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Google Drive | Quick Impressions

So after playing the waiting game, I’ve finally been granted access to Google Drive. Or in Google’s words, my Google Drive has now been set-up for my account.

So, what’s there to get excited about in Google Drive?

If you’ve already been using Dropbox, as I’ve said before, it’s pretty much the same.

Just like Dropbox, you can easily drag and drop files to Google Drive on Chrome and Safari (not sure about IE) to quickly upload content to the cloud, and it too has a Mac and Windows client (and Android app too) you can download and install to enjoy automatic cloud syncing for your system

It’s only got one main advantage over Dropbox – Google Docs support. Oh, and you don’t need to create a new account to access it.

Dropbox, on the other hand, has several things working for it – a referral system and gimmicks for bonus storage, and most important of all, mobile apps for the most popular platforms of today.

My quick take on Google Drive?

It’s good, but not that good. I love its tight integration into the whole Google ecosystem – it is from Google, after all – and how its web interface works just like GMail. But with no free way to bump of storage and (for now) lack of an iOS app, I’m sorry Google, but Dropbox is still numero uno for me.

For non-Dropbox users, however, I don’t see how you can go wrong with Google Drive. Unless, of course, you’re an iOS user and need more than 5GB of storage. But if not, Google Drive isn’t such a bad Dropbox alternative.

Note: Google Doc files don’t get counted against your free 5GB storage. So if you’re a heavy Google Doc user, you don’t have to worry about the 5GB cap. And for added ease of use, you can also view all your Google Drive documents as a thumbnail preview via grid mode.

Allan David

Allan David

Online, Allan’s got you covered as far as news (and some reviews every now and then) goes. Offline, you’ll see him either sweating it out in the badminton courts or dining out in one of the new restos around town. His favorite noodles: cold soba.

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