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Getting images onto the device is perfectly simple, with a mini-USB port tucked away behind the flap on the top where the memory card slots and power button are also located. This, using the provided cable, enables you to connect to a PC. The V10 uses drag-and-drop, thus bypassing any potential software pitfalls.
So it’s more or less clear that this is both a stunningly designed and well featured photo frame, but what about the display? Unlike the Philips photo frames the quoted 7in is actually the size of the screen rather than the whole frame. So the display is exactly 7 inches diagonally, with a resolution of 800 x 480. It also sports a contrast ratio of 400:1 and a 220 cd/m2 brightness rating.
Generally I found the screen to be more or less on a par with the Philips I saw earlier this year. For the size of screen the brightness is pretty good, and images were crisp and clear. Viewing angles were okay, being good enough but nothing exceptional. If anything the V10 lacked a little in vibrancy, with more colourful images lacking a little impact. But, by current standards, it’s a good display and matches the bar set by others.
Where the V10 stands out, however, is in the general usability of the device. As already mentioned the touch sensitive buttons on the front of the frame are a great navigation tool. Menus are simple and logically laid out, though a few more options for file management wouldn’t have been a bad idea. In any case it’s certainly preferable to reaching behind the device to navigate ala the Philips and Parrot photo frames.
The touch sensitive buttons are arranged along the bottom and right of the frame, and when touched are backlit white for identification. Along the bottom are the Menu, Left, Right and Slideshow buttons, while on the right are the Enter, Down and Up buttons with a Rotation button in the top right corner.
This signifies one of the few areas where the V10 disappoints. Unlike other photo frames I’ve looked at the V10 doesn’t feature any kind of internal motion sensor to detect what position it is in, relying on the rotation button to flip pictures around. In and of itself this isn’t the end of the world, but having played around with the device for a good deal of time now I’ve found that the V10 simply refuses to remember what mode to use between photos.
As a result while you can set an individual photo to be viewed in portrait mode, if you switch to another photo it will revert to landscape mode regardless of what position the frame is actually in. Consequently you can only effectively use slideshow in the landscape position, thus negating the possibility of, for example, having family portraits rotating on the display.