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    King Pi

    Hi Matthias,

    I guess the main issue is that it is difficult to cope with all combination of hardware/software and Monument team is small. That's why most problems are with connection(Bluetooth, remote access, etc). You can have less problems if you are using iOS because it has less fragmentation.

    It seems iOS app is better than Android app as well. iOS app has features that Android app does not have and have more frequent updates and higher review score on App Store than Play Store. It might be because of less fragmentation as well.

    Despite this platform difference, I think my Monument works great except slow scrolling in Android app. Monument team released an Android beta version recently. It solved the scrolling problem so I am a happy camper now.

    I am not sure if Monument is better than NAS but I think Monument is a worthy investment.

    (I seldom use HDMI to TV function. Someone else may want to share experience on it)

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    Anton Ziegler

    Hi Matthias,

    if you find a NAS that has all the features you are looking for, take it. I think Monument does have some potential, but it still has a long way to go. Most features are rudimentary implemented at best. Even things you would expect Monument to do for sure are often not there or not working. Example: correct a wrongly identified face or mark one that has not been recognized by hand. Both is not possible. And the only thing that the image recognition apparently can identify is urban, ski, seaside and indoor. And if recognized at all it has a 50% chance of being wrong. 

    I was hopeful for that to change, but as King Pi said the development team is quite small so unfortunately development is very, very slow. New releases very rarely are improving features. They still have enough to do with all the bugs.

    Maybe they'll find some investor, ramp up the team and really get it going. But more likely other products of larger manufacturers will take their place. :(

    So as sorry as I am for the Monument team, I can not recommend the product for now.

    Regards,
    Toni

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    Anton Ziegler

    If you still want to try it: maybe try to get a used one.

    I found one on eBay and was the only one bidding on it. So I got it quite cheap.

    That way it doesn't hurt so much if the experiment fails. ;)

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    Anton Ziegler

    I tried to give the Monument a real chance now as I already have everything in place.

    So I am importing my whole photo archive right now and I started using Monument for real.

    Here my current opinion:

    If you forget the automatic image recognition (that really doesn’t work) and can live with some minor issues, then it can be quite nice.

    The user interface is great and you notice that the Monument team tries to be very user focused. Sometimes a functionality is not fully done yet, but it still works in a basic way and often offers already in this state more than the competition has.

    I also have to correct myself as I found a way to change wrongly identified faces. (You can go to the person that Monument identified in a picture and delete the picture from that person.)

    I still have 2-3 major issues that I hope will be solved soon and I hope the Monument team will show some transparency again and for example update the roadmap.

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