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Philips 7-inch Digital Photo Frame - Good Quality but Difficult to Operate

Jan 9, 2010 (Updated Mar 2, 2010)
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Pros:photos look quite nice, variety of viewing options, frame is attractive

Cons:impossible to upload directly from computer, buttons not intuitive, cropping of photos

The Bottom Line: The price was right for this frame, especially if you're looking at is as a gift for someone who has no other way to view digital photos.


One Christmas present this year I bought for the high school senior about to go off to college was a digital photo frame.  I thought it would be a good way for her to display and store her digital photos.  I really didn’t work with the product after I gave it to her, but I saw the end result which was pretty impressive.  I decided that since my parents are still technologically-challenged and aren’t able to see all the digital images I take of my kids, this would be a good idea for their birthdays.

I purchased the same product for them, a Philips 7-inch Digital Photo Frame.  The outside of the frame is a brown, simulated wood finish.  The screen which displays the photos is a rectangle inside of the simulated wood.  Starting this up was easy.  It plugs in and there’s an on/off switch.  The start-up time is minimal.

Loading the pictures proved a challenge.  The Philips 7-inch Digital Photo Frame is designed to load in pictures from a memory card or flash drive.  I had neither.  The pictures were on my computer.  I ended up doing a backup to my Western Digital Hard Drive of all my photos and then taking it from there.  I hadn’t done one recently and really should have, so in some ways that was a good thing.  At start-up or when a device is plugged in, it asks if I want to download all of the photos to the device’s internal memory.  It will do this in one fell swoop if you want it to.  I was scrolling through photos to pick the ones I wanted.

However, I then spent the next four hours going through every single photo that was backed up onto this drive to see if it was one I wanted to load onto the Philips 7-inch Digital Photo Frame.  It wasn’t a one-step copy, either.  Once I selected the photo I had options of adjusting the picture before copying.

Some of the options are nice.  I liked the ability to change the pictures to black and white or sepia tones.  The ability to rotate the photo is here as well, although I found out that when I do it crops off part of the photo.  This disappointed me and I just left the majority of the photos in the direction they had been taken, which really isn’t optimal.  There are ways to adjust it, but nothing I did seemed to work in this regard.  It always seemed like part of the photos were cut off.  The screen size is a bit odd at 6 inches by 3 1/4 inches.  This means photos will be slightly cropped if they are left at their correct aspect ratio and filling the entire screen.

Philips claims the internal memory on the Philips 7-inch Digital Photo Frame will hold up to 1,000 pictures.  I loaded a few hundred on the one I bought for my parents and the other one has about sixty on it, so we haven’t approached the maximum.  The controls aren’t really intuitive.  The buttons are located on the center of the frame and although Philips does display the buttons in order on the screen, I still found myself turning or tilting the frame to make sure I was pressing the correct button most of the time.

Where this really does well is the quality of the display.  I found all of the pictures I uploaded to be high quality.  Even at only a 480 x 234 screen resolution they looked very good and will be quite acceptable to my parents.  The teenager was also satisfied with the quality of the pictures on the screen.  For some really looking for that absolute perfection in definition, they might not like this particular frame.  I felt it was excellent considering it’s one of the cheapest photo frames I’ve found.  The pictures can be displayed a variety of ways, from a continuous slideshow to four at a time on the screen.  There’s a number of options available that make this fairly versatile.

I will likely buy a flash drive to upload new pictures to this frame.  Pictures can also be viewed directly from a memory card or stick by plugging it into the slot and selecting that as the place to view photos.  They don’t have to be transferred if you don’t want to transfer them.  Memory device formats supported are USB flash drive, Memory Stick, MMC, SD, MS Duo, and x-D Picture card.

The Philips 7-inch Digital Photo Frame is durable.  The one I bought got knocked off the table by the cats while I was in the middle of uploading photos and suffered no ill effects.  The screen can get damaged, so I don’t guarantee it won’t break.  It just isn’t something I would worry about every time it takes a slight fall.

I have a few issues with the frame, but overall I am pleased.  I wish it were easier to upload pictures directly from the computer rather than transferring them to a secondary device before loading them into the frame’s internal memory.  I also don’t like the way it crops pictures off, particularly when they are rotated for viewing,  The menu isn’t easy for people to operate, and the buttons aren’t placed conveniently.  All of these complaints are offset by the quality of the frame once you are done with that.  The pictures look terrific.  It makes a great gift especially for people who haven’t yet embraced the digital age and who would like to have a way to see people’s digital photos.



© 2010 Patti Aliventi


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