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CrackBerry Asks: Do you use Dropbox?

By Kevin Michaluk on 6 Aug 2012 12:17 pm EDT
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It's the August Long Weekend in Canada, so I've been out at the lake the last couple of days chilling with my family. I don't do this enough, so it's nice to take some time to visit, catch up and re-live my youth a bit.

I actually consider my two older brothers to be pretty good examples of normal mainstream technology consumers (I know people like myself who work in this space tend to fall outside of normal), so I like to question them and get their feedback on things whenever I have the chance.

My middle brother Mark is a mechanical engineer (he's a smart guy) and when it comes to gadgets, runs the mix of a BlackBerry / Apple / PC household. Him and his wife use BlackBerrys (Torch 9810 and Bold 9900), the kids each have an iPod Touch, there is both a PlayBook and an iPad in the house and while they have historically been PC users, there's now a Mac in the house too. That's a good mix of gear, so I expect him to be pretty in the know.

Consider myself shocked last night when I brought up Dropbox and he didn't know what I was talking about. Then I asked my oldest brother Tony (a shops teacher) and he didn't know either. I was flabergasted! We were debating the tech changes in the world over the past few years and what's been good and bad, and I mentioned Dropbox as one of those newer services that has been life changing. Seriously, I can't even imagine going back to a life without Dropbox.

The fact that my bros had never heard of Dropbox before, nevermind the fact they weren't using it, got me wondering how many of our CrackBerry readers are using it. I sort of assumed it was beyond the early adopter stage and already quite mainstream, but maybe it still has a way to go before coming a household name. Vote on the poll above and let's see where things stand. And in case you were wondering, yes, I immediately got them both bros to sign up for Dropbox and they're now using it.

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CrackBerry Asks: Do you use Dropbox?

56 Comments

I have BOX, DropBox, SkyDrive, USB thumbdrives all over the place - I still don't see the real need to keep more than a very VERY FEW files up on the cloud.... My case, I travel overseas a lot, can't rely on internet to get access to my important files. I got my 64GB playbook to store EVERYTHING i need. Sure Cloud can be useful to send files to other people, but if I have to go through the process of uploading... I rather just email it directly to the receivers...

Nope I don't use Dropbox as they don't have anywhere near the administrative control that Box.com services offer for a multiuser work environment.

Plus Box.com has a Playbook native application as well.

We use box.com every day and it works fantastically.

Why only 3 options (2 no, 1 yes) ? What kind of statistical data do you gain from such a narrow poll? You could have included 2 more options :

Do you use Dropbox?

YES! Can't live without it!
I do use it from time to time...
I have Dropbox but I don't use it on my BlackBerry
I know of Dropbox but I am not a user
I do not know what Dropbox is

food for thought ;)

Yeah. This poll really needs more options. None of these describes by usage.

In my case, I have the app and have uploaded a couple of things, but the BB client is too limited to be of much use, so I rarely use it.

Let it auto upload my photos or any directory without having to manually do it..

I would pay an infinite amount of space to dropbox.

I am no ifan, but icloud is the one key thing we are really, really, really missing on a BB.

A dropbox with Synced folders would be a g-d send.

Exactly what I was going to say....when they came out with that 50 GB deal I jumped on it.
I like Box, not dropbox

I moved to Google Drive as its cheaper for more space but I still have the free Dropbox account as well as a 50GB Box account.

I dont like Box as they set a limit on how much a single file you upload can be and I upload large amounts.

I really would love a native Google Drive client in BB10 but Files and Folders on BB10 will hopefully suffice.

I love it on my computer, but i don't use it on my blackberry. The bb app does pretty much nothing. Cant upload anything but photos, cant really download things...

Only google services. I hope Google will support Blackberry 10 becase I have everything in their cloud from music to videos.

Yes, but might switch to SkyDrive once Windows 8 launches. I'll be switching more stuff to the Microsoft ecosystem, with the exceptions of course of my smartphone and PlayBook.

+1 for SugarSync. Superior file management to DropBox, better apps on BB and iOS, I simply couldn't get my job done as efficiently without their awesome service.

Using Dropbox with Cloudfogger for encryption on computers but not on my BB's as per there's a lack of clients.

I used all 3 Dropbox, Box, and Sugarsync. One day it dawned on me I had the same exact files on each service, and those files numbered less than 30, so I dropped them all.

