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Android App Review: Is Bitcasa Better than Dropbox?

Bitcasa, a newcomer to the cloud storage game, is offering free, unlimited cloud storage.

Bitcasa Logo

Don’t get too excited about the unlimited free program though, because it’s short-lived. Soon you’ll have to fork out $10 per month.

Bitcasa Pricing

I love the sound of infinite.

I’ve played around with the Android app and desktop connection for a couple of days now, and I’m impressed. The deep question I keep asking myself is, will I switch from Dropbox to Bitcasa?

Maybe.

Right now, I pay for 100 GB of Dropbox storage space. I upgraded from the standard-issue, 2 GB plan.

Dropbox Pro Pricing

My Dropbox storage costs somewhere in the realm of $120 per year. Switching over to Bitcasa certainly doesn’t save me any money, though I move from about 115 GB (I’ve earned some free space along the way) to inifinite space, for roughly the same price. Seems like a no-brainer.

Unfortunately though, I’m not finding the Bitcasa Android app as smooth as Dropbox’s. One of the biggest problems is that the app lacks a “share with” feature, which I absolutely love, particularly for pictures. Of course, you can automatically upload all of your camera photos, which may save you from a backup disaster. I guess the theory is that many people don’t “share with” Bitcasa in the way that I do – I share screenshots with Dropbox to upload to this blog – so photo uploads is the way to go.

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Bitcasa offers a similar “drive” on your computer, which syncs your photos, videos, and documents across the web.

Bitcasa Infinite DriveOne other advantage I see with this program is the ability to “mirror” folders. Mirroring copies a selected folder on your desktop and syncs it with your Bitacasa drive. Although I wouldn’t put substantial faith in this backup/restore ability, I’m loving the idea of another route for a redundant system. You can never have too many up-to-date copies of information.

Unlike a lot of cloud-storage services (Google Drive in particular), I’m satisfied with Bitcasa’s policy towards my stuff remaining my stuff.

Bitcasa Privacy

The Android app is nothing special, and as a Dropbox sentimentalist, I kind of prefer the Dropbox UI to Bitcasa’s.

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As you can see though, the app is pretty well done. For infinite, I think I can learn to love this design.

I think, as more app developers create Bitcasa integration, Dropbox is going to need to worry. Even as I type this post, I’m transferring files from Dropbox to Bitcasa.

3 Responses to Android App Review: Is Bitcasa Better than Dropbox?

  1. Luke says:

    Thanks for your review. I work at Bitcasa, and love the feedback! FYI, we are adding the “Share With” feature as we speak. An updated version will be available very soon. Thanks again!

  2. Chris says:

    Great review and completely agree. I joined Bitcasa in July 2012 but was an avid Dropbox and Google Drive user. Today, I’ve made the switch and will be moving all-in on Bitcasa. I can tolerate the growing pains while the apps refines themselves, etc. And, I completely agree that once integration becomes stronger, the other platforms will be chasing Bitcasa.

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