Google Drive Review

Google fans will no doubt feel drawn to Google Drive, the company's online cloud service that is accessed through users' free Google accounts. Google Drive reviews highlight a variety of likable features but also note a couple of shortcomings. A review by ZDNet commends the speed at which files are uploaded and downloaded, the ease of set up, and the ability to sync files across all your devices that use Google Drive. Another appealing feature, adds a review by Laptop Mag, is the ability to open more than 30 file types, including Photoshop and Illustrator files, as well as HD video. Reviews further note that the interface is relatively easy to use, especially if you're familiar with Google Docs, which is the model for the Google Drive interface. However, Google Drive reviews ding the service for not letting users edit documents offline that are stored in Google Drive -- you must be connected to the web -- and Laptop Mag cautions that Google Drive offers no password protection for synced files.

Google Drive is compatible with PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Not surprisingly, Google Drive is tightly integrated with other Google products and services such as Gmail and Chrome, Google's web browser. (The latter provides apps that work with Google Drive, such as video editing and fax programs.) The first 5GB of storage are free; 25GB costs $2.49 a month and 100GB costs $4.99 a month.

If Google is the starting point for your online universe, you'll almost certainly want to check out Google Drive. It's a solid, affordable cloud service that supports a large number of file types. However, it still feels like a work in progress. For example, the only way you can upload folders to the Drive is to use Google's Chrome web browser; if you use Internet Explorer or Firefox, you'll only be able to upload files. Still, this is a decent service overall.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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