Google Drive storage recently announced it has slashed their prices to make Google Drive paid plans more affordable. To increase their competitive edge they have also increased capacity at the same time. Early critics note that this move was made to specifically tempt Dropbox customers over to Google Drive.
Here are some examples of the new rates: 100GB was once $5 each month. 1TB was once $50 a month. The maximum storage space used to be 16TB for $800 monthly. Google Drive customers can now get as much space as 30TB for just $300 per month.
Current Google Drive customers have already had their storage adjusted to reflect the new rates. Users now get more space for the rates they are paying. The company is also quick to remind users that since 2012 Google Drive storage space remains compatible with Mail, Drive and Google+ Photos.
Google is quick to note that people interested in setting up a cloud archive are reminded that they can do just that on Google’s sign-up page and choose the storage/pricing plan that best suits their needs. Online critics are quick to point out, however, that while many digital cameras have 25 MB raw files, Google has not yet made it practical to store an entire shoot of pictures in the cloud. Accessing them easily would also not be optimally convenient either.
Early reviewers compared Google Fiber, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2.0 to illustrate the point. While Google Fiber is promoted as “the fastest internet available”, critics note that the availability is limited. Additionally, Google Fiber has a bandwidth of 1,000mb/s which is about 1/5th of what USB 3.0 can reach and only about 1/20th of the speed of Thunderbolt 2.0.
Because of those stats, the online experts believe that total cloud-based access and storage of photos is still some time off yet. Other tech journalists believe that the new options might work well for some people and suggest that potential users consider their specific needs. They all agree, however, that Google Drive’s new deals would certainly work quite well as a backup.
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