Loom for iOS: The Better, Cloud-Based Mobile Camera Roll

Cloud storage services are a dime a dozen these days, and just the thought of sifting through the mass to find the one that works best for you can be overwhelming. But when it comes to not just mobile-specific but also photo-specific storage, your options are pretty much cut entirely. That's what makes Loom (which just went into beta) so great—it's a better way to take photos that gives you the benefits of the cloud without any of the complications.

What does it do?

Streamlines and syncs photos from all of your devices into one, single photo stream. You'll be able to access all of your original photos from any of your devices in the cloud, and your photos are even compressed for viewing on your iPhone and iPad. Since there's no real reason you'd ever need the original just to view it on your device, about 95% of storage that would otherwise unnecessarily be taken up gets freed to use at your leisure.

Why do we like it?

These days, the majority of non-serious photographers use their phones for nearly all their picture-taking needs. And that can use up a lot of space. When you do actually take hte time to clear it out, deleting photos off your device is both obnoxious and frustrating in the fact that it means you won't be able to view them on the fly. Loom solves both of these problems. No uploading necessary—everything is already in the cloud. Plus, your compressed camera roll barely takes up any space at all. Loom is offering users 5GB of storage free, and you can upgrade to 50GB for $40 a year or a whopping 250GB for $100 a year. Most people probably won't want to pay for a service that's not absolutely imperative to have, but 5GB should be plenty enough for most. You can reserve your spot here, as Loom will be activating accounts on a rolling basis.

Loom, Download this app for: iOS; Free, $40/year for 50GB, $100/year for 250GB

The Best: Compressed mobile viewing

The Worst: Subscription required for extra storage