Amazon Prime’s Unlimited Photo Storage

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Amazon Prime is just that: Prime. Not only does the service offer free two day shipping on Prime eligible goods (which is basically everything), but they also offer a video streaming service, music service, a grocery service, and various other perks including the Kindle Lending Library which allows you to download a free book every month. Now Prime is adding a new feature to their treasure trove of services: Unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive. Hard disk space isn’t really at a shortage nor is it expensive, I personally have more than 500GB available on my local disk at the moment, but if you are a chronic picture taker with a small hard drive, or you just want a place to backup and share photos, this service is for you.

With your photos and videos stored on the Amazon Cloud Drive service you will be able to see them easily on your other Amazon devices, like Fire TV or Fire Stick, as well as many other devices that aren’t directly Amazon related. Of course there is an Android and iOS app already available which makes this service entirely useable. It may be that this service  will not end up as your primary photo and video viewing and sharing service, but that it will become a useful second back up of images on the cloud.

I’ve been playing with the app and it interacts seamlessly on my Nexus 5. The user interface is smooth and you can download the picture straight from the app or share it right there. There are not, however, any photo editing capabilities. You have an option similar to that of Google+ photos where Amazon Photo will upload your pictures as you take them. You can also choose to upload files only over Wi-Fi, or you can choose to upload only videos or only photos over Wi-Fi. This may seem like a trivial feature, but is actually very handy and shows that some thought has been put into the service.  If you don’t want photos to be auto uploaded, you can turn the feature off and simply share the photos you want to keep in the Amazon Cloud Drive right from your photos app.

Will unlimited photo backup be the last push you need to sign up for Amazon Prime?  Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

  Source: PC Magazine



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