Ap­ple iCloud

£84/$120 per year – 1TB

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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

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