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Google Drive has a lot going for it, but Dropbox still has the edge in quite a few places. Here's a feature-by-feature look.
Google's new file syncing service, Google Drive, is finally available and it looking pretty great. But how does it stack up against the current king of file syncing, Dropbox?
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The only thing I have been able to see is it has a waiting list .
Google indeed does have a Desktop app. Isn't this comparison a little outdated?. Anyway, nice article.
Google drive has the advantage in saying, "we'll email you when your Google Drive is ready". When I signed up for Dropbox a few months ago there was no wait at all.
"Items created in Google Docs have their own special icons, and can only be opened in Google Docs...This is fine if you want to use Google Docs...but it's really annoying if you want to be able to tweak docs in your favorite desktop word processor"

This seems a distinction without much merit. Docs predates Drive and that's a pre-existing limitation of Docs, so if you still opt to create a doc using a GDoc format, you're presumably doing so because you don't have particular need for this kind of transport between different apps. Else, why create the file in a GDocs format in the first place?
+Eric Verlaak that is a major concern for anyone wanting to use this. With that policy I won't use it. 
Where is the Linux support? Once again Linux is left out.
This is Google's general policy and it also states under Your Content: "Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services.".

I think GDrive could be one of those services.. Or?
+Eric Verlaak, what part of "what belongs to you stays yours" do you object to? The highlighted section is where you are giving Google the right to host your content for you.
+Dave Sill Maybe I need a new pair of glasses, but it does say a whole lot more than just host, things like "reproduce, modify, create derivative works, communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute...". Maybe that's standard business practice in the US of A, but in Europe Google is still not out of the woods regarding their last change to their EULA and Privacy Agreement. This definitely won't help...
+Steven Burrows What permissions do you think are excessive? E.g. how would cloud storage work without permission to store your content? It seem to me that all the permissions directly translates into current features, or likely future features?
+Eric Verlaak, in order to host your content, Google has to store a copy, possibly in a different format, and transmit it to you and to whomever you've given access.
+Eric Verlaak *reproduce* It does this when showing you your documents in Google Docs. *modify* It does this when you edit something in Google Docs. *Create derivative work* The modified file is a derivative work, so is the "html-ified" version of the file shown on the browser. *communicate* when you share a document. *Publicly perform or distribute* happens when you share a document publicly.
+Dave Sill Apart from the "store a copy" bit: no, they don't! Basically what they do here is preserve the right to do whatever they please with the content you upload to Drive other than claim your intellectual property. Which seems pretty excessive for a file storing/sharing service any way you look at it!
compare a new born baby to an adult, meaningless
+Eric if they've got a copy of your file on their disk, they don't need to transfer it to you and other people to whom you've granted access? If they want to make a backup copy, they don't need to reproduce it? If you don't grant them those rights, they can't legally provide the service you expect.
No Linux client...Bush League. Dropbox it is!
As a big google docs user I can't wait to take drive for a spin. Unfortunately it doesn't even have a notification button for apps users.
+ozan yigit wait and see, Dropbox has been blocked in China for about 2 years, but the client works, Gdrive has already been blocked, need some skill to use it, wait and see again
I wonder if Google is going wait for months to allow Google Apps customers to use Google Drive.
+Eric Verlaak See +Per Abrahamsen's comment. Dropbox doesn't do half of what Drive does as far as showing thumbnails and previews, or the ability to share files with others. These permissions do seem excessive at first, but they're pretty much necessary to prevent people from suing Google for doing what it technically needs to do to provide the stated functionality of the service. An argument could be made that Drive does too much, but those people would be missing the point of the service. Drive isn't just a cloud-based storage and synchronization. Like Docs, it adds a social element to allow collaboration.

That said, I probably won't be using Drive in the foreseeable future. The lack of a Linux client is certainly one major flaw, though Google is pretty good about supporting Linux. But I simply don't need any extra ability to share files. I already use Docs to share documents, G+ to share photos, and YouTube to share videos. Toss in email, and I already have more than enough ability to share files. What I do need is the ability to backup and synchronize important and sensitive files, and for that I use #SpiderOak . It's very secure, separates the backup and synchronization functions so you can back up a file or folder without syncing it with other computers, and it lets you select from the files and folders on your computer rather than giving you a single folder for everything you want to sync.

What I'd really love is a pure synchronization program with no online backup and therefore no data cap. AeroFS looks like it would be a possible solution, but it's still in a closed beta.
An excellent comparison! I've been using #GDrive for just about 20 minutes, and it's a bit strange as of now. But that's normal when it's such a new service that we're talking about. I was hoping that this could work as the official on-the-go file-sharing option that unfortunately Android lacks as of now (you know, like an offering by Google that could substitute Whatsapp's immediate file-sharing for good!) But I'm seeing that it isn't the case. I'm a bit disappointed, because I didn't expect this be just an add-on to Google Docs. I don't see a reason to dump Dropbox yet. I don't know, perhaps I should experiment with some friends who have signed for the service, in order to try out Drive's sharing capabilities. But the thing is, I'm still waiting for the inclusion of a file-sharing function in GTalk. It's kind of a shame that I have to rely on Whatsapp for such an obvious need.
I think sugarsync is better than drop box..but man i was looking at pricing though. sugarsync is 14.99 / month for 100 gigs. google is 4.99 ? going to look at the features though, see if it will interest me..
SugarSync: 5 Gb.
SkyDrive: 25 Gb and high integration to Microsoft products, which we all are using daily.
+Joel Latto "Microsoft products, which we all are using daily."? Not all of us, no. I don't think I've looked at a Microsoft product so far this week, much less used one.

And personally, I'm more interested in Live Mesh than SkyDrive due to its peer-to-peer sync with no data cap. Of course, Microsoft is planning to drop that functionality when it rolls Live Mesh into SkyDrive for Windows 8.
LiveMesh's 5 Gb storage and lack of support on WP made it a no go for me.

And by everyone I mean the rest of us 90% ;) It's not like all of us could choose what hardware or software we use at school / work. That's why great integration capabilities are #1 priority for me.
A 1 day old product compared with a finely polished counterpart... Way to go..
I like google drive so far. I do wished it had an option to sync folders i want to sync..Like on sugarsync. I kind of like being able to sync only certain folders.
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