Available on iOS, Android, Mac and PC
Like Dropbox, Google Drive has excellent cross platform support (Android, iOS, Mac, PC and browser) but where it takes the edge is with its collaboration and synchronisation with the other Google services. Multiple file types are supported, including Photoshop, Illustrator and several video formats along with the more common file types.
Wishing to edit files on your tablet or mobile will require Google’s other apps to be installed, such as Docs and Sheets, but by adding these you can easily make changes to your files. These apps connect directly to your Google Drive storage so you are always working on the one file, reducing the risk of duplicates and accidental deletes. You can also add photos to Google Drive and have them show up in your Goolge Plus web albums should you wish.
You should think of the Google Drive app as a hub where you can view your stuff and when you want to edit it, Google takes you to where you need to go. It’s important to remember that using any of Google’s services like Docs, Sheets, Google Plus, Calendars, Contacts and Gmail, will take up Google Drive space, but for the most part these don’t use up very much space at all.
Google’s apps are very minimalist which makes using them simplicity itself. Files and folders are grouped separately and alphabetically so you can quickly find what you are looking for. The menu offers the ability to change a few settings but it is mostly there for you to filter your files to display, shared, recently edited, and favourited files or to view any you’ve moved on to your device for offline editing.
What you get:
Google Drive is free and with it you get a glorious 15GB of space. But if that isn’t enough for the byte hungry hoarders out there, you can upgrade to 100GB for $1.99 per month (currently £1.25) or $9.99 (£6.27) per month for 1TB. That comes in cheaper than Dropbox.
Before you do upgrade though think about this. If you back up all your photos to Google Plus Photos using the standard resolution option, it doesn’t take up your Google Drive space. It doesn’t matter how many photos you have either – you can upload to your hearts content and view those photos on any device. Likewise, Google lets you upload your music library, including iTunes purchased songs, up to a limit of 20,000 tunes free of charge. So with that in mind, 15GB for mostly document and email use should be ample. You will probably want the larger options if you plan to store full resolution images and HD videos.