App Review Series: Dropbox

August 14, 2013
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I’d heard of Dropbox before and in fact I’d used it to get hold of some professional photos we had taken a few years back. The photographer had uploaded them to there and I just had to create an account myself to download them. Simple! Since then I’d not used it, though I had recently been thinking I probably needed to back up the thousands of photos I have. Photos I’d never want to lose.

Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, documents, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website!

It’s really simple to install. From your iPhone or iPad just grab the free app from the app store.

On your PC or Mac hop on over to the Dropbox website where you can download it with step by step instructions.

The great thing about Dropbox is how simple it is to use. Within seconds of installing it on my iPhone it was asking me if I wanted to back up my 900 odd photos. Admittedly it took some time (almost a whole day in fact) but I was happy once they were there because it means if I lost my phone not only are they backed up on iPhoto they’re also on Dropbox. There’s an option in the settings for it to auto backup any photos taken in the future too, genius!

dropbox camera roll

You can upload pretty much any kind of file to it too, which means you can then access them anywhere and from any device. I can imagine it would be great for businesses.

You get the first 2GB of data free, I’ve managed to get 4.5GB through setting it up to automatically save photos and videos (which earns you up to 3 GB additional free space) and through a friend referral (you get 500mb for every person that signs up). You can get up to 18GB this way and then the Pro packages start at $9.99 per month, so still not “break the bank” kinda money.

The settings and options are great, for example I set it up to only back up my photos when I’m connected to wifi so as not to use up my data unnecessarily.

dropbox settings

One of the good things for bloggers is that a lot of the platforms do plugins that auto backup your blog to Dropbox too. So it’s great for other things as well as photos.

Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • Free
  • Simple sign up
  • Secure and safe
  • Backs up those important snaps you take on your portable devices
  • Easy way to share photos with friends and family
  • The “favorites” tab for the files you want quick access to

dropbox favorites

Cons:

  • The first backup of your photos is quite slow if, like me, you have hundreds of them

dropbox photo upload

  • 2GB doesn’t go that far if you have a high res camera on your phone. I pretty much filled the 4.5GB I had, so you have to get people to join up if you don’t want to pay $9.99 per month.

Overall opinion:

It’s simple to download Dropbox from the iTunes app store and with the free 2GB it’s a no brainer really.

Will I be using this app?

Most definitely, and mostly without even needing to do anything with it’s auto backup features.

 

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Katherine blogs at Mummypinkwellies about life with her former 30 week, 2lb 4.5oz preemie, turned toddler. She blogs about family life, toddler crafts and activities, baking and cooking and lots more.

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