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1. Ceiva Advanced Digital Photo Receiver
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2. Ceiva Advanced Digital Photo Receiver
$135.00 list($149.99)
3. Ceiva Digital Photo Receiver

1. Ceiva Advanced Digital Photo Receiver
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C8WP9
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Ceiva
Sales Rank: 1770
Average Customer Review: 3.65 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Receives and displays a digital photo slide show without a computer
  • Receiver receives 50% more pictures each night than the previous model--up to 30 at a time
  • An ideal gift for even the most non-technical parents, grandparents or friends
  • Order prints of favorite photos through the mail simply by pressing “Order Print” button on Receiver
  • Requires subscription to Ceiva Network--low monthly and yearly rates available

Reviews (57)

5-0 out of 5 stars Why doesn't everyone know about this product? It's Great!
This is an excellent product, and met if not exceeded our expectations. My wife and I are expecting our first child in February, and my parents are back in Illinois (we're in Pennsylvania). They do not have a computer and are not too up on technology. This seemed like the perfect product to keep them in touch with us. After our first week with it, it appears it will do so quite admirably.

I had the product shipped to our house, where we opened it up, registered it, and got it working, all within 30 minutes (I had previously been on Ceiva's website, so I did know my way around). We put it back in the box, wrapped it, and my parents opened it when they came to visit for the holidays. I took a picture of them opening the box, and by the time we got it all set back up again, I had uploaded it to Ceiva, the frame downloaded it, and it became part of the slideshow, all within 10 minutes. My parents loved it, and are really looking forward to all the pictures we'll be sending them. They have since gone back home to Illinois, where they had no trouble getting it hooked back up by themselves (it really is just a matter of plugging it into a socket and a phone line). It's downloaded pictures just fine after they set it up (we did have to change the call-in number before we unhooked it in Pittsburgh, but that's all explained in the manual).

To address a few concerns other people have raised in their reviews: 1) Yes, it is a subscription service, but for my parents who don't have or need a computer, it's great. Plus, for my wife's parents, who do have a computer, we can send them email through our account on Ceiva and they can view the pictures we send to my parent's frame--this is free; 2) The screen quality is fine--serviceable, but not great; being familiar with passive LCD screens, I'm actually somewhat impressed by its brightness; 3) for the Weather channel, it apparently doesn't know some zip codes--if you put in one it doesn't know, it says it has added the channel (it doesn't register an error), but it doesn't actually add it to the Photos to Send page--you'll need to find another town close by; 4) this one seems like a bug to me (and a reviewer two or three reviews down apparently found it)--you can set the interval for how long each picture appears in the slide show--however, it appears that this number is stored with each picture, as opposed to being a global setting for the frame; so, the new interval (the default is 5 s, we changed it to 15 s), will only apply to pictures that you add after you change the interval). The last two things are small bummers, but really in no way diminish the usefulness of the device.

So in short, this product is great and I would highly recommend it to anyone, particularly to someone in our situation.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unethical, no service
Ceiva does not offer improved service on a regular basis. My unit failed but I still had to pay the monthly fee while I waited for a new power supply. I was one of the first users. They recently raised my rates on in excess of 20% without prior notice. Understand that you can't suspend the service on a monthly basis if your relatives that use the service become ill or travel. AND once you drop $ on this unit you are done. Currently there are no alternative service providers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift for grandparents
True, you must subscribe. But if you are purchasing it for a grandparent or anyone who has no computer, it is still cheaper than internet access. I look at it as an ongoing gift. I purchased one of these frames for each grandparent, and I renew them on a 3 year basis, which is cheaper. The grandparents LOVE getting up and checking the frame each day to see the new pictures I put on. Since they live 900 miles away, it is a great way for them to see the kids growing and keep up with what they are doing. They don't have computers, so I handle the controlling of the frame from mine. It is really a wonderful gift!

