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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Do You Use Cloud Storage With Your Android?

Google's much-anticipated cloud storage service, dubbed "Drive," finally dropped on Tuesday. Based on our tests, we think the service could still use some work - and we think it has the potential to gain some serious popularity as the kinks are worked out and the gaps are filled. But we're curious: have you switched already, despite the shortcomings? Or are you sticking with your tried-and-true service for the time being?

[Weekend Poll] Have You Switched Your Primary Cloud Storage Service To Google Drive?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Fowler/100003223085516 Cathy Fowler

    Will never switch to a cloud storage service that doesn't offer client-side encryption. Wuala and SugarSync ftw.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      SugarSync is still one of my favs, though I end up never using it for sharing since almost nobody else seems to have it. It's great for personal cloud storage though.

  • Level380

    WWhat about..... Was already using Google docs as my cloud drive option?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Just go with the yes option then.

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    Has anybody found out how to download and save a copy of a file from Drive on to my Android device from the Drive app? I can open the file, but I can't find a way to download it.

    • Kennyo112

      This, along with not having the ability to upload from the mobile app to a specific folder are my two biggest complaints with Drive. I have 80g of space with drive, but I will be using dropbox until this is addressed. 

    • Hustlin

      I think you click on the arrow on the right side next to the file and then click send

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        It really doesn't work with all files. For example, I just did it to a file with an obscure extension, and Send first needed to download it before showing any menus (how obnoxious is that?), but then never popped up any menu at all.

        Make available offline kind of works but doesn't really do what I want, which is save the file to some location.

        Share is just for sharing with other Drive users.

        So yeah, unlike Dropbox, you can't properly save files with Drive.

    • Jeremy Powers

      You just mark the file as offline and it downloads the file to your device

      • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

        But that just allows you to view it FROM DRIVE while offline. I want to save it to my filesystem and treat it as a regular file.

    • ga_st

      yeah it's quite a pain in the a**. just go on the file and choose to make it available offline,then go in sd/android/data/com.google.android.apps.docs/files/pinned..etc etc
      there you have your files downloaded by Drive

      • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

        Thanks, at least it works, till they make it more user-friendly.

  • denbo68

    I "tried" to but Google Drive said it was "not ready for me and would notify me when it was". Well my dropbox is still there for me...

  • CDTI

    Not yet, I need a linux client. So, for now: dropbox.

    • http://profiles.google.com/n.skoufis Nik Skoufis

      Me too. Hopefully we'll get one soon.

  • http://twitter.com/kingJamesG James G

    I made the switch because I feel like Google will be here longer than the other cloud storage companies. I feel my files are safer with Google than another company that could get sued, Google is way too big a company to just get sued and disappear like Megaupload or other services.

  • james carroll

    i dont use it, cause its 5GB when i have 50GB with box

  • DoubleP90

    I use dropbox for now, i have more space on it, if google will give away some more free space i'll switch, they should give some more free space to android users, box.net gave 50 GB, cmon google, you can do better than this

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Box.net's offer is also pretty useless as it doesn't support a desktop sync client and has a file limit of 100MB (Drive file limit is 10GB, Dropbox doesn't have a limit).

      • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

        yup, this is why i couldnt let go of dropbox for box. net.. desktop sync, and large files is a must have..

      • squiddy20

        But besides videos, really huge PSD or RAW files and the like, what file is above 100 MB? Me personally, I've got a few apks and ROMs on Box.net that people over at SDX can download if they don't have them. For instance, the last 2 updates to Pandora haven't worked on our Samsung Moments, so I've been gracious enough to upload a version that does work. I first uploaded it well over a month ago, and just yesterday got a notification that "someone" downloaded it. Not "useless" at all.

        • ga_st

          absolutely not useless indeed! actually i find box.net to be the most reliable service,when well configured. their app on android is stable and lightweight. can't say the same for sugarsync app for example. and Drive app fails to see 1 folder which i see on web and on desktop..

      • ga_st

        i tried sugarsync,which is the best solution on paper,but soon enough i found out that the sync it's slow..but most importantly:does not sync at all. at least for me. i had to restart the client everytime to get my files synced,quite annoying. box you can mount it as a webDav in explorer or finder,for an handy drag and drop..but better solution is Social Folders. 
        it's a sync desktop client which supports various services: 
        https://socialfolders.me/  it makes box become like dropbox. awesome. on android side i bought Foldersync: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dk.tacit.android.foldersync.full&hl=enallows to sync whatever local android folder to most of part the cloud services,and viceversa.

  • manlisten

    I'm giving it a test run. I'm pretty comfortable with Dropbox but I'd like to see how well I can get along with Drive.

    So far, I'm noticing a weird glitch on the desktop app for Mac where my entire desktop reloads whenever it finishes syncing files. Kind of bugging me out.

  • BlackGod

    Had Dropbox, didn't use it much. Began using Google Drive since Tuesday and loved it. Just a few more additions and features in time, which will come, since it literally was released just 5 days ago. Patience young Padawan. Faith, in Google, I have.

