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Dropbox solution to cloud storage and online backup is to provide a single, easy to find and use place to store your files. Dropbox creates a new folder that is connected to your account on their cloud servers. Once files are backed up they can be shared to other computers and other users.
Other technical features are public sharing, online cloud backup, undelete files, set bandwidth limits, versioning for up to 30 days (upgradable), online dashboard, and much more... They maintain their website and regularly update and change it. Meanwhile adopting new technical features.
Dropbox Plans & Pricing:
- Dropbox Basic - Free with 2GB
- Dropbox Pro 50 - $9.99/month for 50GB
- Dropbox Pro 100 - $19.99/month for 100GB
Drew Houston & Arash Ferdowsi Founded Dropbox in 2007 in San Francisco, Ca. The company is privately held, but has grown significantly. They have 65+ employees and are rapidly expanding with over 4 Million users.
Dropbox became very popular because of their pioneering of cloud-connected devices. This landed them as one of the top iPhone Apps. They stay popular by offering a free 2 GB plan for people to get started in hopes that they will join.
Plans & Pricing
Dropbox is a Freemium service, and here is how the plans are priced:
Free you get 2GB and can increase the size by referring people. By the way if you do decide to give dropbox a try could you click the link below so we can get a little more storage space? Does not cost you anything and it helps out our site.
Pro: you get 100GB for $9.99/month 200GB for $19.99/month or 500GB for $49.99/month if you pay for a year in advance you save roughly 2 monthly payments or 17%
Teams: They start at $795/1000GB/5 users and the prices go up from there. The team plans provide some advanced features not found in the Free and Pro plans including: Active Directory integration, phone support, and as much storage as you need.
Dropbox Compared to
There are quite a few other options in this space. We chose to compare Dropbox with its most similar competitors, Google Drive and Sugar Sync.
When it comes to price Dropbox is on the more expensive end
Google Drive is the least expensive and Sugar Sync is the most expensive. For 100GB of monthly Storage:
Google Drive is $4.99/month, Dropbox starts at $9.99/month, and SugarSync is $14.99/month
when you look at $/GB
Google Drive is $.05/GB Dropbox is $0.10/GB and SugarSync is $0.15/month
There are other factors to consider but this is how the three compare when it comes to pricing.
Dropbox wins this one, it is much easier to share files. Quite a few people have Dropbox accounts and are comfortable using the app. More people have google accounts, think Gmail, but not that many use them for storing and sharing files. SugarSync is also easy to share we just found that we like dropbox a little better.
If you have not signed up for a free dropbox account, it is worth considering. We use dropbox (among others) at CloudStorageReviews and it works great. Now should you move up to a paid account, well that depends. There are other lower cost solutions, Google Drive, which pretty much do the same thing.
I would say this. If most of the people you know use dropbox and you can afford the price, then dropbox is a good way to go. If you are looking for a lower cost option and sharing files with other is not as important then some of the other options may be a better fit. Just know if you do go with dropbox you are getting a great service from a great company.
I hope this review has been helpful.
Pros and Cons
Millions of Users
All the space is for syncing
Excellent Web Control Panel which includes account history
Advanced feature for businesses
When sharing you can overfill another users account and they can not add files.
No Ability to work real time with others in the same file.