Samsung SPF-71E 7-Inch Digital Photo Frame (Black)
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Product Description

SPF-71E USB DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME - 7IN SECONDARY LCD SD/MMC/USB READER

Features:
  • 7-inch Digital Photo Frame
  • Sharp 480 x 234 image resolution
  • Save photos to the frame with 120 MB internal memory
  • Automatic slide show with effects
  • Clock function for added functionality

Customer Reviews:

  • A Beautiful Way to Display Pictures!!!
    I bought this as a present for my mother. She loved it!!! Now, I have to be honest and tell you that I am not a computer genius and neither is she...so her daughter in law had to up load the pictures. She had no problems...NONE. It works beautifully!!!! My mom is soooo happy with her present. It displays pictures perfectly and beautifully!!! And best of all...now that someone showed her how to do it and use it...she knows how to use it herself. So I would say it is pretty simple to use....more info
  • It worked for 5 minutes. (SPF-85H 8-Inch)
    Let me start by saying that the Samsung (SPF-85H 8-inch model) digital frame is very attractive with a discreet circular design on the frame, and buttons that light up and activate when you touch the bezel, otherwise they are invisible. The stand on the back is highly adjustable and has a rubber base to keep the frame from shifting. The screen is not widescreen, which is nice, and has an 800x600 resolution, also nice.

    With all that said, the frame only worked for a couple of minutes before it froze up and become inoperable. I downloaded about 1,900 photos from my computer into the frame. I downsized all the photos to 800x600 pixels and they took up about half of the built-in 1GB of storage. I started a slide show, then went into the menu to change some setting. After changing the setting an hour glass showed up in the corner of the screen and it froze. I let it sit for a few minutes, then I hit the power button to turn it off. I turned it back on, saw the SAMSUNG splash screen, then an hourglass, then it froze showing the photo directory with a question mark on every photo. It would not move out of that screen and none of the buttons responded.

    I called Samsung and they were unable to do anything for me and suggested I return the frame to the seller. The representative I spoke with at Samsung was very nice, and it was a pleasant experience. I'm sorry that the frame broke. It seemed very promising.

    All in all... if it didn't break it seems to be a great value....more info
  • Samsung SPF-85H Frame Quality Inconsistent
    I purchased 3 frames for 3 different gifts. One worked as I would've hoped, except the menu reaction & photo loading is disappointingly sluggish. The other two frames did not work, and because the documentation is ridiculously non-existent, it took about 3.5 hours of hit or miss (trying things in different sequential order, poking around in the menus and rebooting several times) to finally conclude that the frames would need to be returned.

    Just so you have an idea what was wrong...(1) USB cable connected the frame and my computer - but my computer could not access the frame's drive, so drag 'n drop did not work. (2) Next I tried memory stick, which when trying to 'copy all' photo's from the memory stick to the frame's internal memory, I received an error message, "Copy Failed. There is no more memory." Strange - since there wasn't anything loaded on the frame's internal memory yet. (3) Next I tried the SD Card, and had the same problem in trying to 'copy all'. After several attempts I gave up.

    Other issues were the frame locked-up on the Samsung opening screen and it was frustrating that the menu response was so slow when I pressed a button. (Although, one of the frames had a very quick menu response time... I do not understand why each of the frames were so different in performance.)

    The one of three frames that worked well was a great deal, assuming the frame will have a long life (Costco $55). However, since it was a huge time sink to trouble-shoot the two malfunctioning frames, and the time it will take me to replace & test the next two or research and buy something else...I give this frame only two stars for unreliability.

    ...more info
  • Samsung SPF-85H Review
    This is a review of the Samsung SPF-85H (non-wireless version). Before I get started please be aware that there are many Samsung frames selectable from Amazon, but the reviews seems to be grouped together in one big pot.
    Now onto the review:
    For a digital picture frame the SPF-85H has very nice fit and finish. The frame exterior is not flat black. There are decorations textured into the frame. The power button is a little hard to find (if you don't know where it is) as it's on the back of the frame on the bottom left corner. The button is black so it tends to blend in. The controls on the frame are all touch sensitive. You touch the frame (not the screen) on the right side and they light up allowing you to make changes. After a number of seconds the buttons go dark and are like they were never there.

    The screen quality (I think) is very nice for a digital photo frame. This is my first 800x600 frame and I can definitely tell the difference. I had no dead pixels which was also a good thing.

    The menu system on the frame isn't bad. You can either go into the pictures menu, view the clock/calendar, or change settings.

