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Likelihood to Recommend

Dropbox

I would recommend using Dropbox if you need a clean, organized way to store files long-term. I would not recommend it if the person planned to do editing with a group of collaborators. I think Google Drive is much better suited to that. In Dropbox, it feels more like we all have access to the same document, but we can't collaborate in real-time--we need to take turns editing and re-saving.
Claire Rivero | TrustRadius Reviewer

OneNote

It is well suited for capturing weekly departmental task lists. For example, each week we create a new page in a shared departmental notebook. In this new page, each department member enters his/her top 3 accomplishments for the week and the top 3 things which the member will attempt to accomplish in the coming week. We then use this page during our Monday morning stand-up meeting and it helps provide an agenda, structure, and discussion points for the meeting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Dropbox
8.8
OneNote
8.4
Versioning
Dropbox
8.7
OneNote
8.4
Video files
Dropbox
8.7
OneNote
7.7
Audio files
Dropbox
8.8
OneNote
7.9
Document collaboration
Dropbox
8.5
OneNote
9.1
Access control
Dropbox
8.9
OneNote
8.4
File search
Dropbox
8.6
OneNote
8.7
Device sync
Dropbox
9.2
OneNote
8.9

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Dropbox
8.9
OneNote
8.5
User and role management
Dropbox
8.6
OneNote
8.3
File organization
Dropbox
9.0
OneNote
8.7
Device management
Dropbox
9.0
OneNote
8.4

Cloud Storage Platform

Dropbox
8.9
OneNote
8.8
Performance
Dropbox
9.0
OneNote
8.8
Reliability
Dropbox
8.9
OneNote
8.8
Storage Reports
Dropbox
8.7
OneNote
8.8

Pros

Dropbox

  • Dropbox has the ability to automatically sync from other sources. When our Appraisers use their tablets to take pictures, it is set up so that the pictures automatically upload to a folder in Dropbox so that the staff back at the office will then have access to the pictures as well.
  • Dropbox is very easy to use. There is a list of folders on the left-hand side. You simply click and go to each folder to pull up files. You can rename the folders, sort by date, etc.
  • Dropbox has several different options for storage size options. An individual can choose a smaller package or a large corporation could choose bigger packages. There is also a free version that is great for saving pictures from an individual phone or another device.
  • Dropbox has a search feature that saves a lot of time. If you aren't sure where the file you need is, use the search function to quickly find it.
  • Dropbox is cloud based so there are no bulky servers taking up space!
Kristen Reeves | TrustRadius Reviewer

OneNote

  • Because of its flexibility and ability to hold different types of content (text, images, tables), it is a great tool for collecting content from different resources and organizing it in one place.
  • Technical support analysts are using sections for their support case analysis; they paste pieces of logs, screen-shots, document their steps in troubleshooting etc., all in one section, to get the full picture yet stay organized.
  • The logic of content structure; Notebook>Section>Page>Paragraph, allows you to manage and collect all needed information by the areas of the user's responsibility. For example; each of my projects has its own section, in which each page is a task.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Dropbox

  • Dropbox does not have simple way to manage one set of files within an organization. If a new main folder is created, you have to make sure to share it with everyone involved.
  • It unnecessarily selects files when they are uploaded or changed which makes it clunky to use when you’re working quickly. I wish I could turn this feature off.
  • The sync/backup to a computer is terrible and bogs down your computer.
  • There is no way to edit anything simple in a basic doc from right in Dropbox so you have to edit it outside and upload it again. It’s easy to forget to upload it if you don’t have sync on, which is bad for consistency across an organization.
  • The drag and drop for organizing files does not work well. You often have to physically select “move” and select a new location even for a single file.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OneNote

  • It is not always clear where your OneNote files are kept. I prefer to keep all my OneNote files in the cloud, but the actual location of those files in OneDrive can sometimes be a mystery. If I install OneNote on my home computer, I have to open up my work OneNote in the browser and then sync it to my PC. I'm not able to find and open the file in OneDrive through File Explorer.
  • The ability to find notebooks that are shared with you is getting better, but it can sometimes be difficult to locate the right one. I often see duplicate notebooks and end up opening up the wrong one. Would be great if Microsoft only showed you links to notebooks that were actually available to you.
  • Microsoft is shifting away from OneNote 2016 and moving people on to OneNote that comes native with Windows 10. The interface is different enough that I don't like it. I am staying with OneNote 2016 because of the ease of seeing multiple notebooks open at the same time and being able to get to the exact information I need quickly. If you don't like the native OneNote built into Windows 10, you won't like the future of OneNote.
Joel Brache | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Dropbox

