O2 Joggler review
By Rosemary Hattersley | PC Advisor | Published: 15:32, 08 June 2009
The O2 Joggler is a digital picture frame that can also act as a family calendar and wireless music player.
By now, you may have seen the adverts for the O2 Joggler. It's the oversized fridge magnet that magically sucks in the PostIt Notes, musings on the backs of envelopes and calendar entries for the whole family. The O2 Joggler is an all-in-one calendar and 7in digital photo frame that also plays music and provides news and sports headlines, traffic alerts and local weather information.
A touchscreen device, the O2 Joggler sits atop a convenient surface where it can be easily seen and accessed by the family. A chunky silver metal stand prevents it from toppling over. There's no on/off button on the O2 Joggler as the idea is that it remains plugged in and is constantly available to serve up information whenever you breeze past and press one of its 2in square onscreen icons.
If you want to conserve power you must switch it off at the mains; restarting the O2 Joggler supposedly takes 30 seconds though we found ourselves staring at the Openpeak welcome screen then the O2 splash screen for closer to a minute before we could start tapping around the Joggler's menus. (Openpeak OpenFrame is the name of the Ubuntu-based mobile internet device around which the Joggler is based.)
The O2 Joggler works over Wi-Fi and requires either a monthly O2 subscription, or can be bought outright for £149. You must register yourself at the O2 website and assign yourself a user name and password before you can start
Let's get ready to Joggle
Setting up the O2 Joggler is a matter of logging in to your O2 user account. If you don't already have a login name and password you need to enter your mobile phone number at www.o2.co.uk/joggler and register yourself. After that, you need merely enter these login details to the O2 Joggler.
The O2 Joggler then tries to access your calendar. You'll get a message if your wired or wireless network doesn't appear - we had to prompt the device to look for our Wi-Fi network by pressing the Home button at the top left of the screen followed by the Settings icon. A signal indicator at the top centre of the O2 Joggler's screen indicates the strength of signal.