I backup to both iCloud and to my Mac. If something happens to my Mac, I will always have a backup on iCloud.
What if you Mac crashes? What if you house has a fire?
You see the lament very often when a hard drive crashes. “I lost all of my precious photos of my dear departed mother!” No back up. A house fire is even worse because the backup gets destroyed too if you had one. Off site physical storage is too inconvenient for most but essential if you want to protect your photos and home movies fully. Enter the ‘cloud’ but people don’t trust it because of news media hyping of hacking incidents. Backing up to the cloud is a problem in the U.S. because of pitiful upload speeds, data caps, etc. Major U.S. ISPs are in no hurry to build out their networks or increase bandwidth as there is no real competition between them. They have all staked out their territories and don’t encroach on each other much. We in the U.S. are third world when it comes to broadband. We have just enough to be able to order stuff from Amazon and the providers like it that way.
It would be nice if I could "share" my 200GB or whatever with others in my family. Since a full iPhone backup to iCloud also backs up the photo roll I think [or whatever it is backing up is significantly large], you can easily go over the 5GB and 20GB levels. I've had to buy 200GB for me and for the wife and each of us is using like 40-60GB only... The 50GB limit for 99 cents is interesting now but I'd like to be able to get 200GB or 1TB or whatever and have my phone, the wife's phone, the boy's phone, and the various iPads all use it.
robbyx wrote: »
iCloud Drive sucks. No feedback on what has been uploaded and what hasn't. I've tested it side by side with Dropbox. Dropbox syncs instantly. iCloud Drive? It might sync. Or you might need to wait a while. It's like nothing has changed since iDisk.
Lower prices are great, but working services are better. I pay for iCloud storage so I can use photo library. Too bad photo library totally nuked my photos and now is inaccessible for another 18 days while it does whatever it does. I spent a while on the phone with apple care, even escalated up to the engineers, before finally giving up.
Pay for Dropbox. Pay for google drive. Pay for one drive. Skip iCloud.
Within the last month. I was hoping I could just get away with iCloud Drive, but it was such a disaster syncing items that I gave up. I had very low expectations, given my past experiences with iDisk. Sadly, my opinion of Apple's cloud services has not changed. Email has always worked very well for me, but that's it. Everything else pretty much sucks. As for Dropbox notifications, just unselect "show desktop notifications" in the preferences. I like how Dropbox (and Google Drive) show an icon representing sync state. Why iCloud Drive doesn't do this is beyond me. I've never had a sync conflict with Dropbox. While testing iCloud Drive for a few days between my two machines I had so many I stopped counting.
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Im already paying 99 cents a month, because the default storage just doesn't cut it if somebody has a lot of devices, but it's nice that they bumped the 20 GB up to 50 GB for the same 99 cents!:smokey:
I use Backblaze for cloud backup and have been pleased with it so far. They have a nice Preference Pane for setup and it just runs quietly in the background. Backups are encrypted before the data is transmitted. Another great option for off-site backup is Arq.
The vast majority of iPhone owners do not also own a Mac and likely do not own a PC of any sort. iCloud is their backup.
sog35 wrote: »
but does it backup your contacts? email? settings? and a million other things on your iPad/iPhone? Dont think so.
OneDrive is great if you have huge video files but for most users iCloud is much more hassle free.
Have to admit they do seem to be trying to profit off their supporting services quite a lot. Not that I begrudge a company to make money, but their supporting services are what make their hardware products so valuable and that's one reason I justify paying premium prices for their products. Mind you, they know most of us will then go and pay the additional $12/year to get what some would consider something that should be bundled with the product and its high price, but sure would be nice if they eased off just a bit.
Grrrr. Last month I upgraded my daughter's iCloud to 200 gig for $50.
You get five installs on most software (certainly from the App Store) -- that's just something MS had to start offering in order to be competitive, not the other way around.
Have you used OneDrive? People complain about iCloud, but I think OneDrive is worse. I can't find the same files and file structure in Office Online as in Office or OneDrive App on the desktop. OneDrive is no DropBox.
I hope soon, but now I'm thinking it goes live when iOS 9 is released.
Apple needs to stop worrying about what's convenient to their Finance team and start worrying about what's convenient to their customers. :-(
I'm on a legacy 25GB plan for $11.99/year, and while the new 50GB for $0.99/month is a better deal, I hate being nickled and dimed for monthly subscription charges. I don't want to be in a situation where I feel like I constantly have to monitor additional monthly credit card charges... At the very minimum, allow for payments from iTunes account balances.
OneDrive is no DropBox.
Exactly. OneDrive used to be more like DropBox, then Microsoft changed it into the abomination it is now by neutering the way it syncs. Probably was a requirement for all the NSA data gathering built into Windows 10.
Bottom line, if iCloud isn't sufficient for you (and how could it be?), don't look to OneDrive as a possible solution.
My household backup size needs changed dramatically, not because I was backing up more devices, but a couple of months ago when Photos changed and the camera roll disappeared. At the same time, it seemed that all our devices were being dinged for the same photos on each device (that's 3 iPads, 3 iPhone 6's, 1desktop, and 1 laptop...there are 2 ATV's in the mix as well, but I've no idea how they are involved...and another desktop and MBPro as well, but they aren't syncing - just thought I'd brag a little).
About a week ago I bit the bullet & upgraded to 200GB, but, when this actually becomes available (next week with iOS9 I'm guessing?), it's back down to 50GB, which should be fine for at least a while.