While I wait expectantly for the inevitable drone of privacy complaints, I’ve taken a moment to experiment with Google’s oft-rumored cloud storage service, Google Drive.
To summarize my experience in a few short words, the service is utterly uninspired but, nevertheless, attractive.
Boasting 5 GB of storage and some enticing pricing for larger storage, Google Drive is immediately reminiscent of its competitors, Dropbox and SkyDrive. Google Documents integration is useful, albeit garish, and iOS implementation is heretofore unreleased. Of note, Google Drive boasts a range of compatible third party services, a number of which have Chrome extensions available in the Chrome Web Store.
Honestly, at the end of the day, I imagine Google Drive will be rather popular for a large quantity of people. Although Google’s service provides an ostensibly similar service to its competitors, the vast majority of people are unaware of the existence of Dropbox and SkyDrive (and the usefulness therein). Google’s placement of “Drive” in its ubiquitous black bar will certainly draw attention and, with competitive storage capacities, it may well prove the best option for a great many people.
Aside from the obvious privacy concerns — many of which are valid for Google’s cloud storage competitors — I tend to think Google has done rather well here. I do not intend to use the service full-time but, if the iOS implementation is compelling, I may well change my mind in due course. If you’re not vehemently anti-Google, Google Drive is certainly worthy of some spare moments of your time.