    The pictures menu allows you to view photos from:
    1. The frame memory
    2. Attached USB thumb drive
    or 3. Inserted SD card.

    There does not appear to be a way to set the slideshow properties are far as order/random play.

    One of the settings of note is the ability to have the frame automatically turn on AND/OR off at a specific time of day. This is nice if you want the frame to always turn off after you go to bed so you don't have to remember to turn it off. Along those same lines you can have it automatically turn on whenever you want. You don't have to have both on and off settings enabled.

    There is no remote contol for this frame and that's one reason I had to take a star off. In this day and age almost everything has a remote control and although most people would just end up losing them, they are still nice to have.

    The frame only displays photos, so no movies. This is a bit of a disadvantage compared to most frames these days. Another reason therefore for the loss of a star.

    One quite interesting, if not geek attractive feature, is the ability to use the frame as an extension of your WINDOWS (sorry Mac) desktop. Effectively you can connect the frame via USB to your computer and then a menu system on the frame asks if you want to use the frame as attached storage (for adding/removing photos) or as a screen. This is made possible via the frame manager software that comes with the frame. This is cool because now you can move a browser of your choice over to the frame and then play a video or online slideshow (ex: flickr.com). You can conceivably throw something like skype onto it and chat with someone in that screen while using your entire main monitor for everything else.
    The only negative here of course is you have to keep it connected via USB and the USB port is on the side of the screen. It would have been nicer if the port was on the back.

    Importing photos onto the frame can be done in 1 of 3 ways.
    1. Via USB cable to your PC/MAC you can drag photos on the frame.
    2. Via USB thumb drive you can copy pictures or just play a slide-show right from the thumb drive. This effectively expands your total picture storage above the quite large built-in 1GB.
    3. Via SD card. As in #2 you can either play a slide show right from the card or you can copy to the frame.

    Both 2 and 3 require no interaction with a computer, so the frame doesn't really have to ever touch a computer again if you don't want it to.

    All in all, even though this frame lacks some of the standard features of other frames (movies, etc) the ability to use it as an actual LCD screen can be seen as quite a nice benny to some folks that would be keeping their frame in their computer room anyway. ...more info
  • Samsung SPF-71E 7-Inch Digital Photo Frame
    This review is for the Samsung SPF-71E 7-Inch Digital Photo Frame. I was doing some research and thought that this frame was 4:3, which is the ratio the majority of point-and-shoot cameras take. I was absolutely wrong...this frame is 16:9, which means that the majority of pictures will show up with bars on the left and right side.

    NOTE: This review is solely to let others know that the Samsung SPF-71E 7-Inch Digital Photo Frame is 16:9; I don't know anything about how this frame operates or how good it is otherwise....more info
  • High Magnificient
    Easy to set up, easy to load pictures, and a pleasure to all who watch the slideshow of babies, kids and grownups....more info
  • Good frame, bad software
    The main issue I have with this frame is that the slide show setting has only 3 speeds and slowest of which is way under a minute. I want this to change say once a day so it acts more like a real picture frame but instead rips through photos waaaay to fast. Even setting up my framechannel account and specifying the speed of the images there has no effect on the rss feed of the frame itself. Also it seems to take a long randonam amount of time to sync with framechannel and no manual way to tell it to update the images from the channel. It does update but VERY infrequently. These two flaws have left me a bit disappointed....more info
  • Great picture quality, nice interface, one quibble
    I just got this photo frame yesterday, and am extremely pleased with the purchase. The picture quality is great with the 800x600 resolution, the touch interface is intuitive (controls light up on the right side of the frame), and the frame itself is visually appealing.

    The fact that you can download pictures into multiple folders onto the internal drive is a cool feature, and you then have the choice to play all the pictures in a folder, or all the pictures in the photo frame (across all folders). The frame always forces you to run a slide show, but if you want to only display one picture then you can limit your slide show to one picture(which will refresh over and over again). The ability to upload pics via USB flash or a USB connection to your computer was also convenient, and the 1GB internal memory is WAY more than enough - the photo frame must convert my large images to 800x600 images and 300MB worth of pictures on my PC (114 photos) are only taking up 40MB worth of space on the digital frame's internal memory. So 1GB internal memory should be good for about 2500 photos, far more than I ever intend to have in the frame!

