Review: iCloud

Important: Doesn’t work with products other than Apple. Therefor we don’t consider this to be a full contender and don’t include this service in our top lists.

General Review:

If you’re in the market for pretty much any technology product, there’s a good chance you’re going to at least consider using one made by Apple. The manufacturer has become synonymous with technology products that are as user-friendly as they are effective. However, when it comes to using an online backup solution, you really need to consider all of your options and simply going with a name brand won’t be good enough. That’s why we’ve provided the following review of the Apple iCloud to assist with your decision.

For Use with Apple Products

As we touched on above, Apple is definitely a huge name in the computer industry, so there’s a really good chance you buy your devices from them. That being said, it’s important that you understand that if this isn’t the case, you won’t be able to use Apple iCloud. Unlike a lot of their competitors—Microsoft OneDrive comes to mind immediately—Apple iCloud will only work with Apple products.

That might not be a huge deal for you if you already use them, but think about those you may wish to collaborate with some day. If you’re confident that you’ll ever only use the cloud for your own purposes, it’s not a big deal. However, if you have coworkers or clients you’ll be teaming up with to work on projects, it’s probably a good idea to consider other options on the market.

Pricing

Obviously, another very important area to consider is the price for using Apple iCloud. Just by signing up, iCloud will give you 5 GB of space for free, which isn’t a bad deal. This will be good for any of your files, but also things like your pictures and backups for your Apple devices.

The good news is that Apple recently updated their plans and became extremely generous with them. For just $00.99 a month, you’ll get an extra 50 GB. Pay $2.99 more and that becomes 200 GB. If you need a full terabyte, it will be an extra $9.99 a month, which really isn’t bad.

That being said, you’ll find many competitors out there charge far less. Dropbox, for example, will give you 2 GB for free and it works on any device. Google OneDrive gives users 15 GB for free and doesn’t consider other people’s shared items against that amount.

Interface

Another extremely important feature to consider with any cloud solution is its interface. It needs to be easy for you to use, of course, but you also want to make sure that if you bring on any one-time collaborators, they won’t need to waste a lot of time trying to get up to speed.

Oddly enough, using iCloud can be a bit confusing despite Apple’s reputation for the opposite. It’s far from impossible and you’ll no doubt get the hang of it after a few tries, but it was a surprise we don’t anticipate most people will have expected.

The main reason for this is that there is a separation between what is kept in iCloud and what’s kept in iCloud Drive. Your data from Mail, iMovie and TextEdit will all get kept in iCloud, but Contacts, Notes and Photos are stored in iCloud Drive.

This means you’ll need to become accustomed to clicking on the right apps to find your data. Again, over time, this should become second nature. It also won’t be a problem if you don’t have a diverse amount of materials you’re saving.

Overall, iCloud can definitely be tallied up as another big success on the part of Apple. However, there are a few things about it that definitely merit a closer look before proceeding with it.

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