4-0 out of 5 stars Ceiva --The Bunny that Keeps Charging
I purchased a Ceiva about a year ago, and it works very very well. However! And this is a WARNING: After the mandatory three-month "subscription," which one has to buy in order to purchase the product, they kept charging the monthly fee to my credit-card account -- even though I signed up for three months only (the minimum), and also told them to cancel, and also had my credit card company "charge back" the improper charges. Despite all that history -- they have attempted to sneak through ANOTHER unauthorized charge ... perhaps they hope that folks simply won't notice. (...). It is shame, because the product does work well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great gift for loved ones without internet access
This product has a very specific role. It makes the perfect gift for someone who is not very computer saavy. If the person has easy email and internet access, it makes more sense (and is much cheaper) to send pictures to them through other means.

My husband and I purchased this frame for his mom. We had previously tried to give her a computer but it collected dust. Since she loves pictures of the grandkids and we live several hours away, we thought this would be a good gift.

The first step--plugging it in--was simple. The frame needs to have a location with easy access to both phone and electricity, or you'll have cords all over the place. Once attached, it starts displaying the Ceiva company information, including the customer service phone number.

Getting the frame to properly connect and load pictures was more involved. First, it needs to be registered at the Ceiva site (that had to happen "off-site" since my mother-in-law doesn't have a computer). The website is where you load the pictures and set the guidelines for the frame (what times to turn it on and off and what number for the frame to call to load new pictures, etc) Then you need to purchase a subscription which costs almost as much as the frame on a yearly basis. Once that's done, it's supposed to be as easy as someone pushing a button (the big one on the base of the frame) and the pictures would load.

Unfortunately, it didn't work at first. Our frame took a few calls to customer service (luckily a circulating pre-loaded picture on the frame) and emails from us to correct the problem. Telephone customer service was courteous and gracious to my mother-in-law. Email customer service was slow and sometimes didn't respond directly, though they did take care of a separate problem eventually.

From my mother-in-law's perspective, the solution was just pushing that big button multiple times, intermittently over the course of the day, until it finally connected. I'm not sure it was the same solution from Ceiva's point of view.

Once that was resolved, EVERYTHING has worked like a dream. The frame revolves 30 different pictures. On the website, I keep everything in an album so I know which ones she's seen. My brother-in-law several states away can upload pictures onto her frame as well. We can also send captions with the pictures or special greetings on Mother's Day etc. She is absolutely thrilled, and I will probably be buying one for my grandmother (who is in a board and care home) this year.

PROS: Fabulous gift for the computer-less, can be accessed (on invitation/with password) by other loved ones to load their photos, easy to plug in, seamless operation once working

CONS: Expensive cost of subscription (factor it into your gift giving), took some time and customer service input to get it connected, unable to edit/crop photos on website (do it before), cost of ordering prints of photographs for the receiver (we use a different company) ... Read more


2. Ceiva Advanced Digital Photo Receiver with Silver Frame
list price: $149.99
our price: $141.94
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ZQB7O
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Ceiva
Sales Rank: 68
Average Customer Review: 3.65 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Features

  • Receives and displays a digital photo slide show without a computer
  • Receiver receives 50% more pictures each night than the previous model--up to 30 at a time
  • An ideal gift for even the most non-technical parents, grandparents or friends
  • Order prints of favorite photos through the mail simply by pressing “Order Print” button on Receiver
  • Requires subscription to Ceiva Network--low monthly and yearly rates available

Reviews (57)

5-0 out of 5 stars Why doesn't everyone know about this product? It's Great!
This is an excellent product, and met if not exceeded our expectations. My wife and I are expecting our first child in February, and my parents are back in Illinois (we're in Pennsylvania). They do not have a computer and are not too up on technology. This seemed like the perfect product to keep them in touch with us. After our first week with it, it appears it will do so quite admirably.

