Hard to choose you will tell me. Here I will try to quickly compare OneDrive and iCloud. I say quickly because I think there is no need for a lot of blah to convince you.

I have deliberately missed out on solutions like Dropbox or Box because I find it too expensive compared to OneDrive. Although I have been able to use them for years.

Also I leave out Hubic created by OVH in 2011 because of the bad reputation on the forums although I could use it also I met quite a lot of problems of slowness too. Amazon Cloud drive share the nightmare of having two applications on gsm: one to make his backup and one to read the Cloud, what a strange idea.

In short, my specifications were simple. I wanted to be able to backup my iPhone photos automatically. The constraint was to be able to keep my photo data in the cloud while being able to remove them from my smartphone to make some free space.


Apple iCloud 

Let’s start with this solution whose attractive price of 0.99 € per month for 50 GB attracted me.

The backup is done without problem. It’s completely transparent as part of the iPhone. It saves everything in the cloud as soon as it is connected to wifi and to a power outlet. Synchronization at night when sleeping, for example. Perfect !

And so how to delete photos from my iPhone while keeping them in iCloud? The answer is quite simple it’s impossible. And there we wonder what Apple has chosen as a model of Cloud. So if I delete an image from the Cloud it is also deleted from my devices iPhone, Mac, PC, iPad etc … And the opposite is also valid if I delete an image of my smartphone it is removed from iCloud and others.

Apple iCloud is not a perennial backup solution. It just helps if you lose your iPhone or buy a new one. But that will not help you to make room.

So iCloud is eliminated purely and simply from my desire to use this service.


Microsoft OneDrive

Service offered by Microsoft it costs 0 € for 5 GB as iCloud but we quickly arrived at this capacity so I opted for the proposed premium offer: 1 TB for € 7.99 per month. Too bad there is no offer a little cheaper for less space. I do not need so much for the moment. But in the price is included full access to the Office suite with Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc … Welcome to Office 365.

Compatibility between MS apps is perfect regardless of the device. Outlook finds your images of OneDrive but it is also the case for other apps in all directions.

Cherry on the cake. According to my tests OneDrive is considered the Master understand that if you delete a file from your smartphone like iPhone for example a photo, well it will always remain in OneDrive. Solution therefore perfectly suited to my need for long-term backup.

So I’m voting for OneDrive right now. They offer the first month to try so feel free to give yourself an opinion if not you just have to take the free version.

If this were to change negatively I will update this article 🙂