Google drive Review - why 4.8 stars?

Google drive Review
ITQlick Score: 99/100
ITQlick Rating: (4.8/5)
Pricing: 2/10 - low cost
Category: File Sharing -> Google drive
Ranking:Ranked 1 out of 27 File Sharing systems
Company: Google
Pricing: starts at $1.99 per month
Typical customers: Small, medium and large size businesses
Platforms: Mobile, Cloud
Links: Google drive pricing, Google drive alternatives
Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Oct 05, 2021

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What is Google drive?

Google Drive is a file-sharing and cloud storage software solution tailored to the individual, team, and corporate needs. The software has numerous features, some of which are discussed below:
  • Collaboration Tools: Google Drive combines with other software from Google LLC like Docs, Sheets, and Workspace (for organizations) to enhance collaborations between team members on projects. Team members can access files and work together on projects from different locations on one interface seamlessly.
  • Data Storage: The cloud-native nature of Google Drive supports the storage of files and information entirely on the cloud. Users have access to a fixed memory space that is upgradable, saving them disk space. Catalogs can easily be uploaded from devices to the cloud and accessed anywhere, any time, even offline.
  • File-Sharing: Through Google Drive, users can share documents, records, and information, all on the cloud.
  • Drive File Stream: Files uploaded to the Google Drive cloud storage can be streamed online, without being downloaded, from any device with access to the Google Account.
  • Open API: Google Drive supports integration with other applications and tools, eliminating the struggle of file format conversion.
  • Data Loss Prevention: Drive offers data security and encryption to prevent data breaches, and most importantly, files are updated as the user works, even offline, to prevent data loss.
Launched in April 2012 by Google LLC, a 248,000-employee strong company headquartered in Mountain View, CA, Google Drive meets the needs of over a billion users globally. Google Drive has a wide range of features that satisfies clientele ranging from individuals to organizations. Google LLC won the Comparably Award for Best Global Company Culture in 2021 and the award for Most Innovative Company by T3.

What is Google drive rating? ()

The rating of Google drive is 4.8 stars out of 5 and the total score is 99 out of 100. The ratings are based on our unbiased experts. Learn more in our rating methodology page

Who are Google drive's typical customers?

The typical customers include the following business size: Small, medium and large size businesses.

Is Google drive the best File Sharing?

Google drive is ranked 1 out of 27 software in their category (File Sharing systems).

What are Google drive's pros? (4 Pros)

  • Drive offers secure remote access for files
  • Google Drive offers free cloud storage for data
  • The software is cost-friendly
  • Changes to documents are saved automatically

What are Google drive's cons? (2 cons)

  • There is no file recovery feature on Google Drive
  • Effective updates and regular bug fixes are sometimes in short supply

Who are their main alternatives?

Google Drive faces competition in software solutions like Dropbox Business, Box, OneDrive by Microsoft, and pCloud. Based on key aspects, Google Drive is compared with its competitors below:
  • Deployment and Support: Google Drive can be deployed on PC (Mac and Windows) and mobile (Android and iOS). Dropbox, Box, pCloud, and OneDrive can all be deployed on mobile and PC, with pCloud offering support for Linux. Google Drive offers 24/7 live rep, FAQ section, Help Desk, and email support. Dropbox offers live 24/7 chat and phone support, mail support, and Help Desk, while pCloud supports only FAQ, email support, and Help Desk. OneDrive offers phone and email support, while Box offers 24/7 chat and live support.
  • Cost: Google Drive pricing is cost-friendly compared to most of its competition. The least package starts at $2 monthly, while Box and OneDrive have their least pricing offer pegged at $5 monthly. Dropbox and pCloud do not disclose their pricing details. Google Drive does offer a free version, like all the others, but does not have a free trial option.
  • Functionality: Google Drive compares favorably with its competitors in terms of functionality and features. However, the software does not support features like file conversion, OCR, archiving and retention, and file recovery as Box and Dropbox. OneDrive also does not support the aforementioned features, and pCloud offers only file conversion among the options.
  • Cloud or Physical: Google Drive is cloud-native, meaning that all its features are entirely cloud-based, as all its competitors also are. Customers/Industries: Google Drive targets small, average, and large-scale businesses, catering for organizations sized between 1 and over 1000. Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive also target businesses of all sizes. pCloud is focused on individuals and small-sized businesses, favoring sizes below 500.
  • Scalability: Google Drive compares favorably with the competition in the aspect of scaling businesses. The free version offered by most of the competitors helps much smaller businesses organize data.
  • Popularity: Drive is a household name in tech today, used by over 1 billion people and built on Android devices. The software is more readily available compared to others, hence, more popular.

What is the cost of Google drive?

Google Drive pricing is relatively budget-friendly, and offers are based on storage needs, starting at $1.99 monthly. The software offers a free version, which gives the user 15 GB of cloud storage. Other offers include 100 GB at $1.99 per month, 1 TB at $9.99 monthly, 10 TB at $99.99 monthly, 20 TB at $199.99 per month, 30 TB priced at $299.99 monthly.

Google Drive for Teams is priced at $10 per user per month. The pricing plans for Google Drive for Enterprises are not public, only obtainable by contacting the vendor.

What is the REAL total cost of implementation? on top of the total cost of licenses which is easy to calculate you need to add the cost of training, customization, data migration, and other "hidden cost". ITQlick pricing score is 2 out of 10 (10 is most expensive). Find here the REAL total cost breakdown for Google drive

What should you ask Google during a demo session? (65 questions)

Schedule a demo with Google drive and access 65 must ask questions for the vendor while watching Google drive in action.

Is it the right software for you?

Google Drive caters to individuals, teams, and organizations (of all sizes). Individuals and organizations in Information Technology, Engineering, and eLearning are the major users of Google Drive. Some notable clients include Salesforce, Cardinal Group of Companies, and Ibotta.

List of categories

File Sharing
File Storage

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.