Pricing & Plans8.0/10
Ease of Use8.0/10
- Integrated Google Apps
- Free 15 GB storage
- Easy to use
- Great 3rd party programs
- Good sharing options
- No local encryption
- Lacks certain team features
- Desktop version isn't the best
- Up/download speeds could be better
Google Drive Cloud Storage Pricing & Plans - Review
Google Drive is a cloud storage deeply integrated with all Google services. If you used Gmail or any other Google service you've used Drive as well since all the data goes to the same basket. Google Drive is perfect for users that need a few documents safely stored. Google Drive pricing and plans are also decent and comparable to the competition. If you want to upload big amounts of data or backup your PC, then you should take a look at some of the other cloud services.
Read more about Google Drive down below.
Google has a fascinating way of doing things. They're unique in nearly everything they do. Well, pricing&plans are no exception to that. Usually, when you're looking at other cloud services, they offer multiple plans with various features and limitations. That's not the case with Google Drive. Once you join Google Drive, you are granted permission to each feature out there. If and when you decide to upgrade nothing changes, except your storage limitation. Their prices are very competitive when compared to other cloud storages. Differently, from the others, they also offer some plans with larger storage limitations with up to 30 TB.
|Google Drive Free||Free||15 GB|
|Google Drive 100 GB||€1.99 / month||100 GB|
|Google Drive 1 TB||
€9.99 / month
|Google Drive 10 TB||€99.99 / month||10.000 GB|
|Google Drive 20 TB||€199.99 / month||20.000 GB|
|Google Drive 30 TB||€299.99 / month||30.000 GB|
Google Drive is meant for all the Google users out there. If you need a cloud storage to save your files to, Drive will do that for you. If you're searching for a backup service, then you've come to the wrong place. Uploading huge amounts of data is also not the best idea since it would probably take less time for you actually to find another fast cloud storage and upload it there.
This is something that Google Drive has an advantage over all the other cloud services. Creating an account has never been so easy. Most of you already have a Google account. If you've ever used any of their services (Gmail, Google+, YouTube, Calendar, Photos, etc.), it means that you already have an account ready to use at Google Drive. You just sign in, and you're ready to go. If you've never used any of the Google services, it only takes a few minutes to set it up, and it's very simple.
The interface is elegant and modern, as expected for an internet giant like Google.
Google Drive has made a desktop version as well. I was a bit surprised by it, not in a right way. After testing it for a few hours, I ran into problems with administration access when trying to delete individual files that were just uploaded. The upload and download speeds were also not the best when comparing them to pCloud and Dropbox. Apart from that, it worked as it should. It creates an imaginary drive to which you then upload your files. It's straightforward and useful. Here's how it looks.
There are more ways of sharing your files through Google Drive.
- Create a shareable link - Once you create the link, you can send it to whoever you want. When creating the link, you can configure who's allowed to interact with it.
- You have the following options: Anyone with the link can view/comment/edit. At the same time, you can manually select who has special permissions when interacting with the file.
At any time you can switch the sharing of one particular file on or off. There's also the option to share your files with people that aren't even signed into Google. You just make the file public, and from that point, it's open to anyone on the internet. There are even more settings that you can change, which will be best explained by showing you a picture of them.
There are two different ways of how Google Drive saves your previous versions of files.
- Keeping Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings (Note: Google Forms does not have a revision history.) - When modifying these a version is saved every time you edit them. It obviously doesn't save every time you add a letter to it, but rather in bigger chunks of writing. When trying to retrieve an older version of your file, you just click on it, and it replaces the newest version. If you don't like it, you can always just revert the process by clicking on that previous version. All in all a very useful tool.
- Saving other files - The versions are kept for 30 days or until it reaches 100 versions. You also have the ability to permanently save a particular version by clicking on the "Keep Forever" button in that file's settings.
Deleted files - When you delete a file it goes to your trash. It stays there indefinitely or until you permanently remove it yourself. Even permanently deleted files can be retrieved through contacting Drive specialist. This can be done only up to a few weeks from deletion, while the data is still in cloud storage's cache.
Google Drive is encrypted using SSL, the same security protocol that protects Gmail and other Google's services. Before your data leaves your device, it is encrypted using the TLS standard. Then it gets uploaded to Google. When it arrives at their servers, it gets decrypted and then encrypted again with 128-bit AES. The AES encryption keys are then encrypted again with another set of rotating encryption keys.
It's safe to say that your data is secure on Google Drive.
We can without hesitation say that Google Drive has one of the best or even the best Online support. You have multiple options when seeking help:
- Google Drive Help Forum - The magnitude and the size of this forum is unbelievable. If you have a problem with something, there is 95% chance that someone else already had this issue and posted a topic about it on the forum. A community specialist usually answers the same day. The panel is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
- Submit user feedback - If you discover any new bugs or run into any technical difficulties, you can report the issue via "Send feedback" feature.
- Contact a Drive specialist - You can do this via email, live chat or call.
Integration with Google
The whole "Why should I use this cloud storage instead of so many others?" can be answered with this feature. Google has become such a broad platform, and it offers us so many applications to use. By using Google Drive, you will connect all these features. You don't know it yet, but if you've been using Gmail or Google photos or any of that sort, you've been using Google Drive as well. It's all connected in one big storage. The reason why you will have some of those free 15 GB occupied already, lies within the fact that it's all stored in the same storage.
- Saving to Drive from Gmail - Any attachments that come with your incoming mail can be easily stored to the drive.
- Google Photos - All of your photos from Google Photos are stored in Google Drive.
- Chromebooks - If you decide to buy a Chromebook, it already comes with Google Drive and free 100 GB of storage for two years.
Google Drive Apps
Applications like Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawings and more are all integrated into Google Drive. There are hundreds of additional applications that work with Google Drive. Pixlr Editor, WeVideo, Audio Converter, draw.io are some of the more noticeable ones. Check the full list here.
Google Drive is available for iOS and Android systems. You can also get it for Windows phones and Blackberries, as a client application (not made by Google).
The application itself is well made and very responsive. If you have multiple Google accounts, you can switch between them by just swiping your finger. It also allows you to backup your photos or even shoots your pictures and save them directly to the cloud. Putting a passcode lock on the app is one of the many features it offers to its users.
I think it's safe to say that Google delivered another quality product. It's also safe to say, that there are other cloud services that are better. It offers a lot of features that are integrated within the service already. It lacks certain "team" features that for example Dropbox and pCloud offer. The desktop version is not perfect and neither are the download and upload speeds. The pricing&plans are comparable to the competition.
Google Drive doesn't offer the backup feature, although you can backup your photos through the mobile application.
Overall, it's a good cloud storage with many good quality features and it is one that I recommend to every Google enthusiastic out there, that doesn't require backup features and isn't uploading huge amounts of data.
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