Turn Your iPhone Photos Into Postcards With HazelMail

hazelmail I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do when I’m traveling is track down a post office so I can send family and friends postcards. I often buy postcards that I intend to mail, but I’m always trying to squeeze so many things into my trip that I never end up sending them. So I decided to try HazelMail, a new, free iPhone application that turns your iPhone photos into personalized postcards and even mails them for you, too. My verdict: It’s a fun and easy — but you might get home before your postcard reaches its destination.

The application lets you upload photos already in your iPhone photo library or new ones — your first postcard is free, each one after that is $1. HazelMail doesn’t give you sample pictures to send, so you have to use your own. I chose to send a pic I’d taken of the San Francisco Bay and mail it from SF to family down in nearby San Jose, Calif. Once I uploaded my photo, I edited it by changing its width and rotating it horizontally, which took a couple seconds and definitely made it look better (The simple click-and-capture function on the iPhone camera doesn’t take perfect photos). Then I typed up a short message to my family and clicked send.

They got it a full seven days later — not terribly impressive, given that the same postcard would have been there as early as the next day had I mailed it myself. HazelMail said it uses a global network of printers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia to print and mail the postcard from a location that’s closest to the recipient. My postcard, however, was mailed from Phoenix.

Has anyone else tried the HazelMail app? If so, please share your experience in the comments section.