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The frame can be stood up in either portrait or landscape mode and you don’t have to do anything to your pictures. Just turn in one way and the picture instantly flips to the correct orientation.
A screw in stand holds the frame up or it can be hung via a small hook on the back and there are small clips for holding the power cable in place, which sports a bulbous on/off switch.
The display has a simple OSD easily accessible by pressing a button the rear, and navigated by two forward and back arrows. You can view thumbnails of all the pictures on the display, get info on them and adjust the slideshow timings. The OSD also turns off with a cool fade away effect.
Getting pictures onto the frame is really quite straightforward. You just launch a Bluetooth search from your phone, which will find the Parrot frame. You simply confirm that you want to add it to your phone’s Devices list and enter your Bluetooth passcode, (the default is normally 0000). You can then send your pictures. As they are received on the frame a large Bluetooth icon appears in the corner and the image appears line by line. It’s really simple and easy.
However, you’ll have to really want this frame. It costs £160, quite a bit more than the larger and better styled Philips, which can be had for around £125. For £160 I’d have hoped the parrot to be larger and to offer a memory card slot as well. Bluetooth only could be something of a limitation for PCs that don’t have it integrated.
There is another snag. Image quality is fine straight on but at angles brightness and colour fades quickly, though admittedly the Philips wasn’t that much better.
As a concept I really like the Parrot Bluetooth photo frame. Being able to beam pictures straight from your phone and displaying a slideshow is a winner. However, for the price, it’s too small and basically too expensive and it really could do with a memory card slot for added flexibility.
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