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Cloud Storage: Ratings of Sources

Total of 33 Sources
Feb. 25, 2013
The Top 10 Personal Cloud-storage Services
by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Our AssessmentZDNet's in-depth comparative and test review of major cloud storage systems weighs the pros and cons of Amazon Cloud Drive, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive (renamed OneDrive), Mega, MediaFire, SpiderOak and the defunct Ubuntu One. Dropbox wins for its ease of use on Linux, Mac, Windows and smartphones. SkyDrive is named the best for Windows, and SpiderOak is praised for security.
Nov. 6, 2013
Review: Box Beats Dropbox -- and All the Rest -- for Business
by Serdar Yegulalp
Our AssessmentBox, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox for Business, Egnyte, EMC Syncplicity and OwnCloud are tested and compared in this in-depth review by InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp. Categories include ease of use, security and management, third-party integrations, value, setup, auditing and reporting. Box scores 8.7 out of 10; EMC Syncplicity scores 8.4 while Dropbox for Business and OwnCloud come in last, at 7.4 and 7.0 respectively.
Sept. 13, 2013
Best Cloud Backup: 10 Online Backup Services Tested
by Mike Williams
Our reviews 10 cloud storage services that aren't necessarily household names: Livedrive Backup, MozyHome, SpiderOak Personal, Bitcasa, Backblaze, Carbonite Home, Crashplan+, Acronis True Image Online, Norton Online Backup and ADrive Personal. The cloud storage services are tested, and benefits and drawbacks are identified for each, but none is named best overall. Bigger cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox are compared in a separate review.
Aug. 12, 2013
Best Cloud Services Compared: Google vs Microsoft vs Amazon vs Apple vs Dropbox
by Gary Marshall
Our AssessmentThis comparative review of major cloud storage services -- Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Microsoft SkyDrive (renamed OneDrive), Amazon's cloud services and Dropbox -- is the second major review in this category by in 2013. While clearly lays out the features of each service, it stops short of ranking or rating them.
5. Macworld (U.K.)
Jan. 8, 2014
iCloud vs Dropbox Comparison Review
by Lou Hattersley
Our AssessmentThis in-depth comparative review of best cloud storage services for Apple pits Dropbox against Apple's iCloud. Dropbox is named the best cloud storage service in reviews of cloud storage services' setup, photos, security and file sharing.
6. Macworld (U.K.)
March 17, 2014
Microsoft OneDrive vs. Google Drive and Dropbox: Best File Sync Service for Mac?
by Lou Hattersley
Our AssessmentMicrosoft OneDrive gets 3 out of 5 stars in this comparative review with Dropbox and Google Drive from Macworld U.K. While OneDrive has seamless integration for Mac OS X and iOS, Dropbox's local networking option and apps are stronger than its competitors, while Google Drive is cheaper.
7. PC Advisor
March 14, 2014
7 Best Cloud Storage Services - 2014's Best Online Storage Sites Revealed
by Martyn Casserly
Our AssessmentPC Advisor weighs the features of most of the leading online storage sites: Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, Apple iCloud, SpiderOak and Amazon Cloud Drive. Dropbox wins 5 out of 5 stars because it works with Linux and BlackBerry and is excellent for file sharing. Google Drive gets 4.5 out of 5 stars as well thanks to its 15 GB of free storage, while SpiderOak's security and privacy functions are rated the best among the contenders.
July 25, 2013
CrashPlan vs. Backblaze
by Josh Norem
Our AssessmentCrashplan comes out the clear winner in this comparative review by the tech-focused Maximum PC website. Josh Norem tests and analyzes Crashplan and Backblaze for features, pricing, support, restore options and ease of use. The two tie in pricing, but Crashplan wins every other category.
9. Which? magazine
Not dated
Cloud Storage Service Reviews: Compare Features & Prices
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentU.K.-based Which? magazine gives Best Buy endorsements to four cloud storage services -- Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive (since renamed OneDrive) and SugarSync. All but SkyDrive score 85 percent (SkyDrive comes in at 82 percent) in ratings that weigh encryption, recovery of files, sharing, ease of use and more. Dropbox and Google Drive are named the top choices, with Dropbox praised for being easier to use than Google Drive. In addition to the larger report, Which? lab tests and reviews each online storage service.
10. PC World
March 29, 2013
Review: Synchronize Any Windows Folder on Your PC with Dropbox, Thanks to Dropbox Folder Sync
by Mark O'Neill
Our AssessmentDropbox receives an endorsement in this single-product review by Mark O'Neill for PC World, a leading online tech-review website. Dropbox "proves its worth time and time again," O'Neill says, even though the default folder for synchronization was challenging to set up.
