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Amazon Cloud Drive Photos for Android review: Transfer between phone and Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon's new Cloud Storage Photos app for Android is simple, yes. But based on the key features it's missing, we think it might be a little too simple.

Jaymar Cabebe Former Associate Editor
Jaymar Cabebe covers mobile apps and Windows software for CNET. While he may be a former host of the Android Atlas Weekly podcast, he doesn't hate iOS or Mac. Jaymar has worked in online media since 2007.
Jaymar Cabebe
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Amazon Cloud Drive Photos has hit Google Play, and it's giving Android users yet another simple way to access and store photos in the cloud. The Photos app joins Amazon's existing MP3 app in an apparent effort to get users even more integrated with the company's storage service. In case you're not familiar, Amazon Cloud Drive is similar to Dropbox and Google Drive, and it even gives users a free 5GB of storage space just for signing up.


Amazon Cloud Drive Photos for Android

The Good

<b>Amazon Cloud Drive Photos</b> looks good, has a dead simple interface, and performs reliably.

The Bad

It doesn't let you choose a destination folder, or rename photos or albums. Bad at organizing content within your drive. No auto-upload.

The Bottom Line

While it may not be good for organizing or sorting items on your drive, Amazon Cloud Drive Photos, is still a fantastic app for storing your photos in the cloud, especially since it comes with 5GB of storage space for free.

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If there's one thing I can say about the Amazon Cloud Drive Photos app, it's that it's easy to use. Its dead simple interface makes it a snap to view photos, share to other installed apps, and, of course, transfer between your cloud-based account and your mobile device. It performs reliably, and even shows newly uploaded items without refreshing first. If you are already an avid user of Amazon Cloud Drive, then this app is absolutely a must-have. If you're not, then it's certainly worth a look for the free 5GB of storage alone.

Once you download Amazon Cloud Drive Photos and sign in with your Amazon account, all of your albums will be viewable from the app. If you don't have any items stored on your account yet, you can simply toggle to the Device view (button at the top of the screen), and upload any of your locally stored photos to the cloud with a long press. It's worth noting that while you can upload entire albums at once, the app does not let you pick and choose multiple photos to upload in a batch, which is frustrating.

The Cloud Drive Photos app lets you transfer individual photos or entire albums, but not hand-picked batches. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

While Photos' biggest strength is undoubtedly its simplicity, its biggest weakness might be that it is, in fact, too simple. To start, the app doesn't let you rename photos or albums, which means it's not a very good tool for organizing your Cloud Drive. And while it's great at saving locally stored photos to the cloud and vice versa, it doesn't let you move items among specific folders, or even choose a destination folder, which again highlights the app's lack of organizing capabilities. Lastly, if you have a hefty number of photos stored on your account, then it might be difficult to find them, as there is no built-in search function. Sure, the app lets you sort albums by date, but that's about all the help you get.

One feature that users, including myself, are already clamoring for is auto-upload. The Google Drive and Dropbox apps both let you automatically upload photos to the cloud as they're taken on your device, while Amazon's offering doesn't. That said, I'm predicting that Amazon is already hard at work, adding the feature into a future update.


Amazon Cloud Drive Photos for Android

Score Breakdown

Setup 10Features 6Interface 8Performance 10