“ The Polaroid PoGo allows users to print photos from mobile devices using Bluetooth. It is compact, high quality and fast. However, the lack of Apple compatibility may put many off. „
I wanted a Polaroid camera a few years ago and I asked my husband for one for my birthday. He didn't manage to get me one so he bought the next best thing that he could find which happened to be this printer; coincidently it is made by Polaroid. I was pleased with the printer and thought it was a nice novel gift that my husband had selected for me.
The Printer can be bought from various online stores. I have done a quick price comparison and you can buy one from £39.00 - £29.99. I'm not sure how my husband paid but is not a bargain hunter and picks the first thing he can find. Cost wise, I think it is a competitive price and if you can get hold of one for around the thirty pound mark then it is a brilliant buy.
==A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE PRINTER==
The printer is black, sleek and really light. You can also buy it in pink but to be honest pink is a bit too young for me! The dimensions of the POGO are 120 mm long x 71 mm wide x 23 mm deep. It's slightly thicker than I'd like it to be but it only weighs 227g which makes it exceptionally portable. The Pogo feels robust and good quality, it is certainly built to be transported around.
The Pogo is powered by a rechargeable lithium Ion battery. To recharge the battery you need to plug the AC adapter into the main supply. It takes around one hour to reach full charge and the printer will print around 8 prints before it gives up the ghost and needs charging again. If you are inside it may be useful to keep it plugged in so that you do not get caught short.
==IN THE BOX==
In the box you get the printer along with a media pack containing ten sheets and the AC adapter. You also get an instruction manual but this offers fairly basic information.
The printer is extremely easy to use, this is one of the advantages of the printer; it does not over complicate things. Firstly you need to get your papers out of the media pack. You will find a blue sheet (remember this is a thermal printer) and place this sheet in the printer. There is a barcode on the paper so lay this face down. Next place the media paper in. Place this with the shiny side facing a small mirror inside the printer and you are now ready to print. You can send your pictures to the Pogo via Bluetooth or you can use USB.
If you use Bluetooth then you will need to turn this on your device. Select the image you want to print and then click to find other devices. It should find the Pogo and the allow you to send it to the printer to print. If you use USB then connect the printer to the device and then select print. This is the most straightforward option but the fun of Bluetooth is that it is wireless. My hubby has Bluetooth on the phone so we used to prefer to send the pictures this way. It is quick and there is only a small delay before the image is printing. The printer takes around a minute to print a picture and these are touch proof, run proof as soon as they come out of the machine.
The pictures are ok for a portable printer and much better than any Polaroid camera I have seen. The prints are 2 x 3" in size and there is no border or frame. The prints have a sticky back so you can display them in an album. I would not be bothered if the backs were not sticky but I bet teenagers love it! The quality of the prints are good, the colours are not as bright and accurate as I would like, sometimes they look a bit washed out like the image has been taken through a fog. Overall though I am content with the image quality, after all it is only a portable printer with images printed just for fun. Although the pictures look like they do on screen, the colours look a lot brighter on screen. If you are having trouble with grainy pictures or the colours are fading you can run the blue sheet again and this cleans the print heads making sure the printer is always working at its best.
I loved this printer and we had some fun with it, I think we bought a couple of packets of the media paper before the novelty wore off and we stopped playing with it. We prefer these days spending our money on professional photograph paper and trying to get amazing pictures out of our main printer. A media pack with cost around £2.00 - £2.50.
This is a great gift for a young person as it gives them the freedom to print from their phones and they can use the pictures to display in an album. The sticky back means that there is no mess and you can stick them where you want. When we first bought it we printed comedy pictures of ourselves and stuck them on the fridge. We also printed a lot of pictures of the cat and the dog!
I have experienced only a few niggles with the machine. Occasionally the printer's Bluetooth takes a while for the phone's to connect and there is a pause before the printer prints. The battery life can be a frustration but you will never be printing large amounts though this printer, it is certainly for one off purposes, besides it gets quite hot if you print more than a couple though it! We have had the printer for a few years and it is still going strong, I can recommend this printer. The best part of the printer is that you do not need ink. It is thermal so you will never need to replace ink cartridges or suffer the annoyingness of running out of ink!
I bought this mini printer several years ago not long after it was first available in the UK. It was an absolute pain to get photos from my phone to the computer to print them as the software and cables just wouldn't cooperate. This seemed a great solution as I could just beam the pictures straight to the printer via bluetooth.
What Is It?
The Polaroid Pogo is a mini printer that uses Zink (zero ink) technology to print photos using heat. It is a bluetooth device that mobile phones can connect to and takes around 60 seconds to print an image. However it is NOT compatible with Apple devices.
No ink is used in the printing process, instead the paper used is heat sensitive and the device uses heat variations to produce the different colours in an image. This means only the paper needs to be bought and no ink cartridges are needed.
The photos are approximately 2 x 3 inches and have a peelable back so they can be used as stickers. Because no ink is used the images are dry and waterproof straight after printing.
