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I have been eyeing up the all the mobile photo and bluetooth printers on the market lately and finding all sorts of reasons that we needed one. The biggest reason was for Amelia to have a way to quickly snap a photo, print and use in her homeschooling activities (she likes to write reports and summaries). We are also really bad about getting those memorable moments and special snapshots that are stuck on our iPhones onto a physical printed photo so I thought this would be a way for us to at least have some physical photos printed out. I researched a few different mobile photo printers (Canon Selphy CP1200 Black Wireless Color Photo Printer, Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer w/ZINK , and the Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1) and finally decided on the Polaroid because it used the ZINK technology and was on sale on Amazon at the time.
The ZIP came with a sample packet of the blank photo papers but I opted to order a refill pack of paper to have on hand when it arrived.
Included in the box was the printer, USB cable, paper starter pack and and manuals.
I was pretty pleased with the size of the printer itself. It’s slightly longer than a credit card and a little over an inch thick. It’s definitely light enough and small enough to toss in your purse for the day.
The printer takes a micro USB charger.
After unboxing the printer, I removed the back cover to insert the paper. It was pretty simple to drop the paper in.
Once the paper was loaded, I paired the printer via Bluetooth to my iPhone.
Next I needed to download the Polaroid Print App from the iTunes store.
The app is pretty simple to use – simple enough that Amelia picked up the phone and was able to immediately start printing photos.
Quick print allows you to easily print a photo without making any changes or edits.
Printing took about 30 seconds from start to finish. It was pretty quick in my opinion and the printer is very quiet, we almost thought it wasn’t working because it didn’t make any sound.
The photo paper is self-adhesive so the girls liked that they can print and stick their photos all over.
The color of the photos is slightly lighter but I think with some quick editing on my end.
Overall I’m very happy with my purchase. We have used the printer several times for things that I hadn’t originally planned – needing a quick photo for preschool orientation, homeschool projects, scrapbooking our latest family trip. I’ve not had to repurchase photo paper yet but plan to the next time Amazon has it on sale. We also noticed that the battery holds a charge relatively long (we have charged it three times in about 2 months).