The Philips Digital Photo Display (DPD) is simply a digital photo frame - an LCD display with a few integrated smart controls, a border and a stand that sits on your desk displaying pictures that you hold dear.
The reason you would want this over a standard photo frame is that it automatically crops and fits your photos into its display, without you going through the mess of printing the photos first and cutting them to the right size.Also with its 9 MB internal storage space (accessible via USB cable connection), you can store a lot of well-optimized pictures and play them as a slideshow.
You also have the option of sticking in a memory card (SD, MMC, MS, CF) with digital photos, and the DPD starts displaying the pictures right off it.
It's a pretty good frame to look at. Philips has played it safe by keeping simple white and transparent borders around the 7 inch LCD display. It may not blend in with all kinds of decor but at least it won't stand out as ‘ugly'. The screen brightness is adjustable and so are other options like the speed at which the slideshow plays and other useful options like auto-shutdown and auto-start. In all, it looks pretty good and does what it's primarily supposed to do well.
But there are quite a few flaws too that keep the DPD from getting a good score. The biggest problem with it is that its interface is downright cumbersome. Adjusting the settings using the six little buttons on the back is quite a pain, especially when the buttons keep changing their functionality in between. You have to constantly be aware of the instructions given on top of the screen to keep up.
On the flip side, once you get used to it, the speed of the interface fails to keep up with your button presses. The whole thing could have been made a lot easier by simply using a touch-screen interface or at least a more intuitive control like a 4-way directional-pad for navigation.
If you're going to be displaying pictures from your memory cards then all the photos need to be stored at the card's root folder. This once again is a problem since all cameras store pictures in some kind of a subfolder, which means you can't simply stick out a memory card out of your camera or phone and pop it right into the DPD without moving all your pictures to the root folder of the card using a computer first.
At a price of Rs. 12,999 it's fairly obvious that this one's only going to appeal to enthusiasts with deep pockets as for now. Philips may have the display part right but they still need to work on making it more user friendly... and cheaper while they're at it.
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