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Which Cloud Storage Option Is Better? Box vs Dropbox

Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage is an internet based space for storing various kinds of documents and files. 

Cloud storage is good for both business and individual use like the storing all of your videos and photos online, and also for business use such as doc, xls etc. If you’re working from your home, storing your documents and also sharing them with your team members over the internet is really essential. When you store your important files in the cloud, you also get the benefit of you being able to access them at any place and any time. 

Both the Box and the Dropbox are excellent cloud storage clients that offers much to their users. Let’s explore the cons and pros of Box vs. Dropbox and see which one you'll prefer or is right for you. 


Best for

Business use, thanks to the variety features of business-oriented subscription plans and a large number of integration options it gives. 


1.10 GB free storage with a free personal account

2.Third-party apps integration 

3. Easy to use interface

4. You can create an account even without sharing your billing information


1. Paid accounts are much more expensive compared to other cloud storage services

2. The variety of desktop and mobile apps for different purposes can be confusing

3. 250 MB file upload limit with a free personal account 

4. Box is an online cloud storage client that’s very easy to use and has a good clean beginner-friendly interface. Unlike other storage services, Box’s website gives you room to do more with your files than just to see, download, and share them. 


You can create different new documents right on the site, and move your files around, notes, create new folders, and also bookmarks. 

Desktop & Mobile Apps

Box desktop & mobile apps are where it can get you confusing. There’s a variety of apps that you can locate on the official Box Downloads page. They include the Box Notes - a text editor for your documents, Box Tools – a desktop app that is used for editing other file types, like the Office, Photoshop, CAD, Box Drive – a desktop Box client for quickly accessing your synced, and Box App – an app for accessing and sharing your files from your smartphone. 

The Box app gives a few unique features, like an ability to add your password so to keep your files safe, and an auto-upload feature that allows you to backup all of the photos and videos that you take on your smartphone automatically in the cloud. 


Box has many varieties of business-oriented plans, the starting is only at $5 per user per month that's for a Starter subscription plan. Most of these subscription plans offer unlimited storage, unlimited number of external collaborators, and also data loss protection. The most expensive  package of box that offers an unlimited storage space costs around $35 per user monthly. 


Best for:

Everyday use, as it is very compatible with almost every other app that you’re making use of.


1. A variety of useful native tools – Dropbox Paper, Showcase, HelloSign

2. Compatible with a large number of apps and services

3. Separate apps for every device free to download


1. The free plan comes with only 2 GB storage

2. Expensive paid subscription plans

3. Dropbox is a pioneer cloud storage service that is still the number 1 choice for many users. It’s a very simple, reliable and user-friendly file-sharing client that comes with some in-built tools like Showcase, Paper, and HelloSign for working with your documents without leaving the Dropbox. 


All of these tools are meant for collaboration. Dropbox Paper is a tool that you can make use of  to create new documents right inside the Dropbox web app and to allow other users to add emojis,photos, and videos to them, as well as comment on any part of your document. 

Showcase is a feature that is also available for those with professional Dropbox accounts that allows you to present your documents to other users and then track people's view or those that downloaded them. 

Desktop & Mobile Apps

Dropbox has its separate apps for pretty much any platform, including the Linux, Windows, Mac, Android, windows tablet, iPhone, iPad and Kindle. You can also just use the web client without having to install anything. 

If you install Dropbox on your computer, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the low impact of the app on your operating system. Unlike other cloud services, Dropbox does not have a full app interface on the desktop and it appears just as a little icon in your Mac’s ribbon menu instead. 


Whether you’re just an individual only looking to store your personal files, or you are a team of professionals looking to share and exchange any documents on a daily basis, Dropbox has a subscription plan that will be good for you. While all Dropbox apps are absolutely free to download, the free storage is just limited to just 2 GB. 

But with a paid account, you can get from the range of  2 Terra byte to an unlimited storage depending on the plan that you choose. There are 2 tiers for personal use – the individual use at ($9.99 per month) and the family plan use for ($16.99 per month), and also there are 3 tiers for professional use which is starting at $16.58 per month. 

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