It is no secret that I flipping love photos. I pretty much have my camera glued to me at all times. I upload to Instagram pretty much daily and regularly update my albums on Facebook with memories and moments I’ve captured “on film” – except its not on film any more is it? It’s all digital and taking up a LOT of room on my hard drive. I do try to print out my favourite photos to display around our home, but we no longer have proper, tangible photo albums. Books of pictures to sit and flip through at will.
Although I rarely use my phone to take photos (despite it having a pretty impressive camera) I do have lots of images on it from uploading to instagram. Consequently the idea of an app on my phone which allows me to quickly put together and order a photo album really appeals!
My Snappbook is a mobile phone app available on both iOS and Android – it’s free to download and allows you to create a 7″ photo book with 20 images straight from your phone, for £11.99 with free delivery in 2 working days. Sounds like a win so far?!
Creating my first My Snappbook took no time at all – the app downloads quickly and is ready to go. All you have to do is give it permission to access your photos. You choose a photo for the album cover and then 20 images of the rest of the photo book. These can be rearranged fairly easily by moving them up and down the list. The album layout is basic – one image per page – but I liked this, it makes it all really simple, there’s no worry about getting the “design” wrong. In fact the biggest design decision you have to make is whether you want the text in black or white and the same choice for the background.
I must admit that I found it a little irritating that My Snappbook just pulls together all photos on phone rather than allowing me to choose a specific album – it was throwing up all sorts of rubbish from Whatsapp and Facebook messenger when what I really wanted was to just access the album of my instagram images as they’re already edited and, more importantly, the right shape. In the end it actually encouraged me to go back into my phone gallery and delete a load of rubbish before going back into the My Snappbook app to create my photo book
As you’re scrolling through your images, if you accidentally swipe right instead of up you’ll end up back at the home screen – I did this quite a few times. Lazy swiping. I learned to be more careful!!
Once you’ve selected your photos you are able to preview your My Snappbook before placing your order – which is a super quick process, you complete the form and click to order. It then takes a little while to upload the images and complete your purchase – my phone zoned out during that time but when I got back into the app it thanked me for my order so fingers crossed it arrives safely . . . I haven’t had a confirmation email or anything and there doesn’t appear to be any way to track you order on the app . . . The proof of the pudding will be if the photo books arrive in the next couple of days I guess . . . (A confirmation email arrived the following morning thanking me for my order and letting me know it was being processed!)
As promised, our My SnappBooks arrived really quickly and were the perfect size to pop through the letter box so it didn’t matter if we weren’t home. I’m really pleased with how the books turned out, particularly as I didn’t spend all that long choosing photos or designing a lay out.
It’s worth noting that the quality of the prints will only be as good as the quality of the photos you upload – if your phone camera is a bit rubbish then this will translate fairly obviously into the enlarged images in your My SnappBook. I generally take photos on my DSLR and then transfer them over to my phone using the camera’s WiFi before uploading them to instagram. This meant I had a stock of great quality images already stored on my phone to make my albums.
Overall I’m really impressed with the serviced provided by My SnappBook and will definitely be keeping the app on my phone for future orders – it’s quick, it’s simple and it’s inexpensive. (Perfect for last minute presents!)