Bevy Smart Photo System by Lineage Labs is an amazing device that allows you to “sync” your photos from a variety of different locations and put them all in one spot where they are backed up! I love to take photos of my friends and family using my iPhone, movies with my iPad and even my digital camera. Unfortunately too often, these items get “stuck” on my device or simply filed away never to see daylight. I also have a number of old family photos that I’ve been scanning and trying to find a digital solution for. I have created an album of these family photos and plan to do a slideshow during the upcoming holidays to share them with family.
Adding photos from my device was as simple as dropping them into a folder from my computer, putting my SD card into one of the ports of the Bevy or selecting my photos on the app.
Once photos are uploaded, Bevy organizes them in one of three ways. They can be seen by (activity) chronological date, timeline where photos are shown based on time and date it was taken (note if you have a digital camera that doesn’t have a time stamp they are put in a “no date” section), the third which I used was creating albums and marking my own favorites. This made it easy to sort photos and upload them such as when I was scanning photos of a family member I could easily mark them.
I love that all of my photos are in once place. Setup was straightforward and simple. I plugged in Bevy, downloaded the app to my iPhone, connected it to wireless and my pictures started making their way to the Bevy. It was simple and if I had to leave the house while they were uploading, they simply continued when I got back. I also loved that I could set the privacy levels of who could upload and download items to our Bevy and who could access it. Right now, I’ve got fairly tight controls on it, but can loosen them if I wish to. I also like that my photos are stored at my house on an easy to hold device. I know it is likely that I will still backup my photos but I like the reassurance that they are safely stored. I also found that by pulling off a few hundred photos from my iPhone meant that my phone worked much faster! That’s a huge win!
I had a hard drive crash last year, which meant that I lost some of my favorite photos which were stored on my desktop computer. That caused me to try to figure out how I could “solve” the problem and never lose photos again. I’m happy to say that Bevy is an easy to use tech solution that will allow you and family members access to your photos in an easy to access way. I also love that you can load photos into albums on Bevy and then show them on a television screen, tablet or smartphone with a simple touch of the device. I wish I had this earlier this year when I was struggling to make a DVD movie with photos, Bevy could have saved me hours of frustration! I also loved that it was small and portable which meant I could put it up on a shelf or out of sight – even though it was perfectly cute if I didn’t want countertop clutter. If you need more storage, you can add in an external drive which functions with Bevy. I also loved that you can access photos outside of the home as well using the app.
In terms of enhancements, I would suggest including an HDMI cable in the box of the Bevy. Many want to connect their Bevy and may not have the cable readily accessible. I would also suggest that it is clearer in the instructions that people should choose the fastest wireless internet they have – available at their location. I knew I should use my 5G network, but my husband said that was confusing to him. The faster the wireless, the more seamlessly the photos will upload into the system for use and be stored. I do look forward to having a way to back my photos up securely to the cloud as well just in case my Bevy should sometime malfunction so I don’t need to worry that my photos will be lost forever as some of mine were during a recent hard drive crash. I also wish there was an easier way to configure the “out of home” access – this was a challenge as my Bevy didn’t want to work externally, but customer service was very helpful in setting it up
Overall, Bevy is a simple easy to use tech solution for all of your photos. It gathers them in one place, backs them up and allows you to easily sort through them as well as display them in photo albums for your tablet, smartphone or on your large screen television. This could be an awesome holiday gift for those on your list! Be sure to check out our holiday gift guides for more great suggestions! RRP is USD $299. You can also read our interview with Nancy from Bevy to learn more.
Requirements: Compatible with
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Size 4.6 x 4.4 x 2.0 Inches
Hardware Intel 2.16 GHz dual-core Celeron Processor 2GB RAM 1TB or 2TB Hard Drive
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) Bluetooth 4.0 Built-in SD Card slot 4 USB 3.0 Ports 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
iOS 8 and higher (on iPhone 4s and higher, or iPad 3 and higher) Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and higher
Windows 7 and higher Mac OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks) and higher Adobe Lightroom Plug-in
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.
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