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With Christmas approaching, digital photo frames are well worth considering for a gift. I have given a couple in the past, and they have been very well-received. To be extra thoughtful, you can even set up a frame and load it with photos before giving it as a gift. With Aura, they realise that’s a selling point and made it possible to set up a frame as a gift that’s pre-loading with your photos.

Aura Frames Mason / Mason Luxe

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Key Features:

  • 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display  or 9” 1600 x 1200 display
  • Intelligent photo pairing
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Interactive touch bar
  • Unlimited cloud storage

Aura is the market leader with digital photo frames and the best brand I have personally used. I have previously reviewed the Aura Frames Mason Luxe and Aura Carver and thought they were both superb hence, I have two listings for Aura.

I gave the Carver to my partner’s sister-in-law and the Mason Luxe to my sister, and they both absolutely loved it.

For the Mason, this comes in two sizes with either the Mason / Mason Luxe, with the only difference being the size and resolution.

The Aura Frames Mason has a 9” 1600 x 1200 display, while the Mason Luxe has a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display.

While I prefer the larger Mason Luxe, you have to consider the price. At the time of writing, the Luxe is £229 while the smaller Mason is just £159.

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For the Mason range, these work in both landscape and portrait orientation, which is the main selling point over the Carver below. I also prefer the frame design of the Mason vs Carver.

Beyond that, Aura frames have an intelligent photo pairing feature cleverly groups similar photos, creating a dynamic viewing experience. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are available, offering multiple ways to upload photos. The touch bar provides a novel way to interact with the frame, adding a modern twist to photo viewing. With unlimited cloud storage, you never have to worry about running out of space for your memories.

Aura Frames Carver / Carver Mat

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Key Features:

  • 10.1″ landscape frame, 1280 x 800 HD display
  • Add photos and videos with the free Aura app
  • Shows portrait photos side-by-side
  • Adjust slideshow speed or swipe touchbar to change photos

The main selling point of the Carver vs the Mason would be the larger 10.1″ frame and lower price point of just £149.

This frame only works in landscape, and the resolution is lower at 1280 x 800 HD display, but I don’t think the lower resolution is that noticeable. You only glance at a photo frame, it is not like a TV.

The Carver Mat is the same but has a different designed frame. I haven’t seen it in real life, but I think it looks a bit nicer than the Carver design with a modern grey textured frame gets a traditional touch courtesy of a solid black bezel and white mat detailing.

Netgear Meural Canvas II Digital Frame

Key Features:

  • 15-inch 1080p Full HD Wi-Fi digital canvas with MC315 or 21.5 inch 1080p with MC321
  • AHVA LCD display with anti-glare technology
  • Access to over 30,000 famous artworks
  • Gesture control and wall-mounting capability
  • Ambient light sensor for realistic art display
  • Supports photo uploads via the Meural app or web interface

The Netgear Meural Canvas II may be a bit expensive to be a realistic gift for Christmas. The smallest 15.6-inch model isn’t too bad at £340. But, it is not just a digital photo frame; it’s a digital canvas that brings art and personal photography together in a seamless blend. Its standout feature is the access it provides to a vast library of over 30,000 artworks, alongside the ability to display your own photos in stunning 1080p Full HD resolution. The Meural Canvas II stands out with its gesture control feature, allowing users to navigate the collection with just a wave of their hand. This is perfect for those who appreciate art and want a digital frame that goes beyond the norm.

The ambient light sensor is another impressive addition, adjusting the display brightness and warmth to ensure that both art and personal photos look natural and realistic under any lighting conditions. It’s also wall-mountable, which along with its sleek design, makes it a stylish addition to any room. Uploading photos is straightforward using the Meural app or web interface, making it easy to keep your display updated with your latest adventures or family moments.

In summary, the Netgear Meural Canvas II is a top choice for those who value a blend of art and technology. It’s an ideal pick for art enthusiasts, tech-savvy individuals, or anyone looking to add a touch of sophistication to their home.

AEEZO Frameo WiFi Digital Picture Frame 

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  • 9 inch HD IPS display with 1280*800 resolution
  • Built-in 16GB (11GB usable)
  • SD card and USB drive can import or export photos from or to the digital frame.
  • On-device image zooming, play order hide/publish images, display caption, adjustable brightness, sleep mode, photo interval, etc.
  • Upload photos with Frameo App

I reviewed the AEEZO Frameo back in 2022, and this is the photo frame we use in our house. Admittedly, I’d prefer an Aura frame as they are much better quality, but I gave them away as Christmas gifts. At £99, you can’t complain too much with this frame. With cheaper frames like this, it is more obvious that it is an LCD display, the matte panel on the Meural and Aura look a bit more natural.

You can use a USB drive to easily import photos or you can use the Frameo App and the built-in storage.

Pix-Star 15-inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame

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Key Features:

  • 15-inch LED display
  • Wi-Fi enabled with cloud storage
  • Remote configuration and management
  • Supports video and music playback
  • Email, iOS, and Android app photo sharing

The Pix-Star 15-inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame is a perfect blend of size and functionality. With its large 15-inch LED display, images are crisp, clear, and vibrant. One standout feature is its cloud storage capability, allowing users to upload photos directly from their phones or via email. The frame can be remotely managed, which is particularly handy for those wanting to share photos with less tech-savvy relatives. Additionally, it supports video and music playback, making it a versatile choice for those who love multimedia content. The user interface is intuitive, catering to all age groups with ease.

