Kodak OLED Wireless Frame review:

Kodak OLED Wireless Frame

As for features, the frame is loaded. For starters, it comes with 2GB of internal memory and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. This frame, like several other new frames, is a touch-border model, which means that you touch the bezel of the frame to access menus and settings. The various touch points along the bottom and right side of the frame light up when you touch the bezel; unfortunately the finish of the bezel is glossy, so it's a fingerprint magnet. We're not sure about the whole touch-panel concept, but this is one of the best implementation we've seen of it, particularly because the touch points are sensitive and the frame is very responsive.

That's another one of the frame's strong points: the performance is quite good. Pictures and movies, even those with large file sizes, load quickly, and menus open and close with limited lag. This is a zippy frame.

We're not going to go into too much depth on all the features, but obviously the wireless connectivity plays a key role. Once you connect to your Wi-Fi network (you input any security keys through a virtual keyboard) and install the Kodak EasyShare desktop software on your Windows PC, you can wirelessly transfer photos from your computer to the frame. You can also access photos you've stored on your online Kodak Gallery account, as well as access friends' albums that are linked to your account. You can also tap into Flickr and FrameChannel and subscribe to Photo RSS feeds. FrameChannel also provides RSS feeds for news, weather, and sports scores. Mac users can't transfer photos from their PCs to the frame wirelessly, but they can take advantage of all the online services. The interface isn't quite Apple-like, but it is pretty easuy to ise. No major complaints there.

All of these features are in addition to the more standard features (slide-show transitions, automatic image resizing) that are offered on Kodak's regular LCD wireless photo frames, the 8-inch W820 and the 10-inch W1020. They, too, play back most videos (MOV, AVI, MPEG 1, and MPEG 4) shot with popular digital still cameras. However, the frame will not display video from Flip Video cameras.

The truth is Kodak's cheaper LCD wireless photo frames do a perfectly good job of displaying images and offer the same functionality, including the same Quick Touch Border interface. No, the picture isn't as good (though it is the same resolution). And no, the LCD models aren't built as well or have upgraded built-in speakers. But they cost about a quarter of the price of this model.

That said, if you want the Ferrari of photo frames, look no further, and by all means, drop a grand on this baby. You'll probably be the first on your block with one.

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