Smartphones are not designed just for calls and texts, they are a fundamental part of the intersections of different jobs. People use smartphones to record professional videos for their portfolio or to meet the demands of their clients. They are even using their smartphones to capture important moments in their lives. My point is that smartphones are ubiquitous today and that fact cannot be denied. But there are so many things you can do with smartphones if your storage is full. You can add a microSD card to an Android phone, but there is always an option for cloud storage, necessarily for iPhone users and optionally for some Android users.
If you opt for cloud storage, you have two most common options for your phone: Google Cloud and iCloud. You get a certain amount of free storage (15GB on Google and 5GB on Apple) when you sign up as a customer, but this amount is usually less than what you need. And for more storage, you should go for a subscription that gives you enough storage space where you can store your photos, music, documents, files, and phone backups, among others. But today these cloud storage subscriptions come with so much more, largely because these companies want you to buy them. The two largest subscriptions are Google One and Apple One and this is a comparison between the two.
Apple One vs Google One: price in India and what you get
Regardless of the services you get based on your preferred choice of subscription plan, price matters most. The list below shows how much price you will pay for each tier in Apple One and Google One subscriptions, and helps you decide which one to choose.
Google One at Rs 130 per month: At this level, you get 100GB of storage that is shared between your Google Photos and Google Drive files. You can also choose to pay for this plan annually at a discounted price of Rs 1,300 per year.
Google One at Rs 210 per month: You get 200GB of storage per month with this plan. You can choose to pay Rs 2,100 per year for this plan annually.
Google One at Rs 650 per month: You get a whopping 1 TB of storage per month with this subscription level. This storage can be purchased annually for Rs 6,500 per year.
Plus, you get access to Google experts, options to add family members at these tiers, and additional benefits for members on each of these plans. Google will also provide additional features within Google Photos, such as some advanced filters for photo editing under these subscriptions, but not much is known about how it will work.
Apple One at Rs 195 per month: Apple One subscriptions are not just about storage, but also about the full rainbow of services the company has to offer its iPhone users. For 195 rupees a month, you get 50GB of iCloud storage, monthly subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple TV +, and Apple Arcade services, making it a better deal than Google One in case you own an iPhone. Google One services are available for both Android and iOS, while Apple One is limited to Apple Music on Android, but is otherwise fully available to an iOS user.
Apple One at Rs 365 per month: With this subscription, you get 200GB of iCloud that can be shared between six members. The rest of the benefits are the same as the Rs 195 plan, but with the ability to share these subscriptions among the same six members who share iCloud storage.
Which one is better for you?
That depends on the device you use.
If you are an Android user, you definitely shouldn’t get the Apple One subscription. And for Google One, you have the option to skip it if you can get by with a microSD card to manually store everything, back it up on your own, and be sufficiently careful to send file storage to card. But if you think you should get a subscription, you can buy a subscription to Google One, although the benefits it offers compared to Apple One are disappointing.
By now, you’ve understood that the Apple One is intended entirely for iPhone users. Although they have the option to opt for Google One subscriptions, they are probably fine with Apple One subscriptions. If you need more storage, you can purchase iCloud storage separately, but that’s a stretch because 200GB seems like more than enough.