Resolution: 1280 x 800
Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.9 x 1.6 inches with outer frame/11.1 x 7.9 x 1.1 inches with inner frame
Touch screen: Yes
Built-in storage: 16GB
Motion sensor: No
Music player: No
USB/SD slots: Yes/Yes
Cloud Services: Google Photos/Flickr/iCloud
The PhotoSpring 10 has the unique advantage of two distinct visual frames in one: a traditional matte look with a black, gallery style outer frame or a streamlined modern white matte look. After removing the top black frame, it’s easy to see how superior the plain white mat frame looks and how nicely it sets off your images, but it’s your choice and switching modes is easy. This frame is for tabletops only for now — no wall mounting unless you purchase a power cable with a 90-degree magnetic connector, which the company says will be available as an accessory. But there are other things we liked, which you can read about in the rest of our Photospring 10 Digital Photo Frame review.
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PhotoSpring 10 Digital Photo Frame: Price and availability
The PhotoSpring 10 Digital Photo Frame has a uniquely flexible visual design and connectivity to most popular online photo services, but also has plenty of built-in storage available. The base model is available for $119 in white with a removable black frame. We tested the Premium version of the frame, which costs $169 but features four hours of battery life, as opposed to the standard version, which you must keep plugged in.
PhotoSpring 10 Digital Photo Frame: Design and interface
You control the PhotoSpring 10 with a touch screen, to access various onscreen controls via a subtle green dot at the upper right corner.
It’s hard to discern at first — you may have to consult the instructions unless you find it by chance while poking around the screen — but once you discover and tap it, the current image zooms out to reveal on-screen controls that let you delete, hide, favorite, alter rotation, add to an existing album, adjust formatting, or mail images to or from the frame. Here, you can also connect to cloud accounts like Google Photos and Flickr.
The interface also lets you invite friends to upload images to your frame, change brightness and volume levels, schedule the frame on and off, and set up parameters for viewing slideshows and onscreen EXIF info for each image.
PhotoSpring 10 Digital Photo Frame: Image quality
The 10-inch touchscreen’s 1280 x 800 resolution gave my images punch and fidelity, even from extreme viewing angles. I found that leaving off the gallery black frame made the images look brighter and more dynamic.
The table stand is certainly a convenience for both horizontal and vertical viewing, but its connection to the frame is not stable if you move it. As long as you don’t lift the frame up off the table or you securely hold the base while moving the frame, you’re fine.
PhotoSpring 10 Digital Photo Frame: App
PhotoSpring’s flexibility extends to its mode of input. You can send up to 30MB of photos directly to the frame via email, proprietary app, text, photos app share button, or from a browser. All media uploaded to the frame is automatically stored on the 16GB device storage. High-resolution videos of up to five minutes in length (or 1GB file size) play automatically in an integrated slideshow, though the frame does not recognize Apple’s Live Photos as videos, only stills.
At first glance, you might assume the SD card slot and USB stick ports are simply another way to load images onto the frame — which is true of most other frames. While the SD card slot will eventually allow you to import photos to the frame directly from a camera card, that requires a planned update of the firmware, which has not happened yet. The USB port is designed for backup and export from the frame to external media, another planned feature.
PhotoSpring 10 Digital Photo Frame: Verdict
The PhotoSpring 10 is an easy to use digital photo frame with most tasks accomplished with a quick tap and simple on/off switches — ideal for its non-technical target audience.
Image quality is high for the frame’s size, and there’s ample storage space for generous video playback. Because you can schedule on-off intervals, a motion sensor is not sorely missed, and a handy four-hour battery life is great for gatherings and presentations — though for most, the less-expensive base model will suffice.