Dropbox vs Google Drive
It's gonna be a tough fight between Dropbox and Google Drive, but we've got our top two contenders facing off in five rounds, just to see who's the best all-round cloud storage provider!
By 26 Oct'15 2015-11-11 00:50:06—
Android is now the biggest and most prolific smartphone OS on the planet. And since it’s hooked intrinsically to everyone’s Google count, keeping an Android’s data backed up is very important.
And what better way to protect that data then using cloud based backup services.
We’ve gathered the top five best backup apps for Android, in 2016, so let’s get ready for an overview of them all.
While Apple has been reporting great profits year after year, there’s no denying that Android phones have sold way more successfully than their expensive counterparts.
Credit for this fact can be given to Android’s high customization or affordable pricing, but the fact is – Android is here to stay and it will be very difficult for any mobile operating system to take over Android’s market share.
According to this report, out of all the phones sold in 2015, 81.5% of them were Android.
While there are many cloud backup services that can selectively backup data to the cloud, an app that can take your entire phone’s backup and move it to the cloud is a much easier alternative for smart device users.
A backup app isn’t just useful for pictures, media and contacts, but also comes in handy for APK files and app data.
And so, I have tried, tested and picked out the five best cloud backup apps for Android.
Before we kick off, remember, what’s being provided here is just a general overview.
Click the “Read review” button for a full in-depth review and breakdown of each backup service.
IDrive’s Android app provides a perfect balance of features, backup options and simplicity. Though I have to say, the Android app has a difficult to navigate Settings menu.
To test out IDrive, I backed up a few photos and videos from my Android tablet and was really impressed by how fast they got backed up.
It has an auto-upload option for photos, and can sort through which photos to backup based on quality, automatically freeing up space on high definition pictures.
Apart from that, you can backup internal storage files like:
The Settings menu featured many interesting options like backup scheduling, checking latest backup activity, battery saver mode and using mobile data for backup.
IDrive can also auto-upload videos, but the option must be activated via the complicated Settings menu.
All in all, I think IDrive is a great backup choice for Android devices. The only thing I would want is a simpler interface and a better way to handle all the features.
Pricing starts at $49.5 per year for 150GB and there are no monthly plans
SugarSync provides good file syncing and backup on Android, plus some collaboration perks and an easy-to-use app interface. Sometimes though, it can be a bit slow.
SugarSync essentially has the same features as IDrive, but comes with an easier-to-use interface.
Then why is it in second place? Well, that’s because there is no local encryption. Even with a 128-bit encryption in the cloud, it just leaves you wanting for more in the encryption department.
If you don’t want its syncing services, head over to the Settings menu and uncheck the ‘AutoSync’ option.
SugarSync also has an auto-upload option for photos and videos, backed by 5GB of free storage that’s only available for 90 days — you’ll need to buy a plan after that.
Speaking of backing up, I also found out the app cannot backup contacts and messages separately (like IDrive).
The backed up files can either be openly shared through a link across all major apps, or privately shared, but I noticed the private sharing option was deactivated for me, so I am guessing it’s a premium feature.
SOS Online Backup offers 256-bit AES encryption all around. The service can set private encryption keys, a great way to protect sensitive data on Android.
SOS Online Backup is one of the most secure cloud backup services around and comes with 5GB of free storage space (which does not expire after a due date).
SOS definitely seems like a great service, but in all honesty, the Android app does have a long way to go.
It really took me quite some time to understand and get around it. The Android app needs a major facelift, plus a few updates to boot as well.
One major issue I faced with this app was the inability upload a single file or app, because, apparently uploads need to be in bulk.
This seems like a truly massive oversight, but the ability access internal storage and upload media or app files does provide a silver lining.
I found a unique feature while scrolling through the settings menu; you can also select which files to backup and schedule them.
Overall, if you want to securely dump away 5GB of Android data, SOS Online Backup isn’t a bad place to do so.
Google Drive’s greatest nemesis, OneDrive, is here to rule them all with one app. Alas, this fair maiden be comely towards the NSA and lacketh strong privacy options.
OneDrive asks upon login if you want to upload photos and videos, and like Google Drive, OneDrive too can make files available offline.
The interface is very similar to Google Drive’s, except for the stark Windows color scheme.
While trying to upload files, I noticed that OneDrive can also access and upload files from Google Drive, if you have it installed and logged in.
Definitely a plus for people looking to switch cloud services.
Uploadable files types are:
OneDrive gives 15GB of free space, which does sound alluring if you are a Microsoft Office fan, but the offsetting lack of privacy can definitely be a big issue for some.
Microsoft doesn’t provide private encryption and it has an open door and open heart policy towards the NSA.
Well, we’ve saved the big one for last. Welcome to Google Drive, Android’s native cloud backup and storage app. Let’s find out how it stacks up against the competition.
Google Drive could be called Android’s ‘native’ cloud storage app.
Since it already comes installed in any new Android device, and it’s interlinked to your Google ID anyway, most people use it as their primary backup on Android, without a second thought.
Photo backups are synced with Google Photos and its powerful search algorithm can find old photos hidden deep in several sub-folders.
Since Google Drive is mainly a cloud storage and syncing service, but with backup features, it’s actually more of an all-round cloud app.
But of course, this is Google, so that means no private encryption and the company probably knows everything about you there is to know.
Due to easy Android integration, I recommend using Google Drive as a secondary backup for files reserved for quick access and easy sharing.
Each of these cloud backups apps for Android provide a variety different features.
Whether you want to save a backup to secure cloud providers via the app itself, or you just want to move data from Google Drive to OneDrive, it’s all up to you.
All in all, each of these apps provide a better and a simple way to backup Android data.
If you’ve got any favorites you’d like to share with us, feel free to mention them in comments section below.