ver lost a precious memory because you for-
WHAT DO APPLE PHOTOS AND GOOGLE
got to back it up? With these two major photo
management solutions, those concerns should
be a thing of the past. But which one should
you pick? In this article, I’ll go in depth to find
out. I’ll compare cost, file formats, upload qual-
ity, and a number of other factors in order to
help you make an informed decision.
PHOTOS HAVE IN COMMON?
Both apps are considered cloud-based photo management
and backup solutions. This means that they both store your
images on the cloud (or provider-hosted servers) and provide
you an automatic backup for your photos and other treasured
memories or files. The apps also provide you with ways to
organize your photos for later perusal, be it by date or by subject matter.
In terms of raw cost, Google Photos is the choice you
should make. Apple’s native app shares storage space with
your phone backup, app data, and other files that are automatically backed up. Unfortunately, this free storage is limited to
5 gigabytes, and that’s nowhere near enough to store most
photos and everything else. A lot of us have both iPads and
iPhones, and just backing up the two of them can consume
quite a lot of that free storage, leading to the dreaded iCloud
Storage is Almost Full warning message. You can mitigate
this by purchasing the extra storage space ( 50 GB/month for
$0.99), which is what most people normally do.
Google Photos, however, offers unlimited storage space for
photos, although it stores them at a reduced quality (more on
that later). It’s certainly not doing that out of the goodness of
its heart, though: Google will use your photos to analyze your
data for more specific targeted advertisements, of which they
get a cut whenever you click on them. However, if you’ve already got a Gmail account (and you likely do), they’ve already
been using it to build up a set of data that they use to provide
more targeted ads.
APPLE PHOTOS VS. GOOGLE PHOTOS
WHICH PHOTO MANAGEMENT SERVICE WILL WIN?
BY KENNETH BOSHELL