In this post, we are going to take a look at the differences between two of the most popular cloud based media management services, Amazon Photos vs Google Photos. If you think about it, Google Photos easily has a huge lead since it comes pre-installed with most Android smartphones and is available for anyone with a Google account. And, almost everyone has a Google account. However, people also have an Amazon account since it’s the biggest ecommerce platform on the planet.
Both have their pros and cons, and if you were planning to shift from one platform to another, then we’re here to help. Amazon Photos is a really good alternative to Google Photos. Read on to find out the differences and similarities between the two.
Google Photos is an Android thing, and it is available across all Android devices, Chromecast, Android TV, and even on iOS devices. However, there is no desktop app available for Google Photos, but that’s not really a big deal. Because Google Photos is under Google, it has much more reach and a bigger ecosystem. If you are an Android user and use Android products in your home, then Google Photos is a better option.
On the other hand, Amazon Photos is also available on both iOS and Android. You can also download a desktop client and it is pre-installed on Fire devices, and Fire TV. The Amazon Fire TV media streaming device is more popular than Google’s Chromecast, and hence have more reach when it comes to Smart TVs. For some reason, Google Photos is not available on Fire TV devices, and even if sideloaded, will not work properly.
Amazon Photos is a paid service, whereas Google Photos is available for free. Yes, you do get a limited amount of storage on Google Photos, but you don’t have to pay for it and most of the time, this storage is enough. Also, Amazon Photos isn’t widely available as Google Photos. Currently, the service is limited to about 8 regions around the world. You would also need to subscribe to Amazon Prime to be able to use Amazon Photos.
Google Photos is free and is available pretty much everywhere. All you need is an active internet connection and you can access your photos. As you can see, Google Photos is better when it comes to costs.
Let’s talk about storage. Both Google Photos and Amazon Photos are primarily used to backup photos and media so you can have more storage on your device. Both services have limitations when it comes to storing media on the cloud. With Amazon Photos, you can upload unlimited full resolution photos via the app if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber.
However, Google Photos only allows unlimited storage of high-resolution images, but not full resolution. If you upload full res images, then you will use up your free cloud storage space. But, when it comes to video storage, Google does it better by allowing you to upload any number of videos as long as they are 1080p or less in resolution. On the other hand, Amazon Photos will only allow you to store 5GB of videos.
As you can see, both have their pros and cons, but if you’re a video person, then Google Photos is better.
Storage for RAW files
Google Photos will not let you store RAW files that are over 16-megapixel in resolution. If you do upload such photos, then they will be converted to JPEG files. With Amazon Photos, you can store any number of RAW files, but you will have to pay more for the extra cloud storage.
Face Recognition and sorting
Google’s AI prowess helps it be a better photo management tool overall. It can easily find faces and group them together and also allows you to search using places, names, objects, and other criteria. Amazon Photos also has a search tool, but it isn’t as powerful and helpful as Google search.
Both services allow you to print the photos, but the Amazon Photos printing service is much better. You can use it to print on mugs, mats, calendars, mouse mats, books, and more. Google only gives you two options to print your photos. Of course, all of this will cost you extra money.
Both Google Photos and Amazon Photos offer a family group option, but the Amazon offering is better. With Amazon Photos, up to six family members can use the unlimited storage option. On Google Photos, you can only share your entire album with either one person or create a family group, but that gives everyone access to other apps and purchases.
Amazon Photos lets you share 25 photos at one time, but with Google Photos, you can share much more. The sharing process on Google Photos is a little bit more as it requires you to create an album, then add users by searching for their Google Photos email.
Google Photos offers more editing features and will add newer options in the near future. Both services allow basic editing of photos such as adding filters, adjusting colour, rotation, cropping, editing time stamps, and more. It’s pretty easy to use the editing feature on both platforms, but Google Photos will soon be able to remove unwanted objects from your photos as well.
To be honest, if you’re an Android user, then you should stick to Google Photos. However, if you need unlimited storage for your photos, then Amazon Photos is a better option. So there you are, the Amazon Photos vs Google Photos argument. At the end of the day, you will choose what suits you best.