Cloud Storage Ratings - Review Sources

Updated May 31, 2014

Cloud Storage: Ratings of Sources

1. ZDNet.com The Top 10 Personal Cloud-storage Services, ZDNet.com, Feb. 25, 2013
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ZDNet'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.
2. Infoworld.com Review: Box Beats Dropbox -- and All the Rest -- for Business, Infoworld.com, Nov. 6, 2013
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Box, 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.
3. TechRadar.com Best Cloud Backup: 10 Online Backup Services Tested, TechRadar.com, Sept. 13, 2013
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TechRadar.com 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 TechRadar.com review.
4. TechRadar.com Best Cloud Services Compared: Google vs Microsoft vs Amazon vs Apple vs Dropbox, TechRadar.com, Aug. 12, 2013
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This 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 TechRadar.com in 2013. While TechRadar.com clearly lays out the features of each service, it stops short of ranking or rating them.
5. Macworld (U.K.) iCloud vs Dropbox Comparison Review, Macworld (U.K.), Jan. 8, 2014
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This 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.) Microsoft OneDrive vs. Google Drive and Dropbox: Best File Sync Service for Mac?, Macworld (U.K.), March 17, 2014
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Microsoft 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 7 Best Cloud Storage Services - 2014's Best Online Storage Sites Revealed, PC Advisor, March 14, 2014
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PC 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.
8. MaximumPC.com CrashPlan vs. Backblaze, MaximumPC.com, July 25, 2013
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Crashplan 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 Cloud Storage Service Reviews: Compare Features & Prices, Which? magazine, Not dated
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U.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 Review: Synchronize Any Windows Folder on Your PC with Dropbox, Thanks to Dropbox Folder Sync, PC World, March 29, 2013
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Dropbox 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 Google Drive Price Cut Gives a Little and Takes a Lot, BetaNews, March 13, 2013
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BetaNews.com 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.
12. PCMag.com The Best Cloud Storage Solutions, PCMag.com, April 2, 2014
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The editors of PCMag.com 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 OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which Cloud Storage Service Is Right for You?, CNET, March 13, 2014
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CNET'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 Cloud Service Face-Off: Google vs. Microsoft vs. Apple, Laptop Magazine, April 25, 2012
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In 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.
15. Lifehacker.com Five Best Cloud Storage Providers, Lifehacker.com, June 30, 2013
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Dropbox 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.
16. Gizmodo.com The Best Cloud Storage Service, Gizmodo.com, March 22, 2013
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In 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.
17. About.com 38 Online Backup Services Reviewed, About.com, Updated May 2014
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Tim Fisher, About.com'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.
18. TechRadar.com Cloud Collaboration Services: The Top 10 for SMBs, TechRadar.com, Oct. 29, 2013
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TechRadar.com 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.
19. Phys.org Review: Using Files Made Easy with Online Storage, Phys.org, May 3, 2012
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This Associated Press article, reprinted on the science and tech website Phys.org, 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 Box for Business Review, Cloud Pro, Sept. 23, 2013
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While 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 Free Cloud Storage for Entrepreneurs: Top 6 Picks, Forbes, April 12, 2014
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Box 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.
22. Mac.AppStorm.com Copy: Tons of Awesome Free Cloud Storage, Mac.AppStorm.com, April 18, 2013
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Reviewer 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 Chart: Cloud Storage Services Compared, Time magazine, March 14, 2014
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This short Time.com 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 Is Dropbox Cloud Storage Too Expensive?, CNET, July 9, 2013
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CNET 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 Latest Online Backup Reviews, PC Pro, As of May 2014
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PC 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.
26. Lifehacker.com The Best Cloud Storage Services That Protect Your Privacy, Lifehacker.com, July 10, 2013
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SpiderOak 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.
27. ZDNet.com Eight Business-class Alternatives to Dropbox, ZDNet.com, April 17, 2014
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Ed 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 Cloud Storage Reviews, Expert Reviews, As of May 2014
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U.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 Four Excellent Dropbox Alternatives for Your Small-business Storage Needs, PC World, Aug. 16, 2013
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Although 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 Google Stores, Syncs, Edits in the Cloud, The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2012
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In 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.
31. MacObserver.com Cloud Storage Price Comparison, MacObserver.com, March 14, 2014
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This 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.) Driven to Despair by Google Drive, PC Pro (U.K.), Sept. 23, 2013
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In 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 Computing.com 10 Top Cloud Storage Services for SMBs, Small Business Computing.com, April 25, 2013
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The 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.