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Cloud Storage Apps 2023

So my technology and apps section is “brand new” for Wise Ideas, I don’t know if you read my last post about DIY Android App Builders that I actually tried and showed the apps (Part 2 is still in the works). But today I have another important subject when it comes to technology. If you don’t prefer this stuff maybe you would prefer the FREE Nature Photography I had posted yesterday. Or Why Kids Need Both of Their Parents. If you’re all caught up here we go…….

So I was just telling someone in my family – if my Dad was still alive he would be just shocked about how much computers have changed. So my dad was a computer engineer back in the day when nobody was because it was all coding. When I was a kid he taught me and my twin how to use a computer and type because he said “computers are the future.” I first got into web design when I was 11 years old after my Dad passed away, and even though he was gone – it’s still because of him I was able to be apart of the early developers. He had the latest Paint Shop Pro (which was the bees knees back then) and I keep forgetting what program I would use along with it to make custom glitter GIF names (if you know you know).

My Dad had made us a family website back when it was all really in the beginning stages. Someone did say, you know your Dad would be proud of you because of how easily you can code these websites. Well somehow my Dad easily coded PROGRAMS. Like he could just look at coding and know. Which is beyond my knowledge (I can do certain codes, but not as skilled as him). Anyways, I really miss him, and when he passed away it was high tech that we had internet with no dial up, our own printer, scanner, and fax machine (separate, not all in one). Plus it’s football season right now and I get sad when I hear about the Forty-niners. Like, I used to watch them with my Dad all the time, I do not care who hates on me.

So, since I’ve been thinking about my Dad today you guys get a technology post. We are going to go over the different cloud storages. I have used all of the storages that are listed in this so this is an honest review from someone who has used it. Too many times I find people post these technology/app reviews and they never even tried it – they’re just going off what the details say. That’s not what this is about, this is my honest review of different cloud storages and which ones I still use today.

Definition of Cloud Storage: Cloud storage is a service model in which data is stored in a remote, cloud-based server network. It allows users to store, access, and share data over the internet, instead of having to store and manage data locally on their own physical devices.


Google Drive

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I Do Recommend and Still Use Them To This Day

  • Usually comes with all android and google pixel phones
  • App available if you have an iphone
  • automatically backs up what you need backed up
  • Big Amount of back up Space

Why is Google Drive the best choice?

Google Drive offers a number of features that make it the best choice for cloud storage. It allows users to store, share and collaborate on documents, photos, videos and other files in the cloud, making them accessible from anywhere. Google Drive also offers powerful features such as full text search, real-time collaboration, version control, security and privacy controls, and integration with other Google tools. Additionally, Google Drive has generous storage plans and a user-friendly interface, making it easy to use for both individuals and teams.

My Honest Thoughts

I have had a Gmail account since it was in BETA (yes! someone had to invite me). So my actual email address is beyond embarrassing, but google has kept my picture’s and file safe for almost twenty years. For the longest time I was snobby and only did google (more on that below) but you can easily download the google drive app on your iPhone and do all of the same things. There is also tons of space which is great if you’re like me and sometimes end up being a media hoarder.


Microsoft OneDrive

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I Do and I Don’t Recommend – Please Read my Thoughts

  • Not as much storage space as Google Drive
  • It easily backs-up anything on your desktop computer
  • There is apps for Android and iPhones
  • Also backs up your xbox information if you choose to
  • It easily integrates with Office 365 which there is other variations of Microsoft Office but theirs will always be the best, period.

Why is Microsoft OneDrive the best choice?

