There has been quite a bit of hype about Cubby from Logmein recently. It is a Dropbox competitor that works well and offers more storage.
I gave it a try and liked it instantly. There are many Dropbox competitors out there but none of them had convinced me to even try them.
iCloud is Mac only, so no possibility of using it on my Windows 8.
I had no reason to sign up for Skydrive. And Google Drive had several issues that I read about in reviews like documents opening in docs only and what not.
Cubby, however, is like a Dropbox upgrade. And I am using it regularly now. Here’s a small comparison.
CUBBY VS DROPBOX :
Dropbox is simple and just works. However, I don’t like having everything inside one folder. I am a very organized person and have partitioned my hard disk in to 6 partitions. And having just one folder synced is a big problem.
There are some books that I’d like to have on move. But not all of them. With Dropbox, I have to make a folder inside Dropbox. This will create problems. Either I copy the books or move them. I will have two separate places to search for.
With Cubby, I can simply make a folder Cubby and it will sync, as simple as that.
Then there is ability to retrieve deleted/changed files. Dropbox has this feature but it requires a paid upgrade. With Cubby, this is absolutely free.
Dropbox has 2 GB base storage and offers 500 MB per referral. You can buy additional storage if you need.
Cubby has 5 GB base storage and offers 1 GB per friend. They have yet to reveal paid plans though. However, I will surely go for a paid plan as not requiring change in directory structure is a big plus.
Both Dropbox and Cubby have good mobile apps. However, there are some features that Cubby lacks. There is automatic photo upload that works beautifully in Dropbox. Cubby lacks anything like that.
Both apps look good and work well. Dropbox gets the win here, however.
Both support all the mobile platforms and major desktop platforms. Cubby lacks Linux support for now, however.
Linux support nets 1 point to Dropbox.
Both clients are very light and use almost no resource. To test them, I dropped a 10 MB Powerpoint presentation in both Dropbox and Cubby.
The memory usage remained constant. Dropbox uses almost 4 times the memory of Cubby. However, the memory usage was 12 and 48 MB respectively, which shouldn’t be an issue for any of the modern computers.
Still, that will get 0.5 point to Cubby.
Both the services are almost equal for now. However, Cubby has that little edge. If their pricing is competitive, they can be a big player in cloud storage wars.
Which one of these will you prefer? Are you already using one of these? Is Cubby a worthy Dropbox Competitor in your view ?