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Aura vs Skylight Frame for photos – which has free cloud storage?

Aura vs Skylight Frame

 Join the thousands of families who make their loved ones smile every day with Skylight; as seen on The Today Show, Buzzfeed, Refinery 29 and Wired. Your loved one can tell you they loved a photo just by tapping the Heart button. Skylight then emails you to let you know! On otherside,  Facial recognition software via the Aura app identifies your closest relationships and can send photos to your digital picture frame automatically, or you can select which photos to add. Which one could be the best gift for your loved family – Aura vs Skylight Frame digital photo frame.

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Aura vs Skylight Frame for photos
Aura vs Skylight Frame for photos

Key features – Aura vs Skylight Frame digital photo frame


The Aura is significantly more expensive than the Seed. But it integrates more “smart” technology features that create a hands-off experience. It has:

Automatic updates: Using a feature called Smart Selection, the frame will automatically add new photos as you take them.

Curated photo selection: The Aura pulls only the best-quality photos from your collections. It filters out pictures that you likely don’t want on display, such as those that are blurry, low-resolution or feature nudity.

Auto brightness and shut-off: The screen’s contrast automatically adjusts based on the surrounding environment, and the display will go to sleep when the room is dark.

Motion control: The frame is equipped with a gesture sensor, so you can change the displayed image with the wave of your hand.

Unlimited storage: You don’t have to worry about the Aura running out of space for your photos, because it can “sync one or a million photos to your frame,” according to the company’s home page.


Item Dimensions LxWxH10.7 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
Resolution1280 x 800
Display Size10 Inches

Which one is worth buying – Aura vs Skylight Frame digital photo

Skylight 10-inch Photo Frame

Aura vs Skylight Frame for photos
Aura vs Skylight Frame for photos

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.

You can send photos to your loved ones anytime and anywhere, since this frame lets you update it just by sending a quick email. It’s a perfect gift for a parent or grandparent thanks to its easy-to-set-up touch-screen display.

You can even send a thank you note to the person who emailed you a photo straight from it. The frame has enough storage capacity for 8,000 photos and is equipped with a gorgeous 10-inch 1024-by-600 resolution screen.

Aura Carver

The best looking widescreen digital photo frame

Resolution: 1920 x 1200 | Dimensions: 10.63 x 2.6 x 7.45 inches | Wi-Fi: Yes | Touch screen: No | Remote: No | Built-in storage: No | Motion sensor: No | Music player: No | Video: No | USB/SD slots: No/No | Cloud Services: iCloud, Google Photos

Aura’s Carver Frame is, in many respects, similar to the superlative Aura Mason Frame. It has many of the same characteristics, such as the 224 ppi screen resolution and an exterior that exudes minimalist chic – available in either Charcoal or White Chalk. There are a couple of differences, though. The Carver is designed as a landscape-only frame measuring 10.1 inches diagonally, offering a larger, more cinematic HD image presentation. Advertisement

While the frame is limited to landscape orientation, because of its widescreen display, it can pair two vertical photos side by side, and does so automatically. There are no physical inputs on the frame, so to change which photo to view at will, you can use the touch bar at the top of the frame. This is an elegant solution, because it keeps the glass pristine, as opposed to other touch screen frames marred by icky fingerprints. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the display’s brightness and an auto function switches the frame off after dark. 

The Carver Frame delivers outstanding rendering of both colors and photo detail — and is bound to be the best image you will see of your photos. It accepts only cloud input from iCloud, Google Photos and your Camera Roll, meaning there’s no storage limits and all uploads to your frame cycle through the Aura app for iOS or Android. You, friends and family can, via the app, contribute photos to the frame from anywhere.

For the best quality widescreen frame to complement any home décor, the Aura Carver is a fine choice. 

Aura Mason Frame

The best looking frame and images

Resolution: 1600 x 1200 | Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.6 x 1.9 inches | Wi-Fi: Yes | Touch screen: No | Remote: No | Built-in storage: No | Motion sensor: No | Music player: No | Video: No | USB/SD slots: No/No | Cloud Services: iCloud, Google Photos

Many digital frames promise clear and bright images, but there is a profound difference when seeing your photos on the Aura frame, which is 9 inches with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Colors are vivid but realistic, and the 224 ppi resolution screen displays the depth of color as well as exquisite detail.

An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the display’s brightness and an auto function turns off the frame when it’s dark in the room. There’s no touch screen – and thus no finger smudges to mar the view. Instead, the frame operates via two touch bars: one on top and the other on the side of the unit.

The Aura relies on its iOS and Android app more than most other digital frames. That’s because the frame accepts only cloud input – no SD cards or thumb drives. The Aura Mason also features a Smart Suggestions feature that helps choose images from your gallery.

The Aura Mason Frame comes in two colors – Graphite and White Quartz – and it sits on your table in either landscape or portrait orientation. The frame is a work of art from the outside in. 

Is there any alternative for large picture?

Meural Canvas II

If you’re looking for a premium picture frame, look no further than the Meural Canvas II. This frame comes in two different sizes: a 16 x 24 and a 19 x 29-inch option. This works out to a 21.5-inch and 27-inch diagonal measurement respectively. There are a few different color options. The smaller frame has a faux wood finish, which is available in both light and dark wood patterns.

The larger frame, on the other hand, has a glossy black finish. All versions have an angular form-factor, which protrudes outward from the picture. The total weight ranges from 14 to 23 pounds, so make sure to hang it on a sturdy hook. As of the time of this writing, there’s no hardware available for setting the Canvas II on a table.

The Canvas II has a resolution of 1080p. This isn’t stunning 2K, but it’s more than good enough for most purposes. The 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for most modern cell phone photos. If you have photos in other aspect ratios, you can choose whether to crop them or use a letterbox format. The Canvas II will automatically switch to portrait or landscape mode depending on its orientation. If you want to be able to switch between the two, Meural offers a separate swivel mount. This mount includes all the hardware you need to attach it to the wall. Once it’s installed, you can pivot the frame at will. The frame comes at a price that matches all of these features. But considering the overall quality and classic appearance, we’re not complaining.

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