Which is better: iCloud or Dropbox

profmatt

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I currently have both iCloud and Dropbox. I pay £0.79 per month for iCloud 50GB, and I have 23GB of free Dropbox storage.

It feels awkward to have both. Currently Dropbox is my primary cloud storage, and from time to time I copy it all over to my iCloud storage.

Should I ditch one of them? Which one? Should I make iCloud my primary?
 

netnewswireuser

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Dropbox is way better than iCloud in every thinkable aspect but it's a little bit pricey. So if you don't care too much about price, I'd go 100% Dropbox and keep the basic iCloud's 5Gb for email.
 

snicklesnackle

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Dropbox is 9.99/mo for 1tb which is the same as iCloud but you can go for 50gb or 200gb with iCloud which you can't with Dropbox. In terms of functionality Dropbox is the best for me because of its flexibility, I don't have a paid plan however and probably wouldn't pay 10 bucks a month for it considering the alternatives.
 

M. Gustave

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The main reason to keep iCloud would be if you use Apple's linked services like iCloud Photo Library. Also more and more apps now have an iCloud sync option.
 

navaira

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I actually emailed Dropbox at some point asking why they have no 200 GB tier – I don't need 1 TB for anything, but I'd love to have more than my current 13 GB – and they responded they "currently have no plans" to introduce anything between free and 1 TB.

Feel free to earn less money, Dropbox. I'm fine with that.
 
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v0lume4

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I love Dropbox. Have been using it for years and -- recently -- signed up for the 1TB ($10 per month) plan.

[Referring to the desktop client] - I believe that iCloud's upload and download speeds are a little slower than Dropbox as well*. Fast upload speeds are really helpful when you need to upload gigabytes and gigabytes of photo and video like I do.

Also, it's great being able to use Dropbox on any device since it is platform-agnostic.

* Source - https://www.cloudwards.net/best-cloud-storage/
HUGE writeup -- Do a Cmd+F (find) for the heading "How We Speed Test The Services"
[doublepost=1487658782][/doublepost]Dropbox's sharing options are really great too. I use a shared folder to work on spreadsheets for my family's business and it makes the whole ordeal very easy. I have a Mac and my other family member has a PC. No issues.

Not sure if iCloud Drive offers a feature like this or not as I don't have experience with it.
 

makinao

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I use the free versions of dropbox, google drive, and iCloud. I also have sugarsync too, but haven't used it yet. Nothing awkward about it. I will keep all of them as long as they are free, platform-agnostic, and go across devices.
 

arkitect

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To answer your question: DropBox is definitely superior to iCloud.

That being said, I started out with DropBox, then I discovered Google Drive.

Dropped DropBox and now Google Drive (100GB plan) is my main sync.

iCloud (200GB plan) I use for the stuff to make my Apple "eco-system" run smoothly…

(I also maintain a Mega account on the side. I can never have enough backups.)
 

johannnn

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Love the integration with iCloud, but I just moved everything to Google Drive. In the end, I suffered too much that iCloud don't have selective sync on OS X.
 

0970373

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I use free Dropbox and the $2.99/mo 200GB iCloud plan. Dropbox doesn't have those in-between plans so I don't see a point in paying for space I don't need but I keep the free account, currently at 14GB, for certain uses and to share w/ people who don't have iCloud. If Dropbox had something other than the $8.25/1TB/mo plan, I would probably have signed up to it a long time ago.

So the question of which is better really depends on your needs - how much space, how you use it, etc.
 
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QzzB

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Think it depends on your use case. Dropbox is more useful for sharing documents, and in my opinion has better Windows Clients than iCloud.

Personally I do use iCloud as I use iCloud to store personal documents (no sharing) and backup to cloud/access on my iPad/iCloud.

I Totally agree with E3BK, depends on your specific use case. If you only use apple hardware, and its to backup a few personal documents - iCloud. If you upload gigs and gigs of Video and want the sharing, Dropbox.
 

logicstudiouser

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Google Drive user here. All my domain emails are with Google Apps so it is just easier to stay within the Google ecosystem.
 
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