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Native Union Play- Video Memo Pad - Black


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Technical Details
Item Weight218 g
Product Dimensions11.1 x 3.3 x 15.4 cm
Batteries:3 AAA batteries required.
Item model numberPLAY-BLK
Weight220 grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB0062HIPNY
Shipping Weight249 g
Date First AvailableJune 30 2013
  
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun to play with but.... Jan. 9 2012
By drebbles - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
The Native Union Play Video Memo Pad is designed to take the place of Dry Erase Boards in your house and eliminate the use of post-it-notes stuck as reminders on your refrigerator. It features a 2.4" color screen and lets you tape messages up to three minutes long. You can leave more than one message - up to four hours of messages. The memo pad has a camera but you don't need a computer to use it (it runs on 3 AAA batteries). It has a built in microphone and speaker and a light flashes when there are new messages (messages are recorded with the time and date). It has a magnetized back so you can stick it on your refrigerator or other metallic surface; it also comes with a magnetic wall-tape pad so you can mount it on non-magnetic surfaces if you want to.

What I like about The Native Union Play Video Memo Pad:

It is very easy to set up and use. The not needing to use a computer to set it up is a huge plus - you just put in the batteries and you're good to go. It is small so it doesn't take up a lot of room on the refrigerator - having it magnetized is a big help (you can also slip it into your pocketbook or pocket if you need to use it while you are out). I use it the most when rearranging my freezer to see what is in it. When I did so in the past, I made a list of whatever was in the freezer so I knew what I had; I also made a list of what I needed to buy. Now I use the Play to do both. This is so much more convenient since I don`t have to continually stop what I am doing to write down what I have or need. I also use this when going through the stuff I have stored in my basement. This is especially handy since I don't always have a place to put paper and pen (and my basement can be a bit too dirty to put down a piece of paper) and it makes taking inventory so much easier.

What I don't like about The Native Union Play Video Memo Pad:

It doesn't work as well as it could. While there are only three buttons (play, record, and delete), you have to press those buttons multiple times to get the device to do something. You have to press the Play button each time you want to hear a message - if there are multiple messages you have to hit the play button to listen to each message (you can't play them in a continuous string), and the machine doesn't tell you how many messages there are to be played back. It can be a bit confusing when you go to record a message, you have to push the record button several times. I could do without the camera - it doesn't take very flattering pictures. The sound is very tinny - family members have had to ask me in person what I said on the recording! And it is loud (I don't see an option to adjust the sound) - I can't imagine taking the device with me to go grocery shopping (unless I want to annoy everyone around me!).

Bottom-line:

The Native Union Play Video Memo Pad is a cute little gadget but has a few too many flaws for my liking.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than sticky notes? No. Dec 25 2011
By M. Cheung - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I had high hopes for this little gadget as a replacement for the white board or sticky note reminders I leave for myself and family. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it's more trouble than it's worth. Here's why:

- The buttons seem a little slow to respond even with brand new batteries
- It takes four button pushes (with hesitant reaction from the gadget) to record a video - one to "wake" the device, one to put it in record mode, one to begin recording, and another to stop recording. This takes 10 - 15 seconds not including the video recording itself.
- The audio is terrible - playback is too loud when recording with normal speaking voice, scratchy sound
- Recording display shows your reversed image which doesn't seem like a big deal but it's very unnatural to have to move yourself to the left to get the video image to move to the right.
- When standing at a comfortable distance away from the camera to push the buttons it records the image very close up which may contribute to the bad sound, too.
- If more than one message is recorded and they are meant for more than one person, if one person sees the flashing alert that there is a new message, they listen to all of them and then the light no longer flashes. Then the next person doesn't know there is a message for them. Maybe that's a lot to expect from this little device but it sure does make it awkward to use.
- There's a typo on the box. (Not a big deal, just an observation.)

I was hoping to use this as a quick way to leave reminders - like "don't forget your football pads" or "buy milk, eggs, and bread." For me it hasn't convinced me to put down the sticky notes. For what I would use it for it's really not useful.

However, if you're leaving messages back and forth with one other person in the household - "Dinner is in the fridge. Heat it up at 350 for 15 minutes" or sweet love notes, this may work.

Aesthetically, it is a cute little device. The magnet is strong enough to hold it securely onto the refrigerator. It also comes with a flat magnet that has a sticker on the back so if you want to mount the Play somewhere that isn't magnetized you can. (Like a car dashboard.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the whole family. Jan. 10 2012
By H. Curran - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This is not a HD camera. This is a very basic video message recorder written memo replacement that has a ton of fun possible applications.

It's easy to use, even our toddler has figured out how to record and playback messages (have to keep it up high or he never stops).

I often record a message before picking my older kids up and when they come home they play it. My twins nine use it in their 'war' games to record a message and then they toss it to the other 'side'.

It is durable, comes with a attachable magnetic backing and a wrist strap. Takes regular batteries and even with all the use it has received, we haven't had to replace them to date.

I no longer need to scrounge around for a pen and paper or hear that no one saw my note because I record my message and place the Native Union Play on the fridge and everyone checks to see if the light is blinking when they get home.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars User Unfriendly....... Jan. 25 2012
By AuburnTygr - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
As much as I wanted to like this product it is too complicated to operate. Each time I tried to use I had to go back to the user manual to figure out how to operate. The one video I managed to record was blurry and the sound quality was muffled and hard to understand.
Presently it remains on my refrigerator door, unused collecting dust. I have tech minded teens in the house and after one attempt to help me figure out how to operate, even they won't attempt to use it. I wouldn't recommend.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Fun Dec 19 2011
By Ed - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
My wife and I are always forgetting something at the grocery store, which usually ends up with another trip. At our age remembering is a challenge! We would write a list as we needed something, loose the slip etc. etc. With this we simply can leave a memo along with some smart remark and play it back before we leave and find that the list is usually right! I took the "Play" with me to the store one time and tried using it instead of a written list----it does get attention, really too much attention, as I bumbled around find what we needed. Other shoppers could hear some of my unnecessary remarks, only for a laugh. I am back to copying off it again. We keep it on the fridge so it's always handy to leave a memo.

It does have a "cool factor" Had the grandson leave a message, which I did't notice until after he left---money, of course. Really does make life a bit easier for old folks, like myself who tend to forget just way to much. We do use it a lot and enjoy having it in the kitchen.

The size of the picture screen is about the same as a digital camera, the sound is fine for a unit this small, and yes, it will fit in your pocket if you do want to take it to the store.
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