I know this is a bit of an open question but I wanted to quickly get general feedback about the iPronto before ordering one.
I currently have one of the original Prontos (RU890) and am happy with that. I want a new one as the increased screen size would be good for more complex devices.
Also I understand that it provides access to media files stored on a PC wirelessly that can be played on that PC which in turn is connected to an amplifier.
A real bonus would be to use it as a digital photo album whilst not in use. I believe I could do this by switching off the auto sleep and if nothing else pointing the web browser to images with an automatic page refresh.
So if you have the time please answer any of the 3 questions, which in summary are:
1) are you happy with your iPronto? 2) any experience driving audio, video and pictures of a networked PC to play on another device (TV and amp)? 3) can it be used as a digital picture frame when not being used?
any experience with driving audio, pictures etc.? yes. e.g. with the free music server from www.slimdevices.com... you can use iPronto as media browser. it works fine, provided you don't select a too "heavy" skin. slide show works too... as you describe (automatic page refresh etc.)
I set up the slimserver, and its pretty slick. I wonder if there is a similar program the plays the MP3s on the ipronto itself? Also, have you set up a slide show? Did you write a web page yourself, or use a server style program?
I'm fine with my ipronto bought i tfor 1700$ wish it the memory upgrade module would be of use to the ipronto i have a 4.4 MB file 2 DVD players (one Karoke and 1 SACD) 2 Amps Zone 1 and 2 CD LD VCR PLASMA 3 Satallite Recievers X10 Lighting and Waterfall control
Can't think how can i control all this with anything but ipronto made icons 4 Channels with just one button my parents who know nothing about this can watch it which was a big problem with 12 remotes !!!1 try AMX 4 5000 dollars
Well I bought mine 24 hours ago. I spent 4 hours programming it with iprontoedit. It went just fine... I came home from work today to make a few more changes and what do you know!!!!! IT Doesn't work! The screen is blank and will not recover even from a hard boot. After an hour with ipronto's tech support, they don't want to send me a new one, even though I haven't had it for 24 hours yet. They want me to wait a couple of weeks or more for them to fix it.
So my recommendation to you is as long as you don't expect quality technical support from the manufacturer and you don't really need to use it, but instead would like to have an occaisional project for fun, at least while you have it in your possession....
Don't buy it! Listen to the disgruntled users. They have a really good reason to be pissed.
cmoore, did you come to any conclusion? I too am considering an iPronto. In fact, I would say I am trying hard to justify getting one, but every time I come close to making the move, I read more negative posts. I don't know how many were sold, but it does seem that there are way too many unhappy owners at this point. I am hoping that Philips comes up with a firmware upgrade or patch to get this thing right, or better yet, iProntoII with improvements. I'd love to get one, but really can't see buying something for that kind of money that clearly does not work properly.
So here's an update. The dealer allowed me to return it though I wanted another one instead of my money back. On the way to UPS I connected the battery and it worked. It seems the board had to discharge and it took all night. (But don't think my problems are over.)I didn't ship it but instead I spent some time programming it this afternoon. On the way to the gym the iPronto went to sleep. (5 mins) 90 minutes later.. after my workout I tried to awake my sleeping iPronto but the little beauty will not wake up. Even though I may resemble a frog... and yes I played the prince in sleeping beauty when I was in elementary school, my kiss didn't work.
I'm a geek so I can't just let this thing go without figuring out why.... (I really wish this wasn't one of my traits but its earned me lots of money.)
So after another hour of testing I've come to the conclusion that there is an issue with the motherboard. Possibly a hair line crack or cold solder joint. The battery when conneccted doesn't always make the system start and it should.
Again, for those of you that want something that works near flawlessly, this is not your solution. Go simple, tried and true. You may not get the bells and whistles but you'll spend less time mucking about with stuff that you really don't want to know about.
I on the other hand believe that there IS a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow so I'm gonna keep at it until it's right.
And I AM gonna ship it out tomorrow to my dealer for another one.
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