Why We Have to Use iCloud Storage 2017



If you’re an Apple user, then using iCloud is definitely a no-brainer. It allows you to seamlessly backup your iOS devices to the cloud and sync photos and documents across all devices. And, coming with 5GB of free storage to boot, with a 50GB storage upgrade – which bumps your total storage capacity to 55GB – available for $100, you can definitely obtain legroom if needed. However, iCloud offers far more features tailored towards Apple users (@me.com email address, Find My iPhone/Mac) than features for cloud storage if that makes sense, so I’d use it along with another service such as Dropbox or SkyDrive.


 

Pros    Integrated very well with Apple devices
Easy-to-use interface
Smooth file syncing, provided files are small or settings files for appsConsOnly available on Windows 10 and Apple devices
Sharing with people outside the Apple universe is cumbersome
No collaboration features or selective sync
Difficult to locate data in the iCloud Drive
Security issues, as it has been hacked before

Cloud storage comparison


OneDrive

Dropbox

Google Drive

Box

Amazon Cloud Drive

File size restrictions?
10GB 10GB with website, none with Dropbox apps 5TB 250MB for free plan, 5GB for paid personal plan 2GB*

Free storage?
5GB** 2GB 15GB 10GB No***

Can I earn extra free storage?
No** Yes No No No

Paid plans
$2/month for 50GB** $10/month for 1TB $2/month 100GB, $10/month for 1TB $10/month for 100GB $12/year for unlimited photos, $60/year for unlimited files

OSes supported
Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Kindle
Fire
Windows, Mac, Android, iOS Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire