From phone to frame: Best apps for printing your photos
Free in the Apple App Store and Google Play
Postal Pix offers an easy interface to select prints in the following sizes: 4x4, 5x5, 8x8, 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. Additionally, a 2x2 grid print is comprised of nine 2x2-inch images laid out in a grid, and other options, like aluminum prints and your prints on a mousepad are also available.
Your selections are clearly reviewable in your cart, and the preview icon lets you review the crop Postal Pix has selected for you. A warning is given if your image is not already cropped to the correct ratio. As for nearly all such printing apps, it makes sense to have final versions of your pictures cropped and edited before importing them into the app.
Postal Pix sent an instant confirmation email, an email that the order was received and an email when our prints were shipped. Though there wasn't a tracking number, customers are encouraged to contact Postal Pix via email or Feedback within the app.
The prints came on Kodak Professional Endura paper with excellent color quality and a luster finish.
Price: Starting from $0.29 to $0.33 USD per 4x4-inch print.
What we like: Visual user interface that's easy to understand.
What we don't like: A tracking number and addtional choices for print finishes would be a bonus.
Free in the Apple App Store
Shutterfly has been offering doorstep delivery of digital images via the Internet for years, so we had high expectations for the mobile version of the service, currently only available for iPhone and iPad.
If you already use Shutterfly, this app is especially handy because you can access your entire library of albums already uploaded to the service. You can also access the photos in shared folders and your Shutterfly Share Sites. The app is one of the best for accessing all your images easily: you can also upload via your Camera Roll (there's a one-button option to upload your entire library at once if you'd like), Facebook and Instagram.
Print sizes start at a square format 4x4, up to 11x14 inches. You can also print your panorama pictures in an 8x32-inch format. The app allows you to order a plethora of other objects printed with your photo as well, ranging from home decor to smartphone cases.
It's simple to select your photos for printing, and a quick double tap lets you access cropping and filter tools, though we recommend editing your photo before uploading it to a printing app.
Confirmation emails were clear, as were directions for how to track your order via the app.
Our prints looked great on Fujicolor Chrystal Archive paper with a semi-gloss finish and accurate color.
Price: 4x6-inch prints start at $0.15 USD, square format 4x4s start at $0.25
What we like: Convenient access to all your Shutterfly images via the app if you already use the service.
What we don't like: It's tough to find something negative about this app, but we always like more options when it comes to print finishes.
Free from the Apple App Store and Google Play
PiccaPrint looked promising: You can choose from all photos stored on your phone, including Instagram and Hipstamatic. I loved that when selecting my prints I could tap on any photo in the grid display to view it larger. Once I made my selections, another quick tap on any photo let me change quantity and size of the print, and this same screen also offers a magnifying glass icon for a final larger look at the image before making any final selections.
The default print is set to a 4x5, priced at $0.44 USD. Sizes also include 5x7, 6x8 and 7x10. A minimum of 10 prints per order is required. My order totaled $4.40 USD with $3.50 shipping for a total of $7.90
You can also add a personal message with your order when sending to family or friends.
Order confirmation emails were clear.
The prints were indeed delivered on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper, with good color and a semi-gloss finish. However, one of our images came off the printer completely misaligned. It seems a quality check certainly should have caught this blatant error.
Price: Starting at $0.44 USD for a 4x5-inch print.
What we like: Easy-to-use app allows you to access any photos stored on your phone.
What we don't like: We can't recommend an app that delivered a misaligned photo.
Free in the Apple App Store
Although limited to your Hipstamatic images (and therefore relegated to iOS users), Hipstamatic's PrintLab provided a cool Hipsta-experience throughout the ordering process.
Prints start at 4x4 inches available in packages of 9, 24 or 96 prints. Our order of nine 4x4 prints for $4.99 USD with $1.69 shipping came to a total of $6.68. Minimum order amounts are required for each size, though these go down as the print size increases.
Email communications from Hipstamatic were clear and offered a tracking link.
We were impressed with the presentation of the physical prints: The whole package is an envelope, with the prints tucked into a pocket made to look like a hand-drawn frame. Printed on Fujifilm Fujicolor Chrystal Archive paper, colors were vibrant with a semi-gloss finish.
Price: Minimum order for smallest size was $4.99 USD for nine 4x4-inch prints
What we like: Cute presentation and high-quality prints.
What we don't like: Fairly pricey, required amounts of prints felt restrictive. Limited only to your Hipstamatic images.