Difference Between iCloud and Dropbox


Main Difference

Today many companies are offering large capacity of hard disks, flash drives and pen drives. Suppose, that hard disk, flash drive or pen drive has crashed or theft and you have to face the loss of your important data then what was the benefit of having these drives. Many cloud storage services understand this problem and comes in market along with different online data storage and sharing options. Here we will discuss about iCloud and Dropbox and you have to decide yourself, which service suit you most.

What is iCloud?

iCloud is online freeware data backup service launched on October 12, 2011 by Apple Inc. The basic purpose of this service is to facilitate the users with online storage and sharing of data, in whatever shape. Examples include, music, documents, photos, games, notes, apps, movies, etc. You can type and edit your data with the help of iWriter. 5GB free space is available for all users. And if your pocket gives you permission than monthly pay packages plan from 20GB to 1TB are also available. iCloud is available for Mac, Windows 7 and 8, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iOS5 and higher. 350 million users around the world are using this service. You can create your family group of five members and can share iBooks, purchased apps of apple store and many other data freely.


What is Dropbox?

Dropbox is also an online backup service, which was released in September 2008 by Dropbox Inc. If you are using Window Operating System it will be available to you in form of folder and in case of mobile in shape of app. Its client range is very wide in which MS Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Symbian Mobiles are prominent. It is available in 16 languages. More than 300,000 apps are working on Dropbox station. Initially 2GB free space is available to all users, which is enough space for documents. If you have lot of media data than premium package and referral system is also available. If you can recruit your friend to this service than up to 16GB free space will be offered to you. Currently 14.5% share of online storage market is hold by Dropbox.


Key Differences

  1. iCloud is offering 5GB free space in start, which is two and half time greater than 2GB space provided by Dropbox.
  2. Free space is just 5GB in case of iCloud. You have to pay for extra space requirement. While if you think 2GB free space of Dropbox is less than your requirement than you can earn additional up to 16GB free space through its referral system.
  3. Supporting devices of Dropbox are more than iCloud. Dropbox is also available for Android, Blackberry and Symbian mobiles, which is not available by iCloud.
  4. Package plan of iCloud are cheaper than Dropbox. iCloud storage plan are 20GB for $0.99/month, 200GB for $3.99/month, 500GB for $9.99/month and 1TB for $19.99/month. While Dropbox is offering 100Gb for $9.99/month, 200GB for $19.99/month and 1TB or higher for $15/month.
  5. In Dropbox you can restore your previous deleted file within 30 days while there is no such facility in iCloud.

Comparison Video

YouTube video
Harlon Moss

Harlon currently works as a quality moderator and content writer for Difference Wiki. He graduated from the University of California in 2010 with a degree in Computer Science. Follow him on Twitter @HarlonMoss