Pros / Photos look as good as the originals on this crystal-clear display.
Cons / The initial setup is a little complicated.
Verdict / The Sungale Cloud Frame makes your photos look amazing and offers a logical solution for organizing and showcasing your favorites from everywhere in one place.
The Sungale Cloud Frame offers superb picture quality and a logical way to store, manage and display your entire photo collection. In our search for the best digital photo frame on the market, we found lots of products that made photos look good on their screens while offering access to photo collections in different places. The Sungale Cloud Frame, our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award Winner, topped them all by offering the best photo reproduction and easy access to just about any photo, whether on physical storage or social media.
- Photo Quality
- Internal Memory
- Number of Transitions
Our panelists loved how photos looked on the Sungale Cloud Frame's screen. One commented that it had a "crisp picture." Another wrote that images came out looking "a little more saturated, but not grainy, and really clean." It performed well on all types of photos too. We compared digital versions of old paper photos that we had scanned in and old slides in addition to recent photos. This digital photo frame made all of them look great.
One possible threat to the excellent photo quality is your own fingerprints, since this is one of the few frames with a touchscreen interface. Most of a digital frame's life is spent displaying photos, though, so as long as you wipe off the screen when you are done making changes to your slideshows, it will be fine. You can also control much of what happens on this frame from an online account, so fingerprints won't be a huge issue.
This frame gives you easy access to your online photo collections. Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and Google Plus all are pre-installed on the frame. Other frames offer access to your photos on those sites too, but this one just makes it a little easier. You save a few steps by having it all pre-installed.
This is not the easiest frame to set up. Part of the problem is something that all Wi-Fi digital photo frames have in common – it just takes more time to connect to the internet, set up an online account and organize slideshows. With unconnected frames, you just plug in an SD card and start viewing your photos. Once this frame is set up, though, it is very easy to use. The touchscreen controls will be logical to navigate for anyone who has a modern cell phone, though you have to keep up with the resulting fingerprints in order to get the best viewing experience.
You can set up this frame for a relative who lives far away and then add photos to it from anywhere in the world. They don't have to ever interact with the frame to get a fresh batch of photos from you in their ongoing slideshow.
This frame is great in terms of input versatility because it can pull in content from an impressive number of sources. Watching a Netflix movie on your digital frame doesn't make that much sense for most folks, but it's nice that you have the option with the Sungale Cloud Frame. A cartoon on the frame on your child's nightstand might make sense to ease them into naptime. It's more likely that you will use the video capabilities to watch short video clips from your camera or other source, but, again, having the option is what matters, especially when some competing products don't play video of any kind.
The detachable kickstand and slender profile mean that this frame is equally at home on a desktop or on a wall, so it is versatile in that way as well. It's less impressive for slideshow options than some competitors, though. It lets you pause on individual photos for as little as five seconds or as long as two hours. That seems like a lot of choices until you realize that some frames let you pause on a single image for up to 24 hours if you like. This flexibility is not the most important thing, but it would be nice to have it for the times when you have a new favorite photo.
Help & Support
We found Sungale to be pretty responsive to our questions over email, though it would add convenience if the company were reachable over live chat. Most answers are easy enough to find on the website, though, so you are not likely to need customer service representatives anyway.
The Sungale Cloud Frame is not the user-friendliest digital frame, but the features are fairly sophisticated, so it makes sense that it takes some work to get it all set up. Once it is ready to use, this frame is delightful, especially in the way that it reproduces photos faithfully, from any possible source. If you give it as a gift, it keeps giving long after you leave. Once you finish the initial setup, you can email new photos to it from anywhere in the world and manage most aspects of the frame from an online account. This frame provides a more permanent place of honor in your home for your treasured photos than your laptop or cell phone screen.