Best digital photo frames iMore 2021

We're lucky enough to have some of the best digital cameras ever made at our disposal these days. Wouldn't it be nice to display those fancy photos or help the grandparents see fresh images without having to pay for printing and shipping? You can do just that with digital photo frames. They take up less room than picture frames, have built-in smart features, and look great in any home. You've upgraded from a flip phone to a smartphone and maybe from a desktop to a laptop, right? Why not step up from old-fashioned photo frames to digital? I've handpicked the best digital photo frames of the year, and I can't wait to show them to you.

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A smart frame: Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame

Staff Favorite

Some products billed as smart are lacking intelligence. That's not the case with this gorgeous Nixplay digital frame. It's a generous 15.6-inches and is viewable from across a room. You share photos and videos to the frame via the free Nixplay app, and it updates automatically. The matte black finish is gorgeous, wall-mountable, and the internals include a 1920x1080 FHD IPS display that's adjustable to portrait or landscape mode, motion sensors, and Alexa compatibility.

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Best for your budget: Aluratek 7-inch frame

You don't have to spend money outside your comfort zone to get in on the latest and greatest digital photo frames. The Aluratek has a beautiful 7-inch TFT LCD. This model reads SD/SDHC memory cards and USB drives, so it's a cinch to add photos. Photographs are bright and vibrant, and the basic black frame blends in with any decor. Perfect for your office cubicle, a dorm room, or a bedroom, this small digital photo frame showcases your best work and is simple enough for anyone in the family to use.

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Best looking: Skylight Wi-Fi Digital Frame

Many of today's best digital photo frames look like pieces of technology. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but this frame from Skylight doesn't distract from or compete with your current decor. In a word, it's gorgeous. This is a 10-inch Wi-Fi frame that looks and feels like a traditional frame. Goodies include a touchscreen display, effortless setup, and quick photo transfers from an email address to the frame.

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Best resolution: Pix-Star 10-inch Wi-FI Frame with IPS

When you want your photos to come to life, you want this model from Pix-Star, one of the best digital photo frames of the year. The stunning 9.7-inch IPS display supports video and photo playback, and the whole thing works over Wi-Fi. The Pix-Star sets up in minutes, holding up to 30,000 pictures. Transfer photos from a USB stick, your iPhone or Android, social media, the cloud, or a memory card, and you're good to go. A built-in motion sensor turns this photo frame on when someone approaches and back off again when no one is within view. Bonus: you can even receive daily weather updates with this model.

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Best touch screen: Dragon Touch Classic 10 FHD

With a classic look, the Dragon Touch is at home on a nightstand, kitchen counter, office desk, or shelf. The 10-inch IPS touch screen shows off photos in brilliant FHD. Photographs auto-rotate from portrait to landscape as needed. There's 16GB of storage to keep memories, and pictures and videos can also travel over Wi-Fi, SD card, and USB drive. This classic-looking photo frame comes with a free app to manage setup, display features, and to add or delete content.

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Best storage: Aura Carver Smart Digital Picture Frame

Beveled edges, Alexa compatibility, and a bright display are a few of the features we love about the Aura Carver. This 10.1-inch HD digital photo frame also comes with unlimited photo storage. Now that's something we can all use. You send photos remotely via an app, and they show up seconds later on the Aura Carver. Get this impressive smart frame in charcoal or white.

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Best wall mountable: Feelcare Smart Wi-Fi Frame

The Feelcare is a slender 7-inch smart digital photo frame that's wall mountable. Finally, a digital picture frame that doesn't need to be propped up, taking up valuable space. This glossy black frame has Wi-Fi, 16GBs of storage, a touchscreen, and an IPS LCD panel. Hang it on the wall in portrait or landscape mode. Photos and videos are sendable from any Android or iPhone.

Our final thoughts

More than a few generations of digital photo frames have come and gone now. The years between the first release and today have led to a less complicated installation and more pleasurable viewing experience. My top pick this year is the Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame. It's compatible with Alexa, has built-in Wi-Fi, and looks fantastic on any wall or coffee table. The Nixplay is a thoughtful gift for grandparents who may not have the patience to fiddle with setup. Your photos can be emailed to the frame or sent from the app, and they display on their own without any further interaction required. Best of all, this energy-saving mode automatically turns on when someone walks in the room and shuts off when no one is present.

If you want to keep costs down, you can't beat the Aluratek 7-Inch Digital Photo Frame. The wood frame is beautiful, and the small 7-inch TFT LCD is just the right size for exhibiting photos in your office cubicle, dorm room, or on an end table. The Aluratek pulls photographs from memory cards, USB drives, and your phone. What could be simpler?

My favorite touch screen digital photo frame is from Dragon Touch. You can cycle through photos with a finger or the Dragon Touch app. This classic-looking frame stores up to 40,000 pictures and videos, looks stunning anywhere in the house, and is one of the best photo frames of the year.

If you take photos with a retro film camera, take a look at our Polaroid Now review.

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