Because the Pulse uses the Kodak touch screen interface to access features and functions on the frame, there are no buttons on the front or sides of the frame and the frame does not come with a remote control.
As is common with touch screen interfaces, fingerprint smudges can quickly become a nuisance. Fortunately, Kodak includes a special cleaning cloth which just requires a light touch to easily remove fingerprints from the faceplate as well as from the screen itself.
The frame stand is small and is part of the whole unit rather than one that needs to be attached. This makes for a very sturdy frame but one that is not wall-mountable.
Two small buttons on the back complete the frame. One is the On/Off/Power button. The other is the "Health Check" button which is used to instantly check the status of the network connections of this wireless frame. It can also be used to download any software upgrades directly from Kodak.
All features and functions can also be accessed from the Kodak Pulse website. (Activation through this website is necessary in order to begin sending and receiving photos.)
Unfortunately, brightness, color and contrast cannot be controlled from the frame or from the website. Since we all take pictures under so many different situations, it would be nice to be able to adjust some of those settings. I did not have any problems with any of these settings for my own photo displays, though.
METHODS OF CONNECTIVITY for TRANSFERRING IMAGES
A USB port is available to transfer images from a PC to the internal memory of the frame or to attach an external flash drive. The 512MB internal memory will allow for up to 4000 photos to be stored and displayed.
The built-in Memory Card Reader is available for adding images from external sources such as cameras.
As mentioned above, these connections can be found under a flap located on the back of the frame, which can than be neatly closed when memory cards and smaller flash drives are inserted.
Supported memory card formats include Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Multimedia Card (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO/MS PRO DUO, and xD-Picture Card (xD).
External hard drives are also supported but must be self-powered and formatted as FAT32.
If a memory card or USB device is inserted during an internal memory slideshow, you may have to remove and then re-insert the device or possibly touch the screen to display the menu options, then touch the "Friends" button and then touch "Play All".
JPEG and EXIF are supported. (EXIF stands for Exchangeable Image File Format and enables information from photos to be displayed such as date, time, camera settings, thumbnails, descriptions and copyrights.)
The Kodak Pulse is a wireless frame. Pictures stored on the free Kodak Gallery site and on Facebook can be sent directly to the Kodak frame wirelessly. Facebook photos can be set up to be updated automatically.
An email address can be set up for the frame and family and friends can be invited to send photos by email from computers and cell phones.
Sending my pictures and those of my friends on Facebook from my computer, as well as sending photos from my cell phone to the frame turned out to be very simple procedures. All my photos loaded onto my frame without a hitch.
This is a great feature for keeping in touch through pictures during vacations, party times and other special events.
I have found that keeping the security key to my Wi-Fi network in a retrievable place or memorizing it is a real time-saver since so many of my electronic gadgets are Wi-Fi enabled today. Retrieving a lost key for a secured network can be a hassle and usually it is not free.
After I activated the frame on the web site and started the Wi-Fi setup, the frame showed that all I had to do was push a button on my specific router in order to complete the setup. However, since my router does not have any buttons, I disregarded that step, continued on with the setup by inputting my security key and the task was accomplished.
On the second day of using this frame, it lost the connection with my network. Since it was sitting right next to my laptop, which was definitely on the network, I tried several times to restart the connection with the Network Wizard on the touch screen interface of the frame. Nothing seemed to work so I accessed the User Manual.
Instructions in the User Manual suggested that connection problems can be fixed if the frame is moved closer to the router when attempting to connect. Although I did not think this was the problem because the frame had worked perfectly the day before, I took it downstairs to the router and refreshed the setting as directed.
It took three more times before the frame recognized my network and then two more times before it would connect. I am not sure what the problem was, but I took the Pulse back upstairs to where it had been and the connection has remained stable since then.
An option to download software updates from Kodak is also available by pressing this button or the Health Check symbol on the touch screen. Every time the Health Check Button is pressed, it refreshes the frame's connection with Kodak and allows new pictures to be received from the frame.
A good number of frame settings can be adjusted from the web site so that the Kodak Pulse frame could easily be gifted to someone who either does not have or use a computer or is not comfortable with using a computer or a digital frame.
Some of these include:
Please remember to save any new settings. Changes will take effect on the frame within 15 minutes or sooner.
The frame uses 6.2W when running in slideshow mode and 0.19 W when on standby power and power off modes.
Power adapter and plug, cleaning cloth and Quick Start Guide.
Mac OS X 10.3 with Safari 1.1 or higher and Firefox 3.0 or higher. Can be used with Power Mac or PowerBook G3, G4, G4, iMac, eMac, iBook and MacBook Pro.
Compatible with 802.11b/g or b/g/n router.
The Kodak Pulse Digital Frame is a great little frame that can be appreciated and enjoyed by anyone with just about any degree of technical skill. Although the frame can be used as a simple "plug and play" digital frame with slideshow, to make the most of its features, access to a Wi-Fi network is a must.
With 512 MB of internal memory for transferring from a computer or cell phone or by inserting photos from a memory card or flash drive, it is possible to enjoy thousands of pictures. The collage mode slideshow makes for a very nice change from the usual single picture at a time slideshow.
Once the Wi-Fi connection is set up, pictures in albums on the totally free Kodak gallery web site, photos you specify from Facebook and from individual email accounts (including cell phones) appear on the frame effortlessly.
The pictures are clear, crisp and in vivid color. Navigation on the touch screen menu is intuitive and adequate for most features. The frame can be pre-programmed and advanced features accessed from the Kodak Pulse website, which is informative and very helpful. The User Guide is well laid out with graphics and easy-to-understand explanations.
The frame is Energy Star Efficient and mercury free.
The only real problem I had with this Kodak Pulse was when the network connection was lost. As I have already explained, this was an easy problem to fix and it has not occurred again.
I personally would like to have seen video and audio files supported on this frame. An additional transition time between 3 seconds and 10 seconds would also be a welcome addition as 3 seconds between pictures can seem a bit too short and 10 seconds a bit too long. I also think this frame would be even more impressive in an 8" (diagonal) size. A clock/calendar could have added to the functionality of the Kodak Pulse, though in my opinion, it does just fine without that feature.
This is a frame that does what it is intended to do. It connects people by sharing bright and clear photos through an easy-to-understand and easy-to-use interface. With its Wi-Fi capability and its own email address, friends and family can easily send pictures in real time and keep in touch with each other in a meaningful way.
The Kodak Pulse Digital Frame can be found at Amazon.com.Please also remember to periodically check out the Specials and Discounts page on this website for information on where to find digital frames.
The consumers spoke and Kodak listened! Due to the overwhelming popularity of the 7" model, Kodak has released the new 10" Kodak Pulse Digital Frame!
This model has all the functionality of the popular 7" model but has more than twice the viewing area. This is great news for consumers!
Kodak has received a 2011 Design and Engineering Innovations Award in the Digital Imaging Category for its newest wireless digital frame, the 10” Kodak Pulse Digital Frame. A panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and journalists of the International Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) made the selection. Kodak was also awarded an Innovations Award and Best of Innovations Award for its waterproof and pocket-size HD video camera, the Kodak Playsport Camera.
Both the Kodak Playsport video camera and the Kodak Pulse Digital frame were on display at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CED) at the Las Vegas Convention Center in January of 2011.