Mac cloud storage comparison

Introduction

Here is a short subjective comparison of cloud storage services I tried (as of 06.2020). Note that I basically live in Apple ecosystem and need around 200GB of space.

Other popular services I haven’t tried are Google Drive and Yandex Disk. Especially Google Drive gets good reviews, it’s probably worth checking.

Comparison

DropBoxiCloudOneDrive
GB-Tier Price🥉 High🥈 Medium🥇 Free
with Microsoft 365
Plan variety🥉 Low🥇 High🥈 Medium
Desktop client🥈 Solid🥇 Integrated🥉 Buggy
Performance🥈 OK🥇 Best🥉 Bad
Version history🥇 Yes🥉 No🥇 Yes
File sharing from…🥇 Desktop, Web🥉 Web only🥇 Desktop, Web
E-mail file link🥉 Manual🥇 Automatic🥉 Manual
OS variety🥇 High🥉 Low🥈 Medium

Subjective Verdict

  • Dropbox: The best option if you are on the TB-tier and/or use a large variety of operating systems. But you literally pay for that.
  • iCloud: The best option if you are on the GB-tier and/or mostly use Apple devices. But you don’t get file versioning.
  • OneDrive: The best option for Microsoft 365 subscribers with a tight budget and small batch of files. But a large file batch breaks the Mac desktop app.

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