Don’t buy one of the Sharper Image Pocket Photo Viewers that’s keychain-sized or credit card-sized, with or without clock. I have spent a frustrating couple of days trying to get one that doesn’t error out either before or after uploading photos, and I can’t get one that continues to work. I’ve had one that did talk to the photo editing software and appeared to work for a while, but now it has gone screenblank. GaaaAAAAaaaaAAAhhh!
I’ve been to the website of the place that actually makes the thing, and one of the ones I have has been discontinued. Still, they had the updated software there to download, so I got that and ran it. Then I could get the PC to recognize the viewer and run the software–and it allowed me to put fifty cropped photos on. So I thought, yay! I’m going to have a special stocking stuffer for Hubby, Mama, Auntie, and sister-in-law after all.
But then when I exited the software, the device still had a red battery icon. The manual said to just leave it plugged into the USB port for up to seven hours to get an initial charge. Fine.
This morning, I returned to the scene of the crime, er, keyboard to find the device turned into a doorstop that isn’t even heavy enough for Barbie’s Dream House. It won’t come on even when connected or disconnected or whatnot. I don’t believe my PC overcharged it, but maybe. Still, they don’t SAY you have to time this charging perfectly. That you could burn it out.
Or maybe it’s just a hardware failure. Whichever . . . they’re all going back today. I realize that if a software nerd can’t load the pix and make the device play nice, then my aunt and mother have no chance of making it work. *And* the photo loading software has this teensy little crop box that is so small you can hardly see to do it, so I’m not sure that any of my gift recipients could ever add new photos (they’re all nearsighted.)
I could get ’em all iPod Touches, if I had won the lottery. As usual, I didn’t. So maybe I’ll get them a Chia President Head. Surely everyone wants one of those?!