Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive And Others: Pricing Per GB And More Compared

There's no shortage of online storage and file syncing services these days, which is great — but can make picking just one to use confusing, especially if you need to pay for more space. Luckily Ars Technica has collected details on the most popular services in handy comparison charts.

Editor's note: Prices in the table are in US dollars.

For seven services — Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, SugarSync, Box and Spideroak — you can see at a glance how much free space is offered, max file size and how much paid storage costs per GB. There's also a colourful app availability chart if you want to know which services have apps for Windows Phone (only SkyDrive) or Linux (only Dropbox and Spideroak).

The chart doesn't reflect the 25GB of free space you get on SkyDrive if you're an existing Windows Live user or how you can get more Dropbox space by uploading photos, but these are the base numbers for new users. Note that Box also just offers storage space rather than syncing.

Here's the full pricing chart.

In the article, Ars Technica lists some pros and cons of each service and concludes:

OveraIl, Box earns the title of least expensive paid storage service, though its lowest paid tier is the same size as SkyDrive's first free one, if you're grandfathered into that free 25GB. Many of the services put the great Dropbox to shame in terms of free storage and cost, though Dropbox's legacy have afforded it highly refined desktop and mobile apps for customers to use. If you need a Linux client and lots of flexibility, SugarSync, SpiderOak and Dropbox come out on top; if you're a budding Windows Phone user, SkyDrive is the only service that will let you access your cloud-stored files.

For more detailed comparisons, see our Lifehacker Faceoff of Dropbox vs Google Drive and Dropbox vs Alternatives post which includes SpiderOak and SugarSync, as well as Live Mesh and Wuala.

Cloud storage: a pricing and feature guide for consumers [Ars Technica]


Comments

    Let the storage wars begin. I'm sure there will be further announcements soon from the various participants. So far, it looks lika win-win for the consumer.

    I'm currently using Skydrive because I was lucky enough to get the 25Gb offer. Seems a bit slow though is there a way to speed it up..?

      I agree, it's pretty slow to upload files. I'm still uploading 17GB of photos 5 days after installing the sync software, about 1.5GB to go.

      I guess it will speed up once everyone has finished their initial upload.

        It may be possible the Google drive is current media darling,but for users who just looking to get some work done here's why you should give SkyDrive a try.http://microsoft-support-squad.blogspot.in/2012/05/y-skydrive-is-better-than-google-drive_8607.html

    Whilst there is no official Dropbox app for WP7, there is (the unofficial app) boxfiles.

    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/apps/798cf9d9-6efd-df11-9264-00237de2db9e

    It's one thing to compare Size and Cost. What about Security ? People are being shepherded into dumping GB's of personal information into The Cloud and a gaurantee most people have NO idea who else has access to the information. Or what polices these companies have in regards to what employees have access to customer data. Or what polices they have in regards to things like legal subpoenas and requests from law enforcement and goverernments.

    Any serious analysis or comparison of these cloud services simply MUST include check boxes for Security features. The gold standard is the TNO option. Trust No One. Where you the user creates and retains the encryption keys, and no-one, anywhere else in the chain can access your information. Google does not have this. iCloud does not have this. Dropbox, BOX, Skydrive do not have this.
    If you use these services... your stuff can be accessed by individuals working in the company you use. And will be accessed by Agencies of govt and law, in the jurisdiction where the data is held... half a world away... not your jurisdiction... upon proper requests. Just something to consider before using one of these services to run your company's collaborative workspace, with all your secrets and documents and financials and whatnot....

    SugarSync and SpiderOak DO have this option. And others too...

    If you're interested in the SECURITY aspect of dumping all your stuff into the cloud, and you should be... there is a comprehensive list and analysis to be found here. http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm Ep #349 Cloud Solutions.

      those options dont much bother me, i sort my data into two tiers; semi-private and private. Semi-private i deem as non essential if someone were to read it, it would not matter. Private i consider essential and so would not want anyone to read and as such I encrypt them myself.

      Whilst certainly a valid point, if security is a strong issue (and it should be), then personal/sensitive information shouldn't be uploaded. After all, a company can claim to adhere to certain specifications and guidelines, but we all know how often that's been either been proven to be false or prone to interception by employees.

    Nice article. I had a go with pricing as well: http://www.hutsby.net/2012/04/cloud-storage-comparing-costs-of-drive.html

    Isn't Box pricing $10 per month (not year) for 25GB and $20 per month (not year) for 50GB? This makes it 12 times more expensive than the table records.

    Why not mention Livedrive? 0.007c/GB/Month with added Backup, for the 'briefcase' package. I'm not involved with them, but been using their service for just under 2yrs now.

    Melanie,

    I'm interested in using a online service to manage documents/collaboration for a not for profit organisation. Who do you recommend in this situation?

    Skydrive is my favourite, we use it at work between a team of 5 people, each has the app installed on their PC so it acts like a cloud based server, its flawless, easy, fast and cheap as chips. Compared to the rest which we trialled Skydrive is the least stressful. Upload/download speeds are unbeatable also.

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