Google One Is Now Open for Everyone, But Is It a Good Deal? (lifehacker)

As recently seen on lifehacker (, here’s a great writeup on Google One, and a fantastic comparison to some other leading backup/sync providers:

Google launched its new “Google One” cloud storage plans back in May and started rolling its paid storage customers over to the new service. Today, Google is opening up Google One for new U.S. customers. Here’s what you get and how Google’s new cloud storage offerings stack up against the competition.

This post was originally published in May 2018 and was updated with new information about Google One in August 2018.

Google One: Way better than older Google Drive storage plans

Let’s talk storage. Here’s how Google One changes up what the company previously offered for Google Drive:

  • 15GB: Still free. Keep going crazy.
  • 100GB: $2/mo
  • 200GB: $3/mo (new!)
  • 1TB: $10/mo (gone!)
  • 2TB: $20/mo $10/mo
  • 10TB: $100/mo
  • 20TB: $200/mo
  • 30TB: $300/mo

In addition to that, Google One subscribers can share their storage allotment with up to five family members—or roommates, if you want to go that route, so long as one person doesn’t mind being responsible for the bill. (And, no, the account owner won’t be able to see or access files that “family” members store on the cloud).

Google One subscribers also get access to dedicated customer service from Google, which they can call up and pepper with questions about any Google service they’re struggling with. If you’re the tech resource for members of your family, spending $24 a year to give them the cheapest Google One plan—and someone else to bother with questions about their Gmail accounts—might be worth it.

On top of that, Google is also dropping in special “perks” for Google One subscribers—whether you’re a $2/month customer or $300/month customer—that include hotel discounts and Google Play credits. Google representatives said that Google One customers will enjoy more more perks going forward, but didn’t have specifics to share.

Google One versus everyone else

Google’s tweaks drop the price of its 2TB plan to the former price of its 1TB plan—effectively doubling your storage for free, especially since the 1TB plan is now gone. Google’s new $3-for-200GB plan is actually a slightly better deal, on a dollar-per-gigabyte basis, than its $2-for-100GB plan, but its $10-for-2TB plan now has the best price-to-storage ratio of all.

And here’s how Google One stacks up against the competition—AmazonAppleBoxDropboxMega, and OneDrive / Office 365:

😐Amazon: 5GB
😐Apple: 5GB
🔥Box: 10GB (250MB limit on all individual files)
❌Dropbox: 2GB
🔥Google: 15GB
🤔Mega: 50GB (1GB transfer limit for every six hours)
😐OneDrive: 5GB
Winner: Google (transfer limits are annoying)

Best plan <$5 monthly
😐Amazon: 100GB for $1/mo
🔥Apple: 200GB for $3/mo
❌Box: DNE
❌Dropbox: DNE
🔥Google: 200GB ($3/mo)
❌Mega: DNE (200GB for 5€/mo, so your final price in USD, as of when we wrote this, is just around $6/mo)
❌OneDrive: 50GB ($2/mo)
Winner: Apple or Google (tie)

Best plan <$10 monthly
🔥Amazon: 2TB for $10/mo
🔥Apple: 2TB for $10/mo
❌Box: 100GB for $10/mo
❌Dropbox: 1TB for $10/mo
🔥Google: 2TB for $10/mo
❌Mega: 200GB for 5€/mo (around $6/mo)
😐OneDrive/Office 365: 1TB for $7/mo
Winner: Amazon, Apple, or Google (tie)

Best plan <$20 monthly
🔥Amazon: 4TB for $20/mo
🔥Apple: 2TB for $10/mo
❌Box: 100GB for $10/mo
😐Dropbox: 2TB for $16.50/mo
🔥Google: 2TB for $10/mo
❌Mega: 1TB 10€/mo (around $12/mo, and a 4TB plan is around $22/mo)
😐OneDrive/Office 365: 1TB for $7/mo
Winner: Amazon (with Apple and Google a close second)

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