Just like its predecessor this is a Bluetooth enabled photo viewer, and it’s certainly a feature worth praising. Like many, I enjoy taking photos using my mobile phone – often snapping amusing headlines from newspapers while buying lunch at Sainsbury’s – and transferring photos onto the Photo Viewer is a very simple process.
Once you’ve searched for the Photo Viewer all you have to do is enter 0000 as the PIN and you can begin sending images to the device. The Photo Viewer uses Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, and has a range of ten metres so you shouldn’t have too many problems with range.
Naturally you can transfer photos using almost any Bluetooth enabled device, whether it is a mobile phone, PDA, notebook, or PC. Unfortunately Parrot hasn’t had the foresight to include a USB Bluetooth module for those with PCs or notebooks without Bluetooth integrated, and this would certainly be of benefit to PC users who are less likely to have Bluetooth.
Of course, you could buy one separately – and Parrot is just one company who manufactures such things – but a bundled Bluetooth adapter wouldn’t have added too much to the cost, and it would add a great deal of straight out of box value to the package.
This isn’t the only oversight either since – once again – Parrot has chosen not to include any memory card slots. It’s dedication to all things Bluetooth is admirable, but there are several very strong arguments to be made for having memory card slots on a device such as this.
It’s not hard to imagine a vast majority of people wishing to simply take photos from their camera’s memory card, and put them straight onto a photo viewer. Since Bluetooth is the only connectivity provided you have no choice but to transfer photos onto another device first; an unnecessary imposition.
It isn’t, however, all doom and gloom for the Parrot Photo Viewer and it has at least addressed one problem common in this market – stingy internal memory. There’s 128MB of internal memory, which allows for around 500 photos to be stored at any one time.
This is a significant improvement over the Philips Photo Frame range that only features 18MB of internal storage – although the memory card reader of the Philips certainly alleviates this issue to a significant degree.
For most purposes, however, 128MB is probably sufficient so one needn’t worry too much about running out of space for your photos.
The main saving grace of the Parrot Photo Viewer is, however, the interface. Situated on the back are three navigation buttons, with two triangular movement buttons and a circular menu button. These are a nicely situated, and it’s very easy to differentiate between each button by touch alone.