Leave Digital Photo Frames Off Your Christmas Shopping List

Thinking of buying a love one a digital photo frame this Christmas? You might want to reconsider. A recent survey of 2,000 people by the British Video Association found that digital photo frames were the most unwelcome gifts, followed by foot spas, blenders and digital organizers.

More than a third of those surveyed said they simply didn’t have time to use the gadgets they had received, while 23 per cent didn’t see the point of some of them. The survey found that 18 per cent of those who rarely used their gadget gift simply didn’t like them, 10 per cent couldn’t be bothered to clean them, while seven per cent had not read the instructions or didn’t know how to use the device. [#]

Have you ever received a digital photo frame that you never ended up using? (I have)

(via Steve’s Digicams)

Image credit: digital photo frame – hanging by m a r c

  • Ken

    Gave my parents one a couple of years ago, found it in their closet, box intact when I went to visit. Author might be on to something here!

  • EK

    I was given a very lo-def frame a few years ago by my mother because “You don’t show off all of your beautiful photos!” (they wouldn’t be beautiful anymore after displaying on that…) I tried some experimenting using it as a light box for transparencies but it was crap at that too! Gave it away to someone with a 3MP p&s that didn’t know any better.

  • Daniel Austin Hoherd

    I got one as a gift and used it for a long time. The screen quality was good (thankfully) but the transitions were utter crap. It’s like Sony thinks we’re still in a 1980’s after school special explaining science and the world around us. This isn’t 3-2-1 Contact…

    Mine has the ability to use a usb key for the photos, which makes it much less painful to use. WiFi+RSS would’ve been *perfect* a few years ago when I got it, but now, who can compete against things like the iPad?

    Over and over I’ve wished that consumer electronics companies would make things like these more modular so that once they’re useless as a digital photo frame they could be used for an HDMI input or something else geeky useful.

  • Photosophy

    Never could get with the idea of the photos on my wall requiring electricity.
    Plus, stuff I stick on my walls is just for ambiance purposes…a constantly “animated” element would bug me to no end. (I like my quietude I guess).

    Lastly, I shun these things like the plague ever since I heard they were used as a vehicle for virus/malware distribution.

  • Anonymous

    For one, I agree that it’s a bad idea for a wall-hanging or desktop picture device to be always on. Also, most of them are low quality. The one my parents received had bad controls too.

  • Bruce Lewis

    Isn’t wifi+RSS still a great way to feed a photo frame remotely? I asked my parents before giving them one, and they were quite excited about it. I did configure it for them first, though, so most of the objections mentioned in this survey don’t apply.

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  • Daniel J. Hogan

    I have never been a fan of these, and I usually try to talk family and friends out of buying them. I agree though, if I got one as a gift, I doubt I would use it.

  • Kaweeeeeee

    I HATE selling these at work >.<
    Really… do we need to feel like we're walking the corridors of Hogwarts?
    What's wrong with a standard stationary image in a nice frame? haha