company like Google? Only a matter of time before it perfects Google Drive to pass Dropbox in the near future. So I keep a paid 100GB Google Drive account going for when that happens.

    On the iPhone Dropbox seems better but Google isn't far behind at all.
     
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    I use both. Pkgbackup doesn't work with Drive AFAIK.
     
  5. Petronas, Dec 17, 2012
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    I see this too. I don't really see anything that Dropbox excels at on iOS over Drive that is of any significance to me. Perhaps one thing is being able to put a password on application entry.

    One thing I can't work out is, how do you share files from Drive iOS app like you do in Dropbox. In Dropbox when you email a file it sends a link to download the file to your recipient but in Drive it seems the recipient must have a Google account to view the shared files?

    Edit: You cannot share links via the iOS app yet...
    http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2498081

    Integration of the app "Phone Drive" was a major factor for me but I have realized that you can "Open file in Phone Drive" from the Google Drive app (This allows me to attach files that are not pictures to emails rather than send a link to them).

    Does anyone know if you can re-open a Dropbox account using the same Name/Email after you have deleted the account? I realize that you probably will loose all the free space you accumulated over time.
     

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