Nixplay 10.1-inch Smart Photo Frame

Key Features:

  • 10.1-inch IPS display
  • Wi-Fi connectivity with Nixplay Cloud
  • Works with Amazon Alexa
  • Motion sensor for energy saving
  • Mobile app and email photo uploading

Nixplay’s 10.1-inch Smart Photo Frame is a compact yet powerful device. Its IPS display ensures photos look great from any viewing angle. The integration with Nixplay Cloud offers seamless photo uploads, and its compatibility with Amazon Alexa adds a layer of convenience, allowing for voice-controlled slideshows. The motion sensor is a thoughtful addition, turning the frame off when no one is in the room, thereby saving energy. This frame is particularly user-friendly, with a robust mobile app that simplifies photo management and sharing.


Skylight Frame 10-inch Touch Screen Photo Frame

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Key Features:

  • 10-inch touch screen
  • Email-based photo sending
  • Effortless setup process
  • Crisp 1280×800 resolution
  • Sleek, minimalist design

Skylight Frame is all about simplicity and ease of use. Its 10-inch touch screen is user-friendly, making navigation a breeze. The unique selling point is its email-based photo sending feature, which allows anyone to send photos to the frame’s unique email address. The setup is straightforward, appealing to those who prefer plug-and-play devices. Its resolution ensures that photos are displayed with clarity and detail, while its sleek design fits seamlessly into any home decor.

Dragon Touch Classic 10 Digital Picture Frame

Key Features:

  • 10-inch IPS screen
  • Wi-Fi and USB/SD card connectivity
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • 16GB internal memory
  • Supports video and audio playback

The Dragon Touch Classic 10 is a versatile and affordable option. Its IPS screen ensures good colour reproduction and wide viewing angles. The frame offers both Wi-Fi connectivity and traditional USB/SD card slots, providing flexibility in how you upload your photos and videos. The internal memory is generous, and the interface is intuitive, making it a great choice for all ages. Additionally, the ability to play videos and audio files makes it more than just a photo frame, but a multimedia hub.

PhotoSpring Portable 10-Inch Digital Picture Frame

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Battery powered
  • 10-inch IPS touchscreen
  • 16GB built-in storage

The PhotoSpring digital photo frame earns its name by being extremely portable. It has a 10-inch IPS touchscreen display in a super slim and lightweight frame. The battery can last for up to 8 hours on a single charge, making it easy to pick up and move wherever you want. With 16GB of built-in storage and support for WiFi connectivity, you’ll have no shortage of photos to display. The touchscreen also allows you to easily swipe through photos. If portability is important, the PhotoSpring is one of the best and most versatile digital picture frames you can buy.

NexFoto 17-Inch Digital Picture Frame

Key Features:

  • Large 17-inch IPS display
  • Motion sensor
  • Remote control
  • 32GB storage

If you want a digital photo frame with a really big screen, the NexFoto 17-inch model is a top choice for 2024. The large 17-inch IPS display has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. It looks fantastic up close or from far away. You can automatically trigger it to turn on with the built-in motion sensor when someone enters the room. It also comes with a handy remote so you can control playback from afar. With 32GB of internal storage, you’ll have plenty of room for photos. It’s perfect for showcasing your favourite photos and reliving memories in excellent detail on the big screen.

Loop Wi-Fi Digital Picture Frame with 10-Inch Touch Screen

Key Features:

  • 10-inch IPS touchscreen display
  • Receive photos remotely via email or app
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • 32GB storage

The Loop digital photo frame comes with some unique features that help it stand out. It has a bright 10-inch IPS touchscreen so you can easily swipe through photos. But what’s really special is the built-in WiFi connectivity. This allows you to send photos to the frame remotely from the Loop app or via email. So no matter where you are, you can instantly add photos for viewing on the frame. It also has an internal rechargeable battery, so you can pick it up and move it around the house with ease. With 32GB of storage, it will hold thousands of high-resolution photos that will look fantastic on the vibrant touchscreen.

Samsung the Frame 32-Inch Class QLED 4K TV

Key Features:

  • Massive 32-inch QLED 4K display
  • Art Mode to display paintings/photos
  • Custom, stylish bezel options
  • Bixby and Alexa support

This isn’t an entirely serious Christmas gift recommendation, but it is worth mentioning. If money is no object and you want the ultimate digital photo frame experience, look no further than the Samsung Frame TV. It is essentially a gorgeous 32-inch 4K QLED TV disguised as a photo frame. When not being actively used as a TV, the Frame defaults to an “Art Mode” where it pulls images from the cloud and displays them in stunning quality. You can show off your photos and even display classic art pieces and paintings. Samsung offers several bezel options so you can customize the look to match any room décor. With Bixby and Alexa integration, you get the full smart TV experience with voice controls. While expensive, it delivers breathtaking visuals and cleverly masquerades as a regular photo frame when idle. If you want the biggest and best, this is it.

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