A Silicon Valley startup is now trying to make browsing photos easier with a $499 tablet that does only one thing: share photos. The brand-new device, out, is an interactive photo album that lets you curate and share images and videos from your camera roll, as well as Facebook, Google Photos, Instagram, and Dropbox, on a large 13-inch HD tablet that charges on a wireless magnetic stand.
With Joy Album, you can upload an infinite amount of content to the cloud and create albums based on your favorite memories, like a baby shower or friend’s wedding, via a corresponding app. What’s more, you’ve complete control over who gets to see what with the handy ‘private sharing’ option. Another feature, appropriately called ‘StoryTime,’ lets you share, discuss photos with a friend or relative over a voice call. The future is now, people.
It’s a Full HD, 13.3-inch touchscreen that can be controlled through a companion iOS / Android app. It does not have ports and relies on wireless inductive charging. The hardware itself is not the exciting part, although the design is really lovely. The software is what makes Joy shine.
Joy runs on a proprietary OS that dedicates the tablet to displaying photos and videos. You can make albums on your phone that include most file types, including video, raw files, GIFs, and panoramas. It can also pull from Dropbox and Google Photos, among other services. Albums then live on Joy and in the cloud. The company gives users 10 gigabyte of cloud storage that can be upgraded. Going up to 500 gigabyte of storage will cost $7 per month, and 1 terabyte of storage will cost $10 per month. The idea is to bring back the era of sitting on your couch along with a photo album and paging through photos with family and friends. There is more of a storytelling aspect involved in that case as compared to Facebook captions. These digital albums can be shared with the other Joy owners and viewed on their device.
The Joy album is available for preorder right now. Its retail price is $500, but for a limited time it is discounted at $300. An accompanying mobile app will be made available in early 2017 for iOS and Android.