Apple has always been good at combining multiple electronic devices into one single device that does a lot of things. The iPhone is an example of this as it combined a phone, music player, and mobile computing platform into one device. The iPad in a sense is a larger version of the iPhone but it can act as one more electronic device, the iPad is a Digital Photo Frame.
Apple showed of their new Digital Photo Frame in the iPad guided tours video showing some of the great photo features the device includes. The opening scene shows the iPad in its dock amongst a collection of other photos on a desk. For me, it wasn’t until the actor picked up the iPad that I realized it wasn’t just a digital photo frame.
Its an interesting sales approach as many people wouldn’t consider spending $499 on a digital photo frame. Or would they?
Would You Buy an iPad for a Digital Photo Frame?
I’m sure, like myself, most peoples first answer would be “Of course not”. Thinking of spending $500 on a device that would just show pictures would be crazy. But then again, Sony sells a 9 inch digital photo frame for over $250. If you compare the specs of these two devices you may think the iPad’s price point isn’t that bad.
The iPad comes with:
- A 9.7 Inch display
- 1024×768 resolution at 132 pixels per inch
- 16gb of storage
- Audio Playback for Slideshows
- Weight: 1.5 lbs
The Sony Digital Photo Frame for $250+ has:
- 9 inch digital frame
- 800×480 resolution
- Weight: 4lbs
While its clear that the Apple iPad does cost more, it has a lot more features, higher quality images, and weighs less. Add in the ability to check email, browse the web, and all the other things an iPad does, the extra $100+ doesn’t seem like to much.
But I guess the real question is who would buy the Sony Digital Photograph Frame anyway?