If you remember the days when organizing photos in random shoeboxes was a thing, you’re probably of the opinion that digital photography has made the world a better place. Only beleaguered digital hoarders are likely to disagree, pointing instead to the logistical nightmare that smartphone cameras paired with limitless cloud storage have presented. Alas, help is on its way. In fact, it’s already here – and the likes of apps such as the recently released Bundle are shouldering the burden of tackling that dreaded five-syllable word: organization.
What makes Bundle standout among a legion of existing photo organization apps is a built-in functionality called AutoAlbum. This is a feature that automatically goes through stockpiles of digital photos across numerous devices and identifies which of those images belong to the same group. It then pools them together into a single album, or bundle.
The app takes the concept of photo organization a step further by putting its keen eye for detail to use, suggesting “best” photos, eliminating annoying duplicates, and weeding out poor quality images. In this way Bundle not only leaves you with the most comprehensive visual documentation of an event, but it also leaves you with the best looking collection of photographs. The app is also said to be able to “learn” your image preferences to deliver an even more relevant end result.
Setting up Bundle requires establishing a user ID which is tied to an email address. Installation also prompts you to enter in your cell phone number. This allows you to invite people on your contacts list who also have Bundle installed, and who are just as keen as you are on the idea of sharing the image contents of their own smartphones – thereby imbuing the app with not only smart organizational abilities, but also optimal shareability.
Unlimited free cloud storage for photos is provided by Bundle, but images are stored in standard resolution only. If you prefer to store your images in full resolution, Bundle is releasing a feature that enables you to back up full-res images to an existing Dropbox or Google Drive account for a nominal fee of $1 per month. A third backup tier will be released this summer for $5 per month, which will give you the option to back up an unlimited number of full-res images to the Bundle cloud, in addition to another 5GB of video cloud storage.
Although the app is available for both iOS and Android devices, only iOS owners can presently take full advantage of the app’s intelligent image identification and cloud storage features. Full Android functionality is said to be coming soon.
We took the app for a test spin on both iOS and Android platforms and found it to be highly effective in the area of grouping images accurately. Due to being a few steps behind in development, the Android version of the app didn’t fare quite as well as the iOS version, delivering a more manual yet not altogether poor experience.
Bundle is available as a free download from iTunes and Google Play. OS compatibility requires iOS 8.0 or later for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Android users will need to be running 4.0 and up.