    The quibble: when you download larger photos into the photo frame and it does its conversion, the conversion software is a little buggy. Every time I copied my set of approximately 120 photos onto the frame about 4 or 5 of the photos would get corrupted (meaning the top half of the photo is 2 inches to the left of the bottom half or something similar happening). Scrolling through to find a particular picture isn't very fast; the internal memory store seems pretty slow, so it took a while to find and delete the corrupted pictures and then re-upload them. The good news is that if you upload a single picture at a time to replace corrupted images, they seem to convert just fine. So it's a somewhat random issue, and if you're aware of it and the fact that just deleting the individual picture and re-uploading it by itself is the best way to go, you'll be fine. (because if you try to delete all pictures and reload all of them in one shot, you'll probably have problems with a few different pictures)

    So all in all, now that I understand this one quirk and how to deal with it, I'm really happy with this purchase.
    ...more info
  • BAD picture quality
    This review is for the 7 inch version of the frame. I found this frame very easy to set up. I plugged it in to my Macbook pro and it was immediately recognized and I could transfer photos to the internal memory. There is an issue with unneeded files being transferred if you use a mac, but it doesn't really make a difference in the frame's functioning--other than that the files show up in the menu--but not in the display. I hooked it up to my windows machine and it worked fine as well. So why only one star. The picture quality is dreadful. I sized photos in a variety of different ways in an effort to fix the quality: adding photos of the exact native resolution, adding photos with very high resolution, changing the color profiles. All to no avail. It is really just a hair above being tossed into the wall with full force. An update: Although I found the picture quality to be dreadful, my family seemed quite pleased. They gathered around and watched as old family photo after old family photo displayed. I would not be satisfied to have this in my house due to a disappointing display quality, but others may be perfectly happy with it....more info
  • Disappointed Samsung SPF-71E 7-Inch Digital
    I bought this product because of the brand name, I have a 42" Samsung plasma so I figured they could make a 7" screen of the same quality. I was wrong. It worked fine in the demo mode, initially, right out of the box, but when I put in my sd card the screen blacked out. I made several attempts,but it kept going out. I've read alot of negative reviews about digital frames, but I thought since Samsung was one of the big boys of electronics they would have no problem making a decent, working, user-friendly, digital frame. I returned it to Amazon for a refund. It was only $62.00, which was a very good price for a name brand when compared to other 7" frames on the market....more info
  • Decent instructions would be nice...
    Instructions or (lack of) make me want to toss this out the window. Widescreen renders half your pictures unusable unless you downsize them smaller than the screen. Hope to someday be able to set clock and use auto on/off feature, but it's not looking good so far... ...more info
  • Details Annoying
    I bought this for a Mother's Day present. It took me about two hours to figure out how to load and display photos, so I wrote my own manual to send along with it. The most annoying thing is the arrogance of manufacturers who cover the plastic surface of a product with little stickers extolling it's features, then having to mar the surface with smears and scratches getting them off. After that, the photos look fine....more info
  • Samsung SPF-71E Infected by W32.SillyFDC Worm
    URGENT WARNING: Product infected by worm variant W32.SillyFDC
    Recommend staying away from this product, manufactured in Tianjin, China, from South Korean company Samsung, because it is infected by a worm variant known as W32.SillyFDC. Upon connecting the digital photo frame to my computer, variant W32.SillyFDC, residing in directory "ToExe" of the frame's internal memory, immediately executed itself on my machine. Then it, being a worm-based Trojan horse, attempted to infect my machine and connect to the network. Fortunately my security software detected it and immediately terminated the process, deleted the program, and upon scanning traced it to the "ToExe" directory on the Samsung SPF-71E.
    NOTE: Common anti-viral software can successfully remove the malicious program from the device and interactions with SD Cards and USB memory sticks are not at risk for infection
    Apparently Samsung is an untrustworthy brand name and is no different than Insignia.
    MSNBC article on infected Insignia digital picture frames: [...]...more info
  • GREAT FRAME!!
    GREAT FRAME the quality is GREAT we love it couldnt ask for anything better the only down fall is the stand its hard to actually get it to stand up with it....more info
  • A remote would be nice
    It looks well and it works well. It's a digital frame so I can't expect it to do much else. However, a remote would be nice. When I purchased it, I didn't care about a remote but then I played with one that has a remote and it's pretty convenient to have. The menu isn't the easiest to use, I had to play with it a bit to figure it out. All in all though, it works and that's really all I wanted it to do....more info
  • Great gift idea for the price
    Overall, I was pleased with the quality of the frame. Especially since it's at the low end of the price spectrum. The pictures come out very nicely and the 120 MB storage holds about 200 pictures, which is a lot more than I had expected. The only negative aspect is that it's not that easy to load the images onto the frame. You can't transfer them from a USB stick directly but need a computer. Also, there is no way to rotate pictures once they're on the frame.
    If you're looking for a nice gift idea and are not expecting a fancy mini computer behind the frame, this is a good product. ...more info
  • Great digital picture frame!
    Great frame. Everything works like a charm. Why buy the higher priced brand when everything about this one works?...more info
  • Wireless features aren't well baked, UI is sluggish.
    What this frame does well is the basics of getting photos from an SD card or internal memory, and displaying the slideshow. The picture is very clear and colors are bright. No issues there. The problem is that they've sacrificed internal memory (a mere 64MB) so that more of the cost of the device could be dedicated to the wireless features - which is where this product is unfortunately NOT all that well baked.

