Android Cloud: Dropbox

The cloud, online storage file, it has become one of the terms of fashion on the net. Arguments in favour or against, the truth is that it has become a very useful tool for many of us. Given its importance, and the arrival of this service to Android devices, we want to bring you a special to speak of such applications.

We begin our series of articles with a classic: Dropbox. Many already know it but we can not ignore its importance. Today is one of the most used services which is not trivial: has a good number of particularly useful features that I will explain below. Made this introduction, let’s.

Dropbox, features, and options

As we opened the application, after our account details into Dropbox, we find ourselves with the main menu of the application: a list with different folders and files that we have in our account. The interface is simple which allows easy and orderly navigation since every document and folder has an icon on the right with different shortcuts for fast action.

In this respect it complies perfectly. No watermarks and confusing menus. Use Dropbox on Android is very simple, as any of the many explorers of files that exist to see the documents that we have within our phone. The search engine works perfectly and if we have many folders and do not remember the address of a particular file is the best way to locate it.

In addition to move through folders Dropbox allows us, as not, open files. That Yes, need to have applications installed that will allow us to do this action. I.e., if you want to read a pdf will have to have a PDF reader, as well with other types of files: documents of suites of Office Automation, etc..

The exceptions are the images and text in txt format documents. Dropbox features with a Photo Viewer that allows us to move from one to another by sliding your finger or zoom in on them. In addition, can preview them in the list of files, something very useful if for example we have imported images from the camera and come with coded names that do not give us a clue of what goes in them.

On the other hand we have the txt. Since Dropbox we can open them and edit them through a simple editor. It is not the most useful function of the application but it can be useful for specific situations where you need to make a quick annotation.

Although normally think of the cloud as a closed space and an extension of your physical hard drive, the possibilities for share documents they are very useful and Dropbox, thanks to the integration of Android, allows us to do it with ease. Whether specific files or folders can put at the disposal of the rest whatever we want with a couple of keystrokes.

In regards to the upload to Dropbox plays very well. In the center of the top menu tab we will not find the option in question. As simple as selecting which files you want to upload, to where and ready. The transfer speed will depend on your connection. In the tests we’ve done, both WiFi and HSPA, the transfer rate has been very good.

In addition to working with files in the cloud, You can also download them for use at any time without the need for connection. So we have several options, either save them to SD through the option of exporting or mark them as Favorites, with a star, so download them automatically. The first, manually saved in the memory of the phone, will not appear in the top Favorites tab.

One of the latest additions to Dropbox, of which I spoke a few days ago, is the possibility to set the application to automatically upload photos and videos in the background. Personally is a feature that I find quite useful because helps me to file them and have it always at hand later on the computer. In addition, we can set it up so that it only upload files via WiFi, if we do not want to eat much in the data rate.

The cloud are many advantages, especially if we use a mobile device but eye: also can give us an annoyance if we lose our smartphone. To do this, if we have not set a pattern of security on the unlock screen, Dropbox has the option to ask us an access code to prevent unauthorized access to our archives.

Connectivity to the desktop client and other mobile operating systems

Using Dropbox in the mobile is very useful but to achieve their maximum potential We must integrate it with the rest of devices that we have: computers, tablets and other mobile… The desktop version, both the Linux and Mac and Windows, has an excellent integration with systems of each file. If we also have a Blackberry or a device with IOS also version exists for these.

In addition to connecting with other devices the Android version has great added value and is the ability to integrate with other applications of the system. If for example we are Titanium Backup users we can upload our system backups to the cloud. If we use OnePassword to store passwords also we can use it to have it always at hand.

Dropbox, space and price plan

Dropbox offers free 2GB of space in the cloud. Enough to start, but that more than one is too small in a short time. If we want more we can participate in different activities that makes the company as little games. Right now, we can get enough space for free, Xataka On guys explain how.

If it is still small Dropbox offers different monthly fees: 50GB for 8 euros a month, 100GB / 1 TB for 605 euros a year with access to five different accounts and 19.99 for 16 euros.

Conclusions

Dropbox has established itself as one of the articles files in the cloud. The Android app works perfectly and its integration with other equipment is excellent. In addition, its developers released quite frequently updates to add new features and fix bugs. To date, the app was not as complete, it is one of the best options. The only downside: the free space we feel rather small.

Dropbox version 2.0.1

  • Version of Android: Since 2.1
  • Developer: Dropbox
  • Download it in: Android Market
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Productivity