Nixplay Original 12 Inch WiFi Cloud Digital Photo Frame. iPhone & Android App, Email, Facebook, Dropbox, Instagram, Flickr, Google Photos (W12A)
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- The perfect gift for a loved one: Easily send photos direct to the frame using Email or iPhone/Android App
- Create personal photo playlists: Access all your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr & Google Photos and upload them safe and securely to Nixplay online cloud storage.
- Manage multiple frames from one Nixplay Cloud Account: FREE Sync up to 5 frames and enjoy 10GB of photo storage (Plus Account: sync up to 10 frames, 30GB storage + storage options). Perfect for multiple frames for the whole family, anywhere in the world.
- HD Video Playback: Watch high definition videos with audio from your USB or SD/SDHC card.
- Anti-glare LED Backlit display, premium matte Rubberised Surface Finish, WiFi connectivity, VESA wall mountable.
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|Item Dimensions||5.91 x 11.85 x 9.61 in||1.07 x 10.6 x 7.75 in||0.91 x 9.37 x 6.34 in||2.36 x 9.17 x 7.4 in||11.8 x 14.75 x 2.95 in||0.83 x 7.91 x 6.06 in|
Perfect gift for you and your loved ones
Nixplay Cloud Frames are the easiest way get in touch with your photos. Place the frame in your loved one's home and easily email or send photos using the Nixplay Mobile App for iPhone & Android.
Using WiFi connectivity, display photos sent from anywhere in the world.
Snap. Share. Display. From your smartphone.
Instant Sharing: Capture moments, add captions and send them directly to any Nixplay Frame.
Nixplay Friends: Invite family and friends to share.
For Everyone: The whole family can start sharing! Anyone can download the Nixplay Mobile App to send photos to loved ones’ frames
Take the complication out of managing your photos
All in one place: Upload photos from your computer or tablet and access your social media platforms including Facebook, Dropbox, Instagram, Picasa and Flickr.
Playlists: Create playlists of your favourite moments and choose any combination to display on your frame.
Cloud account: Safe and secure. Enjoy 10GB of FREE Cloud Storage and the ability to connect up to 5 frames.
Frame Settings to suit your preferences: Shuffle Photos, Display Most Recent, Photo Transitions, Captions and Clock
Smart Sensing, power saving
Nixplay Original turns on when you enter the room to display the most recent photos and off when you leave.
Control the frame settings remotely
Imagine having a frame in Mom’s home and being able to easily update photos, adjust frame settings and send playlists from wherever you are. Now Mom need never lift a finger.
Top customer reviews
Nixplay prices are virtually identical to what we paid for 10" Kodak screens 5 years ago. We figured there must have been a lot of improvements along the way. The reality is that there isn't a lot of improvement, and unfortunately I like the Kodak better overall.
Both Nixplay and Kodak let you log onto websites to upload pictures to your frames, or you can email pictures directly to the frames. But their implementations are different. Kodak's version was pretty basic, but it did everything we wanted very easily. When I wanted to add a picture, I would just email the picture to the address assigned to the Kodak frame, and I would put whatever I wanted for a caption as the subject line of the email. Within 10-15 minutes, the new photo would show up on the screen at the grandparents' house with my caption (caption could be turned on or off through Kodak's touchscreen interface).
Nixplay has modeled their service after a photo sharing site, but it frankly doesn't work very well for 90% of people who just want to upload pictures to a frame easily and let the collection of pictures grow. Nixplay's approach is customizable by allowing (forcing?) you to group your pictures into albums and playlists (aka slideshows). The idea is you can choose which playlist you're in the mood for watching. Perhaps that is appealing to someone, but I see no use for it, and it comes at a cost of taking a very simple process and complicating it. It allows you to manage photos and have flexibility in what is displayed, but I personally have no interest in managing photos, and it means photos can and do get lost in the shuffle.
General procedure: When you want to upload a bunch of pictures from a computer, you have to first create at least one album and one playlist, then upload the pictures to the album. Next step is to select pictures from that album and copy them into a playlist. You cannot upload the pictures directly to a playlist by design. No idea why. At some point, you need to publish the playlist to your frame.
If you later add new pictures to your album, it doesn't update the playlist. After you add new pictures, you need to go into the album, select ONLY THE NEW PICTURES, and drag them onto the correct playlist. If you try just dragging all the pictures in an album into the playlist, then you would have two copies of all pictures (except the new ones).
Nixplay allows directly emailing pictures to frames, but again they have complicated it. By default, you have to add friends through the website before they are allowed to email to your frame. And somehow that email has to be tied to the proper playlist, or the pictures will be received and saved, but won't be shown. You can specify which album and playlist you want the emailed picture to go to if you know (and remember) the names of the album and playlist. You do this by adding AL = and PL = statements into the subject line of the email, but if someone actually does actively manage the frame, sending to an inactive playlist could mean that you picture is never displayed. I don't believe there is a way for adding a caption to a picture you are emailing, which is a shame, as that often was a fun part of emailing pictures to the Kodak. (Please comment if anyone knows a way to do that.)
Nixplay also allows for connection with various online sites like dropbox, flickr, Facebook,... I'd list them here, but Nixplay doesn't publish a list on their website. Sounds possibly useful, but from user tales from their support site, getting photos to the frame isn't automatic. More management of photos is necessary. Even if it is possible to make the transfer automatic, I'm not sure I really want everything I post to automatically go to the parents' frame.
