Saturday, 20 November 2010 19:53

Bolle iPhone photo printer: bollocks or boldy printing where'¦

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Physical photos: the final printed medium? These are the voyages of the iPhoto-printer, Bolle BP-10, on a mission unconnected with sunglasses, exploring the albums of strange new iPhones, to seek out what the replacement ink and paper costs are, and to boldly go where no dedicated photo printer has gone before.

If you've wanted to print photos from your iPhone direct to a compatible HP, Canon, Epson or Lexmark printer, it has been possible for some time - you just needed the right printer, the free app, a Wi-Fi network and some config on your PC.

It wasn't exactly always a 'one click' process, but if you wanted to set it up, it does work, and that's long before Apple's AirPrint technologies are yet even available to the general public, which they still aren't as of publication!

MobileFun in the UK is now selling a dedicated iPhone photo printer, the Bolle BP-10 Phone Printer - iPhone, which is said to work with all iPhone models Apple has ever made - the original iPhone (or iPhone 2G as it is often now known), the iPhone 3G, 3GS and naturally, the iPhone 4.

While this news is all over the Internet, what no-one seems to have twigged to is that MobileFun is not listing any prices for the consumables, nor the type of consumables being used - it is ink, is it using those four-colour tape cartridges to make four passes before spitting the colour photo out, or is it some other technology?

How much will each photo end up costing compared with using your existing photo printer, even if you've had to copy the photos off your iPhone by - shock, horror - plugging it in via USB cable to your computer?

We don't know. There's no word of consumables pricing, nor special pricing for multi-packs of paper and 'ink'.

The Bolle BP-10 Photo Printer - iPhone does have an app, as do the other printing solutions we mentioned earlier, and let you print out photos in various sizes, in passport format or across multiple photos to create a larger image - all of which is a nice touch.

But at £119.99, or just under AUD or US $200, and especially without knowing the prices of the consumables, it's a lot of money to pay just to get the ability to dock and print, even if it is a completely PC and wireless network-free solution.

Still, if that's what you need, such a product is available, although you'll still have to wait - MobileFun lists it as 'coming soon'. Just like iOS 4.2.1, huh?

So, what's some of the information that MobileFun has listed about the Bolle BP-10 Photo Printer - iPhone?

Find out on page two, please read on!


MobileFun lists the features and benefits the nearly AUD $200 iPhone photo printer brings to your life.

The Bolle BP-10 Photo Printer is listed at MobileFun as offering:

- Print photos directly from your iPhone
- Charge your iPhone when docked
- 4 x 6" (A6) photo printing with easy handling
- Select different partitions to add multiple images to one picture
- Print off multiple copies
- Features a Compact and reliable design

The site describes the iPrinter thus: 'Capture picture perfect moments and then print them off with the Bolle BP-10 Printer with iPhone Dock.

'The printer provides full size 4 x 6 inch photographs so you can keep your memories safely stored in frames or on your wall.

'Bolle provide a free app, which can be downloaded directly from the iTunes store, just simply download and install the Bolle Photo app to select photos from your iPhone album or take a brand new photo using the application.

'Slot your iPhone into the dock, choose your picture which you want to print then click the print button.

'This printer and dock even re-charges your iPhone whilst it's printing. The photos come out quickly and in an amazing quality. There are also settings to change the partitions to get multiple photos on one page so you can create a passport style picture.

'There is even an option to print multiple copies, up to 4, in case you need to print off more than 1 of the same photo.

'The Bolle Photo provides an excellent solution to iPhone users who want to get hardcopies of their photographs immediately and recharge the iPhone at the same time', which is where the website copy (which needed some editing) ends.

So'¦ if dedicated, PC-free, wireless network-free iPhone photo printing is vital to you and you've been waiting for such a solution to arrive, congratulations! The solution you've been looking for has arrived in the Bolle... olé!

For the rest of us, these really aren't the droids we're looking for, nice though BP-10 looks. I hope Mobile Fun let us know what the consumable prices are soon!

 


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