Samsung WiFi Photo Frame and Monitor - Hands on the SPF-85V Frame

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Samsung WiFi Photo Frame and Monitor
Hands on the SPF-85V Frame
SPF-85V Testing and Daily Use

First Look:

When you first lay your eyes on this frame pictured below, you may think I did some weird photo shopping to give the frame border a crazy textured look.  The truth is, that is how it is designed.  You may be a fan of this or you may hate it, but the actual appearance of the texture in a room is much less that what you see in the picture.  Still, it may take a while to get used too.  I wondered why Samsung didn't choose a smooth glossy surface, and then I realized the controls are in the frame and are touch-sensitive.  A glossy frame would show fingerprints much more than this one does.  I guess the design team was on the right track.

Frame Front
Frame Front

 

The images below show off the headphone (for a frame?) jack, power connector, reset hole, media slots, and speakers.  Make sure you take a quick look through them before you carry on.

 Rear
Rear
Media Ports
Media Ports
Speaker Slits
Speaker Slits

 

The reason we see a headphone jack is because the SPF-85V has the capability to serve as a simple audio and video player.  If you have this frame beside your bed or at your desk, Samsung figures you might want to plug headphones into it so that when you are playing back the slide show of your wicked air while you were out boarding, the Def Leppard won't disturb others.

While I've seen many cheap digital photo frames come with a credit card sized remote this frame from Samsung is remote-free.  I don't believe this is an issue though as I've personally never used the remote for my frame - except when standing right in front of it.  Samsung's nice touch-frame interface take the place of the often crappy remote.

 



Functions & Settings:

The SPF-85V is more than a standard photo frame.  In addition to displaying pictures, it also works as a music player, move player, offers clock and alarm functions as well as doubles as an 8" USB monitor.  While the screen resolution of 800x600 is a little small for an additional display, it really is handy to clear off your desktop and leave applications like Tweetdeck and Windows Live Messenger running and visible.

Functions
Functions

 

The setup of the SPF-85V is pretty straight-forward.  You have to use the touch-frame controls on the right side to select the menu, up, down, right, left, Enter, Return and Play functions.  These controls fade within a couple seconds after touching the frame, and can be made to appear by simply touching the frame on the right side.  A quick slide of your finger on the frame makes them appear.

 Network
Network Settings
 Options
Options
 Frame Settings
Frame Settings

 

Pictured above are the network settings as well as some frame preferences.  While there certainly are more setting and tweaking that is available, they are honestly pretty uninteresting.