I purchased a Google Nexus 7 a day or two after they hit the shelves and have been happy with Google Drive, which I barely use.

I have to agree with a lot of comments here that dropbox is pretty useless on the BlackBerry. The free client only works with photos, while the free client for Android works with practically everything. The Android version also allows one to "export" a file, i.e save it to the device. Not really seeing that in the BlackBerry version. It is part of why I am more towards box.com and Google drive. Even without a native BlackBerry phone app (or playbook in the case of Drive) it is still more useful for me in having a very usable html5 Web Page for use with the devices.

Dropbox is probably my single most used app on my playbook and on my bb. I rarely use it to upload files but with it I have the main essentials for my office no matter where I am.

I use SugarSync.

I find their BlackBerry app to be the best out of all the other options. I also use the Android version on my PlayBook.

I use Dropbox, not like a lot. But lately, with Google unveiling Google Drive and Microsoft with their Skydrive, I'm finding Dropbox a lot less appealing. Both GDrive and SkyDrive are cheaper than Dropbox for the storage they provide and they're more integrated into other tools, like GDocs and Office. If I end up paying for one of the cloud storage services, it'll probably be SkyDrive because of its integration with MS Office and Outlook.

I do use dropbox..but the option I would have chosen was NOT a choice.

My answer would have been choice # 4: Yes--I have dropbox, but use it once in a while.

I do use Dropbox, but it's limited what you can do with it. BB10 really needs a native, secure cloud sync/ storage system, RIM step up to the plate!

I like how Kevin has it setup as referrals to pick on the free space they give for every new member...! lol way to mooch off your followers from crackberry Kevin.. :P

I feel no need to get Dropbox because I got a free (limited time) 25 GB upgrade to my SkyDrive... Yes... FREE! :D

It's a shame that there isn't a secure cloud storage solution (yet) for BlackBerry. Dropbox, Box, Skydrive, Evernote, etc. are only OK to store public documents.

Let's hope SpiderOak will deliver.

BB9900/PlayBook/AlphaDev/UK/CH

D) none of the above.

I have dropbox. I use it for very specific tasks i.e. sideloading apps onto my Android tablet... don't use it for data sharing or data transfer.

Dropbox le service de stockage en ligne, vient de changer ses conditions d'utilisation, et le moins que l'on puisse dire, c'est que cela fait grand bruit. En effet, la start-up de San Francisco a récemment ajouté un paragraphe affirmant que ce que vous postez sur votre compte Dropbox ne vous appartient plus tout à fait, et que le service Dropbox peut s'en servir comme bon lui semble... ?
TRADUCTION GOOGLE :
Dropbox storage service online, has changed its terms of use, and the least we can say is that it makes much noise. Indeed, the start-up of San Francisco has recently added a paragraph stating that what you post on your Dropbox account is no longer yours entirely, and the service Dropbox can be used as it pleases ... ?

http://onsoftware.softonic.fr/dropbox-change-ses-conditions-dutilisation

stocker que des photos video musique pas de document de valeur.

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Dropbox storage service online, has changed its terms of use, and the least we can say is that it makes much noise. Indeed, the start-up of San Francisco has recently added a paragraph stating that what you post on your Dropbox account is no longer yours entirely, and the service Dropbox can be used as it pleases ... ?

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hubiC est le service de stockage en ligne lancé par OVH, spécialisé dans l'hébergement sur internet.
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Vous y accédez ensuite à tout moment, via un accès privé et totalement sécurisé.
Une simple connexion Internet suffit pour accéder à vos données. Sur votre PC, chez un ami, depuis votre tablette, ou même dans la rue avec votre smartphone, hubiC vous suit partout !

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I am SUCH a Luddite. I got a Playbook 64 for Christmas and, while I love it, I am still learning about the unit and all the available/useful (to me) applicaitons.

One thing I wanted to do from the outset was update web pages (albeit as a back up method to the usual means of doing it on the PC), so found a suitable app to edit text (Syntax) and another for organising the files (Files & Folders). However, I was still hamstrung by not being able to synch folders between the PC at home and the Playbook. If I modified anything on the Playbook, I had to wait until I got home to copy files across before I could upload the editted pages.

I opened a Dropbox account today and hope that I will at last be able to keep everything up to date and more simply synched. Time will tell, of course but I am hoping Dropbox will make the Playbook even more indispensible. Not grammatically correct, of course but I'm sure you know what I mean.