Dropbox 10.0
Based on 19 answers
Dropbox is a user-friendly, easy tool which requires little to no skill and they offer a free version with a good amount of storage available. There are other file sharing tools available however at a cost. Dropbox free version I have used for years and it serves every purpose I need.
Michelle Hidalgo | TrustRadius Reviewer

OneNote

OneNote 10.0
Based on 13 answers
As this is not a compulsory tool in our organization, I would say all depends on the decision makers, however since this is a part of MS Office, I am sure we will have it for as long as we will possibly need it. However, I would not be so sure, if it was a separate product
Ausrine Pasakarnyte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Dropbox

Dropbox 8.5
Based on 21 answers
It’s extremely easy to use on any device. I can set access to whole folders or only certain files. I can print, share, and save with very few clicks. I’m able to save high-resolution photos without taking up a ton of space on my phone and can send a link to those files that are too large to email or text.
Jayelynn Willman | TrustRadius Reviewer

OneNote

OneNote 9.5
Based on 10 answers
I find OneNote incredibly usable. I'm fairly middle of the road when it comes to tech savvy-ness. The platform was very easy to learn and explore. I like that OneNote is no clunky and offers a clean interface. This is important when it comes to deciding if a tool is usable for multiple people.
Jill Dickert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Dropbox

Dropbox 8.7
Based on 5 answers
Dropbox is really useful, you can access any file from anywhere and you can upload and even edit files online, but, sometimes it can be slow. Downloading, uploading, and syncing is a bit slow, it can take several minutes. Furthermore, the search engine for large amounts of data can be slow too and it is not powerful.
Adriano Rosa | TrustRadius Reviewer

OneNote

OneNote 8.8
Based on 3 answers
I find OneNote to perform very well. I experience quick load times and automatic updates which are two things that are very important to our organization. I personally do not integrate OneNote with other software or systems but I do like that it can generate a sharing link for other people to view.
Jill Dickert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Dropbox

Dropbox 7.6
Based on 31 answers
It has not been necessary to go to customer support lately, since everything works perfectly. However, I must add that at the beginning when I started using Dropbox, and I had any doubts about how it worked, customer support was always attentive and found the best solutions effectively.
Arianna Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

OneNote

OneNote 8.5
Based on 12 answers
Microsoft does an alright enough job supporting issues in OneNote and updated as of late have brought welcome features. Several years ago they were not as supportive, but current rating reflects updates as Microsoft has seemed to consolidate around the Microsoft Store app. I haven't had many issues where I directly needed to call support.
Justin Harbin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Dropbox

Dropbox 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I needed to stay current in improving my daily operations. Dropbox
was suggested to me by a former colleague two-years ago and I've been using it just fine ever since.
Annesa L Lacey | TrustRadius Reviewer

OneNote

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Dropbox

Compared to all the file-sharing services I've used, Dropbox is the most reliable and easiest to use. They've also done a nice job of adding features/functionality over the years.Actually, one thing I've yet to mention: Dropbox has done a great job of compatibility with different file types. For instance, I could create a design in Illustrator and share the file with a client through Dropbox. For clients that don't have Illustrator, Dropbox will still allow them to view the design.
Brandon Zell | TrustRadius Reviewer

OneNote

The only real product that I can directly hold in juxtaposition to OneNote is Evernote. OneNote ultimately wins that battle because of its zero cost. It compares like for like in most other ways to Evernote, with the exception of its organizational system. If you intend to organize items into more than 10 topics of interest, Evernote may be better suited to your needs, as it's tagging system is more robust for larger categories of organization. If, however, like most users, you're limiting your categorization into 10 or fewer categories, OneNote is excellent, and it excels at helping you find information that falls into a smaller number of buckets than Evernote.Both applications have excellent mobile apps that will handle document scanning, pictures, and the like for you, so it's largely the same there. Overall, I'll continue to use OneNote because it is free.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Dropbox

  • Due to the nature of the business, it has worked as a solution for file collaboration without the need for expensive hardware.
  • It has eliminated the need to purchase flash drives and the possibility of losing them.
  • It enables and boosts the efficiency of telecommuting.
Jacob Jeffries | TrustRadius Reviewer

OneNote

  • OneNote makes me more productive because I'm always able to remember discussion points and next steps for any meeting
  • OneNote makes me less reliant on my laptop, when I'm having an informal coffee meeting, for example, which can be freeing
  • OneNote can sometimes be a little slow to use, which can be frustrating when I'm trying to type fast and make notes
Gagan Kanwar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dropbox

General

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

OneNote

General

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

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