I had the product shipped to our house, where we opened it up, registered it, and got it working, all within 30 minutes (I had previously been on Ceiva's website, so I did know my way around). We put it back in the box, wrapped it, and my parents opened it when they came to visit for the holidays. I took a picture of them opening the box, and by the time we got it all set back up again, I had uploaded it to Ceiva, the frame downloaded it, and it became part of the slideshow, all within 10 minutes. My parents loved it, and are really looking forward to all the pictures we'll be sending them. They have since gone back home to Illinois, where they had no trouble getting it hooked back up by themselves (it really is just a matter of plugging it into a socket and a phone line). It's downloaded pictures just fine after they set it up (we did have to change the call-in number before we unhooked it in Pittsburgh, but that's all explained in the manual).

To address a few concerns other people have raised in their reviews: 1) Yes, it is a subscription service, but for my parents who don't have or need a computer, it's great. Plus, for my wife's parents, who do have a computer, we can send them email through our account on Ceiva and they can view the pictures we send to my parent's frame--this is free; 2) The screen quality is fine--serviceable, but not great; being familiar with passive LCD screens, I'm actually somewhat impressed by its brightness; 3) for the Weather channel, it apparently doesn't know some zip codes--if you put in one it doesn't know, it says it has added the channel (it doesn't register an error), but it doesn't actually add it to the Photos to Send page--you'll need to find another town close by; 4) this one seems like a bug to me (and a reviewer two or three reviews down apparently found it)--you can set the interval for how long each picture appears in the slide show--however, it appears that this number is stored with each picture, as opposed to being a global setting for the frame; so, the new interval (the default is 5 s, we changed it to 15 s), will only apply to pictures that you add after you change the interval). The last two things are small bummers, but really in no way diminish the usefulness of the device.

So in short, this product is great and I would highly recommend it to anyone, particularly to someone in our situation.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unethical, no service
Ceiva does not offer improved service on a regular basis. My unit failed but I still had to pay the monthly fee while I waited for a new power supply. I was one of the first users. They recently raised my rates on in excess of 20% without prior notice. Understand that you can't suspend the service on a monthly basis if your relatives that use the service become ill or travel. AND once you drop $ on this unit you are done. Currently there are no alternative service providers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift for grandparents
True, you must subscribe. But if you are purchasing it for a grandparent or anyone who has no computer, it is still cheaper than internet access. I look at it as an ongoing gift. I purchased one of these frames for each grandparent, and I renew them on a 3 year basis, which is cheaper. The grandparents LOVE getting up and checking the frame each day to see the new pictures I put on. Since they live 900 miles away, it is a great way for them to see the kids growing and keep up with what they are doing. They don't have computers, so I handle the controlling of the frame from mine. It is really a wonderful gift!

4-0 out of 5 stars Ceiva --The Bunny that Keeps Charging
I purchased a Ceiva about a year ago, and it works very very well. However! And this is a WARNING: After the mandatory three-month "subscription," which one has to buy in order to purchase the product, they kept charging the monthly fee to my credit-card account -- even though I signed up for three months only (the minimum), and also told them to cancel, and also had my credit card company "charge back" the improper charges. Despite all that history -- they have attempted to sneak through ANOTHER unauthorized charge ... perhaps they hope that folks simply won't notice. (...). It is shame, because the product does work well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great gift for loved ones without internet access
This product has a very specific role. It makes the perfect gift for someone who is not very computer saavy. If the person has easy email and internet access, it makes more sense (and is much cheaper) to send pictures to them through other means.

My husband and I purchased this frame for his mom. We had previously tried to give her a computer but it collected dust. Since she loves pictures of the grandkids and we live several hours away, we thought this would be a good gift.

The first step--plugging it in--was simple. The frame needs to have a location with easy access to both phone and electricity, or you'll have cords all over the place. Once attached, it starts displaying the Ceiva company information, including the customer service phone number.

Getting the frame to properly connect and load pictures was more involved. First, it needs to be registered at the Ceiva site (that had to happen "off-site" since my mother-in-law doesn't have a computer). The website is where you load the pictures and set the guidelines for the frame (what times to turn it on and off and what number for the frame to call to load new pictures, etc) Then you need to purchase a subscription which costs almost as much as the frame on a yearly basis. Once that's done, it's supposed to be as easy as someone pushing a button (the big one on the base of the frame) and the pictures would load.

