For mass users, cloud services started with “D,” where D is for Dropbox. As we all know, it copies your files on its server and syncs it with all connected devices after any change. If you add, edit or delete some stored file, it’s transferred to other connected devices automatically.
So there is no sense to review the application without reviewing the whole service.
Dropbox doesn’t offer much free storage, compared to some services like Mega.co.nz, Google Drive or OneDrive. But the feature set of Dropbox is still top-rated, so it remains a reference cloud service.Read More
Dropbox lets you do virtually anything with the files you store up in the cloud. Edit a local copy, and changes will immediately apply as soon as you save the file. And if you suddenly need a previous version of your file, you may find it in the history: old files are replaced, but not overwritten.
It used to be a revolutionary feature of Dropbox to store images without compression, so you can preserve the original quality and embed them into any external page. Now there are rivals, but you can still use Dropbox as your photo hosting. If you use a mobile client, you can upload all the photos you shoot with your smartphone camera and handle them on your PC later.
In fact, you can store any files within that 2 GB you get for free. Many apps use Dropbox for cloud backup or syncing between its instances on different devices. All you need is grant them access to Dropbox.
If you need some file stored in Dropbox from a computer with no client installed, there’s always a web interface on dropbox.com. Just enter your Dropbox credentials and access all your files.
There are always new features: built-in online office editor (like Google Docs), local network syncing, file demanding from an unregistered user and so on. And there’s always something more.
Nota bene: this simplicity requires a sacrifice of data security, so beware before trusting Dropbox with something really confidential.
The app, in fact, should not be noticed at all. When you open it by clicking twice on a tray icon, you just open a folder the way it looks in Windows Explorer. You need to click once to open a menu that offers you new notifications, quick access to recent files, a small Settings section and a link to, again, your Dropbox folder. The menu is translated into most spoken languages.
In fact, the work of the client should not be noticed at all. Copy the files, and Dropbox will do the rest.
The less you need to do to Dropbox directly, the easier it gets. Well, there may be almost no need to launch it. You can access your Dropbox folder with Windows Explorer, Total Commander or any file browser you like. Dropbox can be integrated into your Microsoft Office, so you can open files directly from a cloud disk and save it there. The service is fast, the files are synced almost immediately (but you can set speed limits if you wish). So use it like it’s your local folder, and it will work as long as you’re online.
Cross-platform use 5/5
Cloud services are needed everywhere, especially on devices with the locked file system. So not only there are clients for Windows, Linux or OS X, but also for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and even Blackberry.
While the basic account with 2.8 GB of storage may be enough for your documents and some pictures, it’s too tight for some multimedia, especially if you embed files from Dropbox to external sites. There are three types of paid accounts that will cost you monthly $8.25/$10, $12.50/$15 or $20/$25 (if billed yearly/monthly). They offer 1 TB, 2 TB or unlimited space on Dropbox cloud, security tools, versions history stored for some time (a useful thing if you edit your files frequently), some other options.
Though some cloud storage services are providing much more space for free, Dropbox is still an indisputable leader in some spheres. It’s a perfect third-party host for syncing instances of the same app on different devices. Not quite suitable for storing large pieces of uncompressed media, it’s the best choice for documents you constantly edit and share.Collapse
This cloud service is not the most generous in free space, but it’s one of the richest in features and certainly one of the best for your attention.
Pros : Free storage (though not that much)
Great features of integration with different apps and services, both cloud and local ones
Business scheduling tools (like integration with Google Calendar)
Easy client available for all the popular platforms
Cons : Paid account required for keeping large files
Only 2 GB for free
No encryption on client’s end
Cross-platform use 5