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Nixplay Iris 8" Wi-Fi Cloud Frame (W08E- Silver)
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- Nixplay Iris frame makes it easy to get in touch with your photos. Allow friends and family to share photos to the Nixplay Wi-Fi Frame from anywhere in the world. Slim, cable-stand design
- The Nixplay Iris is designed to shine from any angle. There are three stunning metal-ﬁnishes to choose from: Peach Copper, Silver and Burnished Bronze.
- The perfect gift to bring a smile to loved ones: Capture moments and display them instantly using the Nixplay Mobile App for iPhone & Android or email them directly to the Nixplay Iris Frame.
- All your photos in one place: Access your favorite photos on Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr & Google Photos or upload new ones to create playlists on the safe and secure free Nixplay Web App.
- Ultimate photo viewing experience: 8 Inch Hi-Res 1024x768 IPS Display coupled with an Activity Sensor so that you never have to worry about turning the frame on or off.
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From the manufacturer
Meet the Nixplay Iris WiFi Digital Frame
The perfect combination of sophisticated design with cutting-edge technology.
Always connected so you never miss a moment
Nixplay Iris is the simple way to get in touch with your photos. Friends and family can share their photos to your frame or, pair up to 5 frames on the same account and enjoy your family memories together, anywhere in the world. Photos can be shared via the Nixplay Mobile App for iPhone & Android, or emailed to a dedicated, secure Nixplay email address.
Bring the whole family together to share special memories - even when you're miles apart.
Snap. Share. Display. From your Smartphone
The Nixplay mobile app allows easy, instant sharing directly from your mobile. Simply select your photos and send them to your frame at the touch of a button. Friends and family can also share their photos with you securely and safely. Manage your Nixplay Iris settings, or pair new frames - all from within the convenient mobile app.
The Nixplay Web App
Our easy-to-use online web app, allows you to manage photos from your home PC or tablet. Upload your photos from a host of photo sharing platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Google, Dropbox, Flickr and more. Manage the settings on your frame, or pair new ones, all at the touch of a button. With 10Gb of free cloud storage, there's plenty of space for all of your digital memories.
Smart Solutions Fused with Premium Design
Nixplay Iris Light Sensor
Designed to fit any home environment intelligently, the Nixplay Iris will dim and brighten its panel to best display photos according to your ambient light level.
The Nixplay Iris Activity Sensor turns the frame on when it detects sound in the room to show your most recent photos and switches itself off when it’s quiet.
Innovative Cable Stand
Stunning design lies at the heart of Nixplay. With 3 premium silk metal finishes, and a unique cable stand, the Nixplay Iris is a stylish addition to any home.
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Nixplay Iris makes luxury a permanent addition to your home. The perfect combination of sophisticated design with cutting-edge technology. It’s stylish and sleek, with a stunning display. