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Google Drive offers quick storage and a really attractive layout. However, it's not worth getting too excited over as it just doesn't offer any landmark features if you're not already tethered to Google's ecosystem. If you just want some extra cloud storage, it's a no-brainer. However, if you're looking for one place to keep your data, this one might not be for you.

This app gives you 5GB of cloud storage to hold your files. If you want more, then you have to pay up; there's no way to unlock more by sharing or doing certain tasks a la Dropbox. Google Drive syncs in plenty of cool ways with Gmail, Calendar, and other Google apps you probably use every day. However, it only works as a file viewer and uploader. You can't make edits to any of your documents from inside the app. It will display your files as PDFs if you need to read them, though. The only thing you can actually do with your documents other than read them is pin them so you can use them offline. That's helpful if you're in a place where Internet is spotty.

The app rests most of its strengths on the service, itself. That means this app is the one you need if you already use Google's cloud to store your files. However, if you're looking for a great cloud storage app, Google Drive app doesn't have enough going for it to wow you. Still, 5GB of storage is nice to have, even if you already use another cloud storage service.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good!.............................................."

    December 21, 2013  |   By b3taisadonna

    Version: Google Drive 1.1.4.12

    Pros

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great improvements made - still not idiot-proof"

    September 29, 2013  |   By rlshappell

    Version: Google Drive 1.1.4.12

    Pros

    You can make documents readable offline, download them for editing or view them. I use my drive to transfer e-books from my PC to my tablet; it's incredibly fast and does show its progress.

    I LIKE the fact that I can't edit documents in Drive, I have to open it in an editing program, such as Olive Office. That way I don't accidentally delete important info.

    The free storage space has been increased - to 10 GB with an extra temporary 5 GB for 2 years. 100 GB is currently priced at only $4.99 USD at the moment.

    Cons

    The display is very basic and looks a lot like a computer file window - although this isn't really a con, but it could be prettier.

    Summary

    Drive does what it's supposed to do: store documents in a cloud so they can be accessed from multiple devices. It plays well with other apps and is free or very inexpensive.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Incomplete"

    September 20, 2012  |   By theMike44

    Version: Google Drive 1.1.4.12

    Pros

    I have played with it a bit and it seems to work well for me. You can create links to the files to send to others to click on and download the file.

    Cons

    No download counter. This is a must-have for me. I will be purchasing a pro account from the first one that includes a download monitor, Google Drive, or Skydrive.

    Summary

    Works great, but missing necessary components.

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