Summary: I actually liked the item until the service was closed a few weeks back. Myframemanager.com (the site where your set up the wifi features) is no longer and no one at HP (email, or call center) can (or will) tell you anything. Nice customer service and product support. Shame HP.
Summary: Two years ago I received a HP Digital Picture frame as a gift and have used it by pulling the pictures from my Picasa account. I moved addresses and changed my network router therefore requiring a new authentication to the network. This is where I found a bug with the picture frame. By an unfortunate coincidence, my network password is all caps and requires the letter "Q" in the middle.
Summary: I bought this frame about 6 months ago and was able to set it up initially. It found my wireless network and streamed Flickr photos but the frame would only access a single folder in my account. So I put in an SD card with photos, and now it works for awhile and then freezes up on a single photo. The only way to get back to the slide show is to turn off the frame and then restart, which requires going back through the setup again and choosing the card.
Summary: I am also an IT person for aliving. I will jsut say that this thing seesm like it should be in alpha test, not even beta test. The general concept is great. But I am very disappointed with HP. Good Qualities : - Can set up an email address to automatically send photos to is. Bad Qualities: - Picture frame is cheap plastic - Speakers are horrible - Device often loses its wi-fi connection and has to be reporgrammed.
Summary: Well I guess I'm lucky, because the frame is currently stuck in a firmware download reboot loop, and so back it goes. But all the complaints from other reviewers.... They're all accurate. The frame is slow, the connectivity is poor with my netgear router using wep, and it's 2010, and the frame does not do rss. But even the services it does do, namely picassa, it does poorly.
Summary: Right out of the box it refused to communicate with my wifi network which uses the secure WPA2. After 3 hours of messing with it I decided to change my router to WEP and it finally connected and download itself a new firmware version. Well, it's all over the internet that the WEP is not secure , so I changed again to WPA2, and the problems started .
There's Nothing "Smart" about the HP Smart WiFi Digital Frame
29 December 2009
Summary: Like many others, I bought this HP digital frame as a gift. The main selling point was the WiFi capability that allows the frame to receive photos directly by email, text message, or photo sharing sites. Unfortunately, the HP "Smart" digital frame is anything but. We have spent several days trying to set-up the HP frame and getting it to work. Sadly, it does not work well at all.
Summary: First and foremost, I haven't really used much of the Wi-Fi functions on this frame with the exception of synching up with Photobucket and that seemed to work decent enough. The main reason for buying this was it seemed much easier to upload pic files from a PC via USB whereas most of the other digital frames are geared more for using memory cards/sticks and for just transferring pics from a digital camera.
Summary: The frame can access all the popular photo sites, but it does not allow you to have the pictures automatically do a slideshow. I wanted a frame to send to my parents that all the kids could just upload pictures to a website and then they would show up on the frame. The user has to navigate to the picasa, facebook, etc. page and select individual folders to view them one at a time. My parents can do that from their computer.