It is also possible to connect a digital camera to the Pogo using a USB cable if the camera has Pictbridge.
The printer is charged via a cable and the internal battery lasts for about 15 prints or it can be left plugged in and used at the same time.
The Pogo printer is compact, not really much bigger than a smart phone at 12 x 7 x 2.5 cm. It is available in two colour-ways, black and pink. I have the black version and it's an attractive piece of kit that looks and feels high quality.
The top of the device is matte black with a silver band about quarter of the way along where the top hinges open to put paper inside. In the top-left corner has the raised Zink logo and the main body has the Polaroid logo and text in silver.
The sides of the printer are silver and the front end has a slot from which the photos emerge. The bottom side has the power button, indicator lights and a USB port. The top side has a port for the charging cable and the back end has a button to release the paper compartment lid.
Colours: Black or pink with silver accents
Size: 12 x 7 x 2.5 cm
Power: Li-ion rechargeable battery
Print Size: 2" x 3" borderless
Charging Cable: Included
When I purchased this printer it was still fairly new and cost £50. Since then the price has fluctuated a lot and currently it is available online for £20 to a shocking £100! If you plan to buy one take a good look around and check out some price comparison sites.
There is a newer model available that prints slightly larger pictures (3" x 4"), this costs about £100.
A pack of 70 sheets of Zink paper retails for £10 - £15.
I wanted this as a quick, easy way to print photos from my mobile and that's exactly what I got. The images print in under a minute and are the perfect size for wallets and purses. It's great quality and I don't have to mess around with changing ink cartridges or cleaning printer heads.
The set-up is very easy, turn on both the printer and a mobile with bluetooth connectivity, choose the photo to print and send it via bluetooth to the printer. 60 seconds later I have a wallet sized photo in my hands that won't smudge and can be adhered to another surface if I choose.
Whilst I find the Pogo excellent it's important to point out it's not a professional photo printer. It's more of a fun device that prints snapshot quality images to share with friends and family as opposed to a proper photographic print. I've found that if a picture on my phone has an overtone of yellow or red from indoor lighting this is exaggerated in the prints. To avoid this I either adjust the photo using the software on my phone or try and take pictures in good lighting. Quite often the first print is somewhat orange if it hasn't been used for a while, this may be because it hasn't fully warmed up so it's something to bear in mind.
A good use is taking a picture of a professionally taken family photo and printing it out for a handy wallet sized version or snapping the new baby/puppy/kitten to give to friends and family. I also like to tuck the small photos into the frame of a mirror so I can look at them when I'm fixing my hair.
I've found a fairly artistic use for this printer however that I think looks good enough to be displayed in a frame. When taking photos of something quite large, such as a cathedral with my phone, I take lots of small close up images. It usually takes between 8 - 15 pictures to capture the whole edifice and I try to get a few from interesting angles.
When all of these are printed out they can be arranged, overlapped and stuck down to form a somewhat surreal but recognisable image of the whole building. This effect looks funky framed and is a bit more artistic than a plain, conventional shot. Faces look hilarious done this way!
I can definitely recommend the Polaroid Pogo to anyone looking for a pocket sized printer for their mobile snapshots. It's fun and portable and makes your digital images real, physical things. It won't be for you if you want high quality photo print outs but it wasn't really designed for that purpose.
I bought this mini photo printer for a relatively reasonable price of £30 after a holiday to the USA and wanted to make a collage of photos. I chose this model as you got some complimentary paper included, whereas another model I looked at did not have this.
The printer is very slim, no thicker than an inch, and could be compared to the size of some larger mobile telephones. It's also very light, less than 250g I believe, which means it's easy to bring with you on your photography trips. There are no real buttons or features on the unit, and so it is very easy to use.
BATTERY LIFE AND POWER
The unit can be powered whilst plugged into the mains, or alternatively you can charge it up for around 90 minutes, and then print around 12 photographs portably or on the go. On a personal basis, I prefer to use the unit whilst plugged in to avoid any power cuts half way through!
When you turn on the printer, you must insert your pack of paper into the inside of the unit. This is straightforward and there is a cover sheet which you follow the instructions on. You have two options for printing; you could print by a traditional USB connection and press the buttons on your camera for printing. Alternatively, if you are printing from a mobile telephone you could use the Bluetooth connection. Printing via Bluetooth is really easy, you pair up to the printer just as you would if it was a mobile telephone. The printer has a code which you use as the PIN and then you are ready to print. The pages for the printouts are 2 by 3 inches in size. What I really liked was that the full page real estate is used, and there is no letterboxing effect.
PRINT QUALITY AND SPEED
For a low cost, portable printer, I was really impressed with the quality of the prints. They are really suitable for holiday snaps, or perhaps pictures of the kids you want for your wallet. The speed of a print is quite slow; it can take over a minute and a half to print one of these small prints. I was also surprised at how loud the machine was!
CONSUMABLES AND CONCLUSION
The replacement paper costs about £3 on the internet and slightly more in my local supermarket. You do get 10 pages in a pack, so it isn't going to be cheap to print a lot! Another advantage that the technology means you never have to buy any ink cartridges which helps keep the costs down.
