Google Drive

Updated May 31, 2014

Bottom line

Google Drive is one of the cheapest cloud storage services, offering users 15 GB of free storage (Google Mail and Google Photo storage are counted toward your limit) and paid storage at rock-bottom prices ($2 per month for 100 GB; $10 per month for 1 TB). Reviewers love Google Drive's powerful search feature, which scans the text of documents as well as file names, and experts also appreciate that changes in collaborative documents appear in real time, as you type.

Ease of use

Functional yet simple interface. Experts say Google Drive's design mimics rival (and our Best Reviewed Cloud Storage) Dropbox's simple, functional interface, which is a good thing. Files you add to the Google Drive folder in your browser or on your computer seamlessly and immediately sync with Google's servers and appear on your other Google Drive-enabled devices within minutes. Google Drive is known for being a virtual service, but just like Dropbox (2 GB free; $10 per month for 100 GB), you can also download a client onto your desktop that lets you edit locally and drag and drop files into your Google Drive folder. Google Drive supports Windows PCs, Macs, and Android and iOS devices.

ProsSimple interface, Real-time, collaborative editing, Strong appsConsNo media streaming, Privacy concerns