One nice feature that Nixplay did add is a motion sensor so the frame doesn't keep playing to an empty room. Both Nixplay and Kodak allow you to set a time for the frame to turn if at night and back on in the morning.
Finally, Nixplay's lack of touchscreen is a little disappointing, but there are positives. Nixplay uses a remote control instead of a touchscreen. It also has buttons on the back of the frame which you can use if you don't hang it on a wall. The touchscreen is nice because it's always there, and the slideshow goes past a picture you want someone to see, you can just touch the screen to get it back. Positives for non-touchscreen: brighter, clearer picture, and cost of screen is lower. Also, if you're sitting at a table or on a couch, the remote is convenient, provided it doesn't get lost.
Oh, and even though Nixplay seems to rely on Amazon for distribution and payment, the Amazon app store doesn't have the Nixplay app! That means that you can't use it with Amazon Fire tablets or phones. Not a huge loss. The android app on a Samsung phone sites allow you to upload pictures with captions, but it is very basic. You can still email pictures from your device if everything is set up right, but you can't add captions.
Basically Nixplay is a nice frame hampered by an overly ambitious and complicated interface. It is workable, but here is no reason a Wi-Fi frame should be this complex. At the very least, they should have a "Grandparents Mode" enabled by default which would allow a simple way to have a frame that people far away could add pictures to, without having to have anyone manage it, and without the multiple steps required to add pictures through the website. Kodak's simple method would be a good example for them to follow.
If you find this review helpful, please vote for it. I've spent way more time on it than I should have, and I hope someone benefits from it.
I bought one of these the first day it was available for sale and I was initially disappointed. The frame did not perform like the W08A I had purchased. However, after the the software update I received 5/8/2014 (version 1.7), it seems to be working well and I am now very happy with the frame, and I even ordered a 2nd one!
I have 3 suggestions for the frame.
1) Slideshows need a random playback option, and from what I read on their support forums, this is in the works.
2) I would like to be able to configure a DND time period, where the frame is asleep and the motion sensor is disabled. The reason for that is that I have one frame in my bedroom and don't want it kicking on during the night for any reason (and I am too lazy to turn it on/off manually everyday).
3) I would like higher resolution screen (comparable to a retina iPhone's PPI).
I'd actually edit my rating to 5 stars if the first 2 are addressed.
Also, this frame has VESA mounting holes underneath a slip cover on the back. Their product description does not mention that like it does for their non-cloud frame.
Finally, NIX seems like a great company that stands behind their products. The unit I ordered had one bad pixel, and after I contacted NIX, I had a new (perfect) frame in my hands the next day.
Well I bought 2 frames, the 15 inch and the 12 inch and I am keeping them both. They are huge! My only regret is that I didn't buy the 8 inch frame as well which I have since ordered. I will have the 15 inch in the living room, 12 inch in the bedroom and 8 inch at work.
Setup was really easy with the quick start guide. I had both frames up and running with a handful of pictures I quickly uploaded to my account on the website. First I created an empty album on the website, then uploaded pictures to that album. Next you create a slideshow and add one or more albums to that slideshow. Then you add one or more slideshows to a photo frame. I haven't quite figured out the benefit of slideshows just yet as it seems like an extra layer that isn't needed.
I plan to mount the frames to the wall at the house. It uses metric machine screws #4 by 12 and I bought ones about 1/2 inch long. I slide off the square plate on back. You have to nudge it around until you get it to come off (plastic tabs on the back of the plate are in some holes). Now it looks like you could put one or two screws into the wall and then set the frame over those screws and push it down to lock it in place. You could also buy a mounting frame like they have for flat screen TVs. I plan two use my screws to put in the mounting plate holes on the back of the frame, leaving them sticking out some, wrap picture frame wire around the screws and then hang it on the wall.
I have set my frames so that they power off if there isn't motion after 5 minutes. You can set it for higher time amounts too. The remote control works great and since I will be mounting this close to the TV in the living room, I like that I can use the remote to turn the frame off. If I'm watching a movie and don't want it to pop on when someone moves around. There is a slot in the back of the frame to store the remote but I plan to keep it with my other remotes.
I did try Facebook and while I don't have a lot of pictures on Facebook that aren't already on my computer, what was cool was I could grab pictures from my friends on Facebook and add them to an album. I think the quality that Facebook stores photos at is lower because they don't look as good as the ones from my computer.
Speaking of quality, you have two settings, upload the full image size, or an optimized size. I have been using optimized so far and they look good enough for the casual event pictures I have loaded so far like Mothers Day. When I upload more formal shots I plan to try out the full size option.
Since some pictures are landscape and some are portrait, my initial plan was to have all my landscape pictures on the 15 inch frame and portrait on the 12 inch frame. I have since changed my mind. The frames are so large that I don't really need to maximize them like I thought. You can set it to either full screen or fit to screen I believe and I like fit to screen. Fit to screen seems to show the full image where the full screen will crop photos to use the entire screen.
The frames do have a USB port and memory card port but to be honest, with Wi-Fi, I don't know that I will ever use those features. If my Wi-Fi is ever down, the frame will just play the pictures that were last downloaded from the cloud.
I imagine that as soon as my parents see this I will be buying a frame for them and the cool thing is I can send different photos to different frames. I can send the same slideshow to multiple frames or different frames. I have been wanting a digital frame for years but am glad I waited because I think the nixplay frame has everything I could ever want in a frame. Highly recommend!