I Installed Google Drive on my PC and Android phone tonight, but I don’t think it will drive (pun intended) me away from Dropbox.
Here’s my situation. I take photos of my family and friends. I take photos of devices I’m reviewing, and capture screen grabs to show features on the device that I’m talking about. I take photos of junk I’m selling on eBay. And I carry a USB drive wherever I go containing a few useful documents that I need for work and pleasure. I need to have some or all of the above data available on different computers, such as my home PC and work laptop, and I want my camera phone pictures to be available to show off or share on whichever mobile device I’m using at the time. The USB drive, and having to connect my mobile devices to one of my computers via cable, then try and manually sync everything together via the USB drive is a real pain, often resulting in regular searches to try and locate a particular file that’s on ONE of my machines but not the one I’m currently using.
Dropbox solves all these problems in one hit. Drag a file to my Dropbox folder on my PC, or take a photo with my phone, and within seconds I have full access to it on all my devices. Not just a file name with a download link, but a copy of the actual file that I can interact with. Create a new folder on my PC, or edit a folder name, and the changes sync throughout my Dropbox network within seconds. Take a picture of a haunted doll with my phone, then sit down at my PC and the photo is already available to insert into my eBay listing. I capture a precious moment with my daughter on my work phone, and I can share it with family using my personal handset with a better data plan. It’s really so simple and easy and useful that I get the shakes when I think about how I once had to manage my data, before Dropbox.
Now, I can see a strong use case for Google Drive in certain situations. Group working is an excellent example. But it’s not for me, and chances are there are a vast number of people out there in the same position as me. I like and use Google tools and products on all my devices every single day, and Drive is another powerful tool to add to the family.
I guess the important thing is for everyone to find the best product for their own particular circumstances and enjoy the benefit they get, no matter what name is on the application.