– We spend a lot of timeon Google Photos here at Dotto Tech for a good reason.
It is an amazing product.
Far from perfect, butnevertheless an amazing tool.
Now, a few weeks ago I dida video on the benefits (wooshing)of Amazon Prime and one of those benefitsis Amazon Photos, which is also an amazing tool.
Far from perfect, but an amazing tool, and it got a lot of interest from you folks, our community.
So today on DottoTech Ithought we would take a look and compare AmazonPhotos and Google Photos.
Two apps enter.
(pinging) Probably two apps will leave as well.
(sad electronic music) But that’s today, on DottoTech.
(bright music) Steve Dotto here.
How the heck you doing this fine day? And I hope today thatwe’re gonna be able to open your eyes as to the differences and the similarities between Google Photos and Amazon Photos.
Now both them have a lot more in common than they have differences.
They both cost yousomething to have access to.
Google photos appears to be free, but really it’s costs you your privacy to use Google Photos.
And Amazon Photos is a paid service unless you are using Amazon Prime, in which case it’s free.
But you still have tobe paying Amazon Prime to keep your Amazon Photos account going.
So it costs you money.
And that probably costs you a little bit of your privacy too, butnot as much as Google.
But I digress.
They both have a cost attached.
But they are also bothamazing applications, cloud-based services that can do a lot to help us organize and share and manage our massive collections of photos.
And most of us now, indeed, have a massive collection of photos becauseof the nature of smartphones and just how easy it isfor us to take pictures.
So, typically speaking now, we need some intelligence.
We need tools to helpus organize those photos so that they have morevalue to us downstream.
And that’s really wherethese two applications are more similar than they are different.
(wooshing) Now depending on where you live, some of the features that I talk about may or may not be available.
In fact, depending on where you live, Amazon Photos might notbe available at all.
So where is it? It’s United States, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan atthe moment of this recording.
So if you’re not in one of those regions, chances are that this comparisonwill not work for you.
Unless Amazon has recentlycome to your region.
(wooshing) Also, now that I think about it, maybe I should explain a little bit more about Amazon Photos because it is included with Prime membership, but you can also purchase Amazon Photos standalone as a separate applicationshould you choose to, or separate service.
It’s part of the AmazonDrive family of products, which is their online storage system.
So, most of us willaccess it through Prime, because you want all of theother benefits of Prime.
But indeed, you can also purchase it for I think almost the sameat it costs for Prime.
Just as a standalone service.
I don’t know why you’d dothat, but you might choose to.
(wooshing) Now their similaritiesare far more evident than are their dissimilarities.
But one their changes orone of the differences between Amazon Photos and Google Photos is Google Photos is a cloudand browser based product only.
You have a Google Photosapp on your smartphone, but on your desktop youaccess all of your photos through the browser.
With Amazon, you candownload an Amazon app for your desktop oneither Windows and Mac, which will manage and facilitateyour uploading and storage.
It doesn’t do a lot fororganization and sorting, but it does manage your uploading and downloading of the photos.
So there is a difference.
So people who miss, say, Picasa in the Google world might find a bit more of an affinity for Amazon Photos as a result of that.
(static) I am so sorry to cut in inthe middle of this demo, but I realize as I was editing this video that I completely missedone of the biggest, no, the biggest differencebetween Google Photos and Amazon Photos, and that is storage resolution.
Here is what you need to know.
Google Photos gives youunlimited free storage, but it limits the resolutionof each and every photo to 16 megapixels, which is avery high resolution photo.
But, it is not thehighest resolution photo that many cameras are taking these days.
A lot of photographerschoose to shoot their photos in camera raw format, whichcan make for huge photo files but allows you almost unlimited editing of those images in the future.
If you’re not a professional photographer, it’s probably not a big deal for you not to be able to storeyour images in camera raw.
But if you are professional photographer, then Amazon Photos allowsyou to store your photos at any resolution as apart of Amazon Photos.
In Google, you’ll have to payfor an upgrade for storage, in order to store unlimited resolution.
That is big difference number one.
(wooshing) Big difference number two, if you are a video creator.
If you’re creating lots ofvideos on your smartphone, uploading them.
Then Amazon Photos limits youto five gigabytes of space in Amazon whereas Google allows you in HD, in high definition, unlimited storage as a part of Google Photos.
So, if you’re videocentric, Google is probably a little bit of an advantage there.
If you are photo centric and you want unlimited resolution of photos, then the Amazon solutionis probably going to appeal to you more.
So I wanted to makethat as right up front, because that is the biggest difference.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled demo.
(static) When we look at each of the applications, we see, as I say, more similarities than you will find differences.
Here is my Google Photos account, and you can see obviously we have access to all of our photos inan organizational browser that will allow us to sortour photos into albums and manage them.
And if we go over to Amazon Photos, we see the same kind ofan organizational browser which sorts your photos andorganizes your photos by date and other criteria.
So on the surface, virtuallyidentical as far as the applications are concerned.
(wooshing) Now one big thing that really surprised me about Amazon Photos, is theautomatic image identification organizational aspect of it.
One of the strengths of Google and also one of the bigfears we have with Google is the facial recognitionand the object recognition, how it looks at an image and it can define who is in that image ifyou share your Google account with internet access.
These are pictures of Steve Dotto.
It identifies thatthose are pictures of me because it recognizes my face, and I can search in GooglePhotos based on the people.
So if I just wannasearch, or the activities.
