Google Drive

£96/$120 per year – 1TB

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Google has been of­fer­ing a cloud-based stor­age so­lu­tion for a few years. The com­pany also of­fers a huge range of other prod­ucts and ser­vices that all tie into one huge ecosys­tem. This is of­ten be­wil­der­ing, as there are so many parts, and sep­a­rat­ing what’s free from what’s paid for can prove quite com­pli­cated.

There are ba­si­cally two parts to Google im­age stor­age. The first is Google Pho­tos and the sec­ond is Google Drive. Google Drive is a cloud stor­age fa­cil­ity that en­ables you to store files of any type, and it has a slid­ing pay scale de­pend­ing on the ser­vices and the size of stor­age you want, up to a truly mas­sive 30TB.

Google Pho­tos is spe­cially de­signed to store and or­gan­ise your im­ages. It’s also by far the clever­est of all the sys­tems here and is free for un­lim­ited JPEGs, but it doesn’t sup­port RAW files. For these you’ll need Google Drive, and they will count to­wards your stor­age limit.

Google Search is what Pho­tos is re­ally about. When you en­ter a search term such as ‘trac­tor’, Google will fil­ter the re­sults us­ing vis­ual anal­y­sis in sec­onds, with no need for man­ual key­words. It’s a pretty neat party trick.

Pros Au­to­mat­i­cally sorts and cat­e­gorises your im­ages

Cons Google Pho­tos doesn’t sup­port RAW im­age files

We say Give it a go – it’s worth it for all of your gen­eral im­ages

Google Pho­tos of­fers in­tel­li­gent search and un­lim­ited stor­age for JPEGs up to 16MP

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