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Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer

Reported by Heather VoinskiAt the mere mention of the word Polaroid, a ton of memories come flooding back to me from my childhood. I still remember the day that my Dad came home and surprised my Mom with one of the instant cameras. I have pictures from Christmases when I was little that are the best because of it. We had such fun with it! I was more than a little sad when I heard that they were ceasing production of their instant film, you know…the kind we grew up with. When I heard about it I ran out and bought some!

The Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer is part of Polaroid’s new digital line. It’s a compact printer that you can take with you and print borderless 2″ x 3″ pictures instantly from your digital camera or compatible cell phone.

The PoGo is small; it measures 4.7″ x 2.8″ and is powered by a rechargeable 7.2v lithium-ion battery. It comes with an ac adapter for charging. There are no ink cartridges to deal with on this little printer. The PoGo uses Zink Zero Ink technology; it’s all in the paper! Just insert a paper pack and you are ready to print. You can print smudge-proof, water-resistant images in 60 seconds. Paper packs are available in sheets of 10, 30, or 80. Walmart sells the 30 sheet packs for only $11.00!




I added the PoGo to my wish list this past Christmas as soon as I saw it. The thought of printing Polaroid prints right from my cell phone excited me; I am a picture person! Santa surprised me with it on Christmas eve. I got right to work playing with it.

It was easy to set up a connection between my cell phone and the printer. It comes with easy step-by-step instructions and in under 60 seconds I was ready to print (and I did).

Here is how easy it is to print your pictures:
1. Select your picture to print:


2. Select print via bluetooth:


3. Select your Polaroid printer:


4. Print:

I’ve tried printing pictures from my husband’s cell phone as well, and it was equally easy to do. For printing from your camera, you simply connect your camera to the printer via your USB cord and turn your camera on. It automatically walks you through the rest.

I had been snapping pictures of our daily doings for a December Daily album, and I started by printing a few pictures of them. These little pictures made it a cinch to put together because they are peel-and-stick. You can peel the backing off of them and stick them anywhere. Here is a sample from my December Daily album using them:


I’ve kept up printing pictures after this album was done, and I started a little project with them that I am also happy to share. By mounting the little borderless 2″ x 3″ pictures on white cardstock, I made some faux Polaroids (it’s become an addiction).

They’ve found a home on my inspiration boards in my craft area. I love the way it came out. Now I can still have the Polaroid look in an instant!!

Pros:

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Instant smudge-proof pictures in less than 60 seconds
  • Ability to print from your camera or any compatible cell phone
  • Peel-and-stick pictures
  • No more shaking your Polaroid Pictures!!

Cons:

  • I’ve found that I must charge it every time I want to use it. Doesn’t hold a charge well.
  • Running out of pictures to print (but it’s not a problem if you’re like me)
  • No more shaking your Polaroid Pictures!!

The Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer retails for $99.99 and can be found online at Best Buy, Target, but Amazon has the best deal online, and if you buy it through the link below, you’ll be helping support Craft Critique!

All in all, I am happy with this little printer and will continue to use it. I’m already working on another display of pictures.

We would love to hear what you think of this product, and if you own one, please share what you have done with it!

UPDATE: Regarding the image quality…You don’t get the same quality that you would get from your photo lab or from printing from a photo printer but the pictures are decent. Some of the colors are muted (like classic Polaroid pictures). Out of all of the pictures that I have printed so far (over 100), I have 2 that I am not happy with and I have chalked them up to the bad lighting where we took them. Hope this helps guys.

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7 Responses to Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer

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    myonlysunshine March 31, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    It makes me oh so sad that it won’t work with my iPhone. I take endless pictures with it!

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    lizacreates March 31, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    Hi Heather,

    Sorry, but there was no mention on your article on the quality of the prints. Can you please elaborate? Are the end products as good as those one would print from, say, an HP Photosmart or Canon photo printer, or processed at a lab?

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    ohradiogirl March 31, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    I read a review of this in USA Today. Seems like it’s pretty decent. I hear the picture quality is okay; not great, but the excitement and gratification comes w/the ‘instant’ copy of the pics.

    I can’t say I’ll get one, but I have been doing my ‘research’.

    Thanks for helping me out in that regard.

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    ~kelly marie~ March 31, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    This little printer looks exciting! I am wondering how much the photo paper costs. I will have to look that up. I am glad that polaroid is still making products, even if it isn’t my favorite polaroid look.

    Have you tried http://www.poladroid.net/ ?
    It is the best thing since sliced bread, and you can still “shake” your photos with your mouse!! 🙂

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    ~wenhether~ March 31, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Kelly Marie thanks for that link! Too cool!

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    ~kelly marie~ March 31, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    Of course, wenhether! I have had entirely too much fun with my poladroid! 🙂

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    Jenn April 1, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks for reviewing this, I was intrigued when I saw it!