Why Dropbox is still the cloud king

Like many tech enthusiasts, I too like to try and experiment with new things as they come. I first started using Dropbox with my iPhone 5s and soon became my digital backup of pictures, videos and files. In fact, apart from some important pics, it is my main source of backup.

As the years went by new cloud technologies became available like Microsoft’s One Drive, google Drive and many others. Now days almost everything uses the cloud for one thing or another. For example, Apple uses the iCloud as a backup option as well as Android phones.

And while I remained a Dropbox Pro fan, I often tried new solutions as curiosity kicked in. Shoebox, Sync, Mega and most recently Google Photos. No matter where I went, I always went back with exception to Google Photos which I will get into in a minute.

Dropbox was and still is the best overall solution to your digital backups and for a number of good reasons. Reliability, pricing and mobile app performance are what kept me coming back. Sure they could use a few organizing features such as Google Photos' face grouping but overall I’m satisfied with the company and their policies regarding your pics.

Every time I try a new service, something seems to be missing. There is always a catch. That was until Google introduced its amazing Google Photos. Free unlimited photos storage? Where do I sign up?! Even with the high-quality restriction, your photos will still look great at 16 megapixels provided you shoot with something higher than an average smartphone camera and even then that’s not a huge loss.

I jumped on this service and uploaded almost everything I had on Dropbox minus a few folders. The service is great but I’m not ready to ditch Dropbox just yet. Privacy aside, I been having sync problem using the iPhone app as pictures refused to upload indicating that the backup was complete when it was not. Another unnecessary and confusing issue I had is deleting pictures from my phone while keeping it on Photos and vise versa. The workaround is to delete the picture from the web interface and not sync the action but a more user-friendly solution should be in place.

Dropbox, on the other hand, is more stable and clear, especially when used by someone not so tech savvy. Sure it can use a few more features especially in the organisation department but the service is well established in my opinion hence the reason I continue to use it. We do most of our task using our smartphones and Dropbox app is almost perfect.

Never the less, I will continue to test Google Photos while keeping my fingers crossed fro new features and improvements over at Dropbox. Keep up the good job guys.

Adam A

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