When it comes time to buy Christmas presents, what do you buy for the person who has everything? At our age, my husband and I have about everything we want, so we decided to treat ourselves to a digital picture frame for Christmas.
After shopping at Best Buy, Kohl’s, Radio Shack and Target, we found the perfect digital frame! The Kodak Pulse Digital Frame was only found at Target, and this is unlike all the other digital frames we saw. The Kodak Pulse allows friends and family email pictures right to our frame!
We are first time grandparents, we we cannot get enough pictures of that beautiful granddaughter. My daughter adds new photos to our Kodak Pulse several times a week, so I am not missing out on her growing up. Truly, this is a unique product, and worth every penny of the $125 we paid.
About The Kodak Pulse
This product is WiFi certified, and has a seven inch touch screen with LED backlighting.
It has one USB port and 2 card slots so you can add pictures from a digital camera, computer or a smart phone.
The memory cards that are accepted by the Kodak Pulse are: SD, SDHC, MMC, MS, MS PRO, MS PRO DUO, and xD.
The internal memory is 512 MB, which is less than some other frames we looked at, but it holds 4000 images!
You have the ability to load photos directly from your or your friends Facebook or Kodak Gallery pages.
The built in WiFi lets you add or delete pictures easily.
To save power, you can set the Kodak Pulse Digital Frame to turn on and off at pre-determined times.
There is no software to install.
For Windows you will need Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Firefox 3.0 or higher
For Macintosh you will need Safari or Firefox, both 3.0 or higher
Hardware compatible with 802.11 b/g or b/g/n router
What I Don’t Like
When my daughter had issues emailing pictures to my Kodak email, which adds them to our frame, I didn’t have a trouble shooting guide in the box. Instead I had to go online to the Kodak website and read their FAQ and help section. I would prefer to have the manual in my hot little hands when I am working on a fix. You would think for the price of $125, Kodak could have ponied up for a paper manual. There is a very small “Quick Start Manual”, but it is pretty worthless, basically telling you how to go online for more information.
Because the screen in a touch screen, it does get fingerprints quite easily. However, these come off easily with the special cleaning cloth, and no cleaning products are required.
Why I Love It
The frame comes with the power adapter and plug, and a really nice cleaning cloth that cleans better than any of my expensive eyeglass cleaning cloths. The frame is black with silver around the edges, and is very plain looking, yet elegant. I like the fact that the frame is smaller and doesn’t take up a lot of space in our living room.
I can set the time intervals for pictures to appear, and currently I have them show for 30 seconds, then they fade away and new pictures appear.
I am not a computer wizard, and am very intimidated by new technologies, but I set this up myself, and it was quite simple. The touch screen lets you choose your language (from six different choices), then you touch the start button. Connect to your computers network and create an online account. You can choose a Kodak email address, which friends and family will use to send their photos to the frame. You will also have a security code and password.
I used my computer to go to www.kodakpulse.com , I followed the instructions to create my account, then activated the account with my activation code. I was now ready to add pictures to my digital frame! Today my husband had several errands to do, and when we returned home I had a message on my Kodak Pulse Digital Frame stating three pictures were waiting for approval. I clicked on “show” and was able to view them instantly.
My daughter did have a problem with the Kodak email when she tried to send too many pictures in the same email, so she sent three emails containing two pictures, instead of one email with six pictures.
With the touch screen display I can quickly and instantly delete any pictures that I no longer want. I did find that some of the pictures don’t have the same resolution and some of them are slightly distorted, but this has only happened with a few of the hundreds of pictures that have been added to our digital frame.
When I saw the price tag of the Kodak Pulse, I was very uneasy about spending that much money, especially since Target said it could not be returned unless there was something wrong with it. However, I am extremely happy with this digital frame. If you have friends and family in far away places, it would be a great way to stay in touch with up to date photographs. I feel like I am getting “gifts” every time I see new pictures of my granddaughter on my Kodak Pulse! Two big thumbs up.