The Moto Zâs selection of modular backings have been pretty hit or miss (largely miss, if Iâm being honest), but this oneâs pretty clever. Sure, the addition of a Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod probably isnât going to make anyone run out and buy the companyâs latest flagship, but this is a case where it actually makes sense to have the accessory as a magnetic snap on.
The Polaroid Mod first surfaced way back at Mobile World Congress in February, alongside the Alexa speaker, which starts shipping this week. Itâs pretty much exactly what it looks like: a small photo printer that snaps onto the back of the phone. Unlike other mods, it doesnât augment the on-board camera â instead, it has a cut out, allowing Motorolaâs pretty solid dual-camera to poke through.
The add-on uses ZINK technology to print 2 x 3 inch photos from the camera roll and sites like Facebook, Instagram and Google Photos. All that and you donât have to carry around a second printer. Seems like a good deal, right? Of course, the usual slate of issues apply with the Mod. For starters, at $199, itâs around $80 more than what youâll pay for the perfectly serviceable standalone version of the Polaroid printer online right now.
Also, portability is relative here. Granted, I havenât actually tried it out yet, but this doesnât look like itâs going to exactly slip into your pocket, so itâs probably not a thing youâre going to use, day to day. Though I suppose swapping the backs on and off is kind of the whole point of Mods in the first place.
If youâre interested, itâs up for pre-order now through Motorolaâs site. It will hit Verizon stores by the end of the month.