I think this is a great little product, suitable as a Christmas present for teenagers. I would say that I would recommend it.
- Overview -
I bought one of these printers some time last year for one purpose in mind.. I was running some events abroad and had a friend helping me out taking photos of guests and printing the pictures for immediate sale on the night.
Initially I had a smallish Kodak printer which despite not been overly large wasn't exactly ideal for transportation. There was another positive advantage to the purchase of this unit with the fact that images could be transferred by Bluetooth aswell as USB which was more convenient as my camera had a bluetooth share facility which I thought would generally save time in the transfer and prints of photos.
The unit itself is very compact and portable and comes in a modern black and silver finish weighing in at just 226 grams, the devices also features a re-chargeable battery for printing away from a mains supply however would not last long periods under battery life, infact you would be lucky to get up to 15 prints from a fully charged battery.
- Zero Ink Technology -
The first feature which persuaded me to invest in this printer was the fact that on the specs it states "Zero Ink Technology" which simply means what it says on the tin, no ink is required.. ever!
However by saving the penny's on Ink Cartridges or ribbons etc you may end up spending more on "Zink" photo paper which is required in order to use the unit costing around 25p per photo printed.
As I was selling the produced photos at around 6 Euros (aprox £4.90) I was still accumulating a steady profit with my new printer however for general use I would advise a standard Inkjet home/office printer.
- How Does It Work? -
The Polaroid Pogo features a new form of technology which uses heat pulses to activate and colourize the crystals which are found on the special designated Zink Paper, consisting of over 1billion crystals across a 2x3 inch print this printer does truely deliver some amazing results.
The device is able to print borderless photos for a real professional photographer feel.
- Pro's and Con's -
I think the major Pro for this printer is the convenience of it, as previously mentioned I was using it in another country and my storage space was very limited so to be able to carry a printer, leads and paper all in one small case was a big bonus for me.
The overall cost of Paper without Ink can be quite costly but looking at the pack sizes and pricing you would definately save more money over a period when purchasing larger packs rather than smaller ones.
My only issue at the moment is the paper comes with an expiry date due to the ink crystals drying up after a certain time frame, this doesn't seem like to much of a problem when you only purchase a certain quantity for a specific time but if you purchase lots at once you may end up with very poor results after the shelf date and quite frankly just wasting hard earned money.
- Conclusion -
Overall though I have been very happy with the purchase of the PoGo and the convenience it offers whilst on the go. In terms of pricing it has become a lot more affordable to purchase one of these at only £30-£35 with delivery.
I bought myself this little printer when we went travelling this year. I wanted a printer do that we could print photos quickly and put them in our travel journal. The printer cost me around £30 (the pink was cheaper than black) and I bought it from amazon.
The printer is made by Polaroid and essentially uses a special paper called zero ink (zink) which prints pictures without ink and uses only heat, not sure of the techy geekery but I think it sounds quite cool. The paper comes in packs of ten nd you can pick up replacements on amazon for £10 for 70 sheets. The print size is 3" x2" and comes with a peel off sheet at the back which is then sticky, the adhesive is really good.
The printer itself is slightly bigger than a compact camera and the paper is easy to put on if you follow the instructions clearly on the packaging. I have had no issues with the paper. In my opinion the quality of print is darker than real life. Which is slightly disappointing but let's be honest it's not a professional print lab it is a handheld printer which I think is pretty awesome technology.
The battery dies quickly but you can print when it is plugged into the mains (mains adapter comes with it) so not a big deal. I find it doesn't hold it's charge very well, I.e. if I charged it on a Monday and used it on a Friday, it would need to be plugged in again so in that respect it ain't great!
Overall I think it is a great little printer for the price,as a scrap booker I love it. Can print via phone through Bluetooth or plug in a camera which is PIctBridge enabled. Takes about 30 seconds to print a picture and is dry straight away, give it a go, prices go u and down on amazon so keep an eye out for a bargain!
I am a self employed worker, and have to print out photos weekly for my job. It was getting costly doing it in Boots, therefore decided to invest in a Pogo printer.
I like the fact that it is small and dinky, but also robust enough to withstand a fall.
It can be run through the mains, or through a rechargeable battery. The battery life is only average, so I always use through the mains.
It is very simple and easy to use; you literally plug your camera into it, and your camera automatically picks it up. using your camera, you select which photos you want to print and voila!
Each photo takes approximately a minute to print.
The photo comes out as a photo, but also a sticker; which was the whole point of me purchasing this item.
The photo quality is not very good, I'd say average.
The Pogo is a good and efficient little machine ,and it does what you want it to do. If you want quality photos, don't use this, but for my job it is more than adequate. It is also great because it is bluetooth enabled, therefore you can connect to laptops, mobiles and other bluetooth enabled devices.
