Amazon’s Cloud Drive syncs your smartphone photos online while traveling
Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
Last year DropBox Camera Uploads was added to its iOS app that allows you to upload your iPhone’s photos on the cloud, which you can save using their desktop app. Now Amazon introduced a similar app called ‘Cloud Drive’ that does pretty much the same, except that with Cloud Drive you can set it to automatically back up your entire camera roll or select only the photos you want for batch uploading.
Another advantage of using Cloud Drive is that the settings screen offers a “Large Uploads” feature that prevents your iPhone from locking its screen, letting you keep the phone in your pocket without worrying about running into iOS’s background uploading time limit. Unfortunately, the app will only import photos, not videos.
Amazon gives you 5 GB for free with no time limit, which should hold more photos than the 1000. Want more space? Then upgrades are reasonably priced at $10 per year for 20 GB, or $50 per year for 100 GB, which is half the price of DropBox’s 100 GB plan. Similar to DropBox, you can also access your photos through Amazon’s web interface or its free Cloud Drive desktop apps.
Send your comments if you have used this app for your travels. We’d love to hear from you!