Philips AJL308 Digital Clock and Photo Frame (7 inch) review: Philips AJL308 Digital Clock and Photo Frame (7 inch)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.5
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good The Philips AJL308 is both a clock radio and a digital photo frame, and it's got a fairly sleek look to it. It plays back MP3 and WMA audio files, as well as MPEG4 and DivX video files from thumbdrives and SD/MMC memory cards. Some users may appreciate the included novelty alarms and "relaxation" sleep modes.

The Bad The image is low resolution, the sound is tinny, some of the user controls aren't as intuitive as they should be, images load slowly, and not all MPEG4 files are recognized.

The Bottom Line Marrying a clock radio with a digital photo frame is an awesome concept, but the Philips AJL308 needs to be improved upon before it becomes the perfect union.

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The Philips AJL308 clock radio/photo frame is a tricky product to review. What makes it tough is that on one level the idea of combining a clock radio with a digital photo frame is a really cool concept--and in many ways the AJL308 succeeds. But at the same time it's got some issues that make you wish that Philips would hurry up and make a new, improved version.

On the positive side, the AJL308 is cosmetically attractive, though the gloss black finish around the 7-inch (diagonal) wide-screen display is a fingerprint magnet. The back of the frame is white and bulges out at the bottom, creating a sturdy stand that puts the frame at a good angle for viewing.

Philips also loaded the AJL308 with features. First and foremost, the LCD displays date and time (you get dual alarms), as well as images stored on an optional SD/MMC memory card or thumbdrive that fit into slots on the side of the frame. You can choose to display the photos in a slide show format across the whole frame or have them appear in a smaller box next to the time and date in "clock" mode. If you choose the "wide-screen" option from the settings menu, your photos will be fit to the screen and end up being slightly cropped. If you go with standard 4:3 option, they'll appear as they were shot but with black bars on either side of the image.

On the clock radio front, there's an FM radio with 20 presets (the presets are a little bit of a pain to set, but 20 is a lot), plus two alarms, a sleep timer with interval options between 15 and 60 minutes, and a dimmer/snooze bar conveniently placed at the top of the frame.

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Philips AJL308 Digital Clock and Photo Frame (7 inch)

Part Number: AJL308 Released: Oct. 20, 2007
Low Price: $35.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Oct. 20, 2007