Unfortunately, it didn't work at first. Our frame took a few calls to customer service (luckily a circulating pre-loaded picture on the frame) and emails from us to correct the problem. Telephone customer service was courteous and gracious to my mother-in-law. Email customer service was slow and sometimes didn't respond directly, though they did take care of a separate problem eventually.

From my mother-in-law's perspective, the solution was just pushing that big button multiple times, intermittently over the course of the day, until it finally connected. I'm not sure it was the same solution from Ceiva's point of view.

Once that was resolved, EVERYTHING has worked like a dream. The frame revolves 30 different pictures. On the website, I keep everything in an album so I know which ones she's seen. My brother-in-law several states away can upload pictures onto her frame as well. We can also send captions with the pictures or special greetings on Mother's Day etc. She is absolutely thrilled, and I will probably be buying one for my grandmother (who is in a board and care home) this year.

PROS: Fabulous gift for the computer-less, can be accessed (on invitation/with password) by other loved ones to load their photos, easy to plug in, seamless operation once working

CONS: Expensive cost of subscription (factor it into your gift giving), took some time and customer service input to get it connected, unable to edit/crop photos on website (do it before), cost of ordering prints of photographs for the receiver (we use a different company) ... Read more


3. Ceiva Digital Photo Receiver
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005B4BW
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Ceiva
Sales Rank: 692
Average Customer Review: 3.37 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Amazon.com Review

Ceiva put the future in an unassuming black picture frame with this amazingly simple yet innovative product. This Internet-enabled frame makes it so easy to receive and display digital photos that even the most tech-shy relatives will love it. The traditional frame houses an LCD screen that displays up to 20 pictures in a single-view or slide-show format. Once a day, the frame dials in to Ceiva's Web site and downloads any new photos that have been sent to you (or that you've uploaded). What's truly amazing is that it works flawlessly--it's a cutting-edge technology idea that's well executed.

The frame itself is a handsome classic black with a black matte. It's about the size of a standard 8-by-10-inch frame, and the viewing area is about 5 by 7 inches. The display resolution is 640 x 480 VGA, and the images are displayed as JPEGs. We were impressed with the picture quality, especially considering the display is passive matrix--colors were a bit washed out, but otherwise pictures were sharp, bright, and looked good. The viewing angle isn't great--you won't be able to see pictures well from the side--but overall, the screen worked very well, even in relatively bright light.

You do the bulk of your setup online at Ceiva's Web site. Here, you can lock, delete, upload, or send photos, and you can adjust the rest of your settings, such as the slide-show interval or the time the Ceiva turns off the display every night. (The standard setting shuts it off from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.) Within your account, you can choose who can send pictures to you (your "Buddy list"). Your buddies don't need to own Ceiva photo frames, but they have to get Ceiva accounts, which are free. In addition to photos, you and your friends can send and receive any kind of digital image, from hand-drawn cards to scanned art. Subscription channels even let you get comics, weather and traffic reports, and horoscopes on a daily basis. Ceiva's site also provides simple tools to add messages to your photos.

The controls on the Ceiva are extremely easy to use--there is one button that adjusts brightness and another button to stop the slide show and dial-up on demand. If you want to download pictures immediately (for instance, right after your mother calls and tells you she just sent a new batch), you press and hold the settings button on the frame until it connects.

You don't need an extra telephone line to use the Ceiva--the photo frame uses your existing line for just a few minutes every night. Ceiva provides a Y-connector in the box to make it easy for you to plug the frame into your phone jack without disconnecting your phone. The photo frame also doesn't require you to have an Internet connection to download photos, although a subscription is required to download photos. The subscription costs $79.95 per year to maintain this service via a local connection, and multi-year plans are available starting at less than $5 a month. However, if you want to upload pictures, send them to other people's Ceivas, or modify certain frame settings, you'll need to use an Internet connection.

