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Good hardware, mediocre software
on October 16, 2010
I bought this picture frame for my mom. I needed something that is simple to use and "just works".
We like the frame itself. It is modern and compact (small overall size comparing to picture area). I like the way it automatically rotates pictures when the frame is rotated. The only problem that doing that, it is easy to press the buttons on the back of the frame. If it happens, my mom gets confused what to do next (i.e. how to return to slide mode). Also, the buttons on the back, and particularly the d-pad, are difficult for her to use. Fortunately, there is also a remote with visible and better buttons.
When it comes to hardware, I particularly appreciate the large internal 2GB memory. But not just memory. While the copy process is very slow, it does wonders to space utilization. I guess it must be resizing the pictures to match the frame resolution. Anyway, my estimate is that the frame can fit about 10,000 pictures, regardless of their original total size.
The weak part of the frame is the software. The menus are not very intuitive. One cannot use or manage internal memory when external one is connected. I still don't know what the search command does. However, my main complain and the sole reason I took 2 stars off my rating is the picture order. And not only because the picture order selection is hidden deep in the Tools menu.
When viewing pictures, the base order I like to use is by date taken. The frame offers 3 choices: random, by name, and by date. Random is good, but not for me now. By name is not useful for me, as my collection includes pictures from multiple cameras, with different naming conventions. By date should be the choice. BUT IT DOESN'T WORK!!!
I selected order by date and I was puzzled why the pictures come out in seemingly random order. Finally, I think I found it. My picture collection was copied from a computer. I did a lot of editing on the computer, including picture rotation, labeling, etc. Apparently, the frame uses "last modified" timestamp, not "picture taken" one. Any time I touch the picture on the computer (e.g. to rotate it), "last modified" timestamp changes. This causes the frame to show the pictures in semi-random order. It wouldn't be a problem had the pictures come directly from a (Kodak) camera, but I expect the frame to be a bit more universal. My only hope is that Kodak will issue a frame software update.