Over the last several years, the digital photo frames arena has seen huge improvements. Now, you can stick a USB drive to a frame and also send photos to the frame via a dedicated app or emails. And then, there's the simple kind of digital photo frame that lets you store photos in the device's internal memory, just like smartphones. Like their counterparts, these frames come with built-in storage and are a breeze to set up. Also, they come in myriad different sizes and resolutions.
On top of that, these cool devices bundle additional features like Wi-Fi and email support. Best of both worlds, I must say?
So, if you are looking for fuss-free digital photo frames with internal memory (or built-in storage), here are some of the best ones.
The Skylight Frame has been a popular choice among several users, primarily for its easy setup and installation process. It packs a beautiful and sleek look with a thin border, and the mat adds to the elegance. Yep, just like conventional photo frames. Several users have appreciated both the HD screen and the picture quality. It's clear, crisp, and displays both high-res and low-res photos brilliantly.
You can email photos to it and it will display them in all its might. The 8GB of storage can store around 8000 photos, which is more than sufficient. The company claims that it takes just 60 seconds for the photos to get updated, and several users on Amazon have backed this claim.
And even if you do not have access to an SD card, you can also use the companion app to share and download photos. Aside from that, it has many smart extras. For instance, you can use the touchscreen for cycling through the different photos and for deleting old and used photos. This technique makes it easy to handle the frame even when it is mounted on walls.
At the time of writing, this frame has received over seventeen hundred reviews.
However, it's not without its share of flaws. For example, email is the only way through which you can add pictures. Plus, there's no motion sensor.
2. Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame
Storage: 16GB | Resolution: 1280 x 800 IPS display
Another digital frame with just the right features is the Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame. This one boasts of a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which makes it perfect for keeping it on desks or countertops. The design is simple, and you can use it both horizontally and vertically. It connects to your home Wi-Fi and you can send photos to it from anywhere.
The Dragon picture frame has quite a few advantages. For one, you can send photos to it via a dedicated app or an email address. If your PC and the frame are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can use the FTP server address to transfer images. Now, that's impressive. Lastly, there's the conventional method of sharing content via a USB drive and SD card.
There are quite a few customization options — you can adjust the speed of the slideshow, manage the brightness of the device, and so on.
The transfer process is simple and doesn't take much time. Reviewers have been particularly happy with the screen quality and the picture quality.
Though it doesn't have a motion sensor, it packs a nifty sleep timer that you can enable so that the frame does not run unnecessarily in the night or otherwise. The 16GB internal storage gives you the option to load thousands of photos.
The PhotoShare Smart Frame digital photo frame is priced considerably less than the ones mentioned above and offers 1920×1080 resolution and a 10-inch display. The feature which sets it apart from the rest is that you can share photos directly from Google Photos and Facebook. That is independent of the usual method of sending the photos via email or through the app.
Naturally, it offers built-in Wi-Fi and can receive around 50 photos at a time. The 8GB storage is good enough to store a slew of photos. And the good thing is that the photos can be stored using both an SD card or a USB drive.
When it comes to the companion app, it does a fine job of sending pictures and videos from just about anywhere. The only limitation is that the photo-sharing process is faster over Wi-Fi compared to a mobile network.
It packs a few extras too. For instance, it can play music and videos and wake you up with its alarm clock should you choose to keep it on your nightstand. And if you do not want to get into the hassles of emailing photos, you can use the traditional method of transferring them via SD cards and USB drives.
Another good thing about the frame is that the mats are removable. On the downside, quite a few people have spoken about the app, which tends to get slow, at times. On the upside, it's easy to operate particularly for seniors and gets the job done.
4. Aluratek 13-inch Distressed Wood Digital Photo Frame (ADMPFD13F)
If you are looking for a rustic looking wooden photo frame, you can't go wrong with the one by Aluratek. The beautiful faux wooden frame is designed to blend easily with rustic home decor and it does look impressive. The best part is that the company ships two additional frames in mahogany and walnut finishes. It produces bright and clear picture quality, and it can also straighten the orientation of most pictures. And yeah, it ships with a remote.
As noted earlier, the 13-inch frame bundles 8GB of internal storage. You can take advantage of the USB 2.0 Type-A port to transfer photos. Alternatively, you can plug in an SD card (maximum 32GB).
The wood of the frame has a bit of a faux look. However, some feel that the wood blends seamlessly with the background and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.
However, the low price tag has its share of issues. While it does a good job of displaying the picture via the internal storage options, the app support is not up to the standards. At times, it has trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi network.
5. Aluratek Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame (ADMPF108F)
At just 8-inches, the Aluratek Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame is a small frame that makes itself at home on top of counters and desks. It makes for a good buy if you do not want to spend more than a few dollars on a picture frame. The resolution of 800 x 600 might not be the best in the world, but for the price, it produces a considerably decent picture quality.
The internal memory is at 4GB and can hold quite a few pictures. The best part is that it is easy to set up, and several users back that claim in their reviews on Amazon. The nifty remote adds to the experience.
The low price doesn't mean it's doesn't have customization options. You can easily tweak the brightness levels, change the length of the slideshow, or set the sleep timer.
Another plus is that it can display both music and videos. For its price and limited features, it has earned considerably decent reviews. But at the end of the day, do not expect the world out of this digital frame. Naturally, the picture quality is a tad less compared to its pricier counterparts.
The viewing angles are a tad limited, and you will have to look at the photos head-on.
Like its pricey counterpart above, the photo transfer is made using a USB-A port at the back.
Digitize the Memories
Digital photo frames are a great way to display the freshest of memories. We hardly take a peek at the hundreds of photos we capture each month. If it were not for Instagram, odds are that we may not scroll down the phone's photo gallery at all.
So, which of these photo frames will you buy? Will you settle for an affordable frame like the one by Aluratek or will you rather trust the old names like Skylight and Dragon Touch?
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