It is a small memory stick with a special software that automatically downloads ALL your photos and videos FROM your computer or mobile phone TO the gadget itself. The catch is that these gadgets all use very smart pieces of software that do ALL the sorting work for you. They recognize the photos and videos from the rest of the file types, delete the duplicates, etc.
We're seeing an increasing trend of using a physical storage solution, which means that you have access IMMEDIATELY to all your albums in one place, and actually have them stored in a physical location IN YOUR HOME. Having a complete backup ensures your memories are safe and these solutions are 100% private (nothing is shared online).
There are several photo gadgets being advertised in the US. From the first view it is hard to tell the difference between them. Which one gets you the most for your money and is the most secure one? And most of all: Which one to get if you are not a computer expert? The end goal is to give you a bit more information about each gadget so you can easily distinguish which one suits your needs best!
Our Verdict: AlbumSaver is the best product in the line-up if you are looking for an EASY TO USE photo and video backing up solution. The settings in the software are by default so that it respects the same arrangements you have in your computer and automatically detects the duplicated files. Simple software settings and FAST transfer of files (USB 3.0). Smart choice for people that are not very tech savvy.
Our Verdict: ThePhotoStick® is a very good product from a reputable company that has been on the market for a long time. It is one of the most popular gadgets for all your mobile photos. Makes it very easy to transfer them to your computer or print them and free up storage es (USB 3.0). Smart choice for people that are not very tech savvy.
Our Verdict: One of the newer gadgets on the market with very nice usability in design. We would appreciate them taking an extra step to simplify the usage process further (eliminating the product key, etc.) for less technically skilled readers.
Our Verdict: It is a nice solution from a tech perspective but a little bit less easy-to-use with all the device options. Our biggest drawbacks are higher price and lower storage capacity compared to alternatives, which might not be enough to save all the photos and videos you store on your computer.
We identified that there are 4 main reputable players in the photo & video automatic backup industry.
Deciding on a top 4 was anything but easy, as they are all quite good quality products, as you would come to expect.
We tested them and based our scoring / final ranking on a wide variety of factors:
You are probably aware that if your computer crashes, there is a high chance you might lose all the data stored on it, right?
Well, how can we mitigate that?
1) DO NOT rely on LUCK or the comforting thought of "I will do it later".
This is the biggest mistake we see people do. When I was a young man, and quite naive, I thought that back-ups are for paranoid types...
Well, I still remember the first hard drive fail, a classic head crash, which rendered the disk unusable with total data loss.
It is a horrible feeling of desperation, especially when you realize there were pictures on that hard disk from your first holiday with your girlfriend-now-wife... And that, at that time, you copied them to the computer and deleted them from the camera to save space...
There is denial, no two ways about it, and you can go literally crazy if you think about all the memories you lost, so the therapy I recommend for that is just not thinking about any of it (but that's a different article, sorry).album
2. Make external PHYSICAL copies of your pictures. Preferably with an automated software.
Why physical? Because if the pictures are on an actual drive, stick, disk, etc they are IN YOUR HOUSE and not on some server far away who-knows-where.
Why automatic copying? This actually happened to me: you might FORGET you copied important pictures in some obscure folder. An automated program WILL FIND THEM and copy them on the stick.
If I were you, I would secure my family pictures and videos, for peace of mind, with one of these three gadgets, without thinking twice:
That, in addition to keeping the memories just on my computer. Just make sure I have them in a safe place as well, in case the unthinkable happens. My kids will thank me.