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A suitable gift
on 25 May 2013
I purchased this frame as a gift for my elderly parents. I pre-loaded a USB stick with family photos, and re-wrote parent-proof (step by step) instructions for the most common functions they would need. I found that I had to select the external storage choice IMMEDIATELY (ie within 1 second) the options appeared on-screen, otherwise the frame defaulted to the internal storage choice and the only way to exit from this was to switch off and then start again. After quite a few attempts I found myself placing a finger on the correct navigation key on the reverse of the frame ready to make the selection as soon as I switched it on, and this is how I demonstrated it to my parents.
I found that several of the photos I loaded that appeared to be in .jpg format could not be viewed on the frame. Re-saving in the format worked, although some had to be re-saved several times before they were viewed successfully in the frame.
This was the first time I had used a digital frame and it would be nice to see more details of the features in the product description. For example, I was not aware there was no internal power source for the frame and it can only be used connected to mains electricity. I had hoped it could be an alternative to carrying printed photos (proud parents/grandparents/great grandparents do like to show their family to all and sundry!), but as there is no battery the frame is less portable than I would have liked. The power cable is about 2 meters; a longer one would give greater flexibility for placement of the frame.
The default viewing setting is 3 seconds per photo but this can be adjusted, with several alternatives to up to one hour. The frame comes with a small stand and can be used as either landscape or portrait. There are options within the frame to alter the orientation of each photo, but it's easier to chose which way you want to use the frame first, then load up your pictures (via a computer or camera) the right way to fit this. In addition, the order of photos can be randomised by selection of another option.
Overall, I'm satisfied with my choice and think it represents good value for the price (less than £28 at time of purchase).