SkyDrive vs Google Drive vs Dropbox vs SugarSync vs iCloud vs Ubuntu One

With the recent release of Google Drive, along with all the existing cloud storage and sync services out there like Microsoft SkyDrive, Dropbox, SugarSync, iCloud and Ubuntu One, you might be wondering what free cloud storage service is right for you. There are countless such comparisons out there but most of them aren’t focused on the free tiers of these services, or simply don’t include all these services. That’s why we are bringing you a detailed comparison of the free plans of all major cloud storage and sync services that should make it easier for you to choose the one that suits you best. Read on for the complete comparison.

Before we begin, a few words about the criteria for inclusion here. You will find countless comparisons of cloud storage services out there, but they often include services that don’t offer a full file syncing solution with their free accounts, at least for desktop PCs. As you might have noticed, we haven’t included any services that don’t offer desktop sync with their free plans, and that’s the reason you wouldn’t see Box.net and some other names in the list. This is to keep this comparison focused on cloud storage syncing services, rather than merely all cloud storage services.

Also, as all our regular users would know already, our primary focus here at AddictiveTips is on free apps and services. For this reason, this comparison will only focus on free services, or free tiers of services that offer both free and paid accounts, and the features exclusive to paid accounts on these services will not be covered here.

That’s said, here’s the comparison:

Blue: Best in that aspect
Red: Major shortcoming
[1] New SkyDrive accounts get 7 GB; old accounts can retain 25 GB (if claimed in time).
[2] Dropbox holds limited time bonus quests every now and then, offering additional free bonus storage upon completion.
[3] No limit for files synced through PC clients; limit of 300 MB per file uploaded through web interface.
[4] No information found. Please let us know in the comments if you know about it.

This should help you get started with choosing the free cloud storage and sync service that works best for you. If you know about any of the information we might have missed out, please let us know. Also, if you would like other services to be included in this comparison provided they meet our criteria of being free and having full sync support (for desktops at least), don’t forget to drop us a comment and we’ll do our best to include those as well.

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About Lily Herman

Lily Herman
Lily Herman is a New York-based writer and editor. In recent months, her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Glamour, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, TIME, Newsweek, Fast Company, and Mashable. You can check out her website, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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