A few weeks ago I explained in some detail Why I Cannot Go All In On iCloud. The reasons are many and varied but it boils down to a basic mistrust of online storage systems.
Surely Apple’s iCloud is a better option than the half dozen external disk drives we use for backup here in the Brannan Building, right? Well, more than a few readers gave me a few more choices– not Dropbox or OneDrive or Google Drive choices– but choices of a different nature.
The two online options that caught my eye are Yogile and Jottacloud. Both are photo centric, and both have iOS apps, but only Jottacloud goes the extra mile with a macOS and Windows app (and Android app).
First, Jottacloud. What you get here are options to store photos from iPhone, iPad, and Mac– up to unlimited storage for about $9 a month. Photos are stored on servers in Norway, so they’re out of reach from Google’s prying eyes on Google Photos, and not tied to iCloud if you’re not Apple centric.
The app could not be much simpler to use. Select the photos you want to upload and save. Select the photos you want to share with others.
Jottacloud is simply another cloud storage service with a monthly subscription fee and applications to help you manage and share photos. Unlimited photo storage for $9 a monthy isn’t bad compared to iCLoud’s 2TB for $10 a month, but it takes an awful lot of photos to hit 2TB and beyond.
The other app that readers found worthy of use is Yogile. The app is free but comes with in-app purchase options– $5 per month for unlimited photo storage.
The Yogile app is a bit like Google’s Photos app.
Select the photos you want to store online from your iPhone or iPad’s Photos app. View photos. Share photos. And, unlike Google, you can keep photos online in their original resolution.
As an addendum to the above, there’s the famous SmugMug online storage and gallery service. SmugMug is at the other end of the scale from simple online storage. A basic plan starts at about $6 a month and tops out at $42 a month (with hefty discounts for annual payments). At the low end you get unlimited photo uploads, full-screen photo galleries, a customized website, and about everything you’d want to store and display photos.
The high end of the scale is business oriented so let me drop a few words about the Portfolio plan. First, it comes with nearly two dozen pre-made website designs with customization options. You can use your own domain name, and, far different from the online photo storage options above, sell photos.
Yes, it’s 2018 and you still get what you pay for. Look around and you’ll find other online storage options beyond the major cloud services, many comparably or similarly priced (and many use Amazon’s S3 storage as their cloud storage service of choices).