- Editor's Rating
- Easy-to-use software app
- 5GB free storage for anyone with an Amazon account
- 1TB maximum storage
- No automatic monitoring for uploads of changed files
- Eight device access limit could be problematic
Amazon Cloud Drive is free software, which offers users access to cloud storage, with 5GB free, via Amazon\’s website. The software can be downloaded to a Mac or a PC, allowing users to easily upload files from a PC to the cloud. Beyond the 5GB of free storage, the pricing tiers are competitive when compared to other services. It is also more basic than its competitors, offering fewer features and options. For anyone who does not have a lot to store and those who are not looking for a feature intensive program, Amazon Cloud Drive is a good fit.
The maximum storage available is 1TB and users can allow up to eight devices, including web browsers and mobile devices, to access the Amazon Cloud Drive. One thing to note is that each browser counts as a device, so if a user has Internet Explorer and Mozilla to access the cloud, they count as two devices. Also, files that are uploaded are not automatically updated within the cloud, meaning that the program does not scan your files for changes to files saved to the cloud. But for anyone who just needs to store files and documents that do not change, then this should not be a problem. For $100 per year, uses can get 100GB of
storage on Amazon cloud Drive, making it half as much as Dropbox.
Overall, the Amazon Cloud Drive will more than suffice for anyone in need of inexpensive, easy, and basic cloud storage. Anyone who wants files to update automatically when changes are made, is looking for easy sharing options, or requires extra features, should look at another service.