I am a bit of an oddity in the tech world. While most of my peers adore storing media and pictures on the web, I actually would rather own a physical copy of it. I am not a fan of the cloud by any means and while yes it is handy, I would rather still keep a physical copy at times. Thus my battle with finding a way to print photos from my phone. It is much harder than you think, especially when you live in a town that is not big on technology. Thus a battle began and here is my experience with using Free Prints.
Most people would advise or suggest Walmart or CVS, which in both cases are not an option. I would have to trek out to the locations, then hope they would have the equipment that I needed. Plus a waiting period and possible lack of helpful staff, it is not worth the risk.
Next item often suggested was buying a photo printer. Again, an option I wasn’t too keen on. Most printed out photos look cheap and not exactly the way I want them to look. Even the glossy ones are pixelated, making the photo blurry.
Special devices for iPhone/Android printers were another option. Not very common or popular, they seemed closest to what I was looking for. My only issue was the size limited issue, along with cost and availability. It was a purchase I was avoiding to make, but one that I figured was sometime in my future.
That was until I saw a TV ad for Free Prints.
Free Prints is an app for Android, Windows and iOS where you can select photos from your photos on the device, different sites and storage services. Best of all, the prints are free for 4×6, all you do is pay for shipping. The limit is up to 1,000 free pictures in the 4×6 size for a year, along with bigger sizes coming at a small fee. Shipping is fast and never more than $9.99 per order. Lowest shipping price will be $1.99, which isn’t bad especially if you are using your free prints. Still cheaper than CVS or Walmart.
The photos come in a sturdy envelope, are just as good quality as your standard developed photos and can even be blown up into canvas sized. Another reason why I love it, as some photos I actually want in bigger sizes for framing. However, I am not sure how they delivery that size as I have yet to order one. However, I have high hopes that it will be packaged as well as regular sized photos are.
Have you tried the app and if so, did you find it worth it? Also, what other options have you used for your printing pictures need?