When comparing Syncthing vs Google Drive, the Slant community recommends Syncthing for most people. In the question“What are the best personal file-syncing solutions?” Syncthing is ranked 1st while Google Drive is ranked 4th. The most important reason people chose Syncthing is:
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Pro Free and open-source
Licensed under MIT.
Available for Linux, OS X and Windows and web.
Pro Reasonably active community forum
Pro Works out of the box
Requires no configuration to protect your privacy; it just works.
Pro Unofficial Android client available
An Android app was created by a third-party.
Pro 15GB free
This space is shared across Drive, Gmail & Picasa.
Pro File sharing & collaborative editing
Google account holders and non-holders can be set to access and/or collaborate on files/folders in real-time. Additionally, you can find files you've shared not only by filename but by person you've shared the files with.
Pro Integrates with other Google services
For example, you can use search to search through both Drive and Gmail.
Pro Built-in office suite
Includes tools for writing, presentations and spreadsheets.
Pro Cheap for extra storage
$1.99 per 100GB, for up to 16TB.
Pro Mobile integration
You can work from any device, especially mobile.
Pro Extended functionality via apps
Third party Drive applications running in Chrome or Android can add functionality such as image/video editing, project management, flowchart creation, etc.
Pro Save files to drive directly from Gmail
Drive lets you save any file from your email.
Pro Revision control
By clicking Ctrl + Alt + G in Windows or Command + Alt + Shift + G is OS X you can access previous version of the file.
Con In beta
Although mostly stable, such stability is not guaranteed, and support is only community driven. Caution advised.
Con No official client for Linux
Google as of yet has a client for Linux, leaving many who use the service forced to use third party apps or the webpage.
Con Data privacy not guaranteed
Data privacy is widely known as one of Google's weaknesses. Data shared through Google is most likely matched up with the user's profile inside other Alphabet inc. subsidiaries, and, due to the business model, used commercially.
Con Low bandwidth
Con Very unreliable
Desktop client constantly crashes.