A beautifully designed app makes managing your cloud storage a delight. A handful of features that you won't find in other cloud storage apps.
Camera upload feature to make sure you never lose a photo again. An array of options makes sure you can do whatever you want. Widget acts as shortcut to a folder. Native document and PDF viewer.
2GB free storage (extra +20GB available through referrals and signing up to features).
Dropbox Pro is $9.99/month for 1TB and extra features.
Dropbox is one of the most widely known cloud storage services around and it has earned it’s reputation by being quick, reliable and available on any device.
Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students who conceived the idea after repeatedly forgetting their USB flash drives. This idea lead them onto creating one of the most popular cloud storages services of today that impresses by its elegant design, reliability and speed. Since 2007 cloud storage has become more widespread and Dropbox faces stiff competition, so how has this household name held up?
Cloud storage comes at a cost and Dropbox is no exception. When you sign up you are given 2 GB of free storage with up to an extra 20GB available by completing several tasks (referrals, connecting your facebook and twitter accounts, completing the basic tour of Dropbox and enabling camera uploads). Out of all the other cloud storage services you receive the least when you sign up to Dropbox, but once you have earnt the extra storage you aren’t missing out on anything. If you require more storage Dropbox offers only one payment plan: $9.99/month for 1TB of storage. With this payment plan you also qualify for Dropbox Pro which enables you to a few extra features that will make your Dropbox experience even more complete.
Dropbox for Android has a simple design that is inkeeping with the web version and other devices. It creates the same experience on multiple devices, so you know exactly how to operate it even if you’ve never used it before on that platform. When you open the app you are greeted with the main page where all your files and folders are. From there you can navigate to different places by simply pressing the file/folder or using one of the convenient shortcuts that are available to you. These shortcuts are places along the top of the screen allowing you to access your camera uploads, favourites and notifications easily.
By the side of each file and folder is an expand icon, which if pressed displays options you can do with the said file or folder. These options include the ability to share, delete, favourite (only for files), rename and move the file/folder. Accessing this options menu can also be done by long pressing your selection. In the top write corner is a drop down menu that shows options that affects all the files rather than individual ones. Displayed are options to search, upload create a new file/folder, sort, upgrade your account and access the settings. All these options are only shown when you need them and so do not clutter the screen making the app experience much more pleasant while also increasing it’s functionality.
Within the app you are able to share your files or folders by two different methods. It can be done by either sharing a link or inviting people to access it. By sharing a link, people are only allowed to view the item. If you invite people, you may change the settings for each individual, so you can fine tune who gets to edit and who gets to only view the item. A vey nice feature if you require to have control over the files that you share. A must have feature is the ability to upload photos taken by the camera onto Dropbox. No longer do you have to worry about your precious photos going missing. The perk of enabling this feature in the settings is that you receive an extra 3GB of storage for all your files and photos in Dropbox.
If you are worried about people accessing your files if they get hold of your phone, there is a security feature allowing you to add a passcode to protect the app. If enabled, you are required to enter the passcode every time you enter the app. If you are worried about security even more, there in an option to delete all your Dropbox files from your device if the passcode is entered incorrectly more than 10 times. Your files will still be kept safe in the cloud, however they will be deleted from the device so that no one gets access to your files on your device. If you need quick access to a folder in Dropbox there is a widget available that lets you do just that. You can place the shortcut anywhere and is a quick and easy to access a folder.
One of the nice features about Dropbox is that it includes a native document and PDF viewer, so you don’t require a 3rd party app to be able to view them. Unfortunately, there is no native viewer for excel spreadsheets, so you do require a separate app to view them (Quickoffice is a simple solution). If you favourite a file within the options it is automatically saved for offline viewing. This is a useful feature as you can access the files when you have no internet connection and also you can access them easily through one of the shortcuts displayed at the top of the screen. Speaking of saving files, there is an option to clear you cache. Clearing your cache deletes all the files you saved for offline viewing, however they are still displayed in the favourites section enabling you to access and redownload them easily. Is this still not enough? Well then you are in luck. Within the settings menu, you can sign up for the early release of the app. By signing up to this you can receive and test out new features before everyone else gets them.
By paying $9.99/month you not only do you receive a whopping 1TB of storage, but also also all the extra Dropbox Pro features. You can sign up to this service from within the app by entering your credit card details or paying through the Google Play Store.These extra features include:
- News sharing options: add passwords and expiration dates to shared files.
- If your device is lost or stolen, you can wipe all the data from that device from any desktop computer through the Dropbox website.
- Dropbox Pro entitles you to higher sharing limits given you 10 times the sharing bandwidth.
Dropbox is a great app in terms of functionality as you can do anything you wish through to the options available. The design of the app makes using the app a pleasurable experience, whilst also making it easy for you to manage your personal files. However, Dropbox offers the smallest initial amount of free storage compared to it’s competitors. This means you either have to start referring new people or start thinking about paying $9.99/month for extra storage. We would have liked different price categories which give you different amounts of storage, as 1TB is surplus to most people. Overall, it is a great app that makes managing and accessing your stored files a pleasure.
Clean, simple design makes using the app a pleasure. Lots of options make sure you can do whatever you want. Native document and PDF viewer (Note: No editing). Ability to add a passcode for extra security. Widget acts as a shortcut to a folder in your Dropbox. Favourite a files to save it for offline viewing.
Cannot edit documents, only view. 2GB of free storage very little considering other services provide at least 15GB. Only one price category if you need more storage making it expensive if you don't need close to 1TB.