Copy (Android) review: Affordable storage that doesn't skimp on features

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.4
  • Installation and Setup: 9.5
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good Copy is a competitively priced and decently performing cloud storage service. The app lets you download entire folders to your Android device, a unique and helpful feature.

The Bad There's no way to see all of your recent file uploads from your device to Copy in one place.

The Bottom Line First-time and veteran cloud users alike will appreciate Copy's affordable and simple storage offering.

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Copy is a simple cloud storage service from Barracuda Networks, a business-focused IT company. You can upload photos, documents, videos, and other files into the service so that you can access them from anywhere you have an Internet connection, or keep a backup of important files so you're less likely to lose them.

You get 15GB of storage for free, which is one of the most generous free storage options out there, compared to Dropbox, Box, and Microsoft OneDrive. Google Drive also gives you 15GB for free, but you split that space with your Gmail and Google+ Photos accounts, if you use those services.

A few months ago, I decided to leave Dropbox and seek out a different cloud storage option. I went searching for a service that was a bit more under-the-radar than Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, and that's when I came across Copy, which readers in the comments section of my cloud storage comparison article repeatedly recommended. So far, it's been a great replacement.

Pricing and apps

Getting starting with Copy is really easy -- you just need to sign up for an account with an email and password either in the app, or on Copy's website. Once your account is up and running, you'll have 15GB of storage space that you can immediately start using.

If you want to add additional storage space, it will cost you $10 per month for 250GB of storage for individuals. Copy also has business plans that are priced based on the number of users. There's a free plan for up to 5 users, and the paid plans start at $79 per month, or $890 per year, for 1TB and access for up to 10 users. There's also a referral program where you can earn 5GB of free storage when you get someone else to sign up for Copy.

Copy has a unique approach to sharing folders, in that you split the space with the people you share a folder with. For example, if you have a 20GB folder, that's shared between four people, that folder only takes up 5GB of space in each person's Copy account. In contrast, with Dropbox the entire size of a shared folder counts against your storage limit.

Like other cloud storage services, Copy has desktop software for Windows and Mac (Linux too), plus mobile apps for iOS and Android. You can also use Copy's website to manage your files. In this review, I'll focus on the Android app. but I'll also say the desktop apps are easy to install and use. Copy also has a handy tool on its website that helps you migrate files from another cloud storage service, which can take a long time to complete if you have a lot of files, but it works great.

File management

The Copy Android app doesn't have a fancy design -- it's simple, even bare-bones in places. Because of that, it can take a little time to find your way around the app, but it won't take long to get acquainted with it.

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Copy (Android)

Part Number: com.copy

Free

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  • Category File sharing and cloud storage
  • Compatibility Android