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The Digital Photo Frame in 2022 – Outdated or Undying?


Can the modern digital photo frame import photos from social media?

The Pix-Star digital photo frame is one of the best modern digital photo frames on the market at the moment. Pix-Star’s web album feature lets you import photo albums from a dozen social media, photo-sharing, and online storage platforms – directly to your Pix-Star frame’s internal storage. Supported platforms include Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive & Photos, Dropbox, Flickr, and many more.

Pix-Star’s imported web albums are saved to internal storage and are available offline. It’s an excellent feature for families as linked albums can be set to automatically update whenever new photos are uploaded. This feature is arguably done the best with Pix-Star, though there is a handful of other frames that offer more limited web album support.

Do digital photo frames have mobile apps?

Only a handful of the best digital photo frames come with mobile apps. These apps are usually exclusively used to send photos to connected digital photo frames, usually via their unique email address. We highly recommend getting a digital photo frame with a mobile app as they’re significantly more versatile and can often also send videos and audio messages to several frames at the same time.

For example, the Pix-Star Snap mobile app lets you send up to 250 photos to multiple Pix-Star digital frames at the same time. There’s no need to create an account and you can send from anywhere in the world. All you need is the receiving frame’s email address (don’t worry about privacy as you can blacklist specific senders). Additionally, you can send 2-minute video clips and audio messages to any of your Pix-Star frames from anywhere.

What to look for in a great digital photo frame?

Any great digital photo frame should be able to receive and send photos and videos from anywhere in the world. It’s an essential feature for families and anyone that wants effortless photos sharing. Many top digital frames offer a mobile app and/or web interface that makes sharing multiple photos to several receiving frames at the same time (e.g., Pix-Star Snap lets you send up to 250 photos at once – to several different Pix-Star frames).

Another essential feature of a great digital frame is the aspect ratio of the display. We recommend a 4:3 display as this perfectly matches the aspect ratio that most smartphones take pictures in. We also suggest avoiding wide & shorter aspect ratios like 16:9 and 16:10. Most photos will be surrounded by black bars, leading to a far worse viewing experience.

Finally, Wi-Fi and cloud storage are key features. Cloud storage should be free and easy to set up. Bonus points if the cloud backups are done automatically and can be managed remotely. You should be able to remotely start slideshows from anywhere on any of your frames. It’s worth noting that most of these features are exclusive to only a handful of the best digital frames such as the Pix-Star frames and a couple of others.

What is the best digital photo frame for 2022?

The Pix-Star is comfortably one of the best digital photo frames of 2022. This is due in large part to its large and robust feature set and extensive Wi-Fi and cloud capabilities. Pix-Star’s frame is one of the only high-end frames that cater specifically to both the family and the elderly user. They are great in modern homes as they can be wall-mounted and rested on a flat surface – in both landscape and portrait orientations.

Pix-Star’s slideshows are some of the most versatile and easy to use on the market. Not only can you adjust the photos’ play order, frequency, style, and speed, but you can start and manage slideshows remotely. Videos can be included in slideshows and you can play audio files from a connected USB/SD card over them.

The Pix-Star Snap mobile app is excellent for efficient and frustration-free photo-sharing. You don’t have to create an account to use the app and it’s supported on most devices. With Pix-Star’s mobile app, you can send up to 250 photos to multiple Pix-Star frames at the same time. These incoming photos can be set to show automatically in the current slideshows. Additionally, they’re saved locally on the frame and backed up to the cloud. Pix-Star’s mobile app also lets you send videos and audio messages from anywhere in the world.

Pix-Star’s frames come with either a 10-inch display or a large 15-inch display. Both frames have manually adjustable brightness and color settings – letting you can the perfect slideshow for any situation. Pix-Star’s frames have tons of secondary features like radio & web music, free-for-life cloud storage, remote-control functionality, weather, games, and much more.

They’re arguably the best value for money frames on today’s market – equally suited to families, elderly users, and the tech-savvy individual. Setup is quick and effortless and you can automate much of the photo-sharing process through Pix-Star’s web album feature. These frames are sold at an excellent price point and are quite heavily discounted. Pix-Star’s frames can be purchased from their Amazon page or the Pix-Star shop.

Can a digital photo frame play videos and music?

Many of the best digital photo frames can play both video and audio – though it’s not a universally offered feature. You’ll seldom find cheap or mid-range frames that offer video and audio support. For example, Pix-Star’s digital frames let you play video clips with a maximum length of two minutes. This might not seem like much, but it’s more than almost any other digital frame on the market.

It’s worth noting that most digital frames limit video playback by length or size. This is because video playback isn’t a feature that the digital frame focuses on. While it’s a great feature to have, it shouldn’t come at the price of reduced functionality, features, or essential functions like great slideshows or cloud storage.

Top frames like the Pix-Star can include videos in slideshows. Additionally, these videos can be set to play muted or with their recorded sound. Pix-Star’s frames can also play audio files from a connected USB/SD card and even play radio stations over slideshows. You can also connect external speakers/headphones to the Pix-Star frame for a more immersive slideshow experience.

Another point worth noting is that some video and audio-capable frames charge extra subscription fees to unlock features like video & audio playback, mobile apps, cloud storage, etc. We recommend avoiding these as there are plenty of great premium frames like the Pix-Star or Dragon Touch that offer these “paid” features without charging a cent extra.

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