Wednesday, June 24, 2015

App Review: Photos by Google-Sahen Rai

This may be considered by a lot of you to be a stupid thing to say, but my privacy isn't a huge deal to me. Sure, having a giant company know a lot of things about you may seem scary. But for the most part, all they're really going to do with that data is show you ads that you'll enjoy more. It's hard to escape Google. When you visit this website, there's a good chance you got here from Google. If you try a device I talk about, there's a good chance it's running Google software. When I (eventually) start putting videos up, you can bet they're going to be on the Google-owned video site Youtube. It's hard to escape Google, but do you really need to?  That's a question you'll have to answer for yourself before you start using Photos. But now that I've accepted the terms and conditions, what do I think?

There are some features of Photos that are really features of Google Plus. The ability of the app to auto-awesome pictures, the Google made animations and videos, etc. But I won't really go over these, as this is really a review of the app itself. With that said, let's snap through Photos (wait, don't leave!).

First things first, Photos is a beautiful looking app. With its cleanliness, material design cues, and overall beautiful design. It certainly makes a good first impression. I mean it's a Google-made app, you should pretty much automatically assumes it's going to look great.  Generally there's not a whole lot to say, most apps made by big companies are pretty much always nice looking nowadays. 

Really the best thing about Photos is what Google has done for the service as a whole. Making storage unlimited was really one of the best things they could have done. I've been looking for a good place to store all my photos for awhile, and honestly there hasn't been a lot to compete thus far. With clients on pretty much every OS possible (Web,Mac,Desktop,Android,ios) you can rest easy knowing no matter what device you go to, your photos can come with. With all this unlimited storage, I was able to easily clear about 2 GB of photos from my phone's storage. Not only does Photos make this possible, it also makes it incredibly easy. 

The built-in Photos assistant notified me right away that I could back up my photos and then delete them from my phone. The process was quick, and now it's easy for me to just go to the app to look at my photos. The assistant does a number of other things through Google Plus that I won't go over, but overall the Assistant is an awesome tool.

The next awesome part about Photos that rocks is the search function. Of course there's the basic search things most apps have, Date, Place, etc. But Photos takes that a leap forward, and lets you search for very generic things, like trees or cars, or really anything. It will then match that phrase with pictures in your library, 

something I've never really seen from any other gallery app. It even works with faces!


The thing about reviewing Photos is well, that there isn't really a lot to say. It's basically a giant storage place for all of your photos on various platforms. It works well, and unless you have a lot of high-res photos. The entire thing is 100% free, and it comes with some pretty cool tools and features built-in. The real question is the one I brought up before. Do you care more about your privacy or about a lot of convenience; that's something only you can answer.


- Awesome features and tools

- Unlimited Storage

- Available on a lot of platforms


- Not sure how much of your privacy is at stake

Tried out Photos for yourself? Let me know what you think of it on Twitter @masala_tech, and remember to always keep things spicy!

By Sahen Rai