Sometimes expensive things can be gotten cheaply, much to the bargain-hunter’s delight. And sometimes expensive things come in cheaper versions; also (usually) to the delight of those seeking a deal. The question with things like electronic becomes: What price deal?
I’ve gotten multiple emails lately asking me to steer the inquisitor towards an awesome deal on a digital photo frame. Mother’s Day is coming up, and I can’t think of many moms who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive such a gadget. But—of course—these are expensive items, in general. Sure, you can get less expensive ones, but in general you’ll be sacrificing quality in doing so. Then you run the risk of becoming stuck in the potentially endless loop of “how much do I need” vs. “how much am I willing to pay.”
I’ve linked two frames at Amazon in this post. To the left, there, is the highly-rated 9″ Philips digital picture frame. It garners a review of “excellent” over on cnet and is my top choice if money is no object. But money usually is an object, and even at 20% off, you’re looking at dropping a couple hundred dollars on it.
To the right is an off-brand, lesser-quality 7″ digital picture frame by Ziga. The good news is that it’s only $60, and for a relatively small amount of money, it’s a pretty nice item with good reviews. The display won’t be stunning and it’s not as diverse or user-friendly as the Philips frame, but if saving money is paramount, it’s not a bad choice.
(Disclaimers: These are not the only two digital photo frames in the world. I am not a professional electronics reviewer. Results may vary. I’m still wearing my pajamas. If you take lousy pictures, the frame really doesn’t matter.)