£84/$120 per year – 1TB
iCloud has adapted over the years, and as with Google and Amazon’s services, it offers a complete back-up solution for all of your photos and other files. All Apple device owners are allocated a small allowance of 5GB for free, then Apple offers a series of plans to extend this, from 79p/99¢ per month for 50GB. The 1TB option, which is probably enough for most users, costs £6.99/$9.99 per month, or you can pay £19.99/$19.99 for 2TB. Any additional storage over this is charged according to what you need.
Once activated, the folders you have selected are uploaded to the cloud automatically, which frees up space on your computer. If you delete a file from your machine then it will also be deleted from the iCloud. This makes it an intelligent back-up solution for all files and not just photos.
Apple uses its own Photos application to both view and download images from the cloud, and this app is available across Apple devices, as well as directly through a web browser. It enables you to quickly access, organise, download and share your images in one of the most streamlined interfaces available.
Pros Integrated part of the Mac OS for easy workflow
Cons Not so good for PC users, who need the iCloud for PC app
We say Well priced, with scalable storage plans
Integrates perfectly with Apple devices, but additional storage costs do rise quickly