Product Type: Bush Digital Photo Frame
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Wholly underwhelming digital photo frame
Member Name: worst_trip
Advantages: Relatively small size means you'll fit it easily in the bag for the charity shop
Disadvantages: Limited internal memory; not user-friendly to work; flimsy controls; needs to be plugged in
The seven inch Bush Premium Digital Photo Frame currently sells for £49.99 from Argos, where apparently, it is on permanent special half-price offer, the RRP allegedly being £100.
(I suspect however that this is one of those special offers to definitely take with a pinch of salt, as having seen the digital photo frame out of its box, now, I would say it is near-identical to similar digital photo frames that start off costing around the £50 mark. I would say that it is a piece of kit that would ALWAYS have been intended to retail for about £50.).
I live a long way from my parents and tend to send them, via email, a lot of digital photos of my kids, their grandchildren. My mother has not always had 100% success in viewing / storing these images, and I thought (naively! Foolishly!) that a digital photo-frame might make a good present for her.
So, I didn't know much about digital photo frames except that I wanted to pay about £50 for one, and that I wanted one that could be used with a USB. This Bush frame is USB (and memory card) compatible, and the image resolution given for it was also greater, at 800x600 pixels, than the resolution for similarly-priced photo frames in the Argos catalogue, so I thought it would be a good choice.
This was a grave mistake on my part.
Argos have a controversial 'no returns or exchanges' policy for digital photo frames purchased from their shops, so I didn't get to see the frame, which as I say I'd purchased as a gift for my mother, out of its packaging beforehand. Initially it was slightly smaller than I'd expected, but this was not a great disaster. I was however disappointed to find out that the frame has to be kept plugged into the mains or it won't work. It had simply never occurred to me that digital photo frames wouldn't run off batteries (but this may have been a silly assumption on my part, as it seems most of the digital photo frames in the Argos catalogue at least have to have a mains supply).
I was even more disappointed when I realized that the photo frame has an EXTREMELY limited internal memory. It will only store about 20 different photos at a time - and they don't tell you about THAT in the Argos catalogue! Now I know what to look for, of course I see that had I paid another £10 I could've purchased a different (Sony) digital photo-frame with 128MB internal memory, and that, presumably, would've stored all the pictures I could've wanted.
The screen of the camera is made not of glass, but of the slightly soft, transparent plastic that laptop screens are made of. This being a photo frame and not a laptop computer, initially, I thought this 'soft stuff' was touch-screen material and I had some trouble working out that the controls for the digital photo frame are in fact operated by means of the simple 'up, down / right, left' buttons on the back of it. Once I'd realized this, it was fairly simple for me to upload photos from a memory stick / USB drive plugged into the side of the photo frame.
So, not realizing about the frame's limited storage capacity, there I was trying to load a number greater than 20 of photos onto the Bush frame for my mother, and after 20 images were on it, the thing simply stopped working. There was no 'disc full' message on screen or anything helpful like that; it just sat there doing nothing when you pressed any of the buttons. This caused us no end of panic, as my mother, who had just taken over the photo-loading process having watched how it was done, thought she'd broken the frame by pushing the buttons too hard (the buttons on the back of the thing seem quite flimsily constructed). We switched the frame on and off at the mains and it fired up again OK (as it turns out I hadn't saved the 20 uploaded pictures onto the frame's memory correctly), and it wasn't until I read the instruction book quite thoroughly that I realized that the problem related to the frame's surprisingly limited image-storage capability.
I would say that being able to store only 20 different pictures on a digital photo frame is a joke. What on earth is the point of such limited capability? You can keep a USB drive plugged permanently into the side of it, but this is supposed to be a format intended for the display of visual media for godsakes, so having a flash drive always sticking out the side just looks pathetic.
Given the purpose for which I purchased this photo frame, I would give it maybe two out of ten as a successful present. I'd hoped to be able to load a great many photos onto the frame and leave it, so that my mother could just switch it on and it would work to show a great variety of pictures, without her having to faff about trying to upload / erase material by herself. I suppose it's a case of caveat emptor, but I can't understand why anyone would deliberately design a digital photo-frame that carries all these limitations in the first place.
To summarize: What I like about the Bush Frame:
- It will display both portrait and landscape pictures, turning the ones that are the 'wrong way round' correctly
- The picture quality is good
What I don't like about the Bush Frame:
- The surprisingly limited photo-storage capacity
- The relative largeness of the frame in relation to the screen
- The fact that it has to be plugged in to the mains in order to be used / doesn't run off batteries
- The flimsiness of the buttons that are used to operate it
And finally, that I can't even return this useless turkey to Argos and get my £50 back
Would I recommend this product? What do you think! ABSOLUTELY NOT! AVOID!
Summary: Disappointing piece of equipment
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