Google and Dropbox both offering syncing facility on their Android mobile apps. But Dropbox has managed to outdo Google comprehensively with this functionality making Google+ Instant Sync feature utterly useless for me.
Here are some of the core reasons.
Dropbox does not require you to turn on Sync on your phone. It connects and syncs the photos and videos on the phone automatically. You can set it to do it only on wireless internet connections and that’s what it would do.
Google+ requires you to configure the feature and turn on Sync to start the syncing process. This is a headache because that turns on sync on multiple apps which you might need at that very moment.
Dropbox backs up the original photos along with videos. Google+ resizes photos to 2048px.
Dropbox syncs these photos and videos to your computer if you have their desktop app running. Google+ does not offer anything in this regard. Getting the same photos to your computer is a painful process. If Google had added this feature to their Google Drive app, it would have made things whole lot simpler.
With Dropbox, I can take a screenshot or a photo on my phone and it would be on my computer to use within a couple of seconds. This is pretty amazing. Windows Phone 8 would offer something very similar with SkyDrive. Google still does not get it.
The biggest problem here is that Google+ photo/video storage has no connection with Google Drive. Instead of having a single storage point, Google actually has three different platforms right now: Google Picasa, Google Music and of course Google Drive. I plan to do another rant post on why these three services needs to be merged together!