    I tried a variety of different supported methods for having this frame read photos over the network with relatively unsatisfactory results:
    1) Reading photos from an MSN Spaces account's RSS feed. This appears to have been broken with a recent change to the Live services, and while the photo albums are visible, the frame doesn't find any photos within the album.
    2) Getting photos from a Windows Media Player NSS sharing library. While this worked, the frame was extremely slow to locate computers on the network and even slower to enumerate the photos available on those computers. This made starting a slideshow an excruciating experience.
    3) Framechannel - create an account and upload your own pics or link it to your Myspace account, as well as local weather, stocks, and so forth. This actually seems to work reasonably well. However, occasionally the frame would inexplicably lock up trying to retrieve the channel information and would only respond to a hard reboot.

    In all cases, the UI can take an unacceptably long time to respond to button presses, with no on-screen indication that the button press was noticed. And the buttons themselves are flat-membrane points on the bezel, which can be a bit oversensitive (or undersensitive) with no tactile feedback.

    During one bootup I actually got a Windows application crash dialog and the device needed to be power cycled. That's just downright embarrassing.

    All in all, I think you can probably find frames for a similar price with better UI responsiveness and where the added dollars will go to better use, such as additional onboard memory, rather than spending it on some rather poorly baked wireless networking features....more info
  • Easy to Use - Good Size and Look
    The Samsung SPF-71E 7in Digital Photo Frame made the perfect gift to my parents and father-in-law. They both enjoyed it very much. Quick and easy to use, plug in the SD card, changed default setting to read from SD card, wrapped them up, and put them in the mail. Both parents simply pulled the frame out of the box, plug it in, and turn it on. It couldn't have been a better Christmas gift. As I update my photo's in the future - all they haved to do is insert the new new SD card to view. Frame is a great size for standard size photo's and black border had a nice look - not some cheezy fake wood laminate. Great product for around $55....more info
  • Great price, nice resolution, a few issues though
    Since Amazon has grouped different sizes and specs together, to be clear, I am reviewing the Samsung SPF-71E Black 7-Inch digital photo frame.

    I purchased this as a gift for my mother-in-law and am in the process of filling an SD card for right now. This is the second digital photo frame I have bought for her, and this one is much improved over the last one (made by Coby). What I didn't like about my Coby is that it would automatically stretch every picture out to fit the frame fully. The front also fell off of the Coby exposing the electronics beneath. This Samsung digital photo frame gives you the option to do the following:

    Fit to width: It will enlarge every picture so it fills up the frame completely, but he downside is that it will in the process cut of the top and bottom of the pictures to do so. The aspect ratio is maintained so the pictures still look accurate, even if you are not seeing the whole picture.

    Fit to screen: In this every picture will fill the screen, but pictures will not maintain aspect ratio, so pictures may appear stretched from side to side or top to bottom.

    Auto fit and Original Fit: I can't tell the difference between these two options. They both fill the screen from top to bottom for all of my photos, leaving a black strip on each side unless they've been cropped to fit 16:9. So, the 7" black digital photo frame is widescreen (16:9), even though my camera takes 4:3 pictures. This isn't so much a problem for me because I edit, recolor, add text, and crop every photo. But, for those who want a more click and display experience, this is not the best frame for you.

    Another downside is that this frame does not run on battery. I imagine if you are buying this for a parent that is on the road a lot, a battery operated frame would be more ideal so they won't have to carry along a power cord.

    The swivel back is very nice and sturdy. I like it much better than fold out stands. Another downside that I see to this frame is that it is not wall-mountable. I honestly don't know if they make these wall-mountable, but if they did I would like to hang in on the wall by my desk.

    I do wish the frame included a little remote so I could scroll through and adjust settings while looking at the pictures rather than turning the frame over to make adjustments.

    I had no problems loading pictures directly onto the internal memory, but it doesn't hold much so you'll want to pick up an SD card. I bought the Transcend 4 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS4GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging].

