Are premium digital photo frames worth the money?
If you’re on the market for a digital frame – premium digital photo frames are the way to go. They offer significantly more features & functions that ensure you can connect with your loved ones to share photos and moments effortlessly.
Premium digital photo frames are naturally more expensive. They pack bigger and higher resolution displays to enhance the viewing experience & boost immersion. You’ll find their build quality to be superior – leading to better longevity and a more reliable digital frame for your home.
Through features like Wi-Fi & cloud connectivity, you can link these premium digital photo frames to social media platforms to view photos and selected photo albums. In some cases, they can be synced directly to your frame and saved to internal storage for offline use. Additionally, you can link photo albums directly from your computer to your frame – either wirelessly or by USB.
Premium digital photo frames offer far more versatile slideshows that let you control the play order of the photos. With many cheaper digital frames, you’ll struggle to control which photos are displayed – especially when they’re being viewed off a connected USB/SD card. Premium digital frames also have much larger internal storage, meaning you can hold more photos without needing to connect a USB/SD card or sync photos from cloud storage.
In terms of features, premium digital frames offer more unique and robust sets of features. These include weather forecasts, Wi-Fi & cloud storage, mobile apps, web interfaces, etc. With many of the top digital frames, you can send photos to the frame from anywhere in the world. It only takes a couple of seconds and can be done through your phone, computer, email, etc. With cheap frames, the only way to send photos is by loading them to a USB/SD card and inserting it into the frame.
In summary, premium digital photo frames are much better for families and elderly users with features like remote control functionality, web albums, the ability to send photos from anywhere in the world, and more. We usually recommend saving up a little longer and getting a premium frame that can slip into a family of frames (multi-frame control group) and cater to the needs of several users at the same time. They’re far more versatile, durable, and offer a hard-to-beat immersive viewing experience.
What are the best premium digital photo frames?
Pix-Star offers one of the most balanced and capable premium digital frames on the market. They’re known to have a robust feature set with features like Wi-Fi & free-for-life cloud storage, excellent ease of use, a supported mobile app & web interface, video & audio playback, versatile slideshows, and much more.
Pix-Star’s digital photo frames come in either a 10-inch version or a larger 15-inch frame. Both of their displays use a 4:3 aspect ratio that matches the aspect ratio of the photos taken on our smartphones. The result is that photos don’t need to be edited or cropped before being sent to the Pix-Star frame (a common issue with digital frames that use 16:9 aspect ratio displays).
Pix-Star’s frames can be remotely controlled via the web interface. Here you can create a multi-frame control group with up to 25 connected Pix-Star frames. It’s an excellent feature for families and those that want to get grandparents more involved. This remote-control feature lets you adjust the frame’s settings, start slideshows, manage local & cloud storage, update the frames’ firmware, and much more. You have almost the same level of control you would using the frame in person.
Tying together well with the remote-control feature is Pix-Star mobile app (Pix-Star Snap). The app lets you select photos, videos, and audio messages from your phone’s gallery – or capture new photos – and send them directly to your Pix-Star frame. You can send several frames at the same time and can send up to 250 photos at the same time (to several receiving frames).
Pix-Star’s free-for-life cloud storage is one of the more unique premium digital frame features. Where many other premium frames charge extra subscription fees to unlock cloud storage, video playback, and so on, Pix-Star’s frames offer it all for free. Cloud backups are automatically created for photos & other media as they’re received – so you don’t need to worry about the safety of your most precious memories.
Can premium digital photo frames play videos?
While most premium digital photo frames can play video clips – almost all of them come with restrictions. In most cases, the maximum video length is limited. With Pix-Star’s frames, you can play 2-minute video clips (sent via the Pix-Star Snap mobile app or by USB/SD card). This is more than almost all other digital frames and isn’t locked behind a paywall.
Note that you can’t play long video clips (like movies or TV shows). Digital frames don’t have inbuilt web browsers and as such, can’t access sites like YouTube or Netflix. You also need to make sure that the video clips are in a supported format and fall within the size/length requirements. Most cheap digital frames can’t play video or audio clips – it’s usually a feature that’s limited to the premium end of the market.
What is the most important feature of premium digital photo frames?
Perhaps the most important feature of premium digital photo frames is Wi-Fi connectivity. It lets you send photos & other media directly to your digital frames from anywhere in the world – and at any time. It also lays the foundation for more advanced features like cloud storage, mobile apps, web interfaces, and remote-control functionality. For families, Wi-Fi connectivity is essential and is arguably the most important feature of a modern and versatile digital frame.
How many photos can premium digital photo frames hold?
Most premium digital photo frames like the Pix-Star have 4-8GB internal storage (Pix-Star’s frames have 8GB of onboard storage). 8GB is enough for around 30,000 photos – likely more than you’d ever need. This also leaves you with plenty of space for video clips & audio messages from your loved ones. When you consider that frames like the Pix-Star also offer free-for-life cloud storage and can support USB/SD cards, you’re most likely not going to run out of space for your favorite photos & memories!