Bitcasa, a newcomer to the cloud storage game, is offering free, unlimited cloud storage.
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.
I love the sound of infinite.
Right now, I pay for 100 GB of Dropbox storage space. I upgraded from the standard-issue, 2 GB plan.
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.
Bitcasa offers a similar “drive” on your computer, which syncs your photos, videos, and documents across the web.
One 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.
The Android app is nothing special, and as a Dropbox sentimentalist, I kind of prefer the Dropbox UI to Bitcasa’s.
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.