HTC… What are you up to? What’s up with so many “joint” ventures in the mobile world? Whatever HTC’s plan is… these ventures are cent percent beneficial to its users. First it was HTC clubbing with the audio giant Beats. We have seen the release of few Beats specific models which seriously bring in a new dimension to the world of music with the Beats headsets. Now HTC has joint with Dropbox to provide its users preinstalled in the device.
Oh yeah for those new to Dropbox, Dropbox is simply a cloud storage network which provides storade on a rental basis. 2 GB is available for free for all.For $9.99 a month, users can upgrade to 50GB of storage, or 100GB for $19.99 a month. Now moving on to the HTC – Dropbox relation. Sony Ericsson had made a similar offer but the users still got only the 2 GB of storage so the deal was petty much worthless as anyone could get it for free. HTC on the other hand has made sure that the deal means something to the users. It provides 5 GB of cloud storage for free for all its users.
Here is what HTC wrote on it’s official facebook page – “We’re happy to share the good news with you here, first.We recently partnered with Dropbox! So, now Dropbox will come pre-installed on all Android phones, giving you 5GB of storage.” Does this remind you of any other service… Yes the iCloud, this is very very similar to the iCloud. It’s usually Samsung that is in constant war with Apple. For a change HTC has taken Samsung’s position.
The pros of Apple’s iCloud are as follows
- any media purchased through iTunes is automatically uploaded to iCloud, and does not deduct from the allotted storage.
- Users can also choose to have all their new photos, up to 1,000 pictures, automatically uploaded to iCloud.
- Users of iCloud can also upgrade to 10GB for $20 a year, 20GB for $40 a year, or 50GB for $100 a year.
So the above are advantageous , but we non iOS users are helpless and Dropbox is the best alternative. HTC has done a great job partnering with it. May its not a sign of competition. May be its just the very fact that the world is moving towards the cloud.