The best cloud storage apps for iPhone and iPad to help you access your files anywhere, collaborate with work groups, and stream your media more conveniently than ever!
Cloud storage services not only keep us in sync and let us access our files wherever we are, whenever we need them, but they can be a great way to backup, share, and collaborate as well. They can even help free up precious local storage on our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches by keeping stuff available for re-download instead of always loaded. There are a lot of great cloud storage options to choose from, and almost all of them have apps on the App Store. And, since it's Cloud week on Talk Mobile, and today's all about picking the best cloud for you, we're going to show you the best clouds available for iOS!
Dropbox is available for iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, and many other platforms. You get 2GB for free and can earn up to 500 MB for each referral you get up to 18GB. Dropbox also offers paid plans that start at $9.99 a month and go all the way up to enterprise levels. Dropbox acts as a folder on Windows and Mac, and an app on iOS, syncs everything between your devices, and stores backups - with versioning! - on Dropbox.com. You can also use the Dropbox app to upload all your images for backup and storage. There's no built in document editing or collaboration, but Dropbox has a great API (application programming interface) which means lots of iOS and Mac developers have integrated it into other apps as well.
If you need a cross-platform option that's widely supports by third party developers, get Dropbox.
Google Drive ties into all other Google products including Google Docs. This means you can not only access and collaborate on all your documents and spreadsheets from any browser, but from the iOS app as well. Google Drive also supports several file types such as Photoshop, Illustrator, several video formats, and more. Since it's Google, search is really well implemented. Storage space is among the most affordable. You get 15 GB for free, 100 GB of starts at $5 a month, and additional plans go up from there. Collaboration is the killer feature, though third-party app support is not robust.
If you want to be able to collaborate on documents in the cloud, with outstanding search, and reasonable prices, get Google Drive.
SkyDrive is Microsoft's own cloud storage service that ties into Microsoft Office Online and the full desktop versions of Microsoft Office. You get 7 GB to start you off for free and can upgrade to additional storage price starting at $10 anually. Obviously, it has the best support for Microsoft products, which is important in business. Third party developer support is growing but still isn't great.
SkyDrive is one of the cheaper options available and if you depend on Microsoft Office, it's a no brainer.
In addition to the typical folder sync and backup, SugarSync lets you upload or sync through email, which is a feature no other services currently support. SugarSync also offers a Microsoft Outlook plugin which makes it easy to upload and save attachments and documents. While there are no free plans for SugarSync, $7.50 a month gets you 60 GB of storage, and higher options remain reasonable.
If backup is of special concern, or you need to upload via email, or you want Outlook specific storage, check out SugarSync.
Box.net works as both a cloud storage service and a collaboration tool for workgroups. For personal use, Box offers the typical features you'd expect. For business users, Box.net features secure file transfer, marking up documents, and notes. This means work projects can be fully accessible across a group of users who can see any edits or notes left for them. A free personal account gets you 5 GB of storage, while $10/month gets you 25 GB. Business plans get you quite a bit more storage and start at $15/month per user.
If you need a business-centric collaboration features, get Box.net.
Do you use any of the above cloud storage apps on your iPhone or iPad? Why did you choose the one you did and why does it fit into your workflow better than the other guys?
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