My daughter, 12, got given this great little gadget for Christmas 2010 and loved it. We have summarised its pros and cons to share with you. But essentially you're looking a fun item that a teenage or pre-teen girl, in particular, would enjoy. The basic idea is that you can print off your photos from a mobile or digital camera immediately. The concept will be familiar to anyone who remember the old Polaroid cameras of the seventies: it's fun to get your prints immediately.
You can charge the PoGo up at home if you don't want to take the cable with you. Obviously as my daughter is young and it was a surprise present for her I was the one who spent several hours setting up the printer and testing it on two Nokia mobiles and a Kodak camera to make sure it would work on Christmas morning. Eventually I managed to print off a test photo. Since then I have guided her through loading up the printer with replacement paper (remember to it the right way up) since then and have been keeping an eye on how it's gone generally. I'm slightly obsessed with this little gadget.
- Easy to use (once you've set it up, see below)
- Will work with a variety of phones of cameras (but see caveat)
- Worked with Nokia phones. We tried two of our family Nokias and got it to network.
- Great with my camera, Kodak Easy Share, using the wired connection
- You can peel the backing off the prints to stick them in photo albums, etc.
- Very portable: the PoGo easily fits in a handbag.
- Prints themselves are a great size to fit in wallet or purse.
- Photos seem to take a fairly reasonable minute or slightly less to print off, which I don't think is bad.
- Setting it up with some mobiles is hard
- Never worked with LG Pop mobile phone
- The battery life is bad, it will only do about 2 prints before it needs charging up.
- Sometimes the pictures will come out with lines streaking through them. They are a bit sepia in tone. You wouldn't be entering them for photographic competitions.
Our PoGo cost just under £40 from Amazon. This still seems to be a good price; they are rather more expensive elsewhere.
All in all I would say this is worth trying, especially if you're off to a party, a weekend away with friends or to a sleepover.
I was bought this as a Christmas present and found it a fun little toy. It is so easy and quick to use. As bridesmaid at a wedding I took photographs of all the guests pulling silly faces or wearing daft wigs. Using the printer, I then printed them there and then, stuck them in a scrap book and asked the guests to write a quick comment underneath. This was a perfect gift to the happy couple and thanks to this little portable printer it was quick and easy to do. Each snap takes less than 60 seconds and is waterproof and touch proof as soon as it comes out. They have a sticky back once you take the backing paper off so are easy to slap straight in an album or scrap book. If you don't have nails these are a little tricky to peel off!
It's very simple to use, Simply open the printer and place the blue sheet (I'll discuss this sheet later) with the barcode face down, then put in the media paper with their shiny side facing a little mirror that is visible when the printer is opened and then decide what picture you want to print. Choose to send it via blue tooth and the two devices will find each other and connect. Your image will then be printed!
The dimensions of the printer are 120 x 71 x 23mm. It's fairly bigger than other instant printers but it only weighs 227g. I carry it in my hand bag without any problems. It is quite sexy with a smooth and black contemporary design. The pictures come out at 2 x 3 inches without a border which are a cute little size.
Regarding the quality of the prints, they are what you would expect of a twenty pound portable printer. The colours are not as vivid as what they appear on the camera and sometimes red colours look a little pink and blue colours look a little green. However, if you maintain the printer and run through the blue sheet that comes free in the media pack this cleans the machine and makes sure it is working to its best capacity. I find that if I turn the resolution down on my own camera the results are a lot better, I seem to have the best results when printing from my boyfriend's 5 megapixel phone camera. It is so quick to import photographs via USB or by Bluetooth and the devices are really quick to connect. It's a shame my iphone wont connect, (Apple won't let iphones use blue tooth with any non apple device) I have to either send them to my boyfriend or upload them and then send them via USB.
The media pack also contains 10 photo sheets. These are widely available and I am able to buy them at my local supermarket. I have found the cheapest sheets online, working out at 17 pence per sheet. You will averagely be paying about 20 pence per sheet, which I don't think is too expensive.
The printer has a rechargeable battery and although this doesn't seem to last very long. You get about 6-7 prints per charge! It only takes about an hour long to get back to full charge using the main supply. The AC adapter as with most phones / gadgets these days is specific to the Pogo meaning you'll pay quite a bit for a replacement.
Overall for twenty pounds you can't go wrong. It's fun and cheap and a very good gadget for everyone to enjoy, thanks to it being so easy and quick to use.
I saw this printer on Firebox. It had great reviews so I asked for it for christmas. I recieved the pink model. The main reason I wanted the item was that since I have had my mobile phone I take all my pictures on there and never get around to printing them out, which is a shame as I have captured some special moments. The printer requires no paper it uses a special paper which contains the ink. The paper costs about £7 for 70 sheets on Amazon. The printer is very easy to use. It can be run off the mains or it can be charged and then used. You have to send via bluetooth to the printer the picture you would like to print. There is an LED light on the printer which indicates when the picture is being recieved. Once the picture has been sent the LED then changes to indicate that it is printing. It takes about half a mintute to print the picture. The pictures themselves are good quality considering there is no ink used and the price of the item. The pictures are about the size of a credit card, I have printed off several pictures for family and friends to put in their wallets. You can also stick the pictures to any surface as the paper is sticky! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to make cheap copies of happy memories to chare with friends. You can also pick up cheap accessories on Amazon I got myself a pink case for a few pounds!. The only problem I had with the printer was the first print had some lines on it. To rectify this you just need to turn a piece of photo paper around and allow it to feed through the printer this worked first time for me! You also have to have bluetooth on your phone, I know it doesn't work with iPhones as my partner has one and he has been unable to print anything off.
