When Grandparents live far away from other family members, it’s great to send them photos to keep in touch. You already knew that I’m sure, but when did you last do it? We all mean to get around to photo sharing or printing, but often we forget, or have other priorities first. Laying out photos in an album is a hassle, then you must enter the credit card for payment each time and other steps to get organized.
Testing the Neveo App and Printout
To solve this problem we have been testing out a new app from a company called Neveo. It works as a subscription service, printing out a simple photo album at the end of every month which is then posted to grandparents (or to anyone you choose). You add family snaps from your phone, write up to 3 lines of caption and that’s it. Ta-daa! The layout and mailing is automatic. It’s a simple monthly photo journal.
The printed album is on good quality 130gsm glossy photo paper with a title on the cover. I particularly like the fact that it’s fast. I don’t have to arrange and lay out the photos. There are three photos on each page of A4 size, with a caption. This photo sharing journal is ideal to keep in touch with older relatives who don’t use smartphones or WhatsApp, or who struggle to view photos on a small screen.
Photo Sharing with wider family
With my Neveo account I can add other users; my sisters and brother. They can also contribute family photos to the journal each month. My parents can get pictures of all their extended family 12 times a year. I will have to keep an eye on the account and make sure my siblings remember to add photos. For our first album I got photos from our family WhatsApp group and uploaded them all myself. That’s why it says “Janet” above each picture. When my siblings add photos, it will have their names above the caption.
My mum is struggling with her eyesight and when she got her first album she rang me to express her delight. She can see more clearly these printed photos and captions far more than she can on her phone, which she now struggles with. Also she says she and Dad will enjoy looking at them time and time again. I suspect they will proudly share their family photos with friends and callers too.
How Neveo Fits in to our lives
Most of the pictures are not our finest photos, but day to day family snaps of our ordinary lives. They are the exact same photos we share in our family WhatsApp group. A few are pictures of teenagers who don’t like having their photos taken, but these kids are a little more understanding when they know I’m taking a photo especially for Grandma.
Each month, the photo sharing journal shows how our extended family has passed the time. It’s nice that it is both seasonal and casual. It’s all very fine to go to the trouble of lining everyone up for a posh family portrait, but that doesn’t happen often. We all like the way Neveo encourages us to share snaps of everyday moments, hobbies, birthdays and little events. It’s perfect for the smartphone generation to keep in touch with older relatives.
The best and worst points – review
What I liked:
- Ease of use
- Competitive price
- The way it brings family together, collaborating through photo sharing
- The print quality
- Timely email updates so I know it’s been printed and dispatched
- The Neveo app is available on both Apple and Android
- Delivery worldwide is included – ideal for international families.
What didn’t work so well:
- Tall, thin vertical photos are printed very small because there is a height limit. Next time I will crop them all square or landscape.
- It arrived in a non-rigid envelope but it was not bent in the mail.
I think Neveo has been a very happy discovery for our family! Click here to find out more.