Available on iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Mac
Probably the least known in our comparison today, Box was actually one of the first cloud storage providers to emerge, back in 2005. The reason for the lack of publicity back then is because Box’s roots were initially planted in the business sector. Thankfully that has now changed and Box now offers it’s enterprise expertise to the masses.
Apps are available on iOS, Android, Windows and Windows Phone, Blackberry and Mac but, like all good cloud storage providers, you can also access the service through most web browsers. The UI adopts a slick and easy to use interface. It isn’t as minimalist as some of the other cloud storage apps but it certainly isn’t cluttered and it doesn’t feel like another Dropbox clone, which is rather refreshing.
A familiar list of things the app does includes viewing, sorting, creating folders and filtering between recent, shared and favourite files. You can also see a history of what was viewed, added or edited as well as manage users to your shared files right from within the app. Adding comments to files is another neat feature, which is useful when collaborating with team mates, especially so when you learn the free plan does not support file versioning. This is only available on the paid for plans.
While file editing isn’t available within the app, file renaming is supported and you can create new notes natively, and edit them freely. Third party app support is widely available with a range of apps that allow you to move and edit files. In fact, Box kindly provides a list of supported apps from the main menu, so you don’t have to go looking for all of them.
What you get:
Box’s business background shows through in its pricing tiers as they are a little more complex than the other cloud storage providers. As you would expect, the app is free to download and comes with a basic personal plan offering 10GB of storage for 1 user, with a file size limit of 250MB. While this limit might seem a little low, most people will find it sufficient for every day use, unless your plan is to store movies and large video files.
You can upgrade to 100GB for $10 (£6.34) a month and this ups the file size limit to 5GB. There are further plans available that are more business focused offering prices based on how many users will be using the service. For example, the standard plan starts at $3.50 (£2.20) per user per month, comes with 100GB of storage, a 2GB file size limit and allows up to 10 users to join the account. This can be increased to unlimited storage, a 5GB file size limit and a minimum of 3 users for $11 (£6.90) per user per month.