Apple iCloud: Great for Consumers, Some Business Use
February 26, 2016

Apple iCloud: Great for Consumers, Some Business Use

Timothy Watkins, GWAPT | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Apple iCloud

We do not use Apple iCloud across the organization, but many employees use it for data management and backups of their devices and documents. The typical use cases are keeping a cloud backup of their iPhones as well as easily sharing documents between their mobile devices and laptops.
  • Instant-Access mobile backups.
  • Accessing documents between devices and your Apple computer.
  • Quickly sending mobile links from your phone browser to your laptop for later-viewing.
  • The subscription model is cheap.
  • Transferring data to devices not on the same account is doable but not obvious.
  • Transferring data from a laptop to a phone is also doable, but restricted in types of content.
  • Some apps do not back up their settings to iCloud.
  • It is easy to set up, and relatively cheap, so setting up backups was simple.
  • Not losing documents has saved money through saving time remaking documents.
Apple iCloud has less document sharing features than the competition, but does a much better job in two key areas; backing up documents and photos natively on the iOS platform, and assisting in the seamless transition when working between mobile devices and laptops.
Apple iCloud is best suited for individual user's data management, backup management, and document transferring. It does not seem to be designed for collaboration, but it could be used to compliment another service to provide an extra layer of backups and redundancy. For personal users, the photo streaming provides an excellent method of backing up or accessing your mobile photos from your laptop.

Apple iCloud Feature Ratings

Video files
Device sync
Device management

Using Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud is very usable, and anyone can use it without much knowledge. Simple backups are automatic, and anyone can set this up. More advanced document transfers may require some additional knowledge as to the restrictions and limitations.
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
  • Setup is very easy on mobile, PC, or Mac.
  • Backing up and managing backups is really easy.
  • The price point selection is simple.
  • Transferring documents between devices is not hard, but takes getting used to the limitations.
Yes - The mobile interface seems to be the primary management tool, and it works quite well. It is simple but full-featured.