    The documentation is light and the 61 page instruction manual includes instructions in 19 languages including several Asian languages. I couldn't get the frame to pause for an extended period of time, it would pause for a while, and then resume the slideshow. I tried setting the pictures as a background, but they also eventually started back up as a slideshow. The speed can be adjusted to fast, medium, or slow. I eventually got one picture to stay by selecting "repeat one photo" after drilling down menus. It was an interesting solution, and the photo still shows the transitions such as fade, blind, cross comb, mosaic, checker, dissolve and more. You can also set it to show no transition effects.

    For those of you who can problem solve and like to modify all of your pictures, this is a great frame. The colors are beautiful and it appears to be very well made. I would buy another one without hesitation. ...more info
  • Didn't like the image resolution
    When we finished uploading our pics to this frame, we were disappointed in the screen resolution; grainy & splotchy. Photos were taken with varying quality settings, some at nearly 2MB, but all looked same. We cropped some to fit the wide-screen; same result. Returning it today, still like our Kodak frame we got a year ago--will probably go with another similar....more info
  • Great product, but zero directions/instructions
    From fooling around with this product, it appears to be well made, and to have ample features. But the key word is "appears". In my lifetime (61 years old) I have never bought a product, let alone a somewhat complicated product, that didn't include insructions. I went online and found the so-called manual, but found it not very helpful. I called customer service several times, and was actually told by one tech that "fooling around with it" was the only advise he could recommend. He said the on-line manual was not good. I was told to just keep calling with any questions. But, not knowing what the features are, I don't have enough information to even formulate a question. I'll "fool around" a little more, but will probably send this back. What a shame. I just don't have the time to "fool around"....more info
  • Great Frame Bad Manual!
    Great price and does the job, but the manual is seriously lacking! I bought this as a gift and it was well received. The frame looks great! Noticed a few problems as I went to load photos... manual does not give you a step-by-step breakdown on how to do anything. Also, it does not include pertinent information including how to best save and format your images, image size info, and how to best save the images onto the actual frame's memory.

    I bought this and it said it was "new," but was blatantly not! The frame had small scratches and the parts were obviously re-wrapped. Some parts were wrapped with kitchen cling-film lol! Also, the small USB socket is out of line with the frame which renders it almost unusable. I wanted to leave seller feedback, but somehow it is not an option. Hmmm?

    Despite the issues, I would actually buy it again as it makes a great gift!...more info
  • Very dissapointed with the display quality
    The display is of very poor quality and it totally ruin the photos. It's a no match to some of the more expensive digital photo frames with the same resolution. If you really want a good digital photo frame that all your family would like to enjoy, go for some more expensive ones. ...more info
  • Love it!! But not perfect.
    Just purchased this Photo Frame so my wife can take her photos with her, without lugging a laptop around. Has the best picture I have seen amongst other picture frames. Love the battery feature!! Menu is not straight forward and the touch feature is a little hinky, but all in all the best picture frame on the market as of today. Great display,can be seen at about 160 degrees.

    Pleased user!!...more info
  • Good product for the value price
    I purchased this to put on my desk at the office and I couldn't be more satisfied with the value for money.

    I am not a photophile and was simply looking for something to view pictures of my friends & family at work. Though the frame I bought (the 7 in version) had a pretty great price (~$50) I was a bit skeptical on account of some of the other reviews. I'll tell you now that if you're looking for something basic that will do the job, go ahead and click "Add to Cart" now.

    Some reviewers complained about the screen aspect ratio but what I've discovered is that a lot of my pictures vary in size and shape anyway, so there isn't any one screen that will accomodate all of them. The little bit of black border is not a concern for me.

    Other reviewers commented on the screen/picture quality. Here I will say that this frame is *adequate*. It's nothing fancy, but again- it does the job for a great price. If you happen to be looking for something high-end, keep looking. Otherwise this is a great buy.

    As for setup, it couldn't have been easier. If you're looking for a gift for a not-so-tech-savvy friend or family member, this frame will be just fine.

    The device has built-in memory but I opted for an old 128mb SD card I wasn't using. I have about a hundred pictures loaded on it so you can imagine what a much larger card will do for you. Since I used the SD card there was no need to connect the frameto my PC, I just plugged in the card to my built-in card reader, copied over my pix and slapped the card into the frame. The frame automatically recognised the card and began a slideshow. From opening the box to viewing pictures took only about ten minutes.

