The Coby brand is synonymous with budget-priced equipment, which is the polite way we electronics reviewers go about describing cheap gear--and the company's 10.2-inch DP-102 digital photo frame is indeed cheap compared to competing products with similar screen sizes. This model also happens to boast a wide-screen display rather than the more standard 4:3 aspect ratio. However, screen shape aside, what's surprising about this Coby frame is that it actually gets a lot of things right and its image quality isn't half bad.
More and more digital frames are mimicking the look of the display on Apple's original iMac flat-panel all-in-one computers. This Coby's cosmetics aren't as slick as that of Philips photo frames (its plastics just aren't of the same quality), but stand a few feet away and it looks just fine, with a clear acrylic frame around a black or white faceplate that surrounds the 8.75 x 5.25-inch (10.2-inch diagonal) LCD panel. While you can go with white--the faceplates are interchangeable--images tend to look a little better framed by a black border. The flip-out stand on the back allows you to prop the frame up horizontally or vertically (again, the stand feels a little cheap, but it seems to get the job done okay) and there are keyhole slots on the back of the frame that give you the option of mounting the DP-102 on a wall with a few screws (not included).
The frame does have a few quirky issues. For instance, there's an option for copying an image, but there doesn't appear to be any internal memory, so all you can do is copy between cards, or between cards and thumbdrives. Also, we were unable to get the frame to play back any of the AVI or MPEG4 files we threw at it, including video captured using Canon and Casio digital cameras. We suspect that it will play back videos shot with some cameras, but certainly not most--so proceed at your own risk when it comes to video. (We would have fiddled around with the aspect ratio--there's a button on the remote for switching between 4:3 and--but since we couldn't get any videos to play, we never got a chance to see if it worked).
There isn't much more to say about the Coby DP-102. Overall, this is a fairly basic frame that offers decent image quality and few extra features, one of which (video playback) doesn't work as well as it should. If the frame had cost $200, we'd have been a little harder on it, but at around $140 online, this isn't a bad deal.