Kodak OLED Wireless Digital Photo Frame review
Review Date : Thu, 1 Oct 2009
Author : Mike Lowe
Kodak's OLED Wireless Frame is the first digital picture frame to market that uses Organic Light Emitting Diode technology...
|Pros:||Fantastic OLED display, wireless functionality, picture sharing|
|Cons:||Astonishing price, on the small side, thin screen not immediate benefit due to 3in base, limited Mac compatibility, no CompactFlash card slot|
Kodak's OLED Wireless Frame is the first digital picture frame to market that uses Organic Light Emitting Diode technology - seen as the future of display devices. OLED screens don't need backlighting, so it's possible to make very thin screens that have a significantly superior angle of view compared to LCD-based screens. The Kodak is a mere 3-7mm deep - though this is a little lost due to the 3.5in base that protrudes from the back. Furthermore OLED means bright, punchy colours - this frame has a 30,000:1 contrast ratio (the number of ‘levels' between black and white), compared to a typical LCD frame's 250:1 and, frankly, it does look stunning.
The OLED frame is more than a bit clever too - wireless technology means you can transmit images from your PC to the frame's 2GB of internal memory without the wires, though Mac support lacks. When on a network it's also possible to connect to your Flickr gallery or Kodak Picture Gallery to even share pictures with others. The frame has touch panel - though not touch-screen - functionality which lights up an array of panels around the frame's edge when touched. Options then appear on screen and, despite the immediate (yet fruitless) temptation to touch the screen itself, it's possible to adjust all your settings using these. There's even support for video with sound or mp3 playback, though with only an 800 x 480 resolution this isn't technically high definition - but at the relatively small size of 7.6in this isn't an issue.
However, as with anything so good, there's one major catch: the £700 asking price. At the moment OLED technology is, due to its infancy, far from cheap, and whilst it certainly delivers the goods it will simultaneously drain your wallet. In part it feels like Kodak making an OLED frame is a ‘because we can' venture. It's far from what your average consumer is going to splurge £700 on or, realistically, even the most aberrant of consumers would run out to buy. Aside from the asking price though, this is the finest frame currently available on the market by a country mile.