Amazon Drive

Amazon Drive offers secure storage for all of your photos, videos, music, documents, and any other files that you may deem worthy of locking away from prying eyes. On top of being a simple file storage service, Amazon Drive also provides applications for many kinds of devices, and allows to stream media directly from the cloud without downloading it.

Amazon offers two main packages, one costs $11.99 per year and offers 100GB of storage, while the 1TB option is priced at $59.99 annually. However, those looking for more storage than 1TB can pay an extra 59.99 per 1TB (with maximum storage of up to 30TB).

This is fine if you wish to increase your storage by a relatively small capacity, but bare in mind that the cost will become rather extortionate if you do require 30TB.

It must be said that the cost of the Amazon Drive system is very reasonable (on the smaller scale). This is to be expected though considering how huge Amazon is as a company. With so many users, they can run their cloud storage service for a very low price per gigabyte – that’s scale economics for you!

I guess Amazon score high when it comes to pricing, the $59.99 annual fee for 1TB worth of storage is a great deal; this cannot be denied. And if you’re already an Amazon Prime user, it’s even better, because photos won’t count as storage used.

Amazon Drive is still a relatively young service, and it still needs a lot to learn. To give Amazon its due, the company has learned from its initial mistakes with cloud delivery, and the system has improved substantially over the last 12 months.

However, Amazon Drive is still behind a lot of the competition – particularly in the security department. File sharing should be password protected, and at-rest encryption should be included.

There are other criticisms as well, such as productivity apps and customer service faults.

To be fair, Amazon Drive is a good attempt considering they are balancing this service in between their 15,000 other projects! I would certainly recommend this service to Amazon Prime customers based on their pricing and storage capacity.