Apple iCloud - a Less Good Google Docs
Sarah Bandy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated September 16, 2019

Apple iCloud - a Less Good Google Docs

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud is being used primarily by department - we use it to store documents, pictures, text, brainstorms, and notes on our personal devices, then share throughout the department to a second party site such as Google Docs or Dropbox. It's a really useful tool to be able to keep large amounts of data in multiple places for safekeeping.
  • Apple iCloud is great at storing personal data across networks.
  • The best thing about iCloud is how you can access your files remotely, regardless of what device you physically have with you.
  • iCloud is easy to organize and maintain.
  • The storage amount does seem to run out quickly, and then you have to buy additional storage.
  • It would be nice to be able to transfer and store larger files without having to dive in and pay monthly.
  • The ability to store things more affordably for non-profit organizations would really help us budget-wise.
  • It's initially been a positive ROI in that it helped us share information across our team.
  • I would say that the monthly charge, though negligible, does make me less apt to use it than Google Docs.
  • The organizational element helps keep us in check and look at what everyone is contributing.
Google Cloud is very similar to Apple iCloud and we have drifted more towards using it when organizing and sharing documents and data from team member to team member. Initially, I think that Apple iCloud was our number one storage system and it has fallen a little short in the past few years in comparison.
Apple iCloud is definitely a reliable storage and data management system. We haven't experienced many lags in loading or sharing, and they very quickly sync once you upload them into your personal iCloud. I haven't noticed any slowing down of other software or systems while using Apple iCloud - and they have great customer service.
I gave Apple iCloud an 8 because even when I can't quite figure something out, there is almost always a forum that I can use Google to find where they have unpacked every aspect of the issue that I'm running into. Apple iCloud has so many users that there are tons of people that are willing to walk you through any issues.
Honestly, we end up using Google Docs a lot more often than we use Apple iCloud because of the sheer ease of organization and instant link to our team email addresses. iCloud is suited well for being able to access your data remotely, but Google Docs has the same functionality and there is never a charge. It does what it sets out to do well, though.

Apple iCloud Feature Ratings

Versioning
Not Rated
Video files
9
Audio files
9
Document collaboration
5
Access control
8
File search
8
Device sync
10
User and role management
7
File organization
7
Device management
7
Performance
10
Reliability
10
Storage Reports
Not Rated