iPhone App Review: PhotoExpress

iPhone App Review: PhotoExpress

May 27th, 2011 by

Having a decent-quality digital camera in your pocket is great for capturing and sharing moments with family and friends. Posting a picture to Facebook or emailing it to Grandma is a great way to show off junior’s kindergarten graduation, but what about getting a hard-copy? Or turning that great picture into a postcard and sending it to loved ones back home? Rather than find the nearest photo processing center you could do all of that from your iOS device with PhotoExpress.

How It Works

PhotoExpress allows you to upload photos from your iPhone and order prints in all of the standard sizes, then have them sent to any address in the world. You can also select one image to be made into a postcard, complete with a personalized message on the back and even a caption to the photo on the front, which can also be sent to any address in the world. Payment is made through Paypal or through an in-app web page that processes credit card payments. So you can be anywhere in the world and create a postcard from any picture on your device and have it sent to anywhere in world. Pretty good deal, right?

Pros And Cons

The app itself is easy to use and intuitive, leading you step-by-step through the process of ordering prints or postcards. You can order prints in multiple standard photo sizes, and the app will pull addresses from your device’s contacts list or let you enter one directly into the address box in the app. The same is true for a billing address, so if you enter your own information in the contact list you can easily populate that field every time you want to send a photo.

Payment is via Paypal or credit card, though the app does not make use of nor offer Apple’s in-app purchasing option. The credit card link takes you to a page run by RBS Worldpay, though in all of my testing of the app I never once got the Paypal payment option to work. It goes through the process of uploading the photo but then does nothing else. So until the developers get that fixed your only option for payment is to enter your credit card number each time.

Another small issue with the app is that all prices are in British pounds, since the service provider is based in the UK. Neither I nor probably many people here in the US have much of an intuitive idea what “10p” or “£0.99” really means in terms of dollars and cents, so localizing the currency for the US App Store version of the app would be a nice change for a future update.


PhotoExpress is a great app for ordering prints of photos or sending postcards on the go. A working Paypal link would be welcome as would some prices listed in US currency, but for a free app that will send a picture or postcard anywhere in the world it certainly does that job well otherwise.

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