As part of my job, I work with children who have learning difficulties. Oftentimes these children are not yet ready for formal recording (i.e. writing) or require a lot of practical work to consolidate whatever they are currently learning.
The education system being what it is, schools and teachers are inspected once every few years. And, when the inspectors are in they want to see formal proof of what children are learning and what they are working towards. Besides which, keeping a record of children's work and achievements is good practice. Normally, this record consists of their exercise books, jotters, artwork etc. However, when working with a child who cannot grip a pencil or who has limited ability to process their thoughts as writing, recording can be tricky. The teacher can scribe for the child or work can be done on the computer, but this often doesn't give the child the same sense of ownership that they get from seeing 'their' work. If a child has spent an entire lesson using maths equipment to show their understanding of tens and units, it can be frustrating when it must be put away at the end of the lesson, or when magnetic letters that have been used for phonic spelling work must be used again by a different child.
For this reason, I bought the PoGo printer. Teachers often take photographs of children engaged in a task and print them, but doing this was a little bit more tricky for me. Because I am not based in one school permanently, I don't have access to a school printer or digital camera. I didn't want to use my own camera for fear it would get broken and nor did I want to print pictures out at home; for a teacher to have images of children on their home PC would be unwise in the extreme. What I wanted, therefore, was some kind of portable printer that I could use to print photos off from my mobile phone. After the pictures had been printed I could simply wipe the photos from my phone's memory.
This is a really dinky little piece of kit. It's just slightly smaller than an outstretched hand and is matte black with a silver trim. It's about an inch deep and there is a flap on the back which lifts up to reveal the paper. Its dimensions are such that it will easily fit in the majority of handbags or laptop cases.
It comes supplied with a cable for charging the battery. A full charge takes 2+ hours but it can be used whilst charging. I found that a full charge lasts for around 8 printings and after that the battery loses its power very quickly (although I frequently forget to turn it off as soon as it's finished printing, so you might be able to get a couple of extra prints if you were less absent-minded than me). I didn't mind this aspect too much as I'm generally always in a room with plug sockets, but for those who wish to use this for nights out, or for printing a lot of photos in quick succession, this may be quite a large negative factor.
~*~Ease of Use~*~
Once I've taken a photo on my mobile I activate Bluetooth and make sure the PoGo is turned on and close to my mobile. I then open the photo in the phone's memory, select 'send via' and choose the Bluetooth option. The phone will then offer me the PoGo as an option under the name of Polaroid 10. Once this is selected the photo will start to send, usually taking around 30 seconds. Straight away the PoGo will whirr into life and start to make printing noises. Essentially, as long as your phone or laptop is Bluetooth enabled, this device is quite straightforward to use (but I'd advise checking on the Polaroid website to make sure that your phone/camera is compatible with the device). No software needs to be installed on your phone or camera.
Photos can also be printed from a digital camera via a usb cable which came supplied with mine. I've never used the printer with my PC and I'm not sure how it would be possible but there is perhaps a technological genius out there who knows how to do it.
The photo paper is only produced by Polaroid but can be bought from a range of retailers both offline and online - mine came from Amazon - and comes sealed in small packs of 10 sheets. Once the flap at the back is lifted, it simply slots into place (although you have to be careful to ensure that it is facing the right way, otherwise your pictures will print on the dull side). The printer is inkless - the 'Zink' paper somehow magically contains everything needed for the colour to develop - so that's one less hassle.
The printing process is quite slow; it's certainly nothing like what you'd get from a Polaroid camera. I'd say the whole Bluetooth, sending and printing process takes at least 3-5 minutes. Not ideal if you want to print something immediately, but not really prohibitively slow, either.
Professional photographers would probably reel in horror, but the pictures look fine: not amazing, but not blurry and awful, either. And, for the size and cost of the printer, you probably couldn't realistically hope for more than that. The pictures print without a border and are 2" by 3" - quite a bit smaller than the average snapshot but not really tiny. Colours are reasonably true, although pinks, purples and browns tend to be a bit interchangeable. If you've taken a glorious picture of a sunset over mountains, you may find the resulting print disappointing. If you've taken a quick snap of a friend, or a day out with the family this will do the job nicely. I tend to use it for prints of practical activities children have been doing, so there are lots of primary colours and objects that are close to the camera. All of these prints have been fine and have given a good level of detail. A pleasing bonus is that the photos have an adhesive backing and so can be stuck in exercise books or albums immediately. Furthermore, if you want to look like you're out on day release, you could take a picture of yourself, print it, and then stick it on your jumper. Or you could take pictures of a colleague and then plaster their monitor in multiple copies. These are just my suggestions, mind. The ways of annoying your workmates with this are probably endless.
