Nothing quite says, "Meh, at least it's better than a fruitcake" than a digital photo frame for the holidays, but at least AT&T had the good sense to go with a wireless version for its holiday promotion. Available right away, last minute holiday shoppers can pick up a Pandigital Photo Mail 8-Inch Digital Photo Frame via the wireless carrier.
The device runs $120 and includes the ability to receive 60 photos at no additional cost. After that, you can purchase photo allotments in bundles of 100 ($10), $400 ($30), and 700 ($50).
The digital frame connects to email through AT&T's wireless network so that family and friends can send photos directly to the device using their own email account on any Internet-connected device that supports email. Other features include an LED display, 800x600 resolution, and 1GB of internal memory.
Black Friday is just around the corner, and so is Cyber Monday for that matter. Yes folks, the holiday shopping season has officially arrived, and no matter how tempted you might be, think twice before picking up that digital photo frame for your Secret Santa submission.
The British Video Association surveyed 2,000 Brits and asked them to reveal their most unused and unwanted gifts, with digital photo frames coming out on top. Also on the list are foot spas, blenders, digital organizers, electronic Sudoku games, coffee machines, digital radios, electric shavers, electric toothbrushes, and bread makers.
There's more. Other unwanted gifts include lady shavers, desk top vacuum cleaners, candy floss machines, yogurt makers, electric shoe polishers, shrink wrap machines, and electronic facial brushes.
"While the perfect gift is a personal thing, there are some general rules to getting it right," Gadget Show host Jon Bentley says. "A product that's worthwhile and likely be satisfying rather than a gimmick that seems clever at the time is a good bet, such as game consoles that let you play Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as games, or Internet-enabled mobile phones. Also, gadgets that improve recipients' experience of something they already enjoy, such as an electronic book reader."
So to recap: Digital photo frames, lady shavers, and electric shoes polishers are crappy gifts. Game consoles, smartphones, and eBook readers are A-OK. Got it?
Other than fruit cake (which wasn't on the list, btw), what are your least favorite gift ideas? Hit the jump and post your crappy gift suggestions!
Panasonic on Monday announced its MW-20 digital frame, but unlike most other photo frames, this one pulls double-duty as a stereo system with full support for your iPod and iPhone devices. It will even charge them while they're plugged in.
"The Panasonic MW-20 has a stylish and slim design that will complement any home decor and given its versatility to display photos, videos, play music and even charge an iPhone – we think this will be a welcomed addition this holiday season," said David Fisher, Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "Beyond its design and versatility, the MW-20 is also a powerful gadget – with exceptional sound quality to listen to music and a large nine-inch screen to view digital photos and videos."
Equipped with a high-res adjustable 9-inch screen, the MW-20 works in both portrait and landscape mode and can be hung on the wall. It comes with 2GB of built-in memory, plus an SD memory card slot.
Look for the MW-20 to ship in late November for $250.
If you've purchased a digital photo frame from Amazon recently, it's in your best interest to pay attention to any emails originating from Amazon Customer Service. That's because the online e-tailer has been warning its customers that one of Samsung's digital frames, specifically its SPF-85H 8-inch unit, ships with a little something extra.
"We have recently learned that Samsung has issued an alert affecting its SPF-85H 8-Inch Digital Photo Frame," Amazon writes. "The alert concerns discovery of the W32.Sality.AE worm on the installation disc SAMSUNG FRAME MANAGER XP VERSION 1.08, which is needed for using the SPF-85H as a USB monitor."
Vista owners and those running a different Frame Manager version aren't affected by the worm, Samsung says. For those that are affected, Samsung advises removing the worm using Norton Internet Security 2009, uninstalling Frame Manager 1.08, and then updating to Frame Manager XP 1.082.
Thsi isn't the first time malware has made its way onto digital picture frames. Earlier in the year, some Insignia units sold at Best Buy were found to contain a Trojan Horse payload, with reports claiming several other vendors, such as Sam's Club, Target, and Costco, were also selling infected digital frames.
Perhaps consumers remain skittish at the presence of malware that cropped up on frames sold from popular retailers like Sam's Club, Target, and Costco. Or maybe everyone's saving up for Kodak's 7.6" OLED display. Whatever the reason, so far it's turned out to be a disappointing year for digital photo frame suppliers, who watched as demand failed to keep up with expectations.
Despite sagging sales, suppliers are hoping for a strong finish in the fourth quarter and continue to launch new products in anticipation of the holiday shopping season when demand tends to peak. But don't be surprised to find bigger frames this year. Price competition for the 7-inch frame market is cutthroat with the Free On Board (FOB) price hovering at just $30, causing some manufacturers to not even take orders for the smaller frames. Instead, look for a sales push in the 10.4-inch and 12-inch segments, which in addition to costing more also typically come with some multimedia functionality.
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