iPad Best Cloud Storage?

marc55

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I'm considering getting an iPad Pro, and I'll need Cloud storage to allow for access to all my files and pictures.

Right now, my MBP has 400 used, and with Cloud Storage, I envision cost savings, as I will be able to buy future iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks with smaller storage capability.

So, who have you found to be the most user friendly and cost efficient?

Thank you
 
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ZStech

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I guess it depends on number of storage that you need. Google offers 15 Gb for free, but I guess you need more. Then one of the best is iCloud, I think. Also I have used https://mega.nz/ some time ago.
 

Davefevs

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If you’ve got a Microsoft sub you get 1TB free for each user. I have the home package and therefore my wife and kids each have 1TB. I also pay £2.49pm for iCloud 200GB.
 
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BigMcGuire

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I'm considering getting an iPad Pro, and I'll need Cloud storage to allow for access to all my files and pictures.

With Cloud Storage, I envision cost savings, as I will be able to buy future iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks with smaller storage.

So, who have you found to be the most user friendly and cost efficient?

Thank you
iCloud and OneDrive. Though OneDrive doesn't back up live photos. Google Photos is probably the best storage but I don't use them anymore. I'm 100% iCloud for my photos and personal data, work data is OneDrive. Works really well on my MacBook, iPad, and iPhone.

I've got 2TB on iCloud, the family $9.99/mo plan - but my wife, mother in law share it. We're using hundreds of gigs - stores all our iCloud backups from our iOS devices, our photos, and data.

For OneDrive I've got Office 365 for $99/year - wife and I share 2 of the 5 spots - each have 1TB of OneDrive and Office on our Macs.
 
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Kendo

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Cheapest is OneDrive. There are regular deals where you can get the Home version of Office 365 for roughly $60 a year so for $5 a month you get Office 365 for 6 users AND 1TB of cloud storage for 6 users.
 

richpjr

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iCloud and OneDrive. Though OneDrive doesn't back up live photos. Google Photos is probably the best storage but I don't use them anymore. I'm 100% iCloud for my photos and personal data, work data is OneDrive. Works really well on my MacBook, iPad, and iPhone.

I've got 2TB on iCloud, the family $9.99/mo plan - but my wife, mother in law share it. We're using hundreds of gigs - stores all our iCloud backups from our iOS devices, our photos, and data.

For OneDrive I've got Office 365 for $99/year - wife and I share 2 of the 5 spots - each have 1TB of OneDrive and Office on our Macs.
I am also using both iCloud and OneDrive and the combo has worked out well for me. I hate paying for the same thing twice, but similar to you I use iCloud for home and OneDrive for work.
 
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sparksd

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I like OneDrive as I have a variety of devices - iOS, Windows 10, and Android - and all work well with it. I have it through our Office 365 subscription so the wife and I both have 1TB. Also use DropBox for syncing selected files among devices.
 

akash.nu

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Seeing you’re already in the Apple ecosystem, my recommendation is to get iCloud storage.
 

pika2000

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I'm considering getting an iPad Pro, and I'll need Cloud storage to allow for access to all my files and pictures.

Right now, my MBP has 400 used, and with Cloud Storage, I envision cost savings, as I will be able to buy future iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks with smaller storage capability.

So, who have you found to be the most user friendly and cost efficient?

Thank you
For easy and seamless integration with your Apple devices, iCloud. 99c a month for 50GB is a no brainer for most user. None of the other services offer a tier this cheap.

Outside iCloud, my vote goes to Dropbox. I've tried most of them, including Google Drive (free and GSuite) and OneDrive (O365), and Dropbox is the gold standard. They're not the cheapest (their free tier is only 2GB, $10 a month for 1TB), but boy their desktop client is the best. Any changes get updated to the cloud near instantly, and the desktop client is rock solid. You can really trust that whatever you do on your side will be updated to the cloud. Both Microsoft and Google don't even compare.

Google Drive itself is alright. It was pretty bad way back, but they got better. However, for a giant tech company, it's sub-par compared to Dropbox. There are hesitations in updating changes to the cloud, and their client is not the most stable. Often times, the client simply closes on its own without any user intervention, thus there are times that my files are not updated to the cloud (simply because the client just quit without me knowing).

Microsoft's OneDrive, although their offering is quite good if you're already using Office 365, it's also unreliable. Speed is the slowest, especially overseas. Microsoft don't seem to have as many servers as Google. And this can be highly irritating when you simply want to get a document from the cloud, or when you want to have your data uploaded and you are in a hurry. OneDrive was at one time better than Google Drive, but now Google Drive is better imo.
 

ahostmadsen

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I would really recommend Dropbox. Dropbox is stable, fast, and handles version conflicts well. My experience with OneDrive is that it’s slow at syncing. My experience with iCloud is that it has problems handling multiple versions of a file.

iCloud also has the issue that it’s Apple only. If you want to share files with people who use PCs, Dropbox is the way to go.