T-Mobile Cameo Parrot Digital Photo Frame
Friday, June 5, 2009; 1:19 AM
Since this review was written, the retail price for the T-Mobile Cameo has dropped to about $40; the vendor explains that a recurring monthly charge that is now $2 allows the frame to receive unlimited messaging and that the charge does not involve a contract.
If you're a text message junkie, you might find the Cameo ($99, plus a $10 monthly fee for a data connection, as of 5/7/09) appealing. Although its leather frame has a touch of the bargain basement about it, the screen itself is quite good, and the design is extremely simple. The Cameo's 7-inch screen has a 720-by-480-pixel resolution and good-looking, natural color.
The frame has only three control buttons on its back: one for OK, one for left, and one for right. A friend sends you a picture text or an MMS, and you accept or reject it. If it's accepted, boom: it's on your screen and in rotation. The Cameo senses when you have rotated the frame, and rotates the picture accordingly.
Bear in mind that this frame has very limited internal storage--just 64MB. You can, however, insert a media card to play pictures from other collections in between the pictures received via text. But you have little in the way of controls. You cannot alter slide-show transitions or add music; you can, however, adjust the screen's brightness.
Text-messaging junkies will appreciate this frame.