    One note about file types- it only recognises .jpg

    So all in all, I am very happy with my purchase and may even purchase more of these (in varying sizes) for home use. I would definitely recommend this item....more info
  • Good but not great
    This is the very first picture frame I own. It will accept a lot of media types and have the option to move them to the local memory for later use. However, connecting it to a PC for direct upload did not work for me. I am not sure if it is a Win Vista issue, but the memory space was not recognized and the frame stayed in "configuring" mode while connected. I opted to load the pictures to an SD card and permanently leaving that card in the frame. One thing people keep complaining about is that it is a widescreen format frame. You would have to crop your pictures to a 16:9 ratio. That was not a big deal for me except that some pictures are difficult to do so due to placement of people or objects in the original photo. The picture quality is great. It does lack a motion sensor switch. The frame will be permanently on and the power switch is at the bottom back of it. If after reading this you still want it, be my guess. I don't regret purchasing it....more info
  • good frame, poor service from Amazon
    I tried to order this frame online, but it kept saying I was ordering the 7-inch frame even though I was selecting the better-reviewed 8-inch model. I called the Customer Service number and s/w Rahul T, who assured me that if I selected the 8-inch option, I would receive the 8-inch product. I pointed out to Rahul T that I was surprised that there would be no price change between the two, and he said again that if I selected the 8-inch product, I would receive it. I placed the order as we wanted to give two of these as presents. Shortly thereafter, I received an email from Rahul T regarding how to return items, but no further explanation. When we received the frames, they were the 7-inch models. They are fine for what they are, but consider them to be more along the lines of the 5-inch frames unless you have a camera that shoots in 16:9, which is rarely a good crop for a photo even if your camera will take it that way. We had to give the frames as presents because we could not afford to buy something else while waiting for the returns, but I am very dissatisfied with Amazon's service here. I had always assumed that their website and service was top-notch, and that is how they got so big, but it's actually pretty poor all the way around. Next year, I will look around more to see who is really trying to give a superior shopping experience....more info
  • Great digital picture frame!
    Great frame. Everything works like a charm. Why buy the higher priced brand when everything about this one works?...more info
  • Great Image /easy to use!
    it has a great image, very brilliant and clear.
    Easy to use and very fast response.
    ...more info
  • Samsung SPF-85H Frame Quality Inconsistent
    I purchased 3 frames for 3 different gifts. One worked as I would've hoped, except the menu reaction & photo loading is disappointingly sluggish. The other two frames did not work, and because the documentation is ridiculously non-existent, it took about 3.5 hours of hit or miss (trying things in different sequential order, poking around in the menus and rebooting several times) to finally conclude that the frames would need to be returned.

    Just so you have an idea what was wrong...(1) USB cable connected the frame and my computer - but my computer could not access the frame's drive, so drag 'n drop did not work. (2) Next I tried memory stick, which when trying to 'copy all' photo's from the memory stick to the frame's internal memory, I received an error message, "Copy Failed. There is no more memory." Strange - since there wasn't anything loaded on the frame's internal memory yet. (3) Next I tried the SD Card, and had the same problem in trying to 'copy all'. After several attempts I gave up.

    Other issues were the frame locked-up on the Samsung opening screen and it was frustrating that the menu response was so slow when I pressed a button. (Although, one of the frames had a very quick menu response time... I do not understand why each of the frames were so different in performance.)

    The one of three frames that worked well was a great deal, assuming the frame will have a long life (Costco $55). However, since it was a huge time sink to trouble-shoot the two malfunctioning frames, and the time it will take me to replace & test the next two or research and buy something else...I give this frame only two stars for unreliability.

