It takes approximately 20 seconds for the Photo Book to boot. After that, it displays a screen that lays out all available photo albums, each signified by a photo book icon displaying a sample image. It’s a simple layout that’s easy to figure out.
However, it gets more complicated if you’re looking to go further than that to tweak your settings, select albums, copy/paste photos into a new album etc. The problem is that the menu icons are denoted by confusing images, which are not very clear. Popular online photo sharing sites are known for their simplicity and clarity, and the Photo Book doesn’t meet the standard they set.
There is also noticeable lag when cycling through larger photos. The Photo book supports many RAW file types, and I shudder to think how severely those sizeable image files will bog the Photo Book down.
The Photo Book allows you to upload images via memory card or USB. Both are relatively easy to do especially since the USB method has no software or installation requirements; you simply drag and drop to the desired folder displayed on your computer. I enjoyed the absence of software as it saves time that would have been spent downloading and on a learning curve, but in the end, it’s really a personal preference.
Being able to upload more than just still images is a definite plus. With the Photo Book, you have the option to upload videos – which is a nice and welcome surprise – and music to accompany your photo viewing experience if you find music at all necessary. In any case, the Photo Book’s versatility as a multimedia device is appreciated.
Photos on the 8.0-inch LCD (800×600) have decent color quality and are generally clear, but do show some pixilation thanks to the relatively low pixel density. By comparison, the iPhone 4 is less than half the size of the Photo Book at 3.5-inches, and it has a 960×640 pixel resolution.