DROPBOX: A useful app for sharing files

APP REVIEW

By Riasat Raihan

images-(1)Dropbox (iOS /Android) is a free and extremely easy-to-use tool for sharing files, photos, and videos, and syncing them among your devices. You can also use Dropbox to back up files and access them from other computers and devices (including smartphones and tablets), with dedicated apps for each device you own. Cloud-backup service is a crowded category within both major app stores. With cloud-based storage from big companies such as Google Drive, Microsoft’s One Drive, and Amazon’s Cloud Drive, Dropbox has some stiff competition. But Dropbox keeps adding improvements with every update, and continues to attract users with an intuitive interface and useful features. Dropbox’s intuitive interface is part of what makes this app such an obvious choice for syncing files. When you install Dropbox on your iPhone or Android device, you’ll have immediate access to your uploaded files. You can also access the folder from other computers or smartphones, or anywhere you have access to a Web browser. Even better, you can use the app to share files with other people — either through a designated “Public” folder (for everyone), or by setting up a shared folder for specific users. On Android, buttons for navigation are across the top, while on iOS they reside at the bottom, but there’s no difference in usability. Your Dropbox folder is the main screen, but you also have buttons to quickly view your photos folder (and enable auto-uploading); look at favorited files (the best place to keep things for quick access — even offline); and a settings section where you can review your account info. The app settings also let you upgrade your account and add a passcode lock to Dropbox if you need added security. Dropbox is especially good for backing up your files online, although the biggest barriers to this are the size of your backups. You get 2GB free with Dropbox, or you can choose 100GB, 200GB, or 500GB with a monthly fee. There are also business plans that start at 1TB for five users. You’ll just have to make sure that the files you want backed up live in the Dropbox folder. Overall, Dropbox gives you a lot of useful features for free, has a remarkably smooth interface and is easy to use. The redesign of the app makes it look even cleaner, and added features every update continue to keep Dropbox relevant even in a crowded cloud-storage category. Though it only gives you 2GB of free storage to begin with (along with several tiers of paid storage space), it also lets you complete goals within the app that simultaneously advertise the app to other users while adding space to your storage total. Once these challenges are completed, you’ll end up with much more than what most of the biggest competitors offer.

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