The mobile phone is a fantastic little gadget and much more than just a phone these days. One of the most popular uses is as a camera and the quality of photos from camera phones is increasing all the time, letting the user take some pretty decent photographs. The problem in the past has been getting the photos off the phone, but this is rapidly being solved with the advent of smartphones and more recently ‘Cloud’ computing.
If you have already connected your phone to a computer to synchronise your contacts then it’s a relatively simple task to also copy across the photos to your computer. Once safe on your computer, you can view them on the big screen, share with your friends or print a few.
If you have a lot to print, it’s best to copy them to a CD or DVD to bring to your local print shop or simply upload to an online print service. Check out www.photobox.ie for great prices. This traditional method of connecting your phone to the computer may be the only option to get photos from an older mobile phone. For more modern smartphones, there are other more direct options.
With the advent of smartphones and cloud computing, there are several options to simply upload your photos directly from the phone to your cloud storage. There are several big players in the Cloud storage marketplace and the choice of provider really depends on what type of phone you have.
For the iPhone, your default choice is Apple’s iCloud service -http://www.icloud.com – which is built in to the phone’s Operating System and is called Photo Stream. What’s really nice about Apple’s service is that these are automatically available on any devices synced using the same Apple ID e.g. your iPhone and iPad can see the same photos. Apple gives you 5GB of storage on the iCloud, which seems to be the standard all companies provide. Additional space can be purchased, if required.
If you have a Windows Phone, then Microsoft’s Skydrive is the best option – http://skydrive.live.com. It is linked to your Windows Live ID. If you have an Android phone, the de facto provider is Google’s Cloud Drive – http://drive.google.com/. This is linked to your Gmail account. The other major player, and quite possibly the one to watch, is Amazon’s cloud drive – http://www.amazon.com/clouddrive – given their success with the Kindle series and the launch next week of the Kindle Fire series of Tablet PCs. This market is set to get very exciting!
All of these services allow access from a browser for easy access to your photos from your computer and all allow for storage of other types of data, including documents so it’s not just for photos.
Eamon is a Senior IT Professional with PaqIT, an IT Service Provider with offices in Limerick and Galway. See www.paqit.com.