It’s holiday season and what’s better than capturing beautiful moments with your loved ones. Wait, you’ve already settled for a virtual album on your smartphone? Allow us to change that.
Printed photos are almost reaching extinction levels and Instagram is hogging most of our Sunday mornings. So, we wouldn’t blame you for not keeping even a single printed picture around.
Good thing though, Fujifilm and HP are fighting to get in your pocket and wrestle with all the beautiful photos piling up in your smartphone.
Here’s a picture perfect battle between two smartphone printers that can zip out a copy of your latest click in just a few seconds.
Design: Pocket fitting
These pocket-friendly printers are sizeable and wholesome in hand. Neither one of them feels flimsy (pun intended).
The HP Sprocket is sleeker and has a modern design language to it. The buttons and LEDs on the body are very straightforward and don’t confuse or hinder your experience. The ease of using a smartphone printer is here.
Fujifilm’s printer is chunkier with awkwardly placed buttons. The reprint button was accidentally pressed by us while holding the printer. The LEDs are helpful although the film cartridge opening shouldn’t be touched once plonked in.
Verdict: HP Sprocket
Print Quality: Feature vs feels
You can trust HP to know a thing or two about printing. The ZINK borderless prints are slightly bigger over the self- developing shots coming from Instax. There’s definitely more detail here and the sticky back is a good addition. We could easily print out Stuff logos and use them as stickers. You can only buy a stack of 20 prints for ₹799. While you can safely remove the housing multiple times to add single papers in it too.
Fuji’s Polaroid-ish prints with oversaturated colours still complement its framed prints to a certain exclusivity. Even with buffed out details, these prints tug at your heart strings in a nostalgic way especially if instant films are a favourite. Nostalgia comes at a price though and a cartridge of 25 costs ₹1,020 and 10 for ₹549. Again, don’t open the cartridge housing and shut it if you’re not changing it. It will print a black film so you don't want to waste those limited films, right?
App: Take the smart from a phone
Both these smartphone printers work effectively with their respective apps and have come with decent tools for photo editing.
The grey and white app design of the Sprocket chimes sophistication. It’s easier to use and quick to navigate through. We added dates and frames to our photos from the app to make prints interesting and unique.
The Instax app is quite the opposite of HP’s. It’s colourful and vibrant, just how their customers want it to be. Photo editing is basic with slightly tacky template designs, but that’s the charm of Instax, right?
Verdict: HP Sprocket
Verdict: rocket in the pocket
It’s close, but the cheaper HP edges it unless you’re a big fan of self-developing film. There are a lot of things these printers do perfectly the same, but with their own unique twist to it.
In terms of usability, the Sprocket is effectively easier to handle and quite pocket friendly at ₹8,999 and a pack of 20 prints cost just ₹799. Meanwhile the Instax Share SP-2 is going to win all arguments for sending you down the nostalgia lane with its self-developing prints. If you’re willing to drop ₹13,499 on a pocket printer then Fuji isn’t a bad choice either, but keep in mind a pack of 20 prints cost ₹1,020.
Winner: HP Sprocket