Is Dropbox still the best for cloud storage?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dagdagdag234, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. dagdagdag234 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Just curious to hear people's thoughts. I haven't found any recent posts discussing Dropbox vs google drive vs box vs sky-whatever its called etc...

    I back up all my photos and videos , now at 21gb, so I subscribe to Dropbox 100gb.

    If I pay yearly it will cost $100 for that amount, basically twice as much as most other services, I wonder if its still worth that premium price? (Other than the fact that I'd have to upload everything to a new cloud service if I switch)

    Would love to hear other people's thoughts about Dropbox or other services they've used.

  2. c1phr macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    I personally love Dropbox. I don't have issues with the space I have, and I'm still using the free edition (albeit with 13+gb of space) and it's never failed me on any platform (Windows, OSX, Linux, Android and iOS).
  3. flameproof macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2011

    I have them all, but rarely use the 'others'. I use mainly Dropbox. But as my 2Gb are near capacity I may consider to put some large files that I don't really need onto one of the other service.
  4. coldjeanzzz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    i got like 25 GB free with my HTC One so in total I have like 30 GB all for free so it's pretty awesome. Wouldn't consider using anything else
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I've used Dropbox, SkyDrive, Mozy, Google Drive and recently While others offer more free storage, I find Dropbox has more integration with many of my preferred apps, and is more commonly used by those I share file with.
    You can get a lot more than 2GB free with Dropbox.
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    I have a couple of paid storage services and a number of free ones. My Dropbox account provides 3.75 GB storage free of charge. Unlike the other services, I actually use Dropbox. It just works. Not only does it just work, it is saving me money. I no longer use USB thumb drives to transport and synchronize files between home and work. Whatever is in my Dropbox folder is automatically synchronized among my Macs, Windows computers, iPhones, iPads, and my [free] account on Dropbox's server.
  7. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Still loving DropBox here

    I use Google Drive, SugarSync, Box for a few things, but DropBox is my workhorse

    Could not function without DropBox and Evernote
  8. alexandreds, Aug 22, 2013
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    alexandreds macrumors newbie


    Aug 2, 2013
    I moved recently to Copy, it offers 15go.

    Allowing me to store bigger files than Dropbox. I have nothing against Dropbox maybe just a little disappointed by all the PRISM thingy.
  9. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Best and worth are always highly subjective. What are your criteria? You only seem to mention space and cost. Are those your only concerns?

    Like GGJstudios, integration is a priority for me and Dropbox is my choice for that reason.
  10. MeUnix macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2013
    San Francisco
    I've been in love with Dropbox since I started using it. Prices may be a little higher than its competitors but the integration is what keeps me their fan.
  11. pinchvalve macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2013

    I use Dropbox (130GB of free space, get your friends to join!) but have recently established an account with for work. Many more options for permissions, security, etc. I had too many problems with people deleting and moving shared files. Not the fault of Dropbox, it is a collaboration service, not a hosting service. Box has a free membership option with 5GB.
  12. Hookemfins macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2013
    I love Sugar Sync. It's the only one I use. I get 5 GB free plus more for referrals. If I want to sync a folder to the cloud all I do is right click and sync. And it's easy to sync from or to my iPad or iPhone.
  13. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    one thing I see on dropbox is the versioning service. I can go back and get a older version of a file no matter how old. this has saved me so many times. I had a 10 gig account and versioning and they gave it all to me for free.
  14. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    It's all a matter of personal preference. I use a few different clouds yet I've found Dropbox the best by a wide margin.
  15. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Dropbox get my vote because of the integration. :apple:
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I like dropbox the best but, I will say like Apple they offer a meager amount of storage. I'm up to 7.8GB of storage but I really could use more
  17. Hookemfins macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2013
    SugarSync integrates just as easily as Dropbox.

    SugarSync keeps your deleted files. Either on the web or using the Mac/PC app you can review deleted files and get rid of them all or individually as you are running low on space.

    I've tried all the top cloud sync services and SugarSync is best. Give it a try if you haven't already. Right click on file or folder and you are synced. The process is seamless.

    I'm not looking for referrals. I feel very strongly that for some reason Dropbox gets too much favoritism over SugarSync.
  18. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    This. I recently signed up for AT&T Locker, and the user experience is so slow and poorly designed that it's worthless. Box isn't much better. I have Skydrive and Google Drive, but Dropbox has been so user-friendly that I haven't felt much need to use them.
  19. MacHead84 macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2013
    I am a guest in the land of smiles
    We use it for work and share the same account with 4 people in 3 different countries.
    3 of them are Windows user and I am a Mac user.
    If someone add, edit or delete a file it automatically does it on all our computers.
    Dropbox is very nice. No problems at all.

  20. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Dropbox is great.

    Are you looking for a sharing/collaboration provider or a backup provider?

    IMO backing up to Dropbox is not the purpose of Dropbox.

    Different products/services were designed with different goals.

    Some for sharing and collaborating and others for backup.

    Decide what is your goal, then we can recommend the best service for your needs.
  21. dagdagdag234 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    I use it to back up work files (which don't take up much space) and my family videos and photos (which is up to about 19gbs)

    I have been paying for 100gb $9.99 monthly for Dropboxwhich would drop to $100 a year if I pay on a yearly basis.

    I don't really need a collaborative service- occasionally I send files via Dropbox links but they are small files

    Sugar sync sounds decent too, it's just hard to tell what the advantages are

  22. iThinksimple macrumors member


    Sep 24, 2012
    personally i'am using Dropbox & iCloud, and it just works,
    but if you want alternative for free plan cloud storage that also provides Mac OS X compatible desktop client, you might check this list
  23. MathBunny123 macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2012
    Toronto, Canada | Sibiu, Romania
    Personally I use MediaFire, because I got 50GB for free for some reason :)confused:), while I didn't do any recommendations.

    I tried DropBox, but personally I'm not much of a fan of it. However, ALL of my friends use DropBox.
  24. Dokk, Aug 27, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 27, 2013

    Dokk macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    IA, TX ... I never know
    I've been a big advocate of Dropbox for a long time, but I've recently made the switch over to Copy for multiple reasons.

    First, there's a lot more permanent free space. If you sign up with a referral link, you get an extra 5GB -- which gives you 20GB to start. You get another 5GB at the moment for each friend you get to signup, as well. The web interface is a bit more intuitive and useful than Dropbox's. And -- and this is key for me -- you have more control over *how* you share files, including the ability to specify read/write permissions. The finder integration is good (I'd say on par with Dropbox). On the downside, not as many apps have made use of Copy as do Dropbox (but I suspect that'll change). They're run by a good company with a strong security record (Barracuda) and I've had zero problems with the service or the apps (on my Macs and my iPhone). You can signup at for the standard 15GB of space.

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