Amazon Cloud drive is available across all your Android, iOS and desktop devices. AWS (Amazon Web Services) is the most commonly used cloud hosting service.
Amazon Cloud Drive
The two most popular ones right now are Google Drive and Dropbox. Google Drive comes with Gmail and integrates very nicely with many different Google services, which is why it is popular. Dropbox is great because of its simple interface. Amazon has now forayed into the online personal storage territory with the Amazon Drive. Amazon had one advantage over Google Drive and Dropbox; it entered the market so late that it had the chance to learn from Google Drive and Dropbox to make itself better. That is exactly what you’ll see with Amazon drive.
Amazon isn’t new to storage
If you are wondering why Amazon the online store is offering storage services all of a sudden, then you will be surprised to know that Amazon is the largest storage services company in the world. Their AWS (Amazon Web Services) is the most commonly used cloud hosting service. It is used by data intensive companies like Netflix. Amazon is an expert when it comes to delivering great storage services. It’s just that they have just now started focusing on personal storage as well; previously, they were focused on delivering storage services to businesses only.
Interestingly, Google Drive started out as a personal storage service, and Google recently entered the Cloud market that Amazon dominates with Google Cloud Platform Live. At the same time, Amazon, which started out as a cloud service, recently entered the personal storage market with Google dominates. The competition between these two companies can only mean better products for us to use.
What is the Amazon Drive?
If you’ve used Google Drive then you know what Amazon Drive is. It offers a very similar service, albeit with minor changes that might end up making a big difference. There’s a problem with many Google products; they always look like they are in beta. Google’s design sense is sparse at times, where everything seems drab and colorless. There are also strange functions hidden in places you’d never expect them to be. Basically, there is a huge lack of polish in Google Drive. For example – Google Drive has a built-in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) function. You’ll probably never discover it yourself – we used another OCR client for a year or two before realizing that OCR could be natively done on Google Drive.
Using the Amazon Drive is a breath of fresh air. It is very well designed and everything just works. The speed of the Amazon Drive is amazing as well – the storage is provided by the same people who provide Netflix to the world, so you know they know what they are doing. The only limit of uploading and downloading speed you’ll see will be because of your internet connection. Most people will probably never feel that what they are downloading is happening slow and uploads work just as well. The interface just makes sense. You won’t need to take a lot of time learning where things are. Amazon’s products usually have great interfaces and the Amazon Drive is no exception.
The Big Difference between Amazon Drive and others
There’s one major difference between Google Drive/Dropbox and the Amazon Drive – There is no free version of Amazon Drive. Right now, there are two types of storage: one has unlimited photo storage but limited video and files storage, while the other one is unlimited for all types of files. The fact that there isn’t a free version may drive some people away, but if you are a professional, then it is well worth the cost. If you are a photographer, then the unlimited photos package is a great deal. You’ll get much better and faster uploading and downloading them most competitors. The fact that this service is only available for a payment means it has been developed specifically for professionals.
Accessing the Drive
The best part is that Amazon Drive is a complete product – it arrived in the market with all the features you could want. The drive can be accessed in many ways. You can login from any browser on any computer from the Amazon Drive website. The interface is very intuitive and you’ll get up to speed in no time. If you want to access it from your tablet or phone, simply download the app. You can automatically upload all the photos you take and delete them from your phone, freeing up valuable space. You can also access it from televisions – for certain television models, the Amazon Drive is built into the Fire TV app. Basically, you can pretty much access the Amazon Drive from the devices you expect to.
When we said that Amazon is a complete product, we meant it. The Amazon Drive launches with a great app gallery and many more apps are on the horizon. You can create personalized picture albums with Montage, you can open Microsoft Office documents with Office Suite, you can program services to run automatically with IFTTT, and much more. The apps add a lot to Amazon Drive and also hint towards its open nature. Instead of having to use the Amazon Drive app, you can use many other apps to automatically sync your photos to your Amazon Drive storage.
Should you use it?
Amazon Drive comes with many great features and the question is – should you use it? If you just want to store some personal files then you don’t really need the Amazon Drive. You can easily get by with the free versions of Google Drive or Dropbox. If you are a photographer then this service will be great for you. We know how hard it is to store those raw images and how hard it is to select which ones to delete. Simply store them all with the unlimited photos package. If you are looking for storing files for your office in a secure location, then the unlimited everything version of Amazon Drive will be perfect for you.