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Likelihood to Recommend

Apple iCloud

iCloud is at its best when a single user has multiple devices and uses the same apps on all or most of those devices. Keynote, Pages, IA Writer, MindNode, and other "fully integrated with iCloud" apps are great examples of how easy it can be.It's less compelling when multiple users need a shared file repository — we just use Dropbox in that situation, and it's a good compliment.It's also less valuable when the apps being used don't directly integrate with iCloud. The valuable cross-OS integration when switching from Mac to iOS and back is much clunkier in those situations. Kick the tires using the free iCloud features before depending too heavily on it.
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Google Drive

Google Drive is not only a good tool when people from different departments/offices have to work together but it is a good tool to have all your ongoing work well organized. For a group of students, it's a magnificent tool. It might be less useful for people who don't work in groups or don't depend on other people's collaboration.
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Apple iCloud
7.8
Google Drive
8.8
Versioning
Apple iCloud
7.4
Google Drive
8.5
Video files
Apple iCloud
7.9
Google Drive
8.2
Audio files
Apple iCloud
7.9
Google Drive
8.7
Document collaboration
Apple iCloud
7.2
Google Drive
9.5
Access control
Apple iCloud
7.5
Google Drive
8.5
File search
Apple iCloud
7.9
Google Drive
8.6
Device sync
Apple iCloud
9.0
Google Drive
9.3

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Apple iCloud
7.9
Google Drive
8.5
User and role management
Apple iCloud
7.7
Google Drive
8.6
File organization
Apple iCloud
7.9
Google Drive
8.3
Device management
Apple iCloud
8.1
Google Drive
8.6

Cloud Storage Platform

Apple iCloud
8.3
Google Drive
8.9
Performance
Apple iCloud
8.4
Google Drive
9.3
Reliability
Apple iCloud
8.8
Google Drive
9.0
Storage Reports
Apple iCloud
7.7
Google Drive
8.3

Pros

Apple iCloud

  • Apple iCloud integrates beautifully with the entire Apple ecosystem. Whether you are using a MacBook, iPhone, and/or iPad they will all sync at a moments notice through iCloud.
  • As a company, Apple has a strong reputation for security. Many cloud storage providers share huge amounts of user data, however, Apple prides themselves on avoiding that.
  • Even though Apple iCloud is optimized for Apple devices, data stored on the cloud can be accessed through a web browser on a computer running essentially any operating system.
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Google Drive

  • You can connect with other products such as google + and google Docs, it allows you to create, modify and share documents. You can also upload Microsoft Word documents, Excel, presentations, photos, videos, music, among other types of files
  • Editing files with Drive is also better when working mainly online. When you edit a document in Google Docs or answer emails in Gmail, you can easily take files from your Google Drive storage and use them directly without having to load anything.
  • Google Drive updates all your items automatically, which means that you are continually improving your options. As for the organization of the files, you can create folders to keep the documents organized.
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Cons

Apple iCloud

  • Locked into the Apple Ecosystem. Does not port very well to Windows, Linux, or Chrome
  • Storage tiers are expensive
  • Sharing is possible, but not completely flushed out for things such as reminders, notes, calendars, documents, and photos
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Google Drive

  • Without internet connection you can not access your files
  • If your internet password is weak, you can be a victim of hacking
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Likelihood to Renew

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 9.4
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 Drive

Google Drive 9.2
Based on 5 answers
For its compatibility, easiness, quick responses, user interface, storage capacity, files management and file listings. These are some of the reasons for giving higher ratings and Google Drive has become an integral part of my professional life. We use this software on daily basis and most of the time saving lot of time.
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Usability

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 8.7
Based on 18 answers
It does what it does behind the scenes. Whenever you do use the interface online, its functions are very simple to use
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Google Drive

Google Drive 9.5
Based on 13 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 iCloud

Apple iCloud 8.3
Based on 12 answers
Load time is great, it automatically updates my files, great to have if I lose/break a computer or phone. Easy to manage the files and organize files. Never have an issue—very reliable. Very affordable. Can't be beat for Apple users!
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Google Drive

Google Drive 9.6
Based on 7 answers
Its surprising features always amaze me and make me use Google Drive. There is one [benefit] that is more of a neat feature than a benefit, but it’s still worth mentioning. Google Drive’s image recognition technology can easily recognize the content of my pictures. For instance, if I have visited a famous landmark on a recent vacation and upload my photo in front of it, the picture comes up when one searches for that landmark using Google Drive’s search.
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Support

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud 9.0
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 Drive

Google Drive 7.1
Based on 5 answers
I am very happy with the product and its features because it fulfills all my needs.
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Implementation

Apple iCloud

No score
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Google Drive

Google Drive 8.1
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

Apple iCloud

Google Drive comes packaged with my GSuite account so I still use it but it doesn't sync all of my Apple devices together. As a result, the device syncing makes iCloud a more important cloud service for my business. I do find that upload speeds to Google Drive tend to be faster than iCloud though.
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Google Drive

The Google Drive facility has no comparison. It's free, you can have it on your cell phone and you only need a connection to the internet. Everything is saved and safe in your Gmail email address. That is an advantage that other programs do not offer. That is why Google Drive does not have strong competition and most of us who use the internet to store information decided on this program.
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Return on Investment

Apple iCloud

  • It's actually just another box that I use so it doesn't have any ROI
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Google Drive

  • Not applicable. However, my clients do like the fact that images and samples can be easily accessed online, especially in a view-only form; they don't need to download files to look at them.
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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

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