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Review: Prynt, the fun instant printer for the iPhone that brings Live Photos to life
Life can be remarkably circular at times. Back in the day, people used Polaroid instant cameras to take a photo and then get an instant print. These days, we all have a camera in our pocket that allows us to instantly view our photos on a bright, hi-res screen – but people do sometimes still want instant prints, leading to the creation of Polaroid-style instant printers.
Polaroid make their mobile printer, the ZIP, at around $130. This is a thermal printer, meaning there's no ink to worry about, printing instead onto special Zink paper. The Prynt uses the same technology and paper, but with an added twist: when using the app, people can view your prints as Live Photos …
No, there's no Harry Potter magic going on here: the prints are just prints. But embedded within them is effectively a hidden QR code within the pixels that allows the app to replay the Live Photo when viewed on any phone with the Prynt app installed. Given that the photo looks totally normal, aside from a key icon in the corner to indicate content to be unlocked, it's an impressive trick!
Look & feel
Prynt describes the printer as an iPhone case, which is rather a stretch! While your iPhone does dock in the printer, it measures 6.3 x 4.5 x 2.4 inches, so nobody is going to leave it fitted as a phone case.
But by printer standards, it is extremely small. It will slip easily into almost any bag, as well as roomier pockets.
The aesthetics are nothing to write home about, being ABS plastic. It's available in a choice of black or white. It's shaped like a compact camera with a textured grip (which is white in both models), and there's a shutter release button on top which presses the volume button, the idea being that you can leave your iPhone docked while you take the photos.
Some may like this, but I have to say it struck me as a gimmick: far easier to use the iPhone on its own to take the photos, only docking it once you're ready to print.