Amazon Cloud Drive might not be the first choice when it comes to cloud storage for many people, but its latest Cloud Drive desktop app update for Windows and Mac might give you something to think about. You can now automatically sync your Cloud Drive folders between various computers and use the Amazon Cloud Drive Photo app to sync your photographs with your PC or laptop.
Sadly the Android App is limited to just uploading photos and image file types, so it’s not quite as practical as Dropbox or Google Drive. But the automatic sync and backup feature does make Amazon Cloud Drive a suitable alternative if you’re only interested in syncing photos.
Amazon has done a good job of cramming in additional features too. There’s the Dropbox-esque ability to instantly auto-upload photos taken with your smartphone directly to your Cloud Drive. Cloud Drive Photos will also allow you to pause and resume downloads/uploads, so you don’t have to eat up all your bandwidth each time you sync. The photo viewer is also quite nice looking and just as easy to navigate as the standard Android gallery, so no more wading through lists of file names.
For storage space, Amazon Cloud Drive grants everyone a generous 5GB of free space, just like Google Drive, but is significantly cheaper than its rivals if you require additional storage. Amazon is offering extra drive space on a yearly subscription basis, as opposed to monthly. You can have 2oGB for $10 a year, 50GB for $25, 100GB for $50, or 200GB for $100 a year.
If you fancy giving Amazon Cloud Drive a try, you’ll need an Android 4.0 or higher device, and you can grab the download from the Google Play Store. You can also download the Windows or Mac desktop versions from the Amazon website.