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Tiny Fax app review: your portable answer to faxing

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Introduction

The days of clunky fax machines that take up a huge amount of space are done and over with. Not only have the fax machines shrunk significantly over the years, but now you don't even have to use one thanks to the Tiny Fax app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone. This app is like having a portable fax machine, allowing you to complete your personal or professional faxing needs. 

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Tiny Fax is capable of all kinds of basic activities and because it's so easy to use there is nothing to stop you from downloading it. This one has been created for business use, but people are also using it as their own personal fax machine. Think how much a fax machine would cost if you were to buy one? Instead, you can opt for this cost-effective app and receive more flexibility than a clunky machine could ever offer.

Tiny Fax turns your iPhone into a fax machine
Tiny Fax turns your iPhone into a fax machine

Tiny Fax - send fax from iPhone

Free

Why the Need for Tiny Fax?

Yes, fax machines have been around for decades now and they serve a very real purpose. But, with that said, today's business world has changed drastically. Now, more than ever, people are working from home, on the road, and in mobile offices, which requires a more flexible and convenient way to send faxes. The Tiny Fax app serves its purpose well in that it is able to meet the demands of most business people and the price is far less than purchasing a fancy new fax machine.

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Let's take a look at the pricing structure here. The app is free to download and from there you can purchase credit packages that start at just $2.99 and go up to $49.99. Obviously, the larger the business and the more faxes you plan on sending and receiving you'll want to go for the bigger package. The cost to send a fax varies depending on the credits you have purchased. The more credits you purchase, the cheaper the fax will be. As well the prices can vary depending on where you are sending your fax to.

To keep things smooth and simply your credits are displayed at the top of the screen so you never have to wonder what your balance is. As well before you send the fax it will tell you how many credits it will use up.

The developer of the app is Appxy and they seem to really know their way around business and productivity-based apps such as the Tiny Fax app. They offer such other apps as Tiny Calender, TinyPDF, Tiny Scanner, Hours Keeper, Pocket Schedule, and many more. You can find a productivity based tool for basically all your virtual and mobile business needs. Unfortunately, none of their apps are all-in-one solutions so you’ll likely have to download a couple different ones.

Conveniently view the status of your faxes
Conveniently view the status of your faxes

The Fax Experience

The Tiny Fax app is only as good as the experience it delivers and in its case it's a pretty solid offering. Some of the features include being able to send a fax from various sources such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, your email, as well as other apps. If you have a photo you want to fax you can do that as well and send it straight from your camera or your camera roll. The app makes sure all your faxes look sleek by giving you a free professional looking cover page you can use and the international fax numbers for countries can be found within the app. Your documents can be archived if you wish and sending a fax is very quick. It may be a document you are sending, a multi-page report, a receipt, a photo, anything you want.

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Additional features include the fact you can see your faxes listed by sent, draft, failed, and sending. This is similar to an actual fax machine that allows you to scroll through its menu to check the status of each document. Additionally this app has a high powered scanner built right into it, which means that you will get detailed, high resolution scans. 

I think what it comes down to with this app is the cost and the convenience. If you are a small to medium sized business there is a good chance this app can work out cheaper than buying a professional fax machine. However, if you’re a large size business then the cost of sending faxes through this offering will add up real fast. In terms of convenience, that is something the app really has going for it and gives employees the ability to be on the road, in a meeting, in another country, and still send a fax with ease.

A built-in, effective scanner
A built-in, effective scanner

Tiny Fax - send fax from iPhone

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The app provides the basic features needed to send a fax
  • Faxes can be sent to numbers in and outside of the U.S.
  • The app offers a free professional looking cover page you can use
  • View the status of all the faxes you have sent
  • The app has a built in scanner that is fast and easy to use
  • Use images from your camera or camera roll and fax them
  • Fax documents from Google Drive, Dropbox, your email, and Box

Cons

  • The faxes aren’t free to send
  • If you plan on sending a huge amount of faxes, this may work out to be more money than a traditional fax machine

Use professional looking cover pages
Use professional looking cover pages

Tiny Fax is a Huge Convenience

The Tiny Fax app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is a great example of how business tools have really changed and kept up with the times. This app makes it possible to send faxes from your mobile device in a seamless manner thanks to the built in scanner and the simple to use tools. Although this one isn’t big on extra features, it does keep it very quick and easy to use. Tiny Fax is a tremendous option for this app niche and one to download if you are requiring faxing services. 

Tiny Fax - send fax from iPhone

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Tonya Costoff Medeiros

Tonya is a former travel writer who has spent the last few years testing, researching and reviewing iOS apps.