Kodi is their latest product and this time is about a gaming handset especially designed for kids. It’s small enough to be held in one little hand and comes in several nice colors that you can choose from – Olive Green, Grapes Purple, Garnet Red, Hazelnut Brown and Mango Yellow. Mine is Mango Yellow, a combination between gold and bronze, and is glossy, just like in the official photos.
Kodi comes in a nice box highlighting it’s features, in which you can find the gaming device, a clear stand, a strap, a miniUSB-to-USB cable, and the user manual.
Digital photo frame
Kodi is a round, lightweight device that is easy to handle with one hand, and has a small 1.44-inch display of 28 x 128 pixels, USB interface, built-in 2MB flash memory, support for JPEG, BMP and GIF pictures, a size of 60 x 60 x 17.5 mm at 35.5 grams, and enough space for up to 50 images.
As it is a gaming device, you can download many shake games and play them wherever you are. Mine has one pre-loaded game, the classic Dice, but I’ve understood that Framemory will soon make more games available for download. Downloadable games include Loach, Coin, Housework, Ninja, Scissors, Fruit, Egg, Loach and Card, and some also feature voice besides the LED light flashing.
Dice can be accessed by pressing on the main button on the front and you need to shake the device and stop it to see if dice match, which is extremely simple and fun for a kid. More than that, I think kids would enjoy playing with Kodi because it lights up and flashes during shake games.
Time and date
Besides the digital photo frame and gaming features, Kodi also comes with some other useful settings, such as clock and date, standby time and backlight.
Kodi has four control buttons –one Mode button located on the front and three smaller buttons placed on the right side. You can use them with the same hand you’re holding it in.
To turn Kodi on you only need to keep the Enter button pressed for about three seconds, then using the Enter, Up and Down buttons you can access the menu and browse through options and settings.
By default, Kodi displays all the images in the memory as a slideshow. While in standby mode, it starts showing the time (hour, minutes and seconds) and date. If you press the Mode button it will gets back to the slideshow and if you press it once again it will get into the game mode where you can select the game you want to play.
It is very easy to use and to turn it off you need to keep the Enter button pressed for another 3 seconds.
Kodi also comes with a built-in application that starts running automatically as it connects to the computer. Through it you can transfer images of friends, nature, pets, foods and whatever you like and manage the existing photos.
It will probably sound incredible, but, according to the official description, Kodi powers from a built-in 3.7 V Li-Ion battery of 15mAh that keeps it in standby for up to 36 hours. To conserve power, it uses low-power elements and smart power management technologies.
Play the following video to see how Kodi works:
What I like at Kodi
-It’s a small device with intuitive and easy-to-use interface, which is great for kids. You can download fun shake games and add your favorite images to share them with others.
-The software comes pre-loaded and runs automatically as you connect Kodi to the computer via USB. There is no CD in the box and you don’t need additional software tools to manage the contents.
-It charges while connected via USB.
-It has enough memory to store lots of photos and games.
-The overall design is great and the device seems durable.
Things that could be improved
-The box seems very fragile.
-The software is currently compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista only, so you can’t manage the contents on a Linux-based laptop, or on a Windows 7 system. Maybe the compatibility will be expanded in the near future.
Where to get it from
You can buy Kodi from MallBox for $29.95, while Amazon, Best Buy, kmart, Sears and newegg will have it soon, too.