We originally received as a gift a small 5" picture frame (not HP) and my wife complained that she had to get up real close to see the pictures. So she wanted a frame she could actually see the pictures without getting up close and personal. We chose this HP after testing out several with pictures from our own SD card (I always thought the pictures they showed on the frames in stores were all optimized for that particular unit, and wanted to try it with "real" pictures we'd taken). The HP really did outperform the others in terms of sharpness, color, and brightness. We've had this one for about a month now and really do love the display. The frame itself is wood and very nicely done...a great advance over a plastic frame. My wife really likes the double matting around the electronic screen as it really makes it look more professional. We have our frame sitting in an easel on a desk and it looks great. The pictures are shown in a 16:9 format. If pictures aren't in that format you can select whether to show them in the original format or have the frame "optimize" them for viewing on the 16:9 format--that means it will crop the pictures on its own. Although that does work well in most cases, I've decided to crop all pictures I put on the frame into a horizontal 16:9 format so the frame is filled each time. That way I get to choose what is cropped out. Pictures taken vertically will have black bars on each side but I've found that even those can usually be cropped into a 16:9 horizontal format and look great, too. Only drawback may be that the menu interface wasn't as intuitive as I would have liked, but once you get used to it there really is no problem. Anyway, we really like this unit and would recommend it to anyone looking for a really nice digital photo frame.