SnapBox turns smartphone snapshots into inexpensive framed prints
So you just snapped a perfect photo of the kids. Or the dog. Or the kids and the dog. So perfect, in fact, it's frame-worthy. Now you just need to get that picture off your phone or camera and into a frame.
Traditionally, that's a multi-step process. It might involve copying the photo to your PC, making a print, buying a frame, and so on. Or maybe you're using an app to upload it to a photo-printing service--but even that can be a time-consuming hassle. And what about the frame?
That's why I'm seriously digging SnapBox
, a new service that quickly, easily, and inexpensively turns snapshots into framed canvas prints.
It works like this: You e-mail any photo to email@example.com. Within minutes, you'll get back a reply with a preview of your photo and ordering options. A few taps or clicks later, you're done.
SnapBox keeps things admirably simple by offering just five sizes: 5x7, 8x10, 10x13, and Instagram-friendly 5x5 and 9x9. They're all gallery-wrapped stretched canvas prints with a black enamel frame, and because they're 1.75 inches deep, they can stand on a shelf or table (or hang on a wall, natch).
Prices range from $9.79 to $24.99, not including shipping. However, you can avoid the shipping charge by having them sent to any of 12,000 retail locations, including drugstores like CVS and Rite-Aid.
To put those prices in some perspective, Canvas on Demand charges $79 for an 8x10 gallery-wrapped canvas that's 1.5 inches thick. CanvasWorld charges $52 for the same thing. A lot of shops don't even offer a 5x5 or 5x7 option.
I'm not saying SnapBox has the lowest prices, simply that its prices are low. And I love the convenience of working almost entirely through e-mail. My first SnapBox order (three 5x5 prints of Instagram-ized photos) is on its way. Assuming they look good, I suspect I'll be placing a lot more orders in the future.
Have you found a faster, easier, or cheaper way to get framed prints? Tell me about it in the comments!Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
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