My intent was to title this blog Post Why I move to Google Drive from Dropbox. As you can tell the title tells a different story. Google have certainly created some amazing Apps and services and it really is suprising that Google Drive fails at one of the most important competitive factors; speed (especially considering the data centres and high-speed networks that Google has).
Why I chose Google Drive
I’ve used Dropbox happily for about two years. The only problem I’ve experienced with Dropbox was the PC app indexing continuously (which has now been resolved). I keep about 80GB data in my Dropbox account and sync data with multiple computers in addition to accessing Dropbox from my Android phone (I also keep various shared app files in Dropbox such as my Filezilla Sites file). In addition, Dropbox use the incredibly reliable and super-awesome Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure so the technology and network is of the best quality.
When Google Drive was introduced in April this year, I had no intention of moving from Dropbox even although Google Drive is a lot less expensive than Dropbox (Dropbox subsequently introduced new plans but are still almost double the price of Google Drive).
The reason I decided to try out Google Drive was for three key reasons:
- 2-step authentication: Security is paramount and after the widely-publicised Apple security fail, 2-step auth is an absolute essential (note: Dropbox now also offer 2-step auth).
- Simple integration of Google Apps / Google Docs (if you don’t use Google Docs you are really missing out).
- I use Gmail and many Google Services (e.g. Google Webmaster, Google Analytics, Google Reader etc.) so it’s just easier signing into a single account rather than once for Google and once more for Dropbox (i.e. when I’m on an iPad or my Android phone).
Google Drive needs Viagra
So I decided to install the Google Drive for Windows App on two computers and transfer some data from Dropbox to Google Drive. Oh … my … goodness! I am in absolutely shock at how unbelievably slow the speed is of Drive is. Running both the Drive and Dropbox apps and loading the same data into each and then waiting shows how slow Google Drive really is.
It’s understandable that software does need time to be tested on every device but, from what I can tell, there is no response from Google as to the very evident performance problems. Google Drive definitely needs Viagra as it’s losing a lot of lovin’ after disappointing many people. Come on Google, you can do much better!
Update: Google Drive has been syncing for over 16 hours and has only transferred 2.2GB (I use ADSL2+ Internet connectivity so it’s not slow Internet network speed). On my Windows Intel i7 processor desktop, Google Drive uses about 12% of CPU, 0.04% network bandwidth (why so little?) and +- 308,000kb memory.
Google Drive Grade: Fail
Until the sync speed is resolved, Dropbox can sleep well at night.