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A fair few among us here at TrustedReviews are big fans of Channel 4 show Grand Designs, regularly tuning in to look on incredulously as people spend hundreds of thousands of pounds in pursuit of their dream homes. We also like to shout – or rather I like to shout – at the TV disclaiming I’d do better if only I could afford to buy a house. In which case, I’ll find out in about thirty years time.
If I were to have my own Grand Design I can say now that, among the other gadgetry paraphernalia that would inevitably ensue, the FotoVivo V10 Digital Photo Frame would fit in very nicely. It’s an award winning design, and once unwrapped one can easily see why.
From a design point of view it’s effortlessly stylish while remaining perfectly functional in the same breath. The jet black fascia coupled with a pure white back is a classic combination, while a simple sloped design creates a stand enabling the photo frame to sit comfortably in landscape or portrait positions. The final touch is a set of backlit touch sensitive controls on the front on the frame, which are both attractive and very easy to use.
All in all, it makes the Parrot Bluetooth Photo Viewer look exceedingly perfunctory and even the well designed Philips Digital Photo Frame pales in insignificance to AG Neovo’s design. It really is that good, and instantly puts the FotoVivo V10 on solid footing.
Feature wise AG Neovo has stuck to copying Philips’ lead almost to the letter, though there are some minor differences. Though it still lacks any kind of wireless connectivity - a desirable feature in my opinion - there's no shortage of memory card slots with support for SD/MMC/MS cards from one and Compact Flash and Micro Drive from another.
One area where the V10 certainly trumps Philips’ efforts however is in internal memory, with a healthy 128MB to supplement the inherent scalability of having a good selection of memory card slots. This, in contrast to the Philips’ measly 18MB is a veritable feast of capacity, only adding to the appeal.