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Tweets, text messages and emails are all acceptable means of communication, but they're not exactly personal or memorable. Postagram for Android is a super-easy-to-use program that takes your words and photos, and turns them into a physical postcard that comes in the mail — one that your sister can keep on her desk at work or your parents can stick to the fridge and cherish over time.
It's not only a really neat concept, but Postagram isn't at all difficult to use. You just select a photo, crop it, write a personal message, select an address and pay $0.99 to send your image as a real postcard to pretty much anywhere. A preview screen shows you the finished product before you check out.
Postagram allows you to either select your favorite vacation photo or a recent family snapshot from your phone's gallery or through your Facebook app. There's also an option for you to take a spontaneous photo using the Postagram app itself.
I'm pleased that (like most other apps) Postagram has a Facebook tie-in, so I'm not limited to my own crummy photos. I can steal much better images that friends and my boyfriend have taken and sent to me. I was a little disappointed, though, to see that users are confined to their “own” pictures. I wasn't able to peruse my friends' photos — the images that I wasn't, myself, pictured in, which kind of blew the lid off of the possibility of sending a “happy anniversary” card to my best friend and her boyfriend.
The app has a clean, hip design, but feels a bit clunky the first time you navigate your way through the process. For instance, I couldn't figure out how to continue the process of making my post card after having edited my text for the card. I pushed almost every button on my phone before, embarrassed, I realized that I just had to physically rotate my phone back to the vertical position from landscape. Because the process is not the most intuitive, it would be helpful to have on-screen help options or small push notifications.
The first time you make a postcard, you have to add addresses and credit-card information, which takes a little bit more time. The next time you log-in, though, you get to skip these steps — which makes sending a card easy.
It also feels appropriate to note that Postagram's editing options are limited, so if you want to adjust toning, conceal a blemish or do pretty much anything that doesn't involve the crop tool, you'll need to use another editing program.
Finally, I unfortunately can't speak to the actual quality of these postcards. At the time this review was published, I had not yet received my personalized card in the mail.
Snail mail isn't so common anymore, but a postcard, and better yet, one with a picture of you on it, is a creative and classy way to make a lasting impression.