~*~Price and availability~*~
It's now retailing on Amazon for just under eighteen pounds, which is a bargain when you consider that I paid more than twice as much as that for it a year and a half ago. The expensive part, though, is the paper: Amazon currently offers it for £3.58 for 10 pages which is quite expensive if you're going to be doing a lot of printing. Obviously, just cutting up ordinary paper to size won't work, as it won't contain the magic Polaroid Zink stuff.
Unless you have a specific need to print photos immediately, as I did, I'd say this is best avoided. It's a great little gadget which does exactly what it claims to and its relative uniqueness will no doubt endear it to many, but digital cameras and home printers are now so advanced that the average person will get much better results doing things that way. Ultimately, this is likely to be something that is used for a month or so and then deposited in a drawer once the novelty wears off and the expense hits home.
When I first saw the Polaroid PoGo online about 2 years ago I immediately wanted one but they were about £45. A few months ago they came down to half of that and we decided to get one.
It is absolutely fab for printing pictures from your mobile phone!
For ages (OK, a few years...) I had been taking photos on my mobile but never bothering to get the pics printed because I couldn't be bothered with taking the memory card out and transferring the pics to the computer to use Photobox or taking the memory card down to those booths they have in places like Boots that let you get the photos printed.
With the PoGo though, you just fill it with the special paper and bluetooth your pics to it and out they come instantly! It's great!
The only thing I would say is that the paper is quite expensive (it's cheaper on ebay which is where I buy mine) and not that readily available. That said, polaroid cartridges used to be quite expensive - that's the price you pay for instant photos I suppose!
I think these make a great Christmas pressie for anyone with a mobile phone, so if you've got someone whom you don't know what to buy for, get them one of these and they'll be well pleased!
This is one of the first mass market portables printers that uses zero ink! yes that right no ink to produce the pictures. It uses a system that many retailers have used for years to produce there price labels which is basically a heat generated system.
The image is printed on zinc paper which you can get a pack of 70 sheets for around £10 (play.com), when considering you never have to buy any ink this is quite reasonable.
The images are amazing for the size of the printer and the quality is excellent. You can't expect the same quality from a normal printer but this is fab! Small, light and great to have photos on the go; Unit : H=120mm, W= 72mm, D= 23.5mm, Photo size: 50mm x 76.2mm, sticky backed.
It connects to your pictures through a bluetooth format so now wires needed which means it can be used with your mobile phone or laptop etc. It is also compatible with pictBridge through digital cameras
Be warned however not all mobile phones are compatible. I purchased one to go with my G1 which one mobile phone site said it was compatible so I purchased one from an online auction site for half the price. To my disapointment it isn't. What I should have done is check the compatibility with Polaroid's Pogo website as it states every mobile phone. The 'cupcake' firmware update was supposed to have an OBEX (bluetooth file transfer) but it didn't have and so cannot connect to the Pogo. Similarly neither can the iPhone for the same reason.
I'm going to keep the Pogo as it connects brilliantly with my digital camera via PictBridge.
My advise before buying check compatibility first and then buy, buy, buy! You won't regret it!
I live for many months of the year in Spain and love to write letters to my dad and my mother-in-law, both of whom are not online, so when my hubby found this little gadget on ebay i was over the moon. I could now send little photos through the post, of all the things we get up to out here, without it costing me a fortune using the Spanish postal costs. The Polaroid Pogo Photo Printer is a compact little printer about 5" x 3" in size and about 1" thick so it fits easily into my handbag with no trouble. It prints photos of around 3" x 2" without the use of any inks, cables or electricity needed, so you can literally print pictures wherever you are. All you need to do is take a photo on your mobile phone and connect via 'Bluetooth' to your photo printer it really is so simple..........if i can do it then anyone can!
The printer also comes in with a mains adaptor and battery in the pack and has a USB port to to allow you to connect to your camera or PC. It is a tough looking little gadget and is extremely quiet while printing, even in a library or church you could print with this.
The printing papers come in packs of 10 sheets and have a sticky back to them which you just peel off if you want to use your photos as stickers. The photos come out clear and crisp looking although the photo quality will not match that of a professional print, but you really wouldn't expect it to be. No ink is needed to print these as they work on 'Zero Ink Technology' (Zink).
The price ranges from around £25.00 upwards which i think is s good price as the quality of the printer seems to be good and solid. Mine is black and silver though it is available in various colours but these can be more expensive.
Opinion: This is a good, solid little gadget that is very good value for money and very useful for all those who love to take photos. It would make an excellent gift for a teenager for example as they love to take pics while out with their friends. I love mine !
