My partner works long hours, and often he only sees me for an hour a day and sadly rarely sees our lovely little son during the week. He thought it would be great fun to keep in touch via the Kodak PULSE Digital Frame which enables him to email photos which then spontaneously appear for myself and our son to see! This has resulted in great hilarity where he has photographed his lunch or a comical sign that he spots during his day, and has certainly led to us feeling more connected. It is also wonderful to have photos of family members appear to remind our son of them, particularly if there are some abroad whom he rarely sees. Setting up was very straight forward, and once we got to grips with emailing photos (and were a little patient while waiting for them to appear) we were sorted. The online touch display is also very easy to use so if you get bored of seeing photos of Great Auntie Violet on her cruise holiday, it's easy to delete with a simple touch of the screen.
Anyone who has ever been so kind as to read my some of my previous reviews will already know that I have a bit of a thing for digital photo frames, (not that sort of thing).
Anyway, I am the proud owner of several of these new fan-gal gadgets, from makers such as Sony, Philips, Agfa and now a rather splendid one from the well known maker that is Kodak.
This particular digital photo frame from Kodak is the Kodak Pulse, which really does have its finger on the pulse as it is more than your typical digital picture frame, offering more than just the capability to see you pictures, it gives you the chance to add your pictures from anywhere in the world using that remarkable thing called Wi-Fi and the interweb.
** FIRSTLY, THE SPECS...
* 10.4 inch viewable LCD touch screen
* 800 x 600 pixels
* 4:3 image ratio
* 800 x 600 display format
* 512MB internal memory
* Wi-Fi option, using IEEE 802.11b/ IEEE 802.11g
* Size of unit is 270mm wide, 80mm deep and 215mm high.
* Weighing in at around 900g.
* E-mail and facebook client
* Kodak colour science technology
* Automatic re-sizer
** IMAGE FORMAT SUPPORTS...
* JPEG/ EXIF
** MEMORY FORMAT SUPPORTS...
* Memory stick
* Memory stick pro
* memory stick pro duo
* USB port
** STARTING IT UP...
Getting it going is so simple, you just plug it in and switch it on at the back. Although the first time you use it you do have to adjust the settings, such as the wireless network settings and the language, this is easily all set up using the set-up wizard, so there's no real trouble doing the set up, just follow the on screen instructions.
You do not need to use the wireless network if you don't want to.
So, with the wireless network is set up, (if you use it), you're off, ready to add your pictures via the internet so that they can be shown in your chosen slide show.
For me one of the main reasons for the Wi-Fi is so that you, or even you friends, can easily transfer images from a PC over the airwaves without any wires, (hence Wireless-fidelity). Although you do need to activate your device on the Kodak website before you can begin using this transfer method.
This is just another way to get rid of those horrid, tangling wires from your life.
Anyway, once you've set up the frame you should be presented with the welcome screen, which is then controlled via the touch screen.
** On the touch screen you have...
Along the top...
* Play... starts your chosen slide show
* Collage option... which lets you start a five picture slide show.
* Information...Shows the picture information
* Delete... (obvious really)
* Copy... lets you copy pictures from cards to frame
* Transition time... changes the length of time for transitions between pictures.
* Friends... lets you see pictures in your chosen groups.
On the sides
* Health check... checks and fixes you internet wireless connection to the device and gives information about the device.
Once you've played about with the touch screen you'll soon have the hang of how to use this brilliant little device, realising just how simple it is.
** MY OPINION...
I was given this digital photo frame as a birthday present, mainly due to the fact that the person that gave it to me knew I liked these sort of things, and when I took it out of the box I was pleasantly surprised as to what it offered, in fact, once I'd figured out that it was Wi-Fi I was over the moon.
It looks the part, if you like the black effect on a picture frame that is, although black does tend to go well in many rooms.
The viewing area is a good size, being over 10 inches diagonally, (250mm), with the frame around it being about 20mm wide.
The LCD screen is crystal clear, (although a lot of this does depend on the clarity of the actual pictures themselves), with the touch screen being sensitive enough to respond to a light touch, but not to sensitive to come into play if you sneeze near it.
The back of the unit is where the memory cards can be slotted into position, these slots are nicely hidden behind a shapely cover. Also on the rear of the unit is the power button and what they calla 'Health check button', plus the mains lead connection point.
When I first looked at the slots where the memory cards are supposed to go I noticed that there were only three slots, "So where do all my cards go then?" I asked myself as I began reading the little booklet. Then I realised that four of the card types slot into the center port, these being the MMC, XD-picture and SD/SDHC, whilst the bottom port is for the Memory stick duo/pro duo. The top port is wider and it is here that the USB devices/leads are attached.
Once the card/devices are connected the pictures usually start immediately, although I have had a few time when they have stalled a little, but nothing to be worried about, I just simply pressed the play icon on the touch screen and away we went.
You can change the setting with ease, such as how long each pictures remains on screen before going to the next one, choosing from 3, 10 or 30 seconds
Then there's which transition to use between each pictures, choosing from wipe, fade and zoom/pan.
These settings are easily done via the touch screen settings.
You can even have five pictures showing at once, which is called the collage mode.
I like many things about this frame, but what I really do like is the automatic image re-sizer, so there's no need to spend hours editing your pictures on your PC before transferring them onto a card and into this frame.
I could go into telling you about the online account set up but this would just take up writing space, all I will say is that the online account allows you to set up an e-mail account to your frame, add/remove pictures from where ever you are, (as long as you router and frame are on of course), and more. But this will all become clear when you start looking into it.
Anyway, I bet you're wondering what the price of this Wi-Fi digital picture frame is?
As I said, I got this as a present so I didn't know at the time, but, after a quick squint online, ( I do this a bit, which annoys my family and friends a bit as they know I will check out the price of the gift they have bought me), I found this exact device selling for around the £140 mark. (which to be honest I was very surprised at as the person that bought me this is a bit on the stingy side with money and I would never have expected something of such high cost off him.... I hope it's not stolen????."
So, £140 for this digital picture frame, is it worth it? Well, I would have to say... NO... but more for the price than the actual frame itself.
Sorry, but £140, which is the lower end of the price range for this device may I add, is a bit steep for any digital picture frame really, even if it offer Wi-Fi. In fact, for £140 it would have to offer a brunette in a bikini making Bacardi and cokes 24-7,( I prefer brunettes to blondes).
But as a gift I really like this lovely little beauty, (the photo frame, not the brunette in a bikini, although one didn't come with it of course... shame really).
I think that the name on this device, being Kodak, is the reason for such a high price as many people hear Kodak and think quality, which they do get here so don't for one moment think they don't. This digital photo frame IS all round quality, but the price is a little too much for me to want to spend my hard earned cash on it, especially as you don't really need the Wi-Fi.