Color me an old-fashioned crazy, but I like app names that are descriptive. Apple has some. Mail. Calendar. Contacts. Messages. Pictures. Notes. Reminders. Even pages, numbers and Keynote are called decent.
Safari? Uh, not so much. iCloud Drive? You have to think about what it does. I like Dropbox, but it falls into the same category as Google Drive and Microsoft's OneDrive. The latest return and sync application that has some promise is from Google.
Sync? Or, Backup?
There may be a nuanced difference between a backup and a sync, but whatever your needs, Google's new backup and synchronization program does just that. It can back up your Mac files and keep them in sync between devices so they are available ̵
Backup and Synchronization works a bit like iCloud Drive's backup. At the top is the ability to back up Macs Desktop and Documents folders. Images are a separate option.
What you get is what you expect. An automatic backup of everything important. Pictures, Documents, Desktop Folder. What is missing is pictures and music, but there is a separate problem for another time, partly because the extra storage can be expensive.
ICloud comes with 5 GB for free and talks about storage and costs. 200GB is $ 2.99 per month. 2TB is $ 9.99. Compare it to backup and sync using your Google Account. 15 GB is free. 100GB is $ 1.99 per month. 1TB is $ 9.99. And 19TB is $ 99.99 per month.
No apples for apples there.
Nevertheless, Google's backup and sync application can't be much easier to use on Mac.
I do not want to get into the whole "backup" is a noun and "back up" is the verb, but you get the idea. Files are backed up to Google's cloud and files are available on other devices. So it all seems like iCloud Drive, but with a menu selection to see what is happening at the time.
Just click on the icon to see the current status. However, within backup and synchronization, you can right-click to open specific files in the appropriate applications.
Simple peasy, right? And not bad either, neither. Up to 15 GB.
Someone in Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Dropbox and elsewhere have determined that the future of file storage and storage will not be local, despite falling prices for attached storage devices such as SSDs on our Macs. 19659002] The cloud is the future. At least the future of backup and synchronization. I am glad we have choices and competitive prices. And Google wins this with the most descriptive name.