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The best Wi-Fi picture frame you can buy
on August 18, 2012
This is only the second review I have written on Amazon in 6+ years.
Without a doubt, this is the best Wi-Fi / email enabled picture frame on the market. In fact, I wish there were more, but it appears to be a shrinking part of the market...probably due to the "rise" of tablets. But, for certain folks, there's no substitute for a picture frame like this. I bought it for my parents (in their late 70's) on the other side of the country...so they could get pictures of their grandchildren. I needed something that would be 100% automated, and work without care/feeding...with them being 2,500 miles away, I was not going to be able to drive to their house to reset/reboot/reconfigure it if it had problems.
I tried Kodak models, but the software was flaky at best (it would freeze after 2-3 hours, randomly re-boot and then pull pic's from the SD card instead of the internet [no more updated pic's of the grandkid's], or simply crash for no reason)...and, of course, Chapter 11 bankruptcy didn't help (no more firmware updates to fix issues, no support, and internet feeds/sources hard-coded into the software went out of business...FrameChannel, KodakGallery, etc...making it unusable).
This Sony picture frame fits the bill perfectly. It was easy to set up...easy to connect to Wi-Fi...and easy to get email up delivery up & running (yes, gmail does work...you just have to manually enter the email server address/ports if you're using Google Apps (i.e. your own domain). I did not use the FaceBook or Sony PersonalSpace features...not because I didn't like them...only because I preferred email for sending photo's to the grandparents. The screen is bright, crisp & clear. The user interface is fairly easy to navigate (for a picture frame). The auto on/off timer was easy to set up & reliable. For email delivery, the picture frame appears to "call home" and download pic's every hour (the interval is not configurable, but you can manually "force" a download if you want). And, the email download is fully-automated...it checks for email, download's the pic's, and puts them in the slideshow rotation with no user interaction required at all. It has never dropped WiFi/email connectivity at all & has been rock-solid.
I only have 3 nit-picks...or, rather "feature requests". First, if it came in a 10-inch (or larger) model, I'd buy it ASAP. The 7-inch model is kind of small, that's all...and when it sits on a bookshelf in the grandparents house, half-way across the room, a larger screen makes it more enjoyable even though it costs more. Second, allow the email'd pics to be saved to the SD card (rather than internal memory) so you're not stopped at the 100-picture limitation (yes, if you use an internet-enabled source [email, Facebook, etc] it only uses the most-recent 100 photo's for the slideshow). And, third, make the weather/clock fonts smaller so they take up less of the screen. I'd like to display the time/date/weather on the screen for my parents (it's great info), but they eat up 50% of the screen if I enable all of them, so I just turn them off & only display pic's of the grandkid's.
Even with these "feature requests", this picture frame is (without a doubt) the best WiFi/email enabled picture frame on the market. In fact, it might be the only one left. But, it's good...VERY good. Definitely worth buying...I'm glad I did & my parents are ecstatic with it...they're getting updated pic's of their grandkids from 2,500 miles away, and they don't have to click a single button. If Sony starts making a 10+ inch model, I'd buy it, too. It's that good.