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Do something with those phone photos: Six apps that turn your pictures into memories

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | July 3, 2014
Here are six apps that can help you turn your phone photos from forgotten, hard-drive-space-wasters into cool, shareable memories.

The main issue I have with Groovebook is its app. The app is easy enough to use, but...let's just say it's not exactly smooth sailing. The app asks you to first review the photos you want to add or remove, and then upload them to your Groovebook. The upload process takes a long time--so long, in fact, that I often had to just leave the app open and walk away while it was doing its thing. The app also freezes frequently and occasionally crashes. This is definitely an app that takes a little patience, but if you stick with it you'll eventually be able to upload all the photos you want in your book.


Groovebook is a neat way to get photos off of your phone and into your hands, but the Groovebooks themselves aren't exactly photo book masterpieces. If you're looking for a photo gift or a true keepsake, Mosaic is definitely the way to go.

Mosaic (free; Android and iOS) helps you create gorgeous printed photo books for $20 each. That might sound a little pricey, but you're paying for quality: Mosaic books are printed on smooth, glossy paper with thick, linen covers. The books, which measure 7 by 7 inches, feature an artsy "Mosaic" photo collage cover, and can hold up to 20 photos chosen from your smartphone or social media.

Mosaic's app is intuitive and much more polished than Groovebook's. The app draws photos from your Camera Roll, and asks you to pick 20 (no more, and no less) photos for your photo book. After you've picked your photos, you'll see a preview of your book, including the photo collage cover. You can tap "Shuffle Cover" to see a new photo collage (tap this as many times as you like until you get the perfect look), and then flip through the book to preview it. Tap "Rearrange" to re-order your photos, and toggle between white and black backgrounds.

When you're ready to order your book, tap "Place Order" to enter in your payment information and address. Mosaic books take just four days to get to you, and because they're printed within 48 hours and shipped via UPS Next Day Air, they're a great last-minute gift.


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