When comparing Google Drive vs Joplin, the Slant community recommends Joplin for most people. In the question“What is the best cross-platform note taking app?” Joplin is ranked 17th while Google Drive is ranked 26th.
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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 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 Built-in office suite
Includes tools for writing, presentations and spreadsheets.
Pro Mobile integration
You can work from any device, especially mobile.
Pro Save files to drive directly from Gmail
Drive lets you save any file from your email.
Pro Cheap for extra storage
$1.99 per 100GB, for up to 16TB.
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.
Pro Indexes images
You can search images by object, place, or face when they've been added to your google photos collection. Google Assistant also helps you find screenshots that could be archived, images that aren't in the correct orientation and pictures that would work well as animations or albums.
Pro Supports markdown
Pro Offline access
Supports Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.
Pro Supports tags for notes
Pro Supports multiple languages
English, French, and Spanish.
Pro Supports file attachments
Pro Web Clipper
Browser extension saves full pages, clean content, or screen selections to new notes.
Pro Open source
Peace of mind that there is no malicious piece of software in the app.
Pro Nextcloud support
Pro Active user forum with support from app creators
Support, troubleshooting, and new feature requests are easy to make at the user forum and you can contact the app creator directly.
Pro Optional CLI interface
Provides a CLI interface for terminal lovers.
Pro Timed alarm reminder for to-do lists
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 Terms and Conditions allow Google to own anything on Google Drive
They can create derivative works, they can perform it, they can modify it, and they can publish it at will. There are many other specific rights they take over your product. Read the Terms carefully and compare with ANY others.
Con Low bandwidth
Con No universal Windows app
Con Very unreliable
Desktop client constantly crashes.
Con Doesn't integrate well with OS
Con Sync issue under Linux
The Linux client has a bug that requires the user to click the mouse frequently in order for sync to proceed. This bug has been open for a while.