Practically every smartphone on today’s market comes with an obligatory high- or low-resolution camera. Some include a flash and some do not. Many smartphones even have two separate cameras mounted on their surfaces, one on the front and one on the back, to enable the user to be ready to snap just about anything in his path no matter which direction it comes from.
As the memories pile up in the memory banks of millions of smartphones around the world, an unfortunately large amount of them simply stay there, never to be seen or even remembered by anyone else. In days gone by, cameras were taken on a regular basis to the local grocery store where the photos would be developed while you shopped and put in your actual hands for a very small fee. In recent days, digital cameras could be hooked up to the computer and the photos printed out on glossy paper in a matter of seconds.
Unfortunately, for the majority of smartphones, things just weren’t that simple at the beginning. Often, to get the photos printed out, the smartphone had to be opened up and the memory card extracted. The memory card adapter had to be found and plugged into the computer, and then the photos could finally be copied and printed.
Fortunately for smartphone owners, though, the days of complicated printing processes may be over. A new breed of printer is hitting the market, the wireless printer, which can be accessed from just about any machine with a wireless connection. This includes the majority of smartphones, including many Android devices. Here is a list of five of the best Android-friendly printers that money can buy, which we hope will help you decide on the printer that is right for you and your camera-happy Android.
1. Canon Pixma MG6120
This inkjet printer also doubles and triples as a scanner and a copier. The Pixma comes with a low price of only about $160 and features a quality that is unmatched by most other machines. The design is also sleek and quite user-friendly. The duplexer featured in this Pixma allows for seamless double-sided prints, the colors of which are vivid and the texture sharp. Best of all, the Pixma comes with an app that allows it to easily connect to and print from your Android smartphone.
Price: $130 (Amazon)
2. Kodak ESP C310
This Android-friendly Kodak has been marked down to a retail price of only $99. Although it may have a few less features than its more-expensive older brothers, and its resolution may be slightly lower, you would be hard pressed to find a machine that delivers prints that are this great for this low a price. The Kodak ESP isn’t only a one time money-saving device, but its cheap ink cartridges will allow you to continue saving money throughout the device’s lifetime.
3. HP Officejet 6500A Plus
The Officejet is an all-in-one inkjet device that is able to compete with the best of them. This printer offers a remarkable range of features and a clever and compact design that screams both sophistication and functionality. Its wireless printing feature allows it to connect seamlessly with your Android smartphone, and the prints it delivers are high quality and sharp. The Officejet handles paper well, prints pictures clearly, and is also an expert at delivering text printouts.
Price: $200 (get 25% discount for instant rebate)
4. Epson Artisan 835
This printer, which is also a copier and a scanner, is beautiful and easy to use besides being highly functional. The Artisan features a color display that measures nearly eight inches across and allows you to easily configure the printer’s settings or even just see what’s going on inside the printer or how your print is predicted to turn out. The printing is quick and the prints themselves are clear. The Epson Artisan, of course, comes with Wi-Fi access that will allow you print directly from your smartphone.
Price: $170 (Amazon)
5. HP Photosmart eStation C510
Another all-in-one printer, the Photosmart distinguishes itself from the competition by being able to print photos that are emailed to it. It also comes with its own Android tablet that allows for printing from online sources such as Facebook. This printer costs a full $299 but is one of the most accessible and high-quality printers on the market today.
Price: $262 (Amazon)
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