Microsoft OneDrive offers a variety of features that make it the best choice for cloud storage. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10, allowing users to quickly access their files from any device. It also offers file encryption, file versioning, and easy sharing of files with family, friends, and colleagues. Additionally, OneDrive offers a large amount of storage space, with options to increase your storage capacity when needed. Finally, OneDrive offers an easy-to-use interface and is compatible with a wide range of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

My Opinion: I actually hate saying that I do not recommend it because if you read my previous blog, Diverse Squid – I blogged about Windows Phones a lot and I was all about everything Microsoft. I was locked out of my account for like a month, and when I got back in they switched the terms of how much space I got and I rushed to pay it only to find out that everything I had on there was deleted. I lost so many important pictures and the last voicemail my mom ever sent me. Although i had a good experience, that one thing really ruined it for me.


iCloud

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I do recommend downloading iCloud

  • Although they also have limited storage space compared to Google Drive, their upgrade plans are super affordable. I have the 99 cent plan and still have lots of space and 20,000 photos.
  • They make sure to back up EVERYTHING. Your photos, documents, notes, contacts, legit everything.
  • It is easier to access your iCloud on an apple product but there is an app for Microsoft computers. You can access your cloud easily on iCloud.com
  • They offer 24/7 Support over the phone in case you get locked out of your account.

Why is iCloud the best choice?

iCloud offers a variety of features and services that make them the best choice, including:

– iCloud Drive, which provides a secure place to store and access all of your files across all of your devices.

– iCloud Backup, which automatically backs up your device to iCloud, so you can quickly restore your data if ever needed.

– iCloud Photos, which allows you to easily store, share, and view photos across all of your devices.

– iCloud Keychain, which securely stores passwords and payment information.

– iCloud Family Sharing, which allows family members to share purchases, photos, calendars, and more.

– iCloud Storage, which provides ample storage for all of your files.

– iCloud Sync, which allows you to keep your data up-to-date across all of your devices.

My Opinion: I got an iPhone because after seeing my ex’s iPhone SE I just had to have one and it was pretty cool. I could send hi my location when I was feeling nervous and wanted someone to know where I was, I could make sure my daughter didn’t go over her screen time, I could even track the dog down once we got him an AirTag. Just recently I got locked out of my iCloud for a year which was an upgraded version, and I logged in to all of my photos and videos being there. It has made me want to go back to iPhone because it is hard to go back and their storage software is amazing.


The Following Won’t be as detailed, but I will tell you whether I suggest downloading them or not


DropBox

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I recommend making an account with them, but I do not recommend using them as your main storage provider.

  • Dropbox has changed since I used them to host my images for my previous blog, they are mainly meant for businesses now
  • They offer everything any business would need in this category and they aren’t too expensive meaning they are startup friendly
  • They have built in integrations with a lot of other apps including Canva, AWS, and a lot more.

Why choose Dropbox?

Dropbox is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a reliable, secure, and easy-to-use cloud storage solution. With Dropbox, you can easily store, sync, and share files across all your devices, whether you’re at home, in the office, or on the go. You can also collaborate with others by creating shared folders and inviting others to view, edit, or comment on your files. Dropbox also offers powerful security features to keep your files safe, including two-factor authentication, end-to-end encryption, and password-protected links. Finally, Dropbox offers a free basic plan with plenty of storage space, making it an affordable option for many users.


Box

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I do recommend Box if you own your own business or are in the process of starting

  • They are affordable and easy to navigate.
  • Government websites use them for certain things so you know that they are secure.
  • You have the ability to send large files instead of being forced to compress them.
  • I am still in the process of trying out al the new features because they have changed a lot, I will update when I have more information.

Why should you choose box?

Box is a cloud storage provider that offers users a secure, scalable, and reliable way to store and share their files. With Box, you get a large amount of storage space for a low cost, and access to powerful security features such as two-step authentication, encryption, and data loss prevention. Additionally, Box offers advanced collaboration features, allowing users to easily share files and collaborate with others. Box also offers a variety of mobile apps, so you can access your data from any device, anywhere.


Amazon Drive

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Amazon Drive Will be Gone in December 2023

Although i did have amazon drive and it was okay, I mainly just used it to go with my subscription I was paying for, it wasn’t anything spectacular and I guess I wasn’t the only person who thought that unfornately.


Closing

I am in the process of finding similar apps so that I can write an honest review part 2 of other apps that aren’t as popular. This is just the beginning. Overall I recommend Google Drive and iCloud for personal use, Box if you are a business owner, and I do recommend making accounts for the other two because I have had classes where I had to have that app to access certain files.

Do you have an app like these that you want me to try out and feature on my part 2? Comment below and I promise i will!

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