11. BetaNews
March 13, 2013
Google Drive Price Cut Gives a Little and Takes a Lot
by Joe Wilcox
Our provides an in-depth analysis of Google Drive's privacy policy and terms of service, raising questions about how the Internet giant could use documents stored in Google Drive and elsewhere. Although Google promises not to make Google Drive documents public, the writer points out that its terms of service claim rights to Google users' content as opposed to Dropbox, which clearly states that it has no claims over user files.
April 2, 2014
The Best Cloud Storage Solutions
by Jill Duffy
Our AssessmentThe editors of test and rate a number of cloud storage services, and most get strong ratings. CertainSafe, Apple iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive all stand out, and win Editors' Choice awards. Reviews are detailed, thorough and comparative, but many are outdated.
13. CNET
March 13, 2014
OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which Cloud Storage Service Is Right for You?
by Sarah Mitroff
Our AssessmentCNET's Sarah Mitroff reviews top cloud storage service providers Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and Box. The strengths and weaknesses of each are mentioned in these short reviews: Dropbox is named the best for file sharing and OneDrive for Windows/PC; Google Drive is a good overall choice and best for Google users, and Box is great for businesses and teams. Amazon Cloud Drive, SugarSync, Copy and Space Monkey are also mentioned as alternatives to bigger-name cloud services.
14. Laptop Magazine
April 25, 2012
Cloud Service Face-Off: Google vs. Microsoft vs. Apple
by Daniel P. Howley
Our AssessmentIn one of the more detailed reviews available online, Laptop magazine's Dan Howley compares Apple iCloud, Microsoft SkyDrive and the newly launched, at the time, Google Drive (the review is dated). He provides in-depth information about how each of the services handles productivity, music, video and photo files along with comparative talk about each service's device support and pricing. In the end, Google Drive is named the clear winner.
June 30, 2013
Five Best Cloud Storage Providers
by Alan Henry
Our AssessmentDropbox is ranked No. 1 and Google Drive No. 2 among cloud storage services in this informal poll of about 7,700 Lifehacker readers. SugarSync, SkyDrive (now OneDrive) and Bitcasa Infinite Drive (since changed to just Bitcasa) are also chosen. The services' features are discussed in some detail, but the products aren't tested.
March 22, 2013
The Best Cloud Storage Service
by Eric Limer
Our AssessmentIn this short comparative review of 16 cloud storage services, Google Drive is named the best overall for cloud storage. Other categories include best beefy free service (MediaFire), best unlimited service (Carbonite), best platform hopper (SugarSync), best Windows-specific (SkyDrive, now OneDrive), best Mac-specific (iCloud) and best battle-proven standby (Dropbox). The products aren't tested, but their features are described.
Updated May 2014
38 Online Backup Services Reviewed
by Tim Fisher
Our AssessmentTim Fisher,'s guide to PC support, discusses 38 cloud storage services in this roundup. Of those, Backblaze is his favorite because it's so simple. Crashplan Unlimited is also praised. Another roundup of unlimited online backup plans also puts Backblaze and Crashplan at the top.
Oct. 29, 2013
Cloud Collaboration Services: The Top 10 for SMBs
by Kane Fulton
Our writes a lengthy review summarizing the features and functionality of 10 cloud collaboration services for small businesses: Box, Trello, Yammer, Google Apps and Dropbox for Business. While this review doesn't focus on storage or rate each service, Kane Fulton calls Box "the Dropbox of the enterprise" in reference to the company's leadership in business cloud storage solutions.
May 3, 2012
Review: Using Files Made Easy with Online Storage
by Anick Jesdanun
Our AssessmentThis Associated Press article, reprinted on the science and tech website, discusses Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and Dropbox, comparing how each of the cloud storage services stacks up to one another. Unique distinguishing characteristics are also covered. In the end, the author says Google Drive is the cloud storage service of choice -- assuming you trust Google with your personal files.
20. Cloud Pro
Sept. 23, 2013
Box for Business Review
by Stuart Andrews
Our AssessmentWhile many cloud review websites seem to lack credibility, Stuart Andrews offers an informative stand-alone review that awards Box for Business 4.5 out of 5 stars, including 5 stars for features. Stuart Andrews maintains that "Box is setting the pace" for business cloud storage by offering outstanding features like locking files and providing mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.
21. Forbes
April 12, 2014
Free Cloud Storage for Entrepreneurs: Top 6 Picks
by Cheryl Conner
Our AssessmentBox is Cheryl Conner's pick for small and enterprise businesses; Google Drive is the choice for free space, and OneDrive is best for Microsoft. The write-up is short, however, and none of the cloud storage choices are tested. Conner also highlights how each company was affected by and responded to the Heartbleed security breach.
April 18, 2013
Copy: Tons of Awesome Free Cloud Storage
by Paula DuPont
Our AssessmentReviewer Paula DuPont gives Copy a 9 out of 10 score in this test review, the most detailed and objective review so far. (Some others are by Copy account holders who are openly trying to boost their storage through referrals.) The review describes Copy's easy setup and features, including public file-sharing.