  • Adam Slade

    I have no need to. Dropbox's free space is all I need, and they've never done me wrong. :)

  • hcsnemrebured

    Drive is great, but the privacy of my files is one of the primary points when selecting a cloud storage service, and Google is too invasive. Unless they change that i'll stick with Dropbox and Box.

  • effe

    Why should I switch to Google when I can have 5 Gig secure/encrypted storage at Wuala

  • Vyrlokar

    I have a 23.9 GB Dropbox thanks to referrals and promotions, and DB has a Linux client. I might use Drive once they add a Linux client, but only for a small part of what I store in the DB (most for mirroring, to make sure that whatever happens, some data is never lost).

  • Ano

     20-25 GB an I'm in.

  • itched

    I bought the extra storage; 20 gigs for 5 dollars last year when G+ came out as I thought the instant upload feature would take advantage of that. Turns out it doesn't. Glad I bought it then because it's not as cheap as it was now. I'll be keeping my 25 gigs for 5 dollars a year for a long time to come.

  • Jesus Leon

    dropbox

  • John.F

    A little too early for the poll as Google Drive is not avail for everyone yet. My message: "We'll email you when your Google drive is ready." Weird because I have been with Google since way back in the day with a P2 266MHz.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'd say the option for you is "Not Yet but plan to when they address a few things" - in your case, that'd be, you know, opening up Drive to you.

  • Ryan Officer

    I use Drop Box, I intend to still use Drop Box. As for Drive I still have not taken full advantage of all the features. Plus still waiting for Linux version of Google Drive. I hope to use Drive to its entirety, But I will wait to see google offerings down the road. for improvement in price (I know they are cheaper, I want a yearly plan) and free space offerings. 

  • LazarusDark

    There's no option for "I was already using Docs for my storage".
    I was using Syncdocs to sync lots of Docs and also non-Gdoc files already. This just cuts out the middle man for me and makes organization easier.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You'd pick the yes option then.

  • jaymonster

    Did I "switch"?  No?  Did I start using?  Well, Yes... I was already using Google Docs for some things, and those things are now manged through Drive instead, the other things that I use Dropbox for, continue to be done through Dropbox.

  • Skllit

    I'm using right now, but still isn't all the way there to justify dropping Dropbox, but it's probably gonna get there soon.

    For me now the most important thing Google needs to do is get working and release the Android GDrive API.

  • Thomas

    Currently using Dropbox for stuff like TitaniumBackup and Datasync, Google Drive for docs.

    Would like to throw dropbox out, but atleast they have an API for mobile apps, i'm pretty shocked to learn that Google didn't have that for launch since they need to make use of the webapp api :(

  • http://twitter.com/phillosophism Phill

    I picked "
    Not yet, but I intend to once they address a few things."  as its the closest option but I wont switch until its at least as good as Drop Box. It needs auto sync on the phone (which Dropbox can do with Dropsync app and the Dropbox itself does for photos) and I would prefer ES File Explorer to be compatible as it currently is with Dropbox, Box and Sugarsync which should come in time.

    I make a lot of use of cloud storage but not at a level that means I need to pay and I assume this is representative of most users - what we need is features which so far Google Drive cant compete on so for now I just use Google Drive exactly as I did before, as Google Docs.

  • Carlos Silva

    Still waiting for the linux client

  • Mark

    Their terms of service about data ownage is still too vague for my tastes. I know they've tried to address it but the wording can too easily be abused. Dropbox and box.net for me for now.

  • io53

    Waiting for that linux client, then we'll see..

  • http://twitter.com/androidhelpers Android Helpers

    I won't use it until they implement client side encryption like SpiderOak. 

  • ericl5112

    No, and I probably never will. Between dropbox, skydrive, and Google Drive, I have around 40gb of online storage. They all have their own uses. Drive will probably be for school work with docs integration. Dropbox will probably be used for items specifically designed for dropbox integration. Skydrive with 25gb is probably going to be general storage.

  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    imported all my tech notes and docs over to google docs a few weeks ago finally from Zimbra and other sources and haven't looked back. Now with google drive this has worked great for keeping my primary workstations docs in sync. I do however continue to use dropbox for storing my special android apks, roms, etc. but eventually ill move everything to google drive once the kinks are worked out.. The less applications I need to install / restore the better, and the tighter google drive gets with android the better experience it will bring.

  • ga_st

    using the 50 gb of box.net which it's just excellent to store great quantity of medium/little files such as photos and titanium backups,then Drive for whatever thing goes beyond the 100 mb file size limit of box. 

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I could never get the TB backup to Box to succeed - it always breaks somewhere half way. Plus, it can't be scheduled - the schedule checkbox is just not present. I reported both of these to them but never heard back.

      • ga_st

        you can always use Foldersync on android and sync TB local folder with box/whatever. works like a charm,i use it to sync the photo folders.

  • http://twitter.com/Rimher Umberto Sonnino

    ATM Dropbox offers the most features and compatibility.
    This means gDrive'll have to wait!

  • cozappz

    Wuala.

  • http://twitter.com/VesNL Vilmar

    Same day it became available I dumped Dropbox. Don't really use cloud storage like it's intended but Google Drive number 1 for me.

  • Scott Morris

    When and if Google promises not to use what's in those files for its own analytics, I'd be happy to think about it.

