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Apple iCloud

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Likelihood to Recommend

Apple iCloud

It seems to work very well for small group collaboration much better than it does for larger groups or more complex projects. The other (minor) thing, is that while working across locations, there isn't a chat function, which would be huge when working on documents that work off info that others have. While at the same location, working on a small project iCloud works great for us. The other issue is that some of our Android users can't do some of the same things their colleagues using iOS can while on the go.
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Google Drive

I think Google Drive is used to the maximum in companies that have several locations nationwide and with a large number of employees. The possibility of communicating and working in the cloud regardless of distances is an important advance from the technological point of view. Honestly, I do not see space where you can not enjoy the service offered by this software. It is ideal for large and small work teams.
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Apple iCloud
8.1
Google Drive
8.8
Versioning
Apple iCloud
7.9
Google Drive
8.3
Video files
Apple iCloud
8.4
Google Drive
8.3
Audio files
Apple iCloud
8.5
Google Drive
8.7
Document collaboration
Apple iCloud
7.2
Google Drive
9.5
Access control
Apple iCloud
7.6
Google Drive
8.6
File search
Apple iCloud
8.2
Google Drive
8.7
Device sync
Apple iCloud
9.3
Google Drive
9.3

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Apple iCloud
8.0
Google Drive
8.4
User and role management
Apple iCloud
7.8
Google Drive
8.6
File organization
Apple iCloud
7.9
Google Drive
8.1
Device management
Apple iCloud
8.1
Google Drive
8.5

Cloud Storage Platform

Apple iCloud
8.4
Google Drive
8.9
Performance
Apple iCloud
8.5
Google Drive
9.3
Reliability
Apple iCloud
9.1
Google Drive
9.0
Storage Reports
Apple iCloud
7.7
Google Drive
8.3

Pros

  • Backup of login credentials with KeyChain works particularly well. No other competitor can match the fully integrated nature of iCloud because Apple owns the operating system.
  • Seamless syncing with iCloud Backup works to a decent degree. Competitors like Dropbox are catching up, but iCloud comes out of the box and ready to go on new Apple devices, so it saves time for IT.
  • iCloud contacts helps with organization-wide syncing of contacts.
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  • Syncs quickly so that remote teams can view the same document (and any new changes) automatically
  • Provides a variety of documents to choose from for your specific needs
  • Is easy to use and effective
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Cons

  • One of the functionalities that I criticize are "bugs". These "bugs" make some features unusable under earlier versions of iOS and Mac OS X.
  • Privacy is always a rising issue and something that one would always need to keep up with.
  • Moving a set of files from an iCloud Drive if they have not been synchronized yet will result in them being lost.
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  • I’d like to see more of a customer support base. If you need help, you’re diverted to a message board full of other confused people and it can be hard to find an answer—especially if your question is very specific.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apple iCloud9.4
Based on 3 answers
It's so seamless that I can't imagine another product doing a better job synchronizing all of my devices. I simply do not think about it at all. Everything happens behind the scenes and I'm confident that Apple keeps my data safe and secure. I'm a happy customer as far as this is concerned. I have not had a bad experience with this service.
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Google Drive9.0
Based on 4 answers
It's the cheapest, most effective platform we've found to store files in the cloud.
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Usability

Apple iCloud8.7
Based on 12 answers
I gave iCloud a very good rating because even though it has flaws that I do not like, it is very usable and very handy. It is easy to access what you need anywhere you are as long as you have an internet connection. It is fairly fast, and it looks good.
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Google Drive9.7
Based on 7 answers
While I might feel like the phone is too small to use to create content, they have done a great job in creating a UI / UX that doesn't prohibit you from creating that content on your phone. On a full blown desktop they have done a great job in creating a suite of office tools that can compete with Microsofts' Office suite. While saying that I do think it's fair to point out that Excel will still knock the socks off of a Google Sheet, due to the fact that it's running in a browser.
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Performance

Apple iCloud8.5
Based on 6 answers
We are very pleased with the iCloud performance within our Apple ecosystem. It is sometimes a little slow depending on your internet bandwidth but, overall, it has been doing a great job.
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Google Drive9.0
Based on 1 answer
How I have Google Drive installed to my system back up occurs instantly and in the background, if I update a document Google Drive immediately ask if I want to save the updated document and overwrite what I previously stored. This occurs without any prompt from me and that a 10 for me, however, there are times when it does lag a bit however this may be a fault of my Internet service provider and not the Google Drive service.
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Support

Apple iCloud9.0
Based on 1 answer
Apple support is quick to respond and know their product well. They will follow up with you to make sure your issue has been resolved and case can be closed.
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Google Drive7.6
Based on 5 answers
I give it this rating because I have never had to use Google Drive customer support - which means that I really never run into issues with Google Drive
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Implementation

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Google Drive8.5
Based on 3 answers
It's an extremely easy software to implement, once you sign up for a google account you automatically have access to google drive with a set amount of storage space. The business or Google Suite accounts have more storage space than a regular free account, but setting up and accessing google drive is very easy in both cases
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Alternatives Considered

For a Mac user in a Mac-only shop, iCloud is by far the best of breed. If your company has a mix of Mac and Windows users, it will not be the right primary tool (go to Google Drive for that). iCloud is a necessary and built-in part of a Mac user's experience and so will function well for an individual to keep their devices synchronized, but when interacting with non-Mac users, will not be the primary team tool for collaboration.
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The main aspect that led us to stay with Google Drive compared to the other software is its storage capacity that is undoubtedly superior. In the same way, to be able to work from the Gmail account is another point in favor because we consider this mail service as the most complete at present.
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Return on Investment

  • User experience is excellent and leads to low friction for file storage, sharing, retrieval and collaboration. It is a joy to work with.
  • Pricing is competitive with other platforms.
  • Integration with Mac software and third-party apps is seamless.
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  • I would definitely say Google drive has been crucial for many of the businesses I’ve been a part of. There’s no other collaboration system that works quite as well or is as easy to learn and use as Google drive. Plus, it helps that Google is an empire when it comes to platforms such as this; it makes syncing a breeze.
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Pricing Details

Apple iCloud

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Google Drive

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details