- Editor's Rating
- Clean, efficient UI
- 7GB of free storage space
- Very nice view options
- No automatic sync
- Desktop sync requires Vista or Windows 7
Microsoft SkyDrive for Android lets users store files in the cloud; allowing them to download, upload, and share across devices. As Microsoft’s answer to Dropbox and other cloud storage services, SkyDrive offers users 7GB of free storage, whereas Dropbox offers its users only 2GB of free storage. As a new cloud storage service, it may not be the best out there, but it certainly has potential.
Overall, the performance of the app was slow to begin with and reviewers at BrightHand found the registration process to be arduous. However, the user interface was simple, easy to navigate, and responsive once testers were beyond the registration process. One feature clearly lacking from SkyDrive is automatic sync for photos. With Dropbox, users are able to automatically sync photos so that in the event of data loss, they are still available on Dropbox. Also, while SkyDrive is available for iOS, Blackberry, Linux, Apple Mac OS X, and Windows; users will only be able to sync files to a PC that is running Windows 7 or a later version of Vista. Anyone on an alternate platform will not be able to sync data to their PC.
Although there are limitations to SkyDrive, reviewers at BH state “Skydrive for Android holds the potential to turn into a very solid competitor.” While it may not have the key features it needs right now, with some minor improvements, SkyDrive could become a strong contender for Dropbox.