23. Time magazine
March 14, 2014
Chart: Cloud Storage Services Compared
by Jared Newman
Our AssessmentThis short post and helpful chart detail the prices and plans of major cloud storage services: Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, Bitcasa, Barracuda Copy and MediaFire. Copy has the best extra storage option (via referrals); Google Drive is cheapest for up to 100 GB and is unsurprisingly best for Google users; Bitcasa is the best bargain for big storage, and OneDrive is the best for Office and Windows 8.
24. CNET
July 9, 2013
Is Dropbox Cloud Storage Too Expensive?
by Dara Kerr
Our AssessmentCNET compares Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft's SkyDrive (now OneDrive), Apple's iCloud, SpiderOak, SugarSync and Box in this short review that lists the cloud storage services' free storage offers and prices for additional space. Reviewer Dara Kerr recommends Copy and Google Drive for free and budget storage options; Copy gets more praise in these categories, but Google Drive's prices have dropped since this review.
25. PC Pro
As of May 2014
Latest Online Backup Reviews
by Editors of PC Pro
Our AssessmentPC Pro, based in Great Britain, is a prolific reviewer of cloud storage services, but the reviews are older. Not only are the reviews detailed and thorough, but editors also re-evaluate most cloud storage services once a year and adjust their ratings accordingly. PC Pro uses a six-star rating system, and most of the well-known services earn a five-star rating, including Livedrive, the only online backup service to earn a PC Pro Recommended A-List award.
July 10, 2013
The Best Cloud Storage Services That Protect Your Privacy
by Alan Henry
Our AssessmentSpiderOak is listed the first of four privacy-focused cloud storage services; its security and privacy procedures are explained in detail in this review that praises SpiderOak for creating a usable client that also takes privacy seriously.
April 17, 2014
Eight Business-class Alternatives to Dropbox
by Ed Bott
Our AssessmentEd Bott writes short summaries of cloud storage service providers that compete with the industry giant, Dropbox. Bott details eight plans of cloud storage services Box, Copy, Google Drive, Intermedia SecuriSync, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft OneDrive for Business, SpiderOak and Wuala. While he highlights the strengths of each service (SpiderOak for security, for example,) Bott doesn't endorse any one service.
28. Expert Reviews
As of May 2014
Cloud Storage Reviews
by Kat Orphanides
Our AssessmentU.K.-based Expert Reviews names SugarSync the best cloud storage service but also praises Carbonite (for unlimited space) and Dropbox (for its array of features). SugarSync is praised for being a slightly better performer and for costing less than Dropbox.
29. PC World
Aug. 16, 2013
Four Excellent Dropbox Alternatives for Your Small-business Storage Needs
by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
Our AssessmentAlthough the data including prices are slightly outdated, PC World provides a useful review of four cloud storage service providers and gives them "best" awards: SpiderOak (security), Google Drive (collaboration), Copy (affordable storage) and BitTorrent Sync (secure syncing). The reviews don't test the cloud storage services, however, and provide little more than a summary of their features.
30. The Wall Street Journal
April 25, 2012
Google Stores, Syncs, Edits in the Cloud
by Walter S. Mossberg
Our AssessmentIn typical Walt Mossberg fashion, this review of Google Drive is more of a long personal musing about the highlights and lowlights of the service rather than a formal, structured report, but it is very thorough and touches on the major -- and some minor -- aspects of the service. Mossberg recommends Google Drive in the end, but also recommends trying out Microsoft SkyDrive.
March 14, 2014
Cloud Storage Price Comparison
by Jeff Gamet
Our AssessmentThis brief review focuses purely on pricing and storage capacities. Apple's iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon, Box, SugarSync and Microsoft's SkyDrive are compared. Google Drive is named the best deal for cloud storage ranging from free basic storage to more than 100 GB.
32. PC Pro (U.K.)
Sept. 23, 2013
Driven to Despair by Google Drive
by Darien Graham-Smith
Our AssessmentIn stark contrast to the glowing reviews that Google Drive receives for ease of use, PC Pro blogger Darien Graham-Smith ends up losing most of his documents after trying to store files from multiple computers together in Google Drive. Graham-Smith admits that he didn't understand how to best use the cloud storage service, but faults Google Drive for not making its syncing and storage options clearer -- and for not providing backup.
33. Small Business
April 25, 2013
10 Top Cloud Storage Services for SMBs
by Joe Moran
Our AssessmentThe features of 10 cloud storage services are described in short write-ups for each product. The services -- Box, Dropbox for Business, OneDrive, SpiderOak, Google Drive, SugarSync for Business, MozyPro, Carbonite Business, Crashplan Pro, Acronis -- aren't compared, but their strengths are detailed. Box is listed among the best online storage services for small businesses, while SpiderOak is praised for privacy and security.

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