Overall, our experience using the Ceiva was simply wonderful. It's intended to be simple to use, and it does a great job receiving and displaying photos. It strikes us as the perfect gift for your mom and dad, your grandparents, or any long-distance friend who is computer-shy. Not to mention that the Ceiva photo frame is just plain cool! --Michael Lewis

Pros:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Good picture quality
  • No existing Internet account necessary
  • Others can send you pictures for free

Cons:

  • You must adjust most of your settings on the Web site
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Features

  • An ideal gift for even the most non-technical parents or friends, the Ceiva digital photo receiver downloads your latest digital photos from the Web and displays them in full color
  • Simple plug-and-play connection and 1-button operation--owner or user needs no computer skills or Internet access
  • Upload photos to your Ceiva Web account; the Ceiva downloads automatically and displays them in slide-show mode
  • Sharp, bright VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels)--thousands of colors
  • Requires subscription to Ceiva Network; low monthly rates available

Reviews (223)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I just got one to give to my technophobe mom on Mother's Day. I am extremely impressed. It's attractive; it looks far more like a picture frame than an electronic device. The photo quality, while not quite as good as an average computer monitor, is quite respectable. It was extremely easy to set up and get working. And it works perfectly.

The frame cycles between 20 pictures that you've uploaded to the Ceiva web site, showing each for between 5 seconds and 2 hours (the time is up to you). It downloads new pictures from the web site automatically every night; you can also force it to download immediately. You can store up to 1000 (I think) pictures on the web site, and the frame will rotate them, choosing 20 different ones each day. You can also tell it to keep pictures until further notice, or have it choose one picture randomly each day from each of 20 albums that you establish online, or show "channels" like the local weather and prime-time TV schedule, or any combination of the above.

You can send photos in JPEG or several other formats. Ceiva's web site recommends editing photos to increase color saturation and contrast, and decrease brightness, in order to optimize their appearance on the frame (as opposed to on your monitor). I think their advice is correct, but I don't want to bother saving 2 versions of each photo, one for me and one for my mom's frame; the quality is still pretty good. Ceiva also recommends saving in 640x480 pixels, but I've found that larger pictures (both slightly larger and way larger) look just as good, so I don't bother saving a small version just for the frame. (I have a fast web connection, so I don't mind the time it takes to upload the image from my PC. I'm not sure whether this results in longer time for Ceiva to download photos to the frame, but I suspect that they convert them to 640x480 before downloading them.)

Now the drawbacks:

- It's expensive. ....

- The image quality could be better.

- Th image must be viewed pretty much straight on, not at much of an angle.

- The person with the frame can do very little. Basically all they can do (besides enjoy the show) is change the brightness and force an immediate download. Anything else, including telling it what hours to go dark at night, how long to show each picture, what pictures to change the next day, or your changed phone number, must be done on their web site. The assumption is that if the owner doesn't have a PC, he/she doesn't want to get involved with these things. That's probably the case most of the time, so I think this is a reasonable design, but there are probably some users who want to do more. Also, if there are connection problems, it can be cumbersome to troubleshoot and correct them with so little control from the frame.

- The web site user interface is confusing. It's actually pretty powerful once you figure it out, but it's way too hard to figure out.

- Of course, you need your photos in digital form to send them to Ceiva's web site. If you already do digital, this is no problem. If you will have to start doing this just so you can send them to Ceiva, that's additional time and expense that you need to factor in.

- The frame comes in your choice of colors, so long as your choice is black.

- Other users have complained of hardware problems. Most of those seem to show up right away, so you can reduce the problem by getting the unit in advance and trying it out before giving it as a gift. But the number of complaints I've seen seems rather high.

I expect that most or all of these problems will be fixed over time. The price will inevitably come down, and Ceiva's web site suggests that a new model this summer will accept pictures directly from memory cards rather than requiring a service subscription. (Some competitive products already do this.) Display technology, of course, keeps improving. Their web site promises an improved UI in a few weeks. And it implies that other colors will be available eventually. In a couple of years, I think this will be a much more appealing product, perhaps good enough that I'll want several around my house.