Remember those Polaroid cameras? I do and they make me very nostalgic. The world is going digital in ever sphere of life. But the name Polaroid is synonymous with instant photo prints and it is justice that Polaroid has come with portable printer for getting instant for print from your mobile. It is no doubt a very innovative little gadget which lot of will love to own because has come with a solution of problem which every body wanted. Critics might say "Oh come on that is not a big deal". why a printer specially for cellophane pictures? I will get my commuter Bluetooth to pair with the one in mobile or even use data cable to get those pictures in my computer and print! What's the problem? Mind you this print intently like the Polaroid did.
Before going into the main review just a about instant printing let take a brief look at the technology. The technology of PoGo for instance doesn't differ much to that used in the original Polaroid instant cameras only that the printer is a separate entity plus no shaking is required to the output for the image to appear. It does the job of printing using Zink, an inkless technology:
WHAT IS ZINK:
Edwin Land was an American physicist and an inventor. He revolutionized photography or more specifically photo printing by single step process for developing and printing photographs-what he called instant photography. Before Zink technology there was succeful efforts if instant print but mostly it was a low quality, black and white app.
But with Zink Technology it's possible to do a full-color single pass direct thermal printing. But this process in a sense uses 1) the invention of special dye crystals 2) the physics of controlling time and temperature, the basic fundamentals mechanism of Zink. Scientists at Polaroid Corporation headed by Edwin Land made a revolutionary discovery of a mechanism which individually addressed each color forming a layer within the ZINK Paper structure thereby creating the required colors for every image.
As I have mentioned the physics of controlling time and temperature is very important, since various colors in the print are created by precisely controlling the temperature and time of the heat pulse supplied fro the print head in the device to the ZINK Paper. The pulse pattern created determine which crystals in which layers are melted and give the logics to which colors are formed.
Zink is an inkless technology using photopapers with billions of colorless dye crystals in CMY (Cyan, magenta, Yellow) layers when activated by heat they change color. So naturally no replacement of ink/toner cartridge.
*Heat and Fade resistant
*Adhesive backing strips out and stick anywhere.
PoGo really is cute, just the size of a credit card, so very mobile, tuck it in to your breast pocket nice and cool.
You need not bother of cords or wires it does the job of connecting or paring cellphones trough Bluetooth and digital camera via USB. The prints are 2inc x 3inch in the form of sticker pictures.
*The printing process is slow around 60 to 80 seconds, tends jade with prolonged use.
*The battery (Li-ion) gives a maximum 12 prints
*Takes atleat 5 hours to charge
*It does print while charging, but the charger is the size of the printer, so mobility is hindered.
*Digital camera (via USB)
*70% of recent mobiles
Listed Price: £46.80
Free bee: 10 pack photo paper with the buy
It's a very good beginning with some improvements it has to be a hit.
(First published at ciao.co.uk under the same user name
****What is it?****
The Polaroid Pogo is a portable printer that is designed solely to print digital photos. Historically the Pogo was only available in black but it is available in other limited addition colours, at an additional cost.
The Pogo uses the up-to-date "ZINK" technology, which Polaroid claims is " an amazing new way to print in full colour without the need for ink cartridges or ribbons". This new technology is a major breakthrough for peripheral printers. However, in order to produce a photo the ink must come from somewhere and in the case of the Pogo the ink is "held in three layers of transparent crystals, coated on ZINK paper. A thermal print head sends pulses through the layers to heat the appropriate set of crystals and produce a colour image"
This means that only Pogo specific paper will work with this printer and, at around £3.99 for 10 sheets, it is expensive. Polaroid has a monopoly with this sort of paper so there is no competition and no chance of other manufacturers being able to undercut Polaroid and get a price war going.
****Using the Pogo****
The Pogo is exceptionally easy to use and anyone will have it up and running in a matter of seconds. It is one of the few items available where you don't even need to read the instruction manual to work out how to get the product working.
There is a single button on the side of the Pogo that turns it on. Two three colour Led lights show the power and charge status of the Pogo. Other than that there are no other buttons or controls on the printer.
Setting up the hardware side involves releasing a spring-loaded clip on the lid of the Pogo to "split" the printer in two. 10 sheets of the ZINK paper are then inserted in to a specifically shaped recess. The lid is closed shut, ensuring the clip is firmly home, and, hey presto the Pogo is ready for action.
The Pogo is Pictbridge and blue tooth compatible so it will work with a whole range of cameras and mobile phones. This benefits the consumer in that there is no need to go and buy a Polaroid device to use the Pogo, hence reducing additional costs. It also benefits Polaroid as it opens up a much larger potential market, so it is a win-win situation.
If using a blue tooth device it is simply a matter of pairing your device to the Pogo. The Pogo's blue tooth is permanently on so there is no need to press any buttons or configure it in anyway, it is simply a matter of doing a search no the blue tooth device and waiting for it to find the Pogo, which takes a matter of seconds. On the side of the Pogo there is a mini USB port, which allows you to link the Pogo to your camera via a cable, if you do not have blue tooth capability. It is then a matter of selecting the photo you want to print and pressing the print key.