    ...more info
  • Not the gift I wanted to give
    Contrary to what other reviewers have stated, this product does not have an eight-inch screen, nor does it have an 800*600 resolution. Please ignore tech specifications that were not posted by Amazon. This is a SEVEN INCH, 480*234 pixel resolution photo frame. Sorry I had to order one to figure this out....more info
  • High Magnificient
    Easy to set up, easy to load pictures, and a pleasure to all who watch the slideshow of babies, kids and grownups....more info
  • Terrible manual, interface, and support--and special Mac suggestions
    I bought this recently. I've never tried another frame, but have seriously considered returning this one.
    The good news is that the images look good, once you spend some hours to get it running.
    The bad news:
    1) As other reviewers have said, this is widescreen. If you don't pre-crop your images, you have black stripes on the sides of your pictures.
    2) Unlike some other frames, there is no wireless connection, remote, battery backup, or ability to view anything but JPGs, no movies.
    3) There is a clock, and both auto-on and auto-off functions. The clock loses its time and date settings if the unit is unplugged or the power goes out.
    4) I am pretty good at figuring out gadgets, but I've never seen a menu system so confusing. There is nothing consistent about the interface, and I have to repeatedly experiment with the controls to choose the internal memory vs. SD card, etc. or to start a slideshow.
    5) The manual is all of two small, poorly-written pages repeated in many languages. Functions are alluded to without any explanation.
    6) When I called tech support, about the problem I refer to in #7, I was pleased that I didn't spend long on hold. The tech I reached was a nice enough fellow, but he knew nothing about the product, only what was in that lousy manual. He then passed my call along to a higher-level tech, who likewise knew nothing beyond the manual. Neither had the product there to fiddle with, nor had ever touched he product.
    7) Now to the Mac issue: I transferred a bunch of photos from iPhoto. In my unsuccessful efforts to get a slideshow to start, both the internal memory and SD showed with nothing. Finally, I got some question-mark icons, which said "unsupported file format."
    I finally figured out that these are icons for the data resource fork or whatever those extra files that Macs copy onto foreign media. Scrolling down, I finally found the real pictures.
    It turns out that the strange icons weren't the problem, it just took a lot of esoteric button-pushing to get the slideshow to start.
    I'd welcome comments on the question of whether my guess is right, that there are frames with a better interface....more info
  • Alpha Version
    First of all, this review is for the Samsung 85V. I've noticed some of the other reviews are not for this product. This is a wireless picture frame with 800 X 600 resolution.

    First, the good:
    (1) Picture quality is excellent
    (2) No obnoxious advertising is present on the frame border as is seen in many competitors
    (3) The aspect ratio is 4:3. Photos are virtually all 4:3 aspect ratio. A widescreen frame for photo display makes absolutely no sense... you have to reformat / crop your pictures for these frames.

    Now, the bad:
    (1) There's a web interface for the frame- you use a web browser on your network that connects to the picture frame. The web interface is horrendously slow and repeatedly "times out" while trying to access the frame.
    (2) Windows Live support, the only major photo sharing site "supported" by this frame, is broken. I called tech support, who confirmed this. They blamed it on microsoft changing their interface after the product shipped.
    (3) I tried RSS feed support using Google's Picasa, Flickr, and MobileMe. None would work. Samsung tech support couldn't get them working either. FrameChannel does work, but occasionally puts up it's own advertising "picture" into your frame.

    Since the whole point of this frame is wireless capability and this is severely crippled, I can't recommend this product. Samsung is on the cusp of a 5-star product here... and perhaps it will be with some well done firmware updates. Here's hoping!...more info
  • Great digital frame for the price
    I paid only $50 during Amazon's Christmas specials (not sure I'd pay $100), but my mother was able to get it working immediately, and she'd not the most tech-savvy person. The frame looks good (not cheap, like so many digital frames), and the resolution makes all your family pictures look infinitely better than the printed equivalent. I'm not sure I'm used to seeing digital frames around the house yet, but clearly there are going to be many more of them in the future!...more info
  • We liked it.
    The instructions for entering photos were not as clear as I had hoped. The actual upload is also a little complicated....more info
  • Directionless
    This product had two pages of "directions" in english. However, these directions didn't tell you how to set up the frame at all. I even went on the products website to find some directions and the "how-to guide" was unavailable. After playing around with it for a half an hour or so I got some pictures on the frame but didn't like the image quality. They were not clear and didn't fill the entire frame without looking distorted. After my frustration set in I gave up and sent the product back....more info
  • Garbage
    The image quality is poor and the frame would not accept files transported from my computer....more info
  • Good product for the value price
    I purchased this to put on my desk at the office and I couldn't be more satisfied with the value for money.

    I am not a photophile and was simply looking for something to view pictures of my friends & family at work. Though the frame I bought (the 7 in version) had a pretty great price (~$50) I was a bit skeptical on account of some of the other reviews. I'll tell you now that if you're looking for something basic that will do the job, go ahead and click "Add to Cart" now.

    Some reviewers complained about the screen aspect ratio but what I've discovered is that a lot of my pictures vary in size and shape anyway, so there isn't any one screen that will accomodate all of them. The little bit of black border is not a concern for me.

    Other reviewers commented on the screen/picture quality. Here I will say that this frame is *adequate*. It's nothing fancy, but again- it does the job for a great price. If you happen to be looking for something high-end, keep looking. Otherwise this is a great buy.

    As for setup, it couldn't have been easier. If you're looking for a gift for a not-so-tech-savvy friend or family member, this frame will be just fine.

