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We've always found the idea of digital photo frames to be an appealing one. Having an attractive and easy to use device solely dedicated to viewing your photos is definitely something we like the sound of. However, none of us in the TrustedReviews office actually own one, largely because we all store and view our photos on our PCs instead of bothering to resize and possibly rotate them, before copying them to a photo frame. However, with its WiFi connection and online photo store, the Kodak EasyShare W1020 has the potential to finally persuade us to pony up.
For a start, the W1020 is attractive. Sure, the frame isn't gilded or made from a fine wood but the white glossy plastic is understated and neat, and the whole frame is nice and thin. A number of stick-on coloured surrounds are also provided for adding a touch of colour to proceedings, if you so wish. We were more inclined to steer clear of these and stick with the white, though.
The back is home to slots for CompactFlash and SD/SDHC/MMC, Memory Stick and xD-Picture cards, although Memory Stick Pro and Pro Duo cards will require an adaptor, which is not supplied. There are also USB and USB Mini connectors, and the frame can read from USB flash drives and other USB mass storage devices.
The stand can be rotated to support the frame in landscape or portrait and it tucks away for hanging the frame on a wall; a task which is made possible by the inclusion of screw mounts on the back (though screws and fittings are not supplied for this).
Unfortunately, the W1020 has no way of detecting which way is up, so doesn't rotate images automatically, which can be a bit of a pain. At least the bottom edge of the frame (when in landscape mode) and the edge of the stand are rubberised to stop the frame slipping about and scratching the surface it's sitting on. All in all, the W1010 feels well thought out and the build quality is good, or at least as good as it can be considering its entire external structure is plastic.
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