Kodak EasyShare W1020 Digital Picture Frame - Kodak EasyShare W1020



The 10in LCD has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, which is par for the course for a frame of this type. However, typical though it is, this is still below what we would prefer to see. Even 10in netbook screens have a resolution of 1,024 x 600 and ideally we’d like to see some that can rival the Sony TT’s with its 1,366 x 768 pixels crammed into an 11.1in screen. Compared to looking at a normal photo print, the level of detail you’ll be able to see on this frame is woefully inadequate. That said, if you want fine detail you’d probably go and get your best pics printed properly and use these sorts of frames for casually browsing through the majority of your snaps.

As well being able to view photos, the W1020 can playback video, though format support is limited to just MOV, AVI, MPEG1 and MPEG4 so the majority of downloaded videos won’t work. However, native movie clips shot with your digital cameras should all work.

Two speakers on the back provide audio so you could certainly use this as a casual home movie viewer. Moreover, with mp3 audio file support and a line-out socket, you could even hook this up to a sound system and use it as a basic mp3 player. Sadly, without a remote, this functionality will only ever be of minimal use.

Turn the W1020 on and you immediately see at least some of its more standout features. Two strips of lights, running along the bottom and right edges, indicate a set of touch-sensitive areas that can be used to control the W1020’s menus. A light tap will bring up the menu and from here it’s a simple task to choose which feature you’d like to look at or which setting you’d like to change. The menus respond reasonably quickly and are very intuitive and there are neat little features such as lists that can be scrolled through by swiping your finger across the bottom; a motion that can also be used to flick from one photo to the next when in slideshow mode. The touch controls aren’t perfect with the latter slideshow flick proving very temperamental but with a bit of patience it’s simple to do what you need to.

The W1020’s other big trick is its WiFi connection and all the Internet services that come along with it. The former can be used to copy pictures from your computer to the frame’s impressive 512MB of internal memory (enough for about 4,000 images) and can then be used to log into the frame and configure it using a normal web browser.

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