I really don’t like digital photo frames. In fact, as a rule I try never to have them on Tech Digest because I think they’re one of the worst inventions ever and come the revolution, their creator will be the first up against the wall.
But, today Kodak has put me in a quandary. They’ve just announced the first ever wireless OLED digital photo frame for release before Christmas. See, I hate photo frames but I love OLEDs.
Ok, reasons I hate digital photo frames:
1) They don’t look as good as real photo frames; not even half the character.
2) They need to be plugged into the wall, you get an unsightly lead and one less socket free. This is not an issue in old school frames.
3) If you don’t plug them into the wall, you need to use batteries.
4) In a world of eco-awareness, how, oh how, can we justify the use of power-sucking, purely decorative and largely superfluous gadgets?
Reasons I love OLEDs:
1) Oragnic Light Emitting Diodes require no backlighting to work, unlike LCDs, so they a) use less power and b) can be much, much thinner.
2) They have beautifully high contrast displays, in this case 30,000:1.
3) They offer 180 degree viewing angles.
So, what we have here is wonderful technology on a terrible product genre and, therefore, I am torn. So, what I have to do here is put my personal feelings on photo frames to one side. I appreciate that many people out there buy photo frames. They like them. So, I’m going to write about the Kodak OLED wireless frame because if you’re going to get one, you may as well get a good one.
The screen of the Kodak OLED measures 7.6-inches corner to corner and displays at a resolution of 800×480 in 16:9 widescreen. It’s got a 2GB internal memory – enough to store around 10,000 photos – and it has a USB port as well as a built-in card reader for whatever photos and videos you want to transfer.
Most importantly, though, it’s Wi-Fi enabled so you can fire whatever images you like directly about your wireless network at home between your computer and your frame or from your frame to your printer or whatever you wish.
In fact the only problem with the Kodak OLED wireless frame, apart from being a digital photo frame in the first place, is that it’ll cost £599.99 and therein lies the downside of OLEDs. They’re bloody expensive.