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on April 8, 2017
NEVER worked! I only paid $22+ for it, but I see it is selling for >$40 now. I was never able to view a picture on this frame... not one! Will not purchase anything from this company again.
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on September 30, 2007
After researching many other brands, I purchased this frame as a gift for my elderly mother who resides in a nursing home. It's one of the few frames out there that does not require the user to be techno savvy. I wanted something simple that could be turned on and off easily and show pictures in a slide show format without having to select from several other options first. I like the wide screen format although Smartparts does offer similar without wide screen, and I liked the wood option instead of black. I consider this product an excellent buy; I simply insert my SD camera card into the frame and switch cards when new pictures are desired.
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on February 22, 2017
A bit too small but, does the job.
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on September 12, 2009
I purchased this frame for my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. I bought an SD card separately and loaded it with old family photos. My parents absolutely love it! And SD cards are easy to come by, so they can make separate interchangeable "albums" for their frame. The frame itself is well made and has an easel back that you can use either horizontally or vertically. I love that it automatically goes into slideshow mode when plugged in... no "figuring it out" for my parents. I did notice that there is no power switch... To turn it off you must unplug it. That wasn't a problem for us, though. There was also no brightness control, but the screen was quite large for a digital frame. Seemed a fair trade off. The frame came with a software download, but I used my own photo editing software. It worked out well. I would suggest making your photos a little darker to correct the super bright back lit screen. All in all a very good product for the price. If you want a large screened easy to use product this is perfect. (I also own a different frame by Smartparts and it is awesome as well. Good brand.) Smartparts SPDPF70EW 7-Inch Wood Digital Picture Frame
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on February 12, 2012
I purchased this unit 4-plus years ago, maybe close to 5, my first ever digital frame. I have used it fairly consistently during that time and for the past eight months, at least, it has been set up on a timer so that it comes on and goes off at pre-determined times, twice a day. The color clarity and contrast has been good throughout its life.

The unit does not offer much in the way of consumer controls. No remote, so it is either on or off by you or a timer. No real adjustment for how long the images stay on. That has not been an issue for me as I have swapped out photos several times on my SD card, depending on what I am in the mood for displaying and the pics last long enough to view and appreciate.

The main caveat I can offer is the aspect resolution (for this or any digital frame). This is advertised as 16:9 which as a ratio is 56.25%, the actual viewing space is 3 15/32" x 6" which is a 57.66% ratio (close enough). However, keep in mind that unless you have set your camera to a 16:9 ratio that there will be photo editing required on your part for the images to be viewed "full screen," meaning the full viewing area allowed. As an example, my Nikons have 66-67% ratios (4928x3264 and 3872x2592), the equivalent ratio of a 4"x6" photo ratio. Just a thought to keep in mind when buying any frame.

I gave it 4 stars for its overall reliability, color clarity and absolutely no issues. Does not rate a 5 due to lack of functions.

I would recommend this unit with the provision that one does not expect all the bells and whistles that are now available on digital frames and only for a price consistent with what the product delivers.
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on November 21, 2007
I have a Smartparts Digital Picture Frame model SPDPF70EW which was given to me as a gift. And it is not very good.

I suppose that it was deliberately designed with a mimumn of controls for the "granny" set.

However, that is exactly my beef with it, That is has virtually no operator controls. The five buttons across the back not withstanding.

I have about 850 pictures so far which look perfectly fine on the
computer or even printed out. Yet on the Smartparts, the brightness is
way too high and the contrast is wrong as well. Many of the pictures
are rather washed out looking. There are no provisions of which I am
aware to adjust these parameters. This is a major fault in my book as opposed to others who report "wonderful" picture quality.

Nor can one adjust the length of time each photo is displayed. And the viewing angle on the LCD screen is rather narrow as well. The standards of this device are far below what the technology is capable of.

So I give it a D+ in terms of viewing quality and a C in terms of
overall performance.

Don't buy this product, if you can avoid it. I would not recommend it
as a gift unless there are major changes in other brands or models.
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on March 30, 2009
This frame is good looking, decent sized, and very well built. The picture quality is superb when given a high quality JPEG (I use the maximum quality setting when exporting JPEGs, sized to a maximum of 480 pixels so the frame doesn't have to do much processing when it resizes - and to fit lots of pictures on a single SD card). An excellent purchase for the price. The only downside is that the contrast is way off, with no way to adjust it (even if you open it up). Anything above about 75% saturation is completely blown out. Other than that, I'm very happy with it. Well... except a weird message about starting at picture 850 on a 2 GB card with ~1200 photos on it. I didn't verify that it was actually not displaying pictures, since the controls are simple (by design), and I wasn't about to single-step through all of them.
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on November 23, 2007
Did the leg work for you folks.

* 7 inch TFT LCD screen - Resolution: 480x234 pixels
* Supports Secure Digital (SD), Multimedia Card (MMC) Memory Stick
(MS) and xD memory card formats
* View the pictures from memory cards directly
* Supports rotation of photos for proper display of vertical pictures.
* Automatic start of slide show
* Key holes for wall mounting
* Removable stand allows frame to be displayed vertically or horizontally

Brightness 350 cd/m2
Contrast 300
Viewing Angle 60/60/50/40 (CR=10)
Response Time 30ms
Screen Size Mode 16 : 9
Picture Rotation 270 degrees
File Format Type JPEG
Max. Photo Size 10 megapixels
Power Requirement 12V DC
Power Consumption 6W
Operating Temperature -20~65 degrees centigrade
Storage Temperature -30~75 degrees centigrade

Smartparts, Inc. warrants its products against defects in material and workmanship for a period of 90 days from the date of purchase.
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on December 29, 2009
All I can say is stay away from this company. This review applies to their entire line. Their support is horrible. They hide their contact phone numbers well on their web site. Once you do find them, the customer service number says this number is temporarily unavailable. You call the tech support you get a message that says they're too busy, leave your name and number. My frame turns itself on by itself, yet no timers are set. There are not any firmware updates for my smart parts frame. I reccomend you look into another brand.
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on June 18, 2010
I'll give the unit a star for every year in use. I gave it 2 stars because that is long it has lasted. Bought the frame as a Mother's Day gift and my mom has enjoyed it. It was affordable and easy to use but it has "crashed" for some reason after 2 years and it looks like I'll be buying another frame. It was cheaper than most (around $40) but obviously not built to last. My mom did have it on 24/7 so that may have contributed , but there was NOTHING in the manual that suggested it be turned on/off daily.
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