March 2015 was a month to remember – Amazon pioneered the unlimited storage service and this started an avalanche of competitive strategies with Google following suit.
After two years of worriless cloud storage, Amazon is finally tightening the screws on those who have locked their data inside its vaults.
Read more as doodleblue compares and contrasts the major players in the unlimited cloud storage era.
Nothing lasts forever
Amazon’s absurdly affordable unlimited storage dream is touted as the greatest deal of all times and was unprecedented and remained unmatched through the two years.
For $60 per year, you could store as much as you could muster in your own Amazon cloud locker.
The industry standard is roughly $10 per month for 1 TB space, which is twice as much as what Amazon offered; instead of the all-you-can freewheel.
However, the best part is that, although Amazon closed its unlimited offer, it still is the cheapest, offering $60 per 1TB and extra $60 for every terabyte thereafter, upto 30 terabytes, which does paint the unlimited picture to us.
Comparing the big players with their offering for 1TB:
Apple was smart enough to gradually lower its pricing including a deep cut at this week’s WWDC developer’s conference!
As always, this drive is much useful in its ecosystem (purchased by you, of course).
This supports media files, calendar and notes across all your devices unless it is an Android, where support is not given.
Price: 2 TB maxed out, $120
Google Drive, for domestic purpose is the best option as it lets anyone store as many media files upto 16 MP and videos upto 1080 pixels resolution (wow) and the best part is, it’s for FREE.
Offering top notch real time collaboration and live edits gives maximum productivity of storage and usage of the files while in storage.
Price: 1 TB, $100 – Add ons range 10 TB for $100 per month, 20 TB for $200 and 30 TB for, duh! $300. Anything after that is pure exhibit of gluttony.
Amazon Cloud Drive
It is still cheap but not quite as cheap. An Amazon Prime member has unlimited photo storage at their disposal.
The vital question is how previous Amazon cloud owners will adapt to the stripped down interface. No extra features, sorry fiddlers!
Price: 1TB, $60 – Add on for 1 TB, $60 a year upto 30 TB – It is half of what you pay Google and the savings really come in handy!