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The best digital photo frames for 2020

Most photos are digital in this day and age. Digital photo frames are designed with touchscreens and easy uploading options that allow you to showcase your digital photos from a variety of sources.

Which digital frame is the best for you? We’re putting together our smart device expertise and reviews to help you narrow down your list. Our top pick is the extra-smart Google Nest Hub, which is perfect for Google smart homes. We’ve also chosen other frames, from the traditional to the super-modern, so there should be something for everyone.

Google Nest Hub

We’re going to start our list with a smart display. These are like touchscreen photo frames, but with a ton of added smart features and an intelligent voice assistant — in this case, Google Assistant. This display can easily show a slideshow from your Google Photos account, and it allows you to create live albums, which automatically add new photos of the people and things you care about, refreshing the rotation as long as you keep on using Google Photos.

Of course, this is only the beginning: Everything that Google Assistant can do, the Nest Hub can do, including internet searches, playing music, interactive games, reminders, event scheduling, and controlling any Nest smart devices you may have around your home. You also get all this for a price that’s comparable or cheaper than most high-end digital photo frames. The only downside to choosing a display like this is that the Nest Hub has a more modern appearance instead of a traditional photo frame edge — but as you’ll see, this trend isn’t exclusive to smart displays.

If you need something a little bigger, the Nest Hub Max has you covered with its 10-inch display. While these are the only displays that Google itself offers, there are other Google Assistant smart displays that may function as digital photo frames while linking to the Google accounts you already have. You can check out our guide to the best smart displays for some other ideas.

Aluratek 15-inch Digital Photo Frame

Many digital photo frames are a bit on the small side, around 8 to 10 inches. If you want a larger frame that really displays images in all their detail, this Aluratek frame is one of the largest available at 15 inches, with a 1,024 x 764 resolution LCD screen and built-in speakers for slideshow music. The frame always allows you to create your own slideshows and transitions, and it includes a built-in clock and calendar as well as a timer mode. It also rotates if the user prefers a vertical frame instead, and can be mounted directly to a wall.

You can connect a flash drive or SD card for transferring files, but note that there’s no Wi-Fi option, so sending by email and similar features isn’t included.

Echo Show 8

Out of the several Echo Shows available, it’s the Show 8 that really impresses as a photo frame — although, like the Nest frame, you can also use it to make calls, play games, answer questions, go online, set reminders, and much more. All this is due to the Alexa voice assistant, which can play shows or show you a photo album at will. This 8-inch screen works best in the center of an active area, like a kitchen, where people spend a lot of time. It can also voice control other smart devices, including compatible security cams.

If you’re worried about privacy, the Show 8 includes privacy switches to shutter the cam and completely turn off the mic to provide some much-needed peace of mind.

On the other hand, if the price is still a little too much for you, you should consider the Echo Show 5, a smaller 5.5-inch unit with a much lower price tag.

Nixplay Seed 10-Inch

The Seed is a more rectangular frame that can easily switch between vertical and horizontal positions (it also comes in a variety of sizes, but the 10-inch model is a good general choice). The Nixplay app allows easy management through iOS or Android, and can quickly connect to platforms like Google Photos, Dropbox, Facebook, and Instagram.

A motion sensor makes sure it doesn’t run unnecessarily, and voice commands are supported via Alexa. While we like the more modern design of this digital frame, the fold-out stand does take a little extra room in the back to fit, so it may not work on the most narrow shelves.

Aura Mason Frame

This Aura Mason frame not only looks beautiful but also has an excellent Wi-Fi-based app connection that makes sending over pictures incredibly easy. Available for iOS and Android, the app allows you to send more than 100,000 photos to a connected frame.

The FHD resolution display can automatically brighten based on the dimness of the room and will crop and fit photos into the frame so they don’t look odd. Swiping will rapidly switch between photos, while double-tapping will “like” a photo for longer display.

Dragon Touch Digital Frame

The 10-inch Dragon Touch frame is especially versatile, allowing you to upload photos via email, app, or cloud depending on where you keep your favorite images. The 16GB of memory included allows the frame itself to hold over 40,000 photos without any additional support, although it does have SD and USB ports for connecting more storage if necessary.

The display is a touchscreen that allows you to swipe between photos and comes with a variety of settings, including auto-rotate, alarm options, and brightness levels. You can share up to 30-second videos with the device, and divide it between users for different types of slideshows if necessary.

Skylight 10-inch Photo Frame

Looking for something simpler? The Skylight frame has a very traditional appearance and extra-simple setup. Plug it in, connect it to your Wi-Fi, and you are good to go. The frame only works through a dedicated email that you can use for uploading photos to the 1,280 x 800 resolution screen — a touchscreen that you can use to set up the photo frame in about a minute flat. It’s a frame specifically designed for the older generations, especially those not comfortable with smartphone apps, but it does a great job.

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