Review: You Can’t Remember Why You Bought The Digital Photoframe You Bought

Note: Some frames may accidently upload your pictures to facebook anyway

Note: Some frames may accidently upload your pictures to facebook anyway

What’s being tested?

The elusive applications for that 7” digital photo frame (that cost you £124.99) that were so abundant prior to your receipt of the product.

What we found

Pros: We found that the idea that there was at some point a valid, or even creative, reason for buying a digital photo frame to be a source of some encouragement. A minority of our testers were glad to have somewhere to display their photographs, negating the implicit obligation to upload them to a tedious social networking site.

Cons: Many of our testers found the notion that they bought something for reasons that they could no longer remember felt anything from mildly embarrassing to deeply disturbing; almost all of them expressed the opinion that, while the money spent could obviously be reclaimed via receipt and re-designated (to anything from plastic anime statuettes to “make-your-own-bread” bread makers), the act of reclamation would only exacerbate the feeling of failing as a responsible, informed and empowered consumer, and that it would be easier to source alternative, albeit tenuous, applications for the digital frame.

Verdict

We expected the notion that there was, at some point, an actual reason for buying a digital photo frame to be a source of some conciliation for anyone who’s ever owned one of the things. Our tests proved that this idea only made the ownership of such technology all the more baffling, especially given that all previous reasoning had disappeared. A large minority of our testers were left feeling duped, suckered, or the victims of an elaborate ruse, with one of our technicians describing the frame salesman as a “rube”. While we felt this was a strong choice of words, we couldn’t not agree.

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