Review: The Photo Frame of the Future Is Here

I've used digital photo frames, almost since the beginning of digital cameras, but they often had drawbacks. Memory cards were required, which made updates a hassle. Poor quality or improperly formatted photos would ruin the experience. The PhotoSpring Digital Photo Frame ($149) is the digital picture frame I've been waiting for. 

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The PhotoSpring has a beautiful design with a larger picture-frame size bezel all around. It is available in white or black, with 16 GB or 32G B, for 15,000 or 30,000 photos respectively. Unlike older photo frames, the PhotoSpring is battery-powered so you can use it like a modern photo album, on your lap, etc., for up to four hours.

Instead of memory cards, the PhotoSpring uses Wi-Fi connectivity to stay up to date wirelessly. This makes it great as a gift for the grandparents. Plus it has a touchscreen interface for customization and browsing. The device offers intelligent playback, selecting the best photos and formats to fit the screen. It's not cheap, and you might be tempted to use a cheap Android tablet instead, but you would be giving up the elegant experience which only a single-purpose device can provide.

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Available in white or black, 16 GB or 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Touchscreen interface
  • Intelligent playback

Cons

  • Expensive

Final Verdict

The PhotoSpring Digital Photo Frame makes a nice gift that keeps on giving, as family photos are updated wirelessly, day after day. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.