Top-10-Online-Backup Award; iCloud, SkyDrive, Dropbox, JustCloud or Google Drive?

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Online Storage proves it's no novelty act as its growth continues into 2013 - but which of the five Kings deserves to take the throne when it comes to providing the best service for the personal storage market?

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Who is the Online Storage King?

With the Top-10-Online-Backup Award on the line, each service flexed their muscles to show what they were made of.

Online storage certainly had its critics last year, being labeled by many as a temporary tech fad that would soon fade from people’s memories before 2012 was through. But as the New Year gets under way, it would appear the service has not only remained imprinted on tech-user’s minds, but is also set to become a global phenomenon.

With the big names of the industry still standing tall, here at Top-10-Online-Backup the experts got thinking: Which is better for the everyday user? iCloud? SkyDrive? Dropbox? JustCloud? Or Google Drive?

With the Top-10-Online-Backup Award on the line, each service flexed their muscles to show what they were made of.

Of course, as with many of Apple’s products, it boasts a refined attractive look, and is competent in way of operation. When it comes to backing up a few gigabytes of music, most will be happy with the service. However, when the need to backup anymore than this arrives, subscription prices start to soar. There’s also the problem of Apple device exclusivity which could exclude a lot of users. 7 out of 10.

Although online storage’s mantra contains the words ‘simplicity’ and ‘user-friendly’, SkyDrive seem to have misunderstood this. Instead, they’ve opted for a service that is awkward and often feels like it’s wasting more of the user’s time than it should be. Though it may please those who are used to services such as Hotmail, and prices sit nicely on the fence between cheap and expensive, it’s hard to ignore the room for improvement.
6 out of 10.

Part of this provider’s appeal is that just about anyone can understand and use it due to its effortless Drag & Drop feature. However, it’s hard to warrant this over-simplicity since most providers offer a range of features nowadays. What it does, it does well. But there is much it doesn’t do at all—or even offer. Since Dropbox is as established as it is, its hefty pricing models can perhaps be justified. But we’re sure they’re capable of providing much more. 7 out of 10.

This provider’s main selling point is that they’ve entered the market differently, offering unlimited backup instead of tiered packages like their competitors. This is refreshing. They also skirt the line remarkably well between over and under-complicated, and have developed a responsive control panel with a simple layout that won’t dazzle its users. With surprisingly cheap packages on offer, along with almost too many features, including free mobile apps, its only the lack of phone support that lets this provider down. 8.5 out of 10.

Google Drive
Google may have benefited quickly by soaking up signups from their existing users, but like SkyDrive, this service seems to have come up short. Though it proves to be fairly competent and integrates with its own array of services, it seems to cater too heavily in this way, which can leave non-Googlers scratching their heads from time to time. One of the reasons for this lack of thought may be that the company is beginning to focus more on reselling its own storage instead of perfecting its own personal services. It may be cheaper than a lot of providers, but despite the size and reputation of the Google machine, its service falls behind. 6 out of 10.

And there it is. After assessing all five providers, JustCloud came through, showing that it doesn’t always pay off to mirror what competitors bring to the market.

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JustCloud is part of the JustDevelopit group, which currently has 16 internet-based services operating under its wing.

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