Product Type: Tao Digital Photo Frame
Newest Review: ... might as well have a non digital photo key chain. Price You can pick up the Tao Digital Photo Frame Key Chain for in around £7-10 each o... more
Great novelty stocking filler
Tao Digital Photo Keyring
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Tao Digital Photo Keyring
Advantages: Good for the price
Disadvantages: Poor design and quality
**Why I bought this item**
I bought this item for my Mother-in-law for Christmas to store her favourite photographs on. I made sure that I put the photographs on for her but to be honest it was quite easy to put them on so maybe she could have managed. I managed to get around 65 pictures on (I ran out at that point) but there seemed to be a little bit more room on the device after that many were on.
**Ease of use**
The keyring connects to a PC or Mac using USB and you effectively drag and drop the photographs from the computer to the keyring. It is really simple and makes me wonder why Apple couldn't keep it simple and wish they hadn't invented iTunes. Anyway, I digress. It is very very easy to use.
I purchased the silver version rather than the red shown in the image, it has a nice sheen to it and a black frame inside which helps the photograph to stand out from the silver edge. I personally think "TAO" is emblazoned on the item a little too boldly and would much prefer it to be more subtle as not to detract from the photographs on the device. Additionally, the viewing screen is square and this means your pictures are cut off slightly (bye bye little Jimmy from the family snapshot!). I don't know why the makers didn't think about making the screen rectangular, given that the device is rectangular in design anyway (if they got rid of the huge TAO, they could have had a rectangular screen...honestly designers come on!).
The materials are of average quality, For seven pounds, you can't expect too much and I expect if you paid a little bit more, the quality would improve. It feels slightly flimsy but again this comes down to a trade off between quality and price.
The battery life on this item is fairly poor, but as any iPhone user would attest...money can't buy you everything. However on this occasion I do think that the keyring would benefit from having a better battery life, the screen seems slightly dim sometimes too which is a shame.
Overall, I think it is fair to say "you get what you pay for". I paid £7 for this and it isn't the best in terms of quality of materials or quality of picture but it is a nice novelty item and went down well as a stocking filler. It gets a surprising number of photographs on there but it would be nice if the manufacturers made it rectangular so pictures were not cut off due to the square screen.
I think it would be a perfect gift for new grandparents or parents to show off their little bundles of joy!
Summary: Would buy another one, but don't be expecting anything fancy.
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