Recently Google announced a price drop for their Google Drive offering. If you compare their new price to Dropbox, it’s a pretty decent offering.
For the same price as Dropbox users pay for 100 GBs, Google Drive users will get 1 TB of storage. That has got to be considered pretty good.
Now, too bad it’s really confusing what it means to have a Google Drive.
These are rhetoric, since I do (kind of, maybe) know the answer to these questions, but feel free to explain them to my grandmother:
- Will your drive contents show up in gmail? in google? will it be posted to google plus?
- Is it only in the cloud or mirrored like dropbox? how does syncing take place exactly?
- What is the relationship between google drive (file storage) and google drive (online word processing tools)
- What happens to your google drive if you break some google rule and your gmail account gets shut down?
- Signing up from google.com/settings/storage doesn’t feel like a natural place, and I would imagine it makes it a bit confusing to normal users.
Personally, I’m still far from utilizing all of my 100GBs of Dropbox space, so I wouldn’t need the $10 account, but possibly switching to $2/mo is a more interesting proposition.
Price tends to trump everything else when it comes to product comparisons (up to a point) so i could imagine all of these mattering less than the price when evaluating against Dropbox. However, these issues would have to be a lot clearer if they wanted to get more people to use Google Drive.
Google Drive has the feel of having the same product (& branding & identity) problems, as most google products.
It will be exciting to see where this goes, but for now, I’ll stick with my Dropbox account.