The Tenker digital photo frame is a decent mid-range digital frame. There aren’t any Wi-Fi or cloud features, so it’s pretty basic in terms of functionality and versatility. Photos, videos, and audio are loaded to the frame via USB/SD card and are stored on the frame’s internal storage.
A 4:3 aspect ratio gives this frame a slightly better viewing experience than most other mid-range digital photo frames. That being said, it’s quite expensive when compared with most non-Wi-Fi digital photo frames – and right on the heels of many premium Wi-Fi/cloud digital photo frames like the Pix-Star.
There aren’t that many features, especially when it comes to sending photos to the frame. There are no mobile apps or web interfaces that let you link external photos and albums to the frame. You’d expect to see some kind of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity at this price point. It would have made this a killer frame thanks to the relatively good 1024×600 display.
While the frame is very basic, it’s not the easiest to use. The interface feels very outdated and the remote controller can be hard to use at any kind of range. It’s not the most responsive remote and the buttons aren’t laid out very intuitively – it might take you a while to get used to the user interface.
Multimedia support is a redeeming quality that helps to counterbalance some of the weaker and missing features. You can play both video and audio files in a variety of formats. It’s a decent choice as a gift for an elderly family member or a small room/family. That being said, considering the price, the Tenker digital photo frame doesn’t offer much to justify that higher price. You’d get better value by topping up a little more and getting a premium digital photo frame with Wi-Fi and cloud capabilities.
Since the Tenker digital photo frame isn’t Wi-Fi or cloud-capable, you don’t have access to any online methods for sending photos to the frame. This includes email, mobile apps, or important photos via the web interface. The only way to send photos to the Tenker digital photo frame is by loading them onto a supported and compatible USB/SD card – inserting it into the frame’s relevant ports (found on the sides of the frame). Copy the photos and other media from the inserted USB/SD card to the frame’s internal storage for viewing.
The Pix-Star digital photo frame is one of the strongest choices for the best digital frame at the moment. You get full Wi-Fi and cloud capabilities and a host of features that make this frame exceptionally versatile. It doesn’t cost much more than the Tenker digital photo frame, but offer a lot more in terms of features, functions, and performance.
You can send photos to your Pix-Star frame from anywhere in the world in less than a minute with the Pix-Star Snap mobile app. It also lets you send videos and audio notes (videos can be played with audio too). The web interface lets you manage up to 25 frames from a single user account and all the photos stored in the cloud. Pix-Star is unique in that they offer free-for-life unlimited cloud storage.
Web album support lets you link your favorite photo albums and pictures to your Pix-Star frame. You can link and sync photos from sites like Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos & Drive, Dropbox, Flickr, and more. They’re automatically synced and can be set to automatically update and download new photos whenever you add new pictures to the connected albums.
With 8GB of internal storage, USB/SD card support, and unlimited cloud storage, Pix-Star always has a safe and secure space for your photos. You can share and export these photos with multiple frames at the same time (the app also lets you send to multiple frames at the same time) – letting you involve everybody in the family as effortlessly as possible.
In summary, when you consider that the Pix-Star frame is only slightly more expensive than the Tenker digital photo frame, but a lot versatile and functional – it’s hard to ignore the leap in value. You’ll get a premium frame with a robust feature set and excellent design & build quality. It’s well worth spending that little bit extra!
The Tenker digital photo frame is an offline frame. It doesn’t feature any kind of Wi-Fi connectivity (aside from updating the firmware) or cloud support. You can’t send photos to the frame using Wi-Fi, hotspots, mobile networks, or Bluetooth.
The lack of Wi-Fi connectivity means that features like remote control functionality and multi-frame control aren’t possible. You have to be using the frame in person to change settings, manage the frame’s storage, start slideshows, etc.
The only way to send photos, videos, and audio to the frame is by USB/SD card. They’re stored on the frame’s internal storage. The good news is that the frame can be used anywhere that has a power outlet as you aren’t bound to Wi-Fi-connected spots. That being said, most top digital photo frames like the Pix-Star also offer extensive offline functionality and features.
Tenker digital photo frames are multimedia compatible. You can play both videos and audio on the frame – though you need to make sure they match the supported formats to be received and played correctly.
Supported video formats include AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP, MPG, VOB, and MKV. You’re best off sending 720p videos. Partial 1080p videos are supported – but you’re far more likely to run into issues trying to play them on the frame.
Supported audio formats include MP3, MPEG, AAC, WMA, OGG, APE, and WAV. Try to keep the audio files short (less than 2-minutes), as longer clips can run into compatibility and playability issues. Note that the frame isn’t very loud, and the audio quality isn’t great. You might be able to connect external speakers (with a USB connection) to improve this, but support isn’t great and they might not work very consistently.