    The device has built-in memory but I opted for an old 128mb SD card I wasn't using. I have about a hundred pictures loaded on it so you can imagine what a much larger card will do for you. Since I used the SD card there was no need to connect the frameto my PC, I just plugged in the card to my built-in card reader, copied over my pix and slapped the card into the frame. The frame automatically recognised the card and began a slideshow. From opening the box to viewing pictures took only about ten minutes.

    One note about file types- it only recognises .jpg

    So all in all, I am very happy with my purchase and may even purchase more of these (in varying sizes) for home use. I would definitely recommend this item....more info
  • cyanosis (excuse the pun)
    Even with proper rebalancing, all photos continue to exhibit a pronounced - and inumprovable - cyan skew. Amateurs probably won't be particularly disturbed, but anyone who understands color balance will consider this just a toy....more info
  • Review for the SPF-85V only
    This review is for the 2 SPF-85V 8 inch wireless frames I just bought for Christmas Gifts.

    I plan on using the wireless feature of the frames, since I think the biggest issue with photoframes is to keep the images updated, in order to look at them. Many people I know have frames, but after a while don't update them so stop looking at them.

    Anyway I bought these specifically since they were wireless and supported RSS feeds to us enable downloading from either Picasa or Flickr.

    First I have a Mac at home, so it seemed like a lot of the setup in the manual was geared towards using Windows Live Spaces or similar, so the manual is not very good. I did some google searchs for the frame and found some reviews/blogs that were helpful in my setup.

    Initially I struggled thought the setup by trial and error, pressing buttons to see what menu comes up and what each funtion does. So it was time consuming but worked well enough, after 1 hour of playing with it I felt I could navigate through the menus.

    To access the RSS feed I had to login to the advanced settings of the screen though a webbrowser. So I typed in the IP address of the screen followed by ":5050" and then the advanced screen came up, the password is "Admin" by default. I went to picasa and uploaded some pictures in an album and was able to get the rss link to be accepted by the frame. Then pictures were downloaded on to the frame okay.

    I also tried framechannel and it is working okay for pictures, but RSS feeds are not resized correctly (downloading 16x9 while the frame is 4x3), so I emailed them today asking them to add a 4x3 option for rss feeds.

    So overall 4 stars

    PROS
    - Picture quality is good. Samsung makes the LCD I think and they are known for good LCD displays
    - Able to wirless connect to download pictures, news, weather, etc. which is what I wanted to do
    - Frame industrial design is nice (black border with pattern. Hidden touch controls

    CONS
    - Manual is bad, need to search the web to find out how to do things on it
    - Controls not intuitive, have to use trial and error
    - I wouldn't recommend this product unless you are computer savvy
    ...more info
  • Great frame in a sexy package!
    The image is great, and the frame is sleak, what you would expect from Samsung....more info
  • Excellent digital frame
    I purchased this as a gift for my husband. He has really enjoyed it, and has gotten lots of compliments on it. He keeps it on his desk at work, he's a teacher, and the kids and other teachers enjoy coming by to watch the pictures. ...more info
  • great, if you can keep it working.
    This frame was great at first. I set it to turn on and off so it was not wasting power at night. One day I noticed it was not turning on anymore so I tried to turn it on manually but it would not turn on. I had used it for maybe 3 weeks so far. I had t wiggle the cord every morning before it would get any power. After MANY calls to Samsung I was able to get them to send me a new cord. This process took an entire day since they kept hanging up on me or transferring me to the wrong person, etc. A few weeks later I get the cord and it is the wrong one. I had to do it all over again and finally got the correct cord. It worked for about a week or two and then one morning there was just a clock on the frame, no photos. Upon further inspection I found that all the photos that were on there were gone. It was almost like it had been reset except the on/off setting was intact. When I try to put more photos onto th frame my computer tells me I need to format the disk before I can use it. I tried updating the firmware, formatting and everything else I can think of. When I purchased this I got two, one for me and one for my Grandmother. I don't think I will be sending her the other one because I do not want t upset her when all her photos are gone and it stops working. I also got a letter from the store I purchased it from saying that the software that came with it contained a virus that was very harmful to any computers with Windows XP so that was awesome. Luckily I connected this frame to the only computer in the house that runs Vista so hopefully I should be ok. My computer has been acting funny since I tried to put new photos on it, maybe I will get the Vista version of tat letter in the mail soon.
    Also, just for the record. 99%+ of digital cameras are NOT 4x3 ratio. Any photographer (like myself) can tell you that all SLR/DSLR cameras are 2x3. When you put those photos on this frame they will look "widescreen" with the black bars on top and bottom. It is likely that 99% of point and shoot or compact digital cameras are 4x3 though. ...more info