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Me-too product emblematic of Sony's decline
on 16 December 2012
There's nothing wrong with this picture frame. It's no different from the competition. That means it's a me-too design with an okay screen and an interface that belongs in 2002. Viewing angles are okay but not great. There is some stippling on colour gradations that suggests it is not displaying true colour, but the overall subjective effect is good enough at typical viewing distances. Resolution is relatively low but this matters less than you might suppose with photos. General quality seems passable, although the screen is scratchy plastic, and the single foot that props the thing up will eventually break off or get lost.
I don't know why we still expect more from Sony; it long ago gave up its product leadership. Examples: The cringeworthy background muzak (helpfully abbreviated to BGM in the menu system) is not *supposed* to be a joke. This photo frame plays videos, but has a single nasty speaker on the back. With the simple addition of a headphone socket or (imagine!) a bluetooth transmitter, Sony could have turned it into a movie player you could use in bed. They haven't bothered. Instead, they've concentrated hard on giving you 14 kinds of clock. But when you press the clock button, you aren't taken to the clock. You're taken to 14 clock thumbnails (which are too small to see from halfway across a room) and made to choose one. Every time.
As a cheap knock-off this product is perfectly acceptable. At Sony prices, it's incomprehensible.