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PhotoBox is primarily a website for producing bespoke gifts and household items which incorporate your photographs. This means you can produce special mugs, mouse mats, works of art, prints, iPhone cases and more with your unique snaps.
Uploading photos is normally very simple as you can use PhotoBox Connect, which integrates with a range of systems. You can choose photos from your computer, or link up to other devices (such as a phone using iPhoto gallery) where your photos are stored. Plug-ins are also available to help facilitate this. In particular we were impressed by the ability of Photo Box to connect with Googles Picasa, finding that our photos uploaded very smoothly and without fuss.
Whilst the uploader isn’t ideal for transferring a lot of photos at once, this probably won’t be a major problem if you’re planning on using just a few to produce bespoke gifts. Similarly, the sharing features aren’t quite as good as we’ve seen elsewhere, although you can share your photos with friends on Facebook. Unfortunately albums could not be shared at the time of this review.
You can sell your photos on ProGallery, although the site takes a cut of your profits. We’re not entirely sure how many potential buyers would visit this site, as it’s really set towards selling you personalised gifts, but there’s nothing to lose.
Talking of the gifts section, that’s where the real benefits of PhotoBox.co.uk are found. You can choose from a wide range of fairly priced products, personalising them as you prefer. These vary from photo books to mugs and cushions, each of which can include your favourite photographs. Delivery costs are also quite low, which is great if you want to order some cheap prints.
It’s free to join Photobox, and they send you 40 free prints when you do so. However, you may need to pay postage in order to receive these. Still, it’s nice to get something for nothing! Other deals can be found, offering pretty good value for money throughout the year.
This site is going to appeal to anyone who wants to quickly and easily upload photos, turning them into special gifts and decor for the home. Whilst you can upload a lot of photos and share them online, this isn’t really what the site is designed for and you’d be better off on another site if those features are your key concern. With fair prices, good products and an intuitive website, though, Photo Box has plenty to offer.
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