Let’s be honest—setting up a digital frame can be intimating, especially for those who don’t consider themselves tech-savvy.
That’s why we liked this frame: the Aura Carver is super simple to set up. You download an app, pair the device to the app and start sharing photos. That’s it—no other fancy configuration is needed.
If you are the parent sending pictures to a grandparent’s picture frame, you just select the pictures in the Aura app. These are sent remotely to the picture frame. We loved how easy this is.
What We Liked
• Excellent picture quality. We liked the HD picture of this frame—at 1900 x 1200 resolution, the screen has accurate color depth and contrast.
• Plug and play. Simply attach a USB thumb drive or SD card to the device and poof! There are the pictures.
• Clean lines. The simple, black frame will fit in with most folks’ decor.
• Free storage. You can add as many photos as you like, as they are stored in the cloud.
What Needs Work
• Doesn’t work with other cloud storage options. This frame only gets pictures from the Aura app. If you want to use other services, this isn’t the frame for you.
• Landscape-only orientation. Most folks today take photos in portrait mode—this frame will display only in landscape mode. That means portrait pictures are turned, with black spaces on either side. On the plus side, this frame can pair two portrait pictures side-by-side, so there are no black bars.
• A bit of tech knowledge needed to set up. Yes, that means a smartphone and access the internet—however, if you can do that for a tech-adverse grandparent, then this frame is easy to use.
• No motion sensor. Some digital frames we tried have a motion sensor that turns the frame off when no one is around. This one can be set to turn off when it is dark in the room, however.
• Doesn’t work with micro SD cards.
• One color option. If you don’t like black for the color of the frame, you are out of luck.