  • Freak4Dell

    Once Google polishes up Drive a bit more, I'll start using it, but for now, I'll stick with DropBox. Not that I really use DropBox that much, either, but I use it more than I use Drive.

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

    I'm very happy with DropBox.

    And I'm VERY unhappy with Google's confused wording in its terms and conditions implying that they are entitled to use anything and everything you put in Drive for their own purposes in perpetuity. Not my kinda scene, that.

  • Richard

    Once they have made it easier to share ONE doc as a public link then maybe.

  • flapjackboy

     Once their ownership policy changes to match that of Dropbox, maybe.

  • techieinak

    As soon as there is a Ubuntu client, I'll evaluate how it compares to other services. Until then, I'll stick with Dropbox.

  • Jays2Kings

    I'm using Dropbox for now for two reason: I have 6GB free on there (altough I may do the paid plan of drive soon) and the option to watch folders outside of the Dropbox one with little effort.

  • Ryan Houseman

    I have Google Drive and use it sparingly, but Dropbox already suits all my needs. If Google adds irresistible features I may make the switch, but until then, Dropbox does what I need it to do. 

  • MSS

    Dropbox surpasses by a mile.

  • mgamerz

    Once titanium backup supports it, maybe. But I don't see it being too useful cause I can't get more than dropbox. I am a college student so I can get like 16 extra gigs for my dropbox (it doubles the referrals, and they recently doubled it I think...)

  • solomonjets

    I've got 6.5 GB in my dropbox and already have it all setup...I might switch to Drive but cloud storage just isn't that important to me.  I use GDocs as my primary word processing software but I rarely do any of that so...

  • Alvin B.

    I haven't switched yet because my first attempt to use Google Drive to sync a 4MB file from my desktop that I wanted on my phone ended in failure. The 4MB file got stuck on "Syncing 1 of 1" for 12 hours ... I tossed the file into my DropBox folder and had it on my phone moments later.

    Google should know that performance is king.

  • trumpet444

    I use a handful of things. Box, GoAruna, Docs (drive), and mainly Dropbox. I like the auto camera upload to my pc. I was using Megaupload (legitimately I might add) until that croaked and I lost about 8gb of personal files. 

  • http://twitter.com/sakura_candy Lumi

    Where's the "I'm using all of them" option?

  • http://profiles.google.com/zandmstudios Steven Zang

    One word: Dropbox.

  • Cooljeba

    I dont trust google.. No Google you are not having my files.. wait a second you have my emails :(

  • Ted_bears_234

    Not yet, I have certain issues which I feel must be sorted out first.   One issue which I would like to point is while sharing spreadsheet at the cell level.
    It's not possible in Google docs o any other tool for sharing just parts of spreadsheet data, there was a tool at the Demo Conference which dealt with this kinda problem. It's CollateBox http://www.collatebox.com/ I guess it's gonna be a handy tool when compared to Google docs as sharing parts of spreadsheet is considered.

  • Thx84

    I just use several cloud services and any additional free space is good in my book!

  • Ondro Mikláš

    direct picure upload like dropbox and I will use it - I have there 25Gb storage space, and it looks pretty nice

  • tBs_Battousai

    I voted no and probably won't as Livedrive.com is cheaper and offers much more storage...

  • Zs -

    No, I don't want to give Google a worldwide licence to use, reproduce, modify, publish my cloud stuff

  • http://www.facebook.com/kam.w.siu Kam Siu

    I'm in between right now. i currently have 24 gigs free from Dropbox (vs. 5gig from GD) and my wife and me certainly share a couple of folders between us two. I currently have Google Drive and my wife still trying to get access. I won't completely switch over to Google Drive as of now, but i'll still use it for other purpose. I would love to see GD increase its base from 5 gig to at least 10 gig. 

  • brainimp

    I see no reason to move away from dropbox its not like drive is superior in any way.
    That could change in future who knows but for now I'm sticking with what I know to be reliable and meeting my needs.

  • sgtguthrie

    I'll be using it for most everything because I have 25gb vs my 12gb on dropbox. I want a linux client first, but I love the google integration you can't get with dropbox.

  • http://twitter.com/rdlf2048 Rodolfo Ferreira

    I'm currently using ASUS' WebStorage, not gonna do that for too long though.
    You see, the thing I have in mind is to always keep my private files inside an external disk instead the cloud. So just keeping really essential stuff in there; In case I lose my external HD, they will still exist somewhere else.
    Dropbox has had its issues in the past.
    [ParaMode =on]Google drive is tied into their insane policy, so I'm afraid Google thinks it has the right to stick their nose into my personal files to 'provide' me Ads according to what I keep.[/ParaMode]

  • rj5555

    I canceled my 50gb/$9.99 month dropbox because I can use my 80gb/20$ year (old tariff) Google space now

  • https://twitter.com/#!/SydHaven Syd

    Where is the option for using more than one cloud storage option? I use DropBox + Google Drive now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H5LWYIFRBS6567CVPM7U5RUJSM Adam

    I was going to try it, but the Windows app says that I don't have cookies enabled so I can't sign in. I have cookies enabled.