The Pogo will whir in to life and the printing process will commence. After 60 seconds or so, the photo will come out of a slot at the top of the Pogo. The 60 second print time is pretty impressive, especially when compared to other photo printers but when you actually step back and consider the tiny size of the photos it suddenly doesn't seem that great.
Printing using Pictbridge is quicker than using blue tooth, which is understandable, although it is not that much quicker. At a guess I would estimate using blue tooth will 5 - 10 seconds longer so it is quite impressive in that respect.
I should point out that the Pogo only works with cameras and mobile phones. It does not require any software, and doesn't have any. There appears to be a bit of controversy over using the Pogo with PC or laptop.
I have read some reviews that say the Pogo can be linked to a PC or laptop and I have read some reviews that say the Pogo can't be used with a PC or laptop. Strange isn't it? Personally, I can't the Pogo recognized on either my Dell or my other half's ACER using either blue tooth or a cable, so I am in the camp where the Pogo can only be used with a phone or camera.
The photos are borderless and are printed on 2" x 3" sticky backed paper, which I think is quite large especially considering the size of the Pogo.
ZINK is still relatively new technology and this is evident in the quality of the photos. Despite the small size the images can be blurry and blotchy and not sharp, crisp or well defined. The pictures produced are for 'fun' use only, so don't go expecting professional quality here. I guess it would be naïve to think otherwise but it would be nice to have semi decent quality since the quality of Pogo produced photos doesn't even come close to the old style Polaroid instants.
The sticky back does enable you to peel the photo off and stick it to a beer glass, your leaning spot on the bar, the wall, a mate's forehead or anything else you wish. This is quite good fun and produces a talking point at first, but it does grow tiresome very quickly.
Polaroid claim the final pictures are "Smudge-proof, water-resistant and tear resistant", and all statements are true to a certain extent. I can honestly say that I have never had a picture smudge on me, no matter how quickly I touch a part of the photo as it comes out of the slot in the Pogo the photo has never smudged and the section is always dry and I applaud Polaroid for this.
I am a bit more sceptical about the waterproof and tear proof claims. I have dropped a small amount of liquid on a photo, and it did just produce a droplet, which could be wiped off. Done in a timely manner I found no damage was caused to the photograph. I have not tried submersing or drenching a photo, even for a review's sake since they are quite pricey to produce. The photographs are durable, which I think is down to the sticky backing, and whilst it will take a bit of punishment before the photo can be ripped in two, it definitely is not tear proof.
The point Polaroid are trying to get across, or what I think Polaroid are trying to get across, is that the durability of these photos are the same as that of normal pictures, and providing you treat them with a bit of care I can confirm that the Pogo photos are no different to other photos.
Polaroid also claim the photos are "fade-resistant and long lasting". I have had my Pogo for a few months now and the quality of the pictures have not decreased at all, however they are stored in an album and out of direct sunlight. Unfortunately, a couple of months is not really long enough to pass any judgement on Polaroid's claims on longetivity.
At 72mm x 23.5mm x 120mm and weighing in at a meagre 226g (including battery, but without paper) the Pogo is a tiny printer, the battery charger is larger than the printer itself, making it ultra portable and small enough to fit in the pocket of the tightest jeans.
The Pogo is powered by an internal 7.2V lithium-ion battery, which is fully rechargeable. Polaroid claims that each charge will give 15 photos, however I find I get around 10, which is one pack of paper. This printer is very power hungry so if you are going to print of several photos then you need to take the charger with you, which kind of reduces the portability of this device.
****Availability and Price****
The Pogo is readily available from many online stores and physical shops, so getting hold of one will not be a problem. The ZINK paper, on the other hand, may prove to be a bit more problematic and I would suggest getting this online for the best deals.
When the Pogo was released it cost a whopping £99.99, which is far too much for this product. I would never have purchased one at this price or even half this price. It certainly was one expensive gadget.
Luckily, the price has decreased significantly and the Pogo can now be bought for as little as £21.99 including VAT, but excluding P&P from Misco, making it a lot more affordable and available to the masses. Because the price of the Pogo varies so much I would recommend searching around to ensure you get the best deal.
****Positives of the Pogo****
i) Small, light and portable
iii) Good fun
****Negatives of the Pogo****
i) Can't be used with a PC or a laptop (although there are some reviews that say otherwise)
ii) Only 10 photos per charge
iii) ZINK paper is very expensive
iv) Only one supplier of ZINK paper, i.e. Polaroid
v) Novelty factor soon wears off
The Pogo is another gadget that I found to be quite useless once the novelty had worn off. It has the occasional outing but most of the time it sits on a shelf collecting dust. I think the negatives easily outweigh the positives (as described above), and it is for this reason I would not recommend it, unless you want to print off pictures of yourself to make the occasional business card.
In my opinion the picture quality just isn't good enough and the technology is not quite there. Give it a few more years until the picture quality gets to a decent level (and I am sure it will if Polaroid continues to develop it) and it may actually be of some use. Until then I will continue using the standard photo printers.
(This review was originally posted on Ciao under the name of Yackers1)