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Decent for the price but has come with faults & niggles. Where's the USB?!
on 1 January 2010
I bought this frame as a present for my parents who arn't technically minded and would have been flawed with many of the frames currently on the market!
I have researched many frames as I bought one for myself, I ended up with the NIX 8" £100 frame (NIX Designer Series Cordless 8 inch Digital Photo Frame, Internal Rechargeable Battery, Genuine High Resolution SVGA Screen 800 x 600, 1GB Internal Memory, Auto Rotate Sensor, 'Blue Lite' Touch Sensitive Controls - TS08C) earlier this year after reading lots of reviews and realising you really do get what you pay for! My NIX is a top end product with many features and was costly so I can't compare the two but i can't help it just slightly!
My brief was: something simple, easy to use, with internal memory so all my parents had to do was turn it on an enjoy, no buttons, no remote and this KODAK frame seemed to fit the job. It had good reviews and was good value for money £39.99 is an excellent price.
My major moan in NO USB! This has caused me no end of hassle! I think this would be a real bonus, no, not bonus, essential! It's such a pain without one, ok, maybe i'm doing it the long way round but it taken me ages versus plugging in my frame via USB and having pictures.
For those with SD cards etc and just wanting to see all the photos without having specific ones on there it's easy and does the job as you just stick it in and have an instant slide show and for the majority on here this is all that's needed.....
.... However my parents don't have digital cameras etc so i'm having to use a variety of family SD cards in an integral card reader, onto the laptop then uploading them onto SD and then into the frames internal memory as the SD cards are needed in people's cameras!
If i'd had a USB I could have just uploaded from iphoto straight to the frame.
If there is a frame of similar spec and price WITH a USB buy it.
The frame is neat and I cannot fault the picture, the colour and definition are good.
This is a basic frame with no frills but that's want I wanted.
There are 3 picture speeds, 5sec, 10sec and 60sec. Only the 10sec offers a range of fade out, different moves etc. The other two just move to the next photo.
Can either shuffle photos or just have them shown in order.
For me the buttons aren't very responsive and i've had to really press the 'next' buttons, sometimes twice for them to move to next pic.
There is the option to delete a photo whilst on the screen, something i like and which my expensive frame doesn't have.
I also like the COPY button which allows you to copy 1 or all the photos showing from USB/SD etc. I have to say i really like this and is very simple.
There is no internal battery so has to be plugged in constantly to view.
I had a few problems uploading pictures and kept getting an 'unknown error message' flashing on the screen, i've not been able to find out why, I have deleted everything and started again twice! I found the Kodak website unhelpful and their online technical help a waste of time as they only deal with camera queries. I even rang the 0870 helpline which wasn't much better, said it could possibly be the format of my photos not being compatible with Kodak (even though they are all JPEG) she suggested i upload them all through their Easyshare software which i shouldn't have to do!!?? (and don't know how to!?) and haven't had to do with previous frames.
I am currently sat watching all the pictures do a run through and if it happens again it will be going back to Amazon.
This frame is good for:
Plug and go SD/USB to frame
Not good for:
People who want to put specific photos from different places onto one SD card/flashstick/internal memory as it's time consuming and fiddly!
Having a top end NIX £100 frame v KODAK £40 frame I have experienced both end of the market. If you are looking for a frame for yourself invest in a good one, it's worth paying out the extra as you really do get what you pay for, especially in terms of quality.
For myself i'm really glad i bought the expensive one, I'd never had one before was worried at the time as thought i'd spent too much but iI now see where the quality lies ans what you get.
Having both my essentials in a frame would be:
8" (it does make a difference)
good internal memory
USB cable direct upload
This Kodak is a good frame for the money and ideal as a present for parents/grandparents who will only be viewing photos and probably not altering/uploading etc.
Would I buy this again? No.
Hope this helps someone x