Dropbox and Google Drive are probably the two most popular virtual clouds, the ones that have the most users around the world. This is because they give away many GB to all users, although they also have payment plans that allow to expand the storage capacity beyond the one that comes standard.
They are not the only two cloud storage services and probably are not even the best, although their offers deserve a comment. There are applications like Dropbox and Google that making less noise also give many GB free and have good packs.
We talk about plans and prices at user level, since in addition to these services, all companies that have storage in the cloud offer their services to companies, but that is another issue.
Which of the main clouds gives more GB?
Although there are users willing to scratch their pockets to get an extra GB of storage, they are a minority among the minority. Most users prefer to settle for what their provider gives him, that is, a few free GB in the cloud to save and manage as they can.
Therefore, the competition is currently not so much to see who offers more GB for less money but for who offers a more extensive free plan. Almost all have their attractions, but without a doubt the king of the sector right now is Google.
Drive, industry leader with its free plans – Up to 15GB free
It would be unfair to talk about Drive as a single and monolithic service. As with OneDrive or iCloud, it is part of a much broader software ecosystem. In the case of Google the legs are three: Drive, Gmail and Photos. The latter is the jewel in the crown.
Considered one of the best applications for mobile devices (LINK), Google Photos allows you to upload an unlimited number of photos in HD. If you upload them in original quality, with its full resolution and without reducing, you will still have the 15 GB of storage that Google gives you. Not bad.
Dropbox, OneDrive and iCloud, far away – 5 GB free
Without a doubt, these 15 GB are the reason why Dropbox has lost ground at the user level in recent years. Not only Google without other competitors arrive by far exceeding the 2 GB that gives Dropbox. Although you can get up to 16 GB free through recommendations, it is difficult, something that undoubtedly works against you in the face of other alternatives.
Something similar happens to OneDrive, the Microsoft cloud. It is included with Outlook accounts – just like Drive with Gmail accounts – and is part of the ecosystem of apps and services that Microsoft wants to offer its users.
OneDrive “only” has 5 GB of storage when you create a free account, plus an additional 15 GB for your photo album. We are talking about the third part of GB that Google gives to everyone, and that without taking into account that in Photos you can upload all your snapshots without worrying about space.
The same thing happens to Apple’s iCloud, limited to 5 GB. In this case has a particularity that plays in your favor: you can store there the backup copies of your iPhone and iPad. Less gives a stone, although for the rest of files it is still insufficient.
MEGA – 50 GB free for all
Finally we get to two outsiders, two actors that have nothing to do with the technological giants. This is Mediafire and MEGA, the two clouds that more free GB give to their users. In both cases they are 10 and 50 GB respectively, but with a key difference: free Mediafire accounts are limited to a maximum size of 200 MB per file.
This means that we are almost forced to discard this comparative service and crown champion of the gratuity to MEGA, founded by Kim Dotcom after the closure of Megaupload. They are 50 GB free in the fastest cloud on the market in terms of downloads and uploads.
The only problem of MEGA, which is not minor, is that it is an absolutely underground service, and we explain ourselves. If you search on Google, you will be unable to find the link: they have banned it.
As happened as Megaupload, many fingers point to this cloud as a nest of piracy, and that makes it perhaps not entirely safe to keep your most precious files in it. No one is going to close Google but what about MEGA?