We all take a lot of photos with our phones. And you know what? That's ok. The camera on the iPhone takes pretty darn good images, and the plethora of mobile editing apps gives us all more flexibility than we would ever need. But what happens to all these photos after we edit them and post them to Facebook or Twitter? We forget about them. Well now we can actually make use of those photos, and bring them into the physical world hassle free, insanely cheap, and unexpectedly gorgeous.
Printing sucks. I hate printing photos. I hate dealing with the hardware. Ink can cost a small fortune (yeah, even that Kodak ink that promised to save me money- LIES). Paper is a whole other deal. I went shopping a couple days ago for high quality photo paper to print some pictures of friends that I wanted to frame and put on the wall. I paid $10 for 20 sheets of photo paper, and that was the cheapest they had. I could have easily spent $50 on the same number of sheets if I wanted the “highest quality” paper. Ugh.
I brought that paper home only to realize that the black ink in my printer was completely empty. So after buying new black ink and paper, I was in this over $25. I just wanted one 5x7 picture! It was while I was watching the photo print out that I realized I could have done the exact same thing for $0.89 if I just thought about it a little harder. I could have used PostalPix.
We all have tons of images on our phones from the native camera app, Instagram, Camera Awesome, Snap Seed, whatever. I’ve met some people with pictures on their phone sucking up more flash memory space than anything else. I’ll bet the thought of printing those images never came to mind.
Well now printing is possible, and it’s not even hard.
Quality prints of all your mobile photos are available for ridiculously low pricing. Order 1 or 100, it's up to you!
What is PostalPix? It’s an app for iPhone and (coming soon on Android) that lets you upload, select print size, and order quality photo prints all from the comfort of wherever you are. You can buy one, or fifty at any combination of sizes. What’s more, they are delivered within a few days, look great, and cost virtually nothing.
- 4x4 Squares cost 29 cents
- 5x5 Squares cost 89 cents
- 8x8 squares cost $3.49
- 4x6 prints cost 21 cents
- 5x7 prints cost 89 cents
- 8x10 prints cost $3.49
To get a set of 5x7 prints costs so little I don’t even hesitate to hit the “buy” button. I have apps that cost more than it would cost for me to get a stack of prints made.
And they are really nice prints. They don’t feel cheap. They don’t come damaged. They look better than if I printed them at home (because let's face it: most of our home printers suck).
When I saw that PostalPix specifically advertises that they print Instagram photos, I was really skeptical. To me, Instagram screams sucky resolution, low quality image that only looks good on an iPhone. So I made a point to get some Instagram photos printed just to see how good they looked.
Turns out, they look a lot better than I ever expected. They are sharp, the colors are great, and the little square prints serve as excellent decorative pieces. Ladies, scrapbook till your heart’s content. I would go so far as to say that the Instagram prints look better than those I had taken with the native camera app.
So prints are great, but that’s not the best thing PostalPix has to offer. If you’re up to spend just a bit more money, you can get your images printed on aluminum.
And photos printed on aluminum look flipping awesome.
I had two of my Instagram photos printed on aluminum, and I have to say, I kind of want a whole wall in my house decorated with these. These aren’t just stickers on aluminum coasters. PostalPix prints directly onto the aluminum, so the image lasts longer, looks better, and is easier to clean. Heck, take a bottle of Windex and a rag to these puppies and they shine right up. PostalPix includes a magnet and a square of double-sided tape with each aluminum print order, letting you choose to mount to a wall or your refrigerator.
The aluminum prints are sturdy, easy to clean, and look just as good as they did on my phone.
Do me a favor. Pull out your iPhone, go to your photos, and just browse. I’ll bet you will find at least ten pictures you would like to see on something other than a screen. Well now you can, and you can rest assured that the prints will look stunning.