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Here’s a home photo-print ‘toaster’ with a difference: it can’t be plugged into a computer, nor does it support Wi-Fi. Instead, it comes with a built-in dock for an Apple iPhone. As such, the Bolle BP-10 is promoted as the world’s first dedicated iPhone printer. In other words, it won’t print from anything else. Bolle BP-10 …

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WTF?

Why....

Would you want to print photos taken on your iPhone at all??? The camera on my 3GS is naff - or am I just bad at taking photos!?!?

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Must agree

This is completely pointless. The benefit of a smartphone is that you can quickly share your photos with the world via twitter, facebook, flikr etc...

GIGO --> with 5MP mobile phone images, this is always going to be crap.

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Not entirely pointless

Just try sending those <insert family subject> pix to your gran', then you'll see how useful this is.

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Indeed

I do all the time. She uses thunderbird to view them. At 73 she's probably nowhere near the oldest person either. Granted she is using quite a large font nowadays but linux is far better than windows at setting the ENTIRE OS to large fonts. She has 3 icons on her desktop, internet, email and documents. She keeps everything in emails and doesnt mind spending 15 minutes searching for a particular emai.

Still, she switches her machine on and it works.

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@Not entirely pointless

Erm..No. It is entirely pointless...

iPhone -> plugs into PC for iTunes etc synching...Also plugs into PC for standard camera synching action...with the delightfully supplied cable...

Photos now on PC within 30 secs....Now you can print to your normal printer...or upload them to a website for your photo to be made into a canvas art piece that will be your Gran's birthday present.....

Bolle BP-10...brought to you by the same people as "Tits on a Bull" and "Chocolate Teapot"

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Sending pics to gran

Well yes - if your gran didn't have internet/computers/phone whatever.

However this is £120 notes. If you want to send physical, hard copy pictures why don't you just use one of the many, many online print providers and just get them sent to her.... at 5p per photo that's a good 2400 photos (minus postage) for the same cost...

And all good photo management software on PC/Linux (Picassa) or Mac (iPhoto) even let you do that through the app.

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Even dumber than that

"However this is £120 notes. If you want to send physical, hard copy pictures why don't you just use one of the many, many online print providers and just get them sent to her.... at 5p per photo that's a good 2400 photos (minus postage) for the same cost..."

It's even sillier than that - as the story briefly glosses over, the cost of ink and media for this printer winds up at 35p per photo. Or, yeah, about 7x what you'd pay from an online prints site. So using this thing costs you 120 squid up front and then the cost of power and media at 7x the cost of getting a dedicated service to do it for you. WHAT A FUCKING BRILLIANT IDEA.

There was a window of about a year where these things existed and photo printing services were still charging ridiculous 1980s prices, when these things actually made sense. Now, given that you can print higher quality cheaper either online or in just about any high street...no.

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Perfect for rich kids

Who love the ability to print off dodgy pictures of each other without the hassle of using a computer.

Like nearly all those specialist photo printers before, it'll appeal to those who need instant gratification (you have to wait days for online print services), who don't have a computer to hand (at a party somewhere), or simply don't want to upload the pictures to a computer (in case they get found...)

FFS it's just a printer.

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Yeah, a tad pointless

>that's a good 2400 photos (minus postage) for the same cost...

More than that actually. I'm guessing that the paper and ink cartridge is anything but cheap, probably to the point of making each photo more expensive than professional prints.

That's the kind of gadget which is used as long as the first roll lasts, then stays unused in the living room for a couple month, then begins a happy life as spider house in the attic.

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"....costing £13.23 for 36 prints...."

F*ck me! What does it print 'em on, Unicorn vellum?

Come back 35mm film. You could have the roll of, coincidently, 36 shots developed and printed for quite a bit less than that.

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