Although cloud storage has been easily accessible for almost three decades, it has never been as popular as it is today. Creatives and other users across the world regularly use some sort of cloud storage platform to securely store their image, media, document, and other files.
Anyone who knows anything about the industry will agree that Dropbox clearly sits alongside the best cloud storage providers in the business. In the rest of this Dropbox review, we analyze every aspect of this platform to help you determine whether or not it offers the right cloud storage solutions for your needs.
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Plans and pricing
Dropbox is available with two personal and three business subscription options, along with a free plan that has a tight 2GB storage limit. The Plus ($11.99 per month) and Family ($19.99 per month) plans both come with 2TB of storage and support one and six users respectively.
A Professional plan ($19.99 per month) for a single user includes 3TB of storage and a range of advanced features, including document watermarking and a huge 100GB single file transfer limit. The Standard ($15 per user, per month) and Advanced ($25 per user, per month) plans are designed for team use and include a suite of highly advanced management tools.
The Professional, Standard, and Advanced plans are all available to test with a 30-day free trial.
When compared to its main competitors, Dropbox’s relatively high prices become immediately obvious. For example, Google Photos costs just $9.99 per month for 2TB of high-quality cloud storage, and it comes with equal or better collaboration and management features. Or, an even cheaper option is FlickrPro, which costs just $6.99 per month for unlimited storage.
Value for money: C
These ratings work on an A-C basis, with A being the best.
At the end of the day, Dropbox comes with all the main features we would expect to see from a cloud storage provider that focuses on collaboration. Its user interface is very attractive, it comes with a suite of sharing and file permission tools, and it can be accessed via web, desktop, and mobile apps.
Below, we’ve outlined a few of the platform’s most important features.
Maximum file size and upload limits
Those working with large files will love Dropbox’s generous file size and upload limits. When using the desktop or mobile app, there is no restriction whatsoever on upload size. With the web app, you will be restricted to 50GB per file, which is still huge.
What’s more, even the low-end Professional Business plan comes with 3TB of storage—enough for 300,000 photos with an average file size of 50MB. Or to put it another way, this would let you upload 100 hours of standard 4K footage. And if, for some reason, you need more storage than this, you can simply upgrade to a more advanced plan.
Collaboration and file sharing
Dropbox comes with an impressive range of collaboration features, including the ability to share files directly with other parties. Different permissions can be set to allow people to view, comment on, or edit a file directly, and you can even create collaborative documents through the Dropbox Paper integration.
What’s more, Dropbox can be connected with a range of third-party platforms, including Slack, Zoom, and many others, to streamline daily workflows.
Streamlined photo backup and management
Finally, Dropbox also allows you to automatically back up your photos from your mobile or desktop device. Simply download the mobile app and configure it to sync directly with your camera roll, or import photos from memory cards, cameras, and more by connecting through the desktop interface.
You can also use the desktop, mobile, and web apps to access stored photos. Uploaded files can be organized into different folders, previewed directly in the app, and shared via simple, unique links.
The Dropbox user interface is excellent. Setting up your account simply involves signing up for the plan you want and downloading the desktop app. Then, files can be uploaded or managed through either the desktop, mobile app, or web interface.
The web interface is particularly attractive, with a simple menu on the left of the screen that allows you to navigate between different files and folders. On the right of the screen, there is a small menu allowing you to create new folders and upload files as required.
As one of the world’s oldest cloud storage providers, Dropbox has had plenty of time to fine-tune its security integrations. All uploaded files are protected by multiple layers of advanced protection, including full encryption to ensure your images are inaccessible to hackers and other malicious entities.
You will also have access to automatic backups allowing you to recover files and version history for up to 180 days. And what’s more, you can even watermark files and set strict permission controls.
All paid Dropbox plans come with access to Priority email support. All Business plans also include live chat support, while the Standard and Advanced subscriptions even come with phone support during local business hours.
There are numerous other help and self-help options available, including a comprehensive knowledge base and an active community forum.
A powerful cloud storage platform that’s not cheap
At the end of the day, Dropbox certainly deserves its reputation as one of the world’s leading cloud storage platforms. It’s powerful, backed by a range of photo, video, and document storage features, and includes various third-party integrations and collaboration tools.
Although it is a little expensive, Dropbox remains a great option for advanced cloud storage. If you’re looking for a secure, reliable cloud storage solution, we’d highly recommend testing the platform via its free plan or 30-day free trial.