For many years, businesses that needed to store massive amounts of information relied on pricey, in-house servers that required both specialised hardware and personnel to keep running smoothly.
The computers purchased by individuals and even some smaller enterprises have had to suffice. Above and beyond this, your files are probably stored on an external hard drive, which, while portable, doesn’t guarantee constant access across all devices.
Cloud storage drives are nothing new at this point, but with so many options available, picking the best one can be challenging. In this side-by-side comparison, we compare two well-known services, digging deep into their performance, customer service, and overall value.
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Comparing Box and Google Drive
Box’s approach to file storage is similar to that of Dropbox and resembles native computer file management in several respects. All the subfolders and files belong to a single, overarching folder. If you’re used to Microsoft’s OneDrive, you might be surprised to learn that the desktop client organises your files differently, with everything stored in a single folder rather than in the usual subfolders for things like photographs, videos, documents, and downloads. That doesn’t mean you can’t have duplicate folders within the main Box folder.
While the desktop client syncs automatically and ensures that all files are up to date, browser access is convenient for quick access. However, there are more advanced clients that provide more granular control over settings like bandwidth restriction, which may be overkill for certain users. You may access your files from anywhere thanks to the mobile apps, so long as you have Internet or have made some files available offline.
Although there is only one individual subscription plan, there are a number of business options available at varying costs (more on that below). This is enhanced by the company’s support for connectors with more than 1,500 external apps; these make using the service with things like Photoshop templates very painless, though you’ll need subscriptions to many external apps, which drives up the price. Most competitors are the same, though.
Similar to how you may already be used to managing files on your PC, Google Drive functions in a similar fashion. When utilising the company’s free online-only word processing apps like Docs, Sheets, and Slides, we recommend accessing the drive via the browser gateway instead of the app themselves. Like Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, we’d love to see desktop versions of these programmes, but at least there are mobile apps.
If the files you’re working with can be accessed through a desktop client, then you can use the desktop client, which, unlike Box, offers options for things like bandwidth limiter and proxy settings.
There is a plethora of third-party connectors, including mind-mapping, document conversion, and collaborative tools.
You can use Google Drive’s backup tool to back up certain local files to the cloud, but doing so will reduce your available storage (or the free 15GB). It’s fantastic to have this choice, and it’s much more convenient to be able to use both forms of storage simultaneously when working across several devices.
Comparison between Box and Google Drive’s Storage Speed
We put over 50 cloud storage drives and backup solutions through their paces, measuring things like upload and download speeds using the identical 1GB test file. Note that this is meant primarily as a comparative tool and is not an accurate portrayal of the products. Several factors, including your Internet connection, will determine the actual speeds you receive.
Which Is Better, Box or Google Drive?
Box’s website features an extensive library of self-help materials that can get you started if the assistance you require is quite simple. The Box team is available via email, phone, and live chat for more in-depth troubleshooting issues.
If you’re having trouble with one of Google’s services, you may search the web for solutions, and that includes Google Drive. Paid subscribers have access to email, phone, and live chat support, while the free 15GB tier has no such options.
Comparing Box and Google Drive
Box’s subscription tiers differ not only in the amount of storage space available to users, but also in other ways. The most glaring limitation is that free account holders can only save up to 10GB of data, meaning that individual files can only be 250MB in size.
With a premium subscription, you can increase this to 100GB with a 5GB file size limit, but at $14 (£11) a month, it’s quite pricey compared to the competition.
Options range from “Starter” to “Business” to “Business Plus” to “Enterprise,” so there are a lot of plans to think about. All of them need at least three people to utilise, and their storage capacities vary from 100GB to unlimited. Even the most expensive plan has a file size cap of 150GB, which is large enough to accommodate most huge files but may be insufficient for media organisations working with massive, high-quality videos.
The free 15GB Google Drive plan is a tremendous bargain because it includes Docs, Sheets, and Slides (or no money). Google One subscribers can purchase 100 GB, 200 GB, or 2 TB of storage, respectively, for $1.99 (£1.59), $2.99 (£2.49), or $9.99 (£7.99) per month. Access to a VPN app for iOS and Android is included in the premium Premium plan. Although this is the norm, iCloud Drive’s 2 terabyte plan costs only £1 per month less (it costs the same in USD).
Costing $6 (£4.60), $12 (£9.20), and $18 (£13.80) per user per month, respectively, are the three commercial options available. They are classified as Google Workspace and offer 30GB, 2TB, or 5TB of space, respectively. There’s also an additional Enterprise package that can be tailored to your needs.
Choosing Between Box and Google Drive
In general, we think Box is a bit pricey for what it provides. Choosing Google Drive makes perfect sense for people, and we even advise it for business clients who are comparing Google Drive and Box. Box may be worth the additional cost because the Google desktop client lacks features that some users may find essential.