Ion’s iPics 2 Go gives iPhone users (3GS to 4S) the ability to take their cherished photo memories from paper to digital. With the help of a free app and a little black box, you can transfer your hard copy memories into digital treasures.
When I opened the box and saw how simple this device was, I started to have my doubts. You can’t get much simpler than this.
The box itself just a simple black box with a spot to place your iPhone and a slit in the bottom to slip either a 3×5 photo, 4×6 photo or 35mm negative slides. The light in the box runs off of AA batteries (included) which allows you to work anywhere, without needing a power strip to turn it on.
I really appreciate this feature because I like to work in the middle of my bedroom floor and having power cables stretched over the floor is a safety hazard with my son running around.
After downloading the free app, I did some digging and found a few baby pictures of my son that needed transferring and got to work. To start, choose the photo you want to scan and place it in the corresponding plastic frame, slide it into the box, in the app, select the type of media you are converting and then hit the camera button to take the picture. The app can fix some of the quality issues on its own, but you may need a stronger program to do more extensive repairs.
The quality wasn’t the greatest, but it wasn’t the worst I’ve seen either. I decided to chalk it up to the quality of the negatives and pictures, instead of blaming the device itself. For the price ($49.99), it’s not a bad little iPhone accessory. If you want to catalog all of your 4×6 photos or negatives onto Facebook, this should do you just fine.
Being the picture hog that I am though, I’m not ready to use it as a means to get rid of all my paper photos just yet.
Side note: Since the iPhone 5 is going to have a taller screen, this device will not work with any iPhone model above the 4s.
In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting my opinion within this blog, I received a free review sample. Even though I receive this benefit, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.