O2 Joggler Review

06/08/2009

Company: O2

Price: £149.99 or free if taken instead of phone upgrade

Rating: 4/10

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new O2 Joggler, borrowed from a friend, in anticipation of purchasing one for myself and the family. For those of you who don’t know the Jogger is billed as “your new fridge door” and is designed to “organise your family’s life”.

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The souped-up, Wi-Fi-enabled digital photo frame synchronises with a free, online calendar on which you’re encouraged to enter appointments for each member of the family. Appointments can be entered on the device itself or through your PC’s web browser, although there’s no way to synchronise your O2 calendar with your work Outlook diary (or any other calendar service for that matter). Worse still, the device is woeful at letting you know when these appointments arrive. Family members with phones on the O2 network can be sent a free SMS reminder of the appointment, but the Joggler itself will sit on the mantelpiece without as much a pop-up balloon to warn you of impending appointments. Unforgivably, you have to manually check the calendar which is a shame, because the Joggler hardware itself is superb. As an iPhone owner I was very upset that there was no way of syncing my iPhone calendar with the one on my iPhone, it really felt like O2 missed a trick here considering they (for now) have the excusive rights to the iPhone in the UK.

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The 800 x 480, 7in screen is sumptuously sharp and bright, with faultlessly wide viewing angles. This means the device can be put to good use as a digital photo frame, video player or media streaming device, with 1GB of on-board storage for files and a USB port for transferring content.

The capacitive touchscreen is exemplary, with flawless accuracy making it easy to enter appointments using the on-screen keyboard, and scroll through the news and sport headlines provided by Sky Sports.

The other bundled apps are a very poor, there’s a single game (a  Sudoku type puzzle game), traffic updates and a five-day weather forecast.

O2 promises that digital radio and “messaging” services will arrive soon, but there’s no scope to build or install third-party applications, leaving owners with O2’s rather meagre selection.

The Joggler is undoubtedly an interesting concept, but it ultimately fails to deliver on its chief purpose: calendaring. If you want a 7in digital photo frame with a few extra bells and whistles it’s certainly worth considering, but at £150 it’s just not worth it in it’s current state.

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