Apple iCloud for the win
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 21, 2019

Apple iCloud for the win

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Apple iCloud

It is being used by individuals throughout the organization, however, those that use it are making a personal choice to do so. Many people in my career field are required to keep up with numerous credentials and continuing education documentation. For those that use Apple devices, iCloud has become a very valuable tool for securely storing their documents.
  • 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.
  • The user interface of the web version of iCloud is in need of a facelift.
  • Sometimes it seems like sharing large files from iCloud to other users who are not using iCloud can be problematic. I've had people report to me that they were unable to view the information that I shared with them.
  • iMessages on Mac needs to have more efficient keyboard shortcuts.
  • If I lose track of my credentials or my continuing education documentation, I could end up not being able to renew my certification. This would lead to a major loss in revenue.
  • Time is money and having all of my required documents easily accessible in iCloud saves me time and allows me to work more efficiently.
  • My Apple devices were certainly not cheap purchases. iCloud has allowed me to maximize my productivity through synchronizing my work no matter which device I'm working on.
Google Drive is great and it offers way more free storage than Apple iCloud, however, Google is known for sharing their user's data much more freely than Apple. To some people, this might not be a big deal. I prefer to pay a few dollars for added security.

Dropbox is a different situation in that it offers less free storage space than Apple. Dropbox also integrates very well with many different services, but Apple has been rapidly improving in this area.
Apple iCloud generally works pretty flawlessly when using it within the Apple ecosystem. There have been a few times that I have noticed the online user interface of Apple iCloud to load rather slowly. I would imagine that this also depends on other factors such as, internet connection quality and the type of stored data that's being retrieved.
Apple iCloud is very easy to use. Even without prior exposure a new user can quickly learn the ins and outs of Apple iCloud. Like many of Apple's products, Apple iCloud is very intuitive. I do think that the folder organization through the online user interface could be improved, but I'm normally on my Mac so it doesn't really impact me.
Apple iCloud is perfect if you are deeply ingrained within the Apple ecosystem. It really does work amazingly well with all of Apple's devices. If you have a lot to store, you will be paying for the extra storage though. Other cloud storage providers offer more storage for free, however, these providers are often selling user data.

Apple iCloud Feature Ratings

Versioning
7
Video files
8
Audio files
8
Document collaboration
7
Access control
9
File search
9
Device sync
10
User and role management
8
File organization
8
Device management
8
Performance
8
Reliability
8
Storage Reports
8