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Million Moments is a beautiful way to showcase your photos

by Michael Ian

As our mobile phones become an extension of our personal lives, it’s only natural that we use them to share and view photos. While Android’s own gallery does a fine job, Sony’s Million Moments aims to showcase your personal photographs with flair. While Million Moments is certainly beautiful, it presents minor annoyance that keeps it from being great.

Most of us carry albums and albums of photos in our pockets. With smartphone camera quality increasing, any amateur today can take great photographs. Viewing them should just be as easy. Million Moments organizes all your photos in albums presented like books on a shelf. The albums themselves are given book jacket covers, giving the app a very beautiful presentation. Unfortunately, adding your photos becomes incredibly tedious as you’ll have to manually import your photos each time you take a picture. Here’s hoping they add the ability to monitor folders.

Once in an album, your photos are presented in a magazine-like fashion. You can ‘flip’ through your album and tapping on a picture lets you add captions, though zooming-in on your photos seems to degrade the quality.

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After importing your photographs, organizing them becomes a breeze. By sliding your finger down on a photo you are presented with colored ribbons that allow you to add tags or labels to you picture. Doing so automatically creates a ‘book’ or album of your labeled photos on the shelf. Deleting albums is another matter. Instead of a single option to remove the albums, users have to go back and remove the labels from each picture. Not much of a problem if, say, you only have 10-15 pictures in a given ‘book’. Anything more than that would require you to scroll, tap, scroll, tap, over and over until you've chosen all the photos.

One minor annoyance with Million Moments are three mandatory albums that you can’t remove or hide. One album links to the Million Moments blog and two are basically tutorials. While I’m not much of a stickler for design, it throws the presentation off. I wish Sony added the option to remove the extra weight.

Tablet owners are also in for a major disappointment. Instead of taking full advantage of the real estate, you are treated to a blown-up phone version. Prepare to find your photos pixelated, blown-up and just plain ugly.

In comparison to competitors, Million Moments falls short on the feature side. Like I stated above, there’s no way to automatically monitor assigned folders for new photos. Facebook is a welcome addition, but Dropbox users, Picasa and a host of other online services are notably absent. Personal videos also are also ignored by the app.

As it stands, Million Moments is on the verge of greatness. With a couple of more updates, addition of basic functions and a tune up, it could easily be the only gallery you need.