Google Photos is a great service. It also requires you to upload your most personal moments to the nebulous "cloud", and hope that you never get hacked. The Monument Personal Photo Cloud Device offers many of the same features, but with local — and thus completely private — storage. It has two USB ports on the back for connecting roomy, cheap external hard drives, an SD slot on the front for loading photos from your camera, and an app for loading and accessing photos from your phone. Once your photos are on board, its smart algorithms go to work, automatically organizing your photos so you can search by faces, dates, or things (think beach, snow, or city shots). There's also an HDMI port for connecting it to your TV, and should you want a backup copy of your photos, it can handle that, too, either by mirroring two drives on-site, or over a secure connection with a second Monument you keep in a separate location.