Product Type: Philips Digital Photo Frame
Newest Review: ... it on, rotate and it clicks into place. Now your frame can stand up nicely on any shelf in the house. There is also a mains power adapt... more
A photo frame with a digital difference
Member Name: MrsD76
Advantages: A lovely item and great to watch
Disadvantages: A bit pricey
This is one of those items that I really didn't want - until we were given one for Christmas! It is far from an essential, but once it is up and running it really is a lovely item to have in the house. It's eye-catching and smart, and a great conversation starter! All our visitors spot it and stop to watch the photos.
My main concern when I opened our gift was that it would be tricky to set up. So was it...?
The photo frame itself is exactly that - it's about 20cm by 16cm and very slim. You have the 'photo' in the centre, with a black surround and a clear glass frame around the edges.
Firstly you need to attach the stand to the photo frame, which couldn't be easier - simply place it on, rotate and it clicks into place. Now your frame can stand up nicely on any shelf in the house. There is also a mains power adaptor which is very simple to plug into the frame at one end, and a socket at the other. No technical knowledge required!
At the side of the screen is an on/off switch, and along the top are a few other buttons. None of these buttons is visible from the front, so the frame looks very smart and simple.
There are a few options menus that operate at the touch of the various buttons and allow you to set the time and date, and choose the set-up of your photo frame. You can set it to browse through the photos at the touch of a button, view the thumbnails or watch a slideshow. We always have our set to the slideshow setting. You can also choose to shuffle the order of the photos, and change the transition effects between photos. The menus can be a bit tricky to navigate and the buttons are very small, but I very rarely use these menus - once your settings are how you like them there is little need to go back to change them.
But how do you get your photos onto the frame in the first place? Now this is the bit that worried me most as I thought things may get tricky at this stage! The pack came with a USB cable to link direct to your PC to transfer photos over quickly and easily. However, I've opted to use a memory card - we have enough cables trailing around without messing around with more! I simply slotted the card into my laptop, dragged and dropped some photos over to it, removed the card from the laptop and slotted it into the photo frame. Simples - and quite fun to choose the photos too! My memory card is 1GB and, although I am not sure just how many photos it can hold, I currently have over 100 on there and have no problems. It's really nice to change the photos now and then and this is really easy - you can just remove the card, pop it into your laptop and edit the photos on there.
Like I say, this is not an essential item by any means and we were lucky that ours was a gift - they retail at around £70, although there are of course other frames on the market and you can get ones cheaper.
If you're looking for a really unusual gift for someone special that will be much loved, I highly recommend the Phillips digital photo frame.
Summary: A great gift with a difference!