Is Philips clock radio/digital photo frame a potential sleeper hit?

We hadn't heard about this one, but just noticed that Amazon is selling a new Philips clock radio, the AJL308, that doubles as a photo frame and bedside MP3 player.

The Philips AJL308 has quietly slipped onto the market. Amazon

Around this time each year I start trolling the Web, looking for potentially interesting products that we should review for the holiday buying season. So, there I was, scanning Amazon for new Philips digital photo frames, and lo and behold I came across this $130 Philips AJL308 7-Inch Digital Picture Frame, Alarm Clock, Radio and MP3 player. For some reason, I hadn't seen it before.

The Amazon product description reads as follows:

"This is the perfect item for your bedside, as it functions as a clock radio, alarm clock, and digital picture frame. This beautifully styled dual alarm clock radio will wake you with your favorite FM radio station or your personalized MP3 music. Comes preloaded with music or easily download your favorite music with USB connection from your PC or memory stick. Also has SD/MMC slot, so it's easy to upload picture files and enjoy your favorite photos while listening to the music of your choice. You can even upload video clips from the USB or SD card slot. The built-in FM radio has 20 presets and a dual-alarm function with gentle wake mode, which gradually increases the music volume. The 7-inch display screen can also display a large time readout and calendar functions. All of this makes the AJL308 multifunction frame the perfect item for your bedside table."

The Philips PR rep (from the company's outside agency) I spoke with to request a review sample seemed kind of surprised the product was available, even though Amazon's site says it's been selling the AJL308 for a few months. "That's not supposed to be out yet," he said.

Anybody intrigued? Would you consider buying one for yourself or doling one out as a gift?

 

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