Pros Nice bright image, timer, and easy set up
Cons Memory issues, no Mac support, WiFi is SLOW
Summary We have had this frame for about 6 months. This is the second digital frame I have bought, and in general it is very good. The images are good, with a nice bright display. It comes on every night for a little slide show, which is great. I have found that most people do not really use their frames. You see them around but they are generally switched off. The timer means that our frame is used every day. The set up could not be easier, found our WiFi network no problem.
Now the bad, no Mac support is misguided. We run two iMacs in the house and had to buy additional software in order to stream directly from the Mac. Streaming from the Mac, as well as transfers, is SLOW and the unit kept crashing. It is actually much easier and quicker to take the frame to the computer and hook it up with a USB lead. I do not use Kodak Photo Gallery, and I do not really need yet another Photo service. I just would like to have an album in iPhoto stream directly to the frame, without all the fuss of transferring the photo's and ordering them etc. The most annoying issue is that the frame does not integrate the internal memory with the SD Card. So you can not run a single slide show over both memories. Also it does not "see" the Memory card when the frame starts up. Ideally I would like to be able to set it up to switch itself on, go and check the online gallery, and then run the slide show. At the moment it does the switching on part, but it always runs the default slide show (pictures on the internal memory only).
It is a good frame, with the potential to be really good. It needs to be more user friendly. There has just been a firmware upgrade released. I have upgraded the frame (which was very easy) but I have not tested the new firmware extensively. For day to day use, it needs to just start and work, with no user interaction. Otherwise it is an expense bit of kit which is rarely used.
PS An internal battery would be nice as well.
Pros Wireless built-in!
Cons But only with EasyShare!
Summary This could have been the ultimate wi-fi frame on the market. easy to use, great image quality, but Kodak had to go and hobble it by making it only compatible with the EasyShare gallery, effectively annoying users of far more popular services like Flickr, or photobucket, who aren't about to migrate their photos to an inferior service.
Open the Wi-Fi on this frame Kodak!
Pros Nice picture frame if your only looking to display pictures from the built-in memory.
Cons Wifi capability of the frame is only usefull to copy pictures to the built-in memory, not to stream directly from a PC. A USB stick works just as well for that purpose.
Summary I bought the EX1011 wireless digital frame thinking i would be able to painlessly stream my pictures (10,000+) from my PC to my digital frame, unfortunately there are key features missing to this frame to allow this scenario to really work.
1) Display pictures in random order (shuffle)
I have 10,000+ pictures on my PC. I want them to be shown in random order on the digital frame. Also, everytime the frame is powered ON/OFF i want to have a different seed for the random generator to be used such that everyday there is a fresh new set of pictures being displayed on the screen.
2) Resume streaming after being powered ON
As it is, each time the digital frame is turned OFF than back ON it goes back to the main screen and i have to manually select again to stream pictures from my PC. I want to be able to use the built-in timer to display pictures on the frame during the day only, in the morning when the frame starts up i want it to automatically start streaming again without ANY user intervention.
These two features are critical for a seamless streaming experience, without it this frame wireless capability is only usefull to transfer picture to the built-in memory... which is a scenario i just don't care about.
I'll be bringing back this frame to the store. Hopefully these problem will be addressed in the future and i can consider Kodak again for digital frame for myself or gift to my friends and family.
Pros Nice picture quality
Cons Poorly developed features
Summary Usually I'm not this critical, and would not bother to write a review, but on this one I just had to.
Quite frankly, I dont know how this frame gets as high of ratings as it does. I had to take back the first frame at Kodak techs' request and get another one, only to have the same problems.
The wireless feature is slow, even when it is right beside the wireless router. It frequently disconnects, then just reverts back to the main menu waiting for user input. When it did work, we used the automatic on/off timer, when it came on at the start of the day you have to manually tell it to go to the wireless network, then pick the folder you want, then pick slideshow.
The internal memory is a lousy 128MB. File transfers using USB with my computer and a new install of Windows XP would only let me fill the memory about half full. Transfer errors came up saying it cant find the destination and all memory card locations would disconnect. I used the enclosed EasyShare program to shrink the file sizes for picture frames and all I could get on was about 170 pictures. It did play them alright though. The biggest disappointment was the lack of random playback feature. Dont confuse this with random slideshow which is just the visual transition between pictures. This feature is even on most bargain basement frames.
Then I thought things would be better if I bought an SD card. I have thousands of photos I would like to play, so again I shrunk about 4000 pics which didnt even fill half of the 2GB card (I have thousands more I want to put on). By default the frame will play from the SD card when turned on. When turned on and you select the SD card it just sits there locked up for 10 minutes, then resets itself. I dont know if there is a limit on pictures, I cant find any information on this spec.
So to the enclosed documentation I go. This is poorly written, with few details at all on the features, big pictures, and written for a grade 3 level. The online information is not much better. Really disappointed.
The only plus side was I contacted Kodak tech support online and they did get back to me usually by the next day, but the help I did get did not solve any of the problems.
Along with the other probems with my Kodak camera, this has put me off from going to Kodak for anything else in the future. I am looking at the Sony DPF-V900 now as it is on sale at my local Future Shop, and has all the features I want.
Ensure your store has a good return policy before committing to buy this one.
This could have been a great frame, but Kodak has not spent the time and effort to fully develop the features to make it worth while. I hoped for a newer firmware update to fix these issues, but I cant wait forever. This one goes back to the store.
Hope this helps.
Pros good ideas....
Cons doesn't work as advertised
Summary Essentially I purchased this to stream pictures from my computer.
At first glance you may find that this option works but try this over a period of a few months and you will find that this option is buggy, and unreliable. In addition to some of the other problems that have been mentioned you will find that the wireless connection often does not work even if your frame is a few feet from the router. Calls to product support did not resolve the issues. (I could not help but notice that the new models do not even contain wireless abilities)
I have also found that if you have more than 1000 files on a flash memory card the frame will often seize up.
Finally the transitions are quite simplistic...
I am sorry I purchased this frame.