The Polaroid Lab instantly prints out vintage-looking photos from your phone

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Last year, mini Polaroid cameras were a hot ticket item for the holidays, but now, you don't need one to get the same fun, instant prints. Using the Polaroid Lab photo printer, you can print out pics from your phone in Polaroid's signature vintage style. 

SHOP: The Polaroid Lab, $129.99

The Polaroid Lab has a few advantages to just using a Polaroid camera. Firstly, you don't have to lug around the camera to get the same result. Just take your pictures on your phone like you usually do and make your print outs when you get home. (The battery-operated printer works with most iPhones and smart Android phones.)

If you do want to take it with you to a party, you can easily let friends print out their favorite photos as well. Color photos take about 15 minutes to develop while black and white photos take only 5 minutes. 

Here's how it works:

To use the Polaroid Lab, you first need to download the corresponding Polaroid app. After you've inserted your film of choice into the printer, choose your photo on the app, lay your phone face down on the device and hit print. It's really that easy.

The Polaroid Lab also has a few unique functions, like turning one photo into a printed out collage and the ability add video to your printed images for a special AR experience you can view using the app. (If you're confused by the AR, you can see it demonstrated in the video above at the 4-minute mark!)

The printer uses i-Type and 600 film in color, black and white and other special editions.

SHOP: Polaroid Color i-Type Film (2-Pack), $29.99

The Polaroid Lab retails for $129.99, which is about $50 more than the average Polaroid camera. However, if you consider its additional features like collages and VR, and ability to print from any phone, it's a great deal and an even better gift. 

You can see the Polaroid Lab in action in the video at the top and shop it (plus, film!) above. 

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