So if I just wanna search for me, for pictures of me, I can put in my name, and it brings up all of the images that it finds my picture in, but that is in my mind oneof the most fascinating incredibly powerfulaspects of Google photos is this image recognition to allow us to sort photosbased on who’s in them or what activity ishappening in that photo.
But it is also for most of us, one of the scariestaspects of Google Photos because Google knowsthis is a picture of me and it knows all of the things I am doing.
And although they saythey don’t do anything with that information except serve me, it still gives me pauseas it gives you pause and it gives the entire world pause.
It’s a scary thing.
Now I always thought, in my ignorance, that that was one of the big differences between Google Photos and Amazon Photos was image recognition.
Imagine my surprise and kind of chagrin when I imported all of myphotos into Amazon Photos, and my Amazon Photo accountis pretty new right now.
I’ve just uploaded all ofmy photos to Amazon Photos to test it out.
And here after I uploaded all of my photos look what it has in themenu bar on the side.
It allows me to search based on things it finds in the photos.
So it has the same kind ofimage recognition technology as does Google.
It’s just not attachedto our Google Account, so it doesn’t necessarilyhave the same context.
But look down below.
It finds all of the people and all of the regular people in my photos.
And look, it says here is one person.
If we select all the photoswith just that person, it identifies all the same photos of me.
I click here on people, and it says who is this? Oh, click on the edit.
There it is; my name is Steve.
(whistling) Okay, I’m saying yes.
And it’s naming me.
It identifies me as me.
So now I can start searching based on me.
Now the difference, anda big difference it is, between this and Google is this I believe is only contained within my Amazon account.
It isn’t looking in my Gmail and tying it to my calendar and all of the other things that we can do with your Google account when it identifies people because it’s identifying contacts and here it’s identifying basically treating this as it were a tag.
As far as I know.
But still, the power of this is exciting because it means that if I go through and I name my family members, and I name my friends, that I can quickly source photos that they are in.
I think that that, to me, has elevated the technical capability of Amazon Photos far in excess of what I believed it to be before I started testing it out.
(wooshing) One other area that I hoped there would be a profound difference in benefit from one application to the other was in the actual editing of photosusing the photo editor, and I have to tell youthat as far as I can tell, I think that the twoapplications are pretty similar as far as the editing.
Here we are in Google Photos.
Google Photos does a pretty good job of automatically adjusting brightness and color of your photos.
Amazon Photos if we go into the same photo and take a look at the editing feature.
The edit photo.
But it does the same basic cropping and same basic organizationand simple filtering and managing the color.
So nothing spectacular, in fact, I wrote down in my notes, as far as the editing goes for both the applications I said how good a job do they do? I went meh on both.
So they’re both meh editors.
You’re gonna want to use anotherphoto editing application.
(wooshing) Amazon Photos, GooglePhotos, it’s for storage, and sharing, and organization.
Not for correcting andediting your photos.
Now regardless of which ofthese services you choose, the one place you will use the application more than any other is on your smart phone where they both have dedicated apps.
And you should, if you arefollowing good practices use the app on your smartphone more than the native photo app that is built into your smartphone.
It just makes organizationmakes everything much cleaner and easier if you use GooglePhotos or Amazon Photos as your main photo app on your smartphone.
And again, I hate to say this to you, but the differences betweenthe two are so subtle as to be almost inconsequentialin the mobile app.
This is the Google Photos app running on my smartphone and you see we have access to all of our maincontrols along the bottom including the sharing and albums and all of the photo information here allowing us to tap intoany one photo at any time and to be able to do all ofthe modifications and sharing and editing that we want todo to that particular photo and similarly, if wego into Amazon Photos, we have just a slightly differentlayout and organization.
But along the bottom areall of our main sharing and editing and organizational tools.
And we can go into any of those photos and again we can insteadof looking at the bottom to get the editing, we can edit the photofrom the drop down menu, and it does all of thesame basic features.
The other thing that both of these apps do is they will automaticallyupload the photos to the cloud.
So you have them all backedup from your smartphone which is, in my mind, probablythe biggest single benefit to the smart phone app.
Allowing you to then free up storage space on your smartphone much more quickly and much more readily.
(wooshing) It’s bottom line time.
I have to tell you which one wins or if one is better than the other.
And if I’m perfectly honest, I don’t think either one winsfrom a technical perspective.
For you, it’s probably gonna come down to one of a couple of factors unless you happen tobe one of the lucky few who can make a really educated decision based on the fact that you are a dedicated photographer that likesto take camera raw files, so for you Amazon is a clear winner.
Or you take mainly videos, so Amazon doesn’t give youthe free storage for videos, so in that case Google is the winner.
But for the rest of us, it might come down towhich company we feel more comfortable with.
Now they’re both huge, scary, companies, but for me, Google winsbecause of the convenience of Google Photos.
Not that it’s a better app, but it’s better integrated with the rest of my productivity system.
I’m deeply entwined inthe Google ecosystem, for better or for worse.
But the fact that Google Photos sits right in the middle and can easily communicate back and forth with my other Google properties for me makes it a more convenient application that has less barriers to keep me fromdoing what I want to do.
Having said that, ifyou feel uncomfortable with the entire Google ecosystem, the Amazon ecosystem might well give you a little bit more comfort in making you more comfortable.
And it’s good to know thatregardless of which way you go, you aren’t reallylosing anything as far as flexibility, or as far as capability of these different applications.