updated 10:55 am EST, Wed January 6, 2010
Pandigital Photo Mail has cell data, LEDs
Pandigital today added its first truly Internet-connected photo frame. The Photo Mail LED Digital Photo Frame builds in an AT&T-supplied 3G connection and has an always-on connection to HP's Snapfish photo service. As a result, it can automatically show any photos sent to an individually given e-mail address and will always reflect that content on a publicly accessible Snapfish web page.
Offline, the frame can show photos from its 6-in-1 card reader and carries 1GB of built-in memory to store content permanently, regardless of where it comes from. The screen itself is an 8-inch, 800x600 panel that gets a boost to image quality through LED backlighting; outside of photos, the Photo Mail can be used for AVI videos, MP3 audio and typical alarm clock tasks.
The frame has a unique business model and, for the $150 price of the frame, allows a maximum of 300 photo uploads over the 3G link; more requires buying blocks of extra photo uploads directly from Pandigital.