But if you have (say) a parent who craves pictures of their grandchildren, a couple of years of pleasure is worth a lot. That's why I sprung for one for my mom last week, and I liked it so much, I ordered a second for my wife's grandma yesterday. I just packed up my mom's after having it running in my office for a few days, and I miss it already!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, Easy to set up and Very Relaiable - Great Value!
I bought one for my wifes parents who are in their 80's and are not at all technically oriented. I was somewhat nervous because they still haven't forgiven me for buying them a simple VCR unit 10 years ago, it still sits there unused. It's one of those "I don't want to talk about it" issues. I had the Ceiva shipped to them and did not tell them it was coming. When I called a few days later I was surprised they had already recieved, opened it, and read the easy set up instructions. I called and registered the unit that morning. When I called back they knew just what to do because the unit was designed for grandparents in mind. They activated it and within 15 minutes had all the pictures we had loaded onto their album. They could not believe that just by dialing an 800 number they could get channels like the weather, TV Guide, and have it turned off at night and on in the morning as well as control the rate at which it shows the pictures. Now for just less than 1.4 cents a day (yearly subscription) I can send them pictures everyday and they don't have to do anything but enjoy the photos of their grandkids! Although there are other units out there, they aren't as easy to use and the reliability of the Ceiva is what sold me. This is the 3rd one I got since they first came out over a year ago and the reliability is unbelievable. My kids scan photos, art work, create there own messges, and load pictures from the digital camera 1,500 miles away, and Grandma sees it while having coffee the next morning. All without her lifting a finger. They say a pictures worth 1000 words. I highly recommend this to those who want to stay in touch! If you want to wow Grandma without the tech headache and worry, this is the product! Next I'm putting one on my desk at work too.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Way to Keep Your Family Close
We purchase two Ceiva frames almost 2 years ago-one for far away grandparents and one for in town grandparents. Set up was simple. Did have one of the frames with the infamous "faulty power supply", but tech support was easy to reach and sent it right away. They also credited that one account for the time the frame was down, extending the subscription. Can't ask for more than that. Both grandparents love the daily weather updates and I usually upload the same photos to both frames (which can be accomplished in one swoop, 10 at a time.) I usually reserve two slots for the Ceiva frame to randomly select a photo from two previous albums, just for the kick of "look how much they have changed, just since last year". The new upgraded frame has 30 photos (instead of our twenty) and a print button. They only negative thing is that the more photos grandparents get, the more they want! LOL! I got calls from both sides early on the morning of Nov. 1st because they didn't have Halloween costume pictures on their frames yet! They absolutely adore their frames...expensive but money well spent. They get so excited to wake up to new pictures. We send all kinds of things...scanned art work, photos, messages, and even greeting cards (Ceiva usually has several seasonal cards and stationary to chose from). You can even upload messages/photos to be delivered at a later date. It is nice because they can see all the photos and if there are a few they wish they had prints of, they can go online and order as few or as many as they want. It lets kids and grandparents easily share everyday moments, not just once or twice a year formal portraits. Our Ceivas definitely have bonded kids and grandparents in a high tech way!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy!!
My mother has a Ceiva and it has been more trouble than it's worth. I have called Ceiva 7 times this week. After being on hold more than 30 minutes each time, I have gotten different instructions every time and still nothing works. Their support staff knows absolutely nothing!

1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS POOR PRODUCT
This is not a grandma/grandpa friendly product. To really get the most out of this product you must have a computer. I purchased one some time ago with failures within a few months. I called and also spent a great deal of time on hold. Since I live in Southern California I dropped in to complain. Turns out they had bad adapters -they gave me a new adapter but eventually that one failed too. As far as having more than one location, HA!The company has ONE location, in Burbank, CA where the executive offices and everything else is housed. It is a pretty high end rent district and contemporary offices. From my time there I could tell the customer service dept. was there and I heard programmers upstairs as well. Also the price of the subscription has increased dramatically (early on it was $49 now it's double that). My in-laws bought one too before my problems but now both frames sit in the closet. Save your money and keep your frustration level down! ... Read more


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