JustCloud vs Dropbox – Clash of the Titans or an unfair battle?
I really like checking Cloudbackuping’s web site statistics on a weekly basis. Every Thursday I go through my visitors’ stats, where they came from and what they did on this website. The goal of this process is to improve the overall experience a user sees and interacts with my website. Last week I saw a lot of people looking for the phrase “justcloud vs dropbox” and I realized I have no such article that would provide an insight into comparing both services.
The reason why I haven’t come up with such as comparison is that those services are different in their purpose for the user. In this post, I’ll show you how to compare those two services and what service you should choose.
JustCloud vs Dropbox – an unfair battle?
Before getting into the question of this post – if it’s a clash of the Titan or rather an unfair batte – let me quickly summarize what those services are for:
JustCloud’s main purpose is to provide unlimited online backup for your files. I’ve been testing this service for a couple of months now and they’ve improved tremendously compared to their first beta. That’s why it is one of the winners of this month’s backup services.
JustCloud also offers file sync and file sharing BUT this is sort of a byproduct of their service and it certainly does not belong to its core features and shouldn’t be seen that way. They do backup, and they do it well. There is always room to improve: they could compress files for faster backups or provide continuous backup but I am sure this is just a matter of time as competition is quite stiff in this sector.
That being said if your sole purpose is to sync your files across multiple devices JustCloud is probably not the best choice for your needs. If you are looking for unlimited online backup I can recommend this service as I am using it myself.
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Dropbox’s purpose, on the other hand, is file sync. That’s what made them big and why they are so successful. The service works almost flawlessly and is so easy to use that even my grandma is using it (only the free 2GB version, though).
Providing excellent file sync is expensive, that’s why Dropbox has some steep price point starting with $9.99/mo for 50GB, so far away of being unlimited. Yes you can backup your files with Dropbox, but I say you shouldn’t.
Another problem security concerned people might have with Dropbox is that your files are not encrypted with a private access key. So everybody who has your account password could access your data. Yes, you can use additional tools such as Boxcryptor but this is an extra step many consumers are not willing to make.
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Comparing apples and oranges?
It is close. As I said before both services satisfy different needs, while JustCloud is for backup, Dropbox is for sync. You have to gauge for yourself what you need. But nevertheless let’s dive a little deeper into a comparison of JustCloud and Dropbox:
Let me get into this table a little deeper and explain the comparison:
The price refers to the month-to-month plans. This can be useful if you don’t want to commit yourself for a longer period and just want to give the service a test. Both Dropbox and JustCloud offer annual plans where you can save money: Dropbox costs $99,99 per year and JustCloud $71,40. So the longer you commit yourself the more you can save. You can even purchase JustCloud for y biannual period for $118,80 which would come down to only $4,95 per month.
Maximum Online Storage
I’ve looked at the maximum storage that both services offer: JustCloud is an unlimited online backup service, so there is technically no limit to the amount of files that you upload. That’s why there is no change in pricing. However, almost all unlimited online backup services mention that they *might* cap the upload speed or storage. JustCloud is no exception here. I’ve stored more than 500GB with them and not run into trouble, I think this might be in their TOS to protect themselves for massive overuse. Though I think it wouldn’t be necessary.
Dropbox personal plans end at 100GB and pricing increases to $199,99 per year or 19,99$ per month. For me, this isn’t enough space for backup that’s why I chose JustCloud.
Both services allow you to share your files and folders with friends and family. I find both services to work very reliably in that regard. File sharing is crucial when you often find yourself sending large email attachments or other large files over the Internet. Just select the files that you’ve uploaded to the services’ servers and send your partner the link to access them.
Free file sync
Obviously, Dropbox is the king of file sync tools. They offer a 2GB free syncing space which is plenty for the average user. JustCloud gives us a merely 1GB of free syncing space but you can update it at additional cost. If you like to stick to one service only then this might be an option. However, Dropbox has been more reliable in my testing with regards to file sync.
Both services offer mobile access to your files. While Dropbox has a native App to access all your files JustCloud gives you a mobile ready web client that you can access from your smart phone’s browser. I like native apps better and would certainly wish JustCloud comes up with one, too.
Both services lack encryption of your files with a private encryption key. Yes, they do use server side encryption (AES-256) and an SSL to send your data over but everyone who gets a hand on your account password could see and use your data.
At the beginning of this post I asked the question: Clash of the Titans or unfair battle? While it is true that Dropbox is a Titan, JustCloud is still quite small. I’ve been testing this provider for a couple of months now and must say I am quite happy.
Both services meet different needs, so it’s hard to compare the two. If file sync is your priority and you don’t need much space, go for Dropbox. If you have huge quantities of data to back up, pick JustCloud instead or another unlimited online backup service.
Here’s my recommendation: why not combine both services? Perhaps 2GB syncing space is enough for you and Dropbox gives that for free, then you could sign up for JustCloud that takes care of your backups. I have this strategy in place right now and it works great.
JustCloud and Dropbox Reviews
I’ve written extensive reviews on both services. Also, you can find video tutorials on how to use the services. That’ll help get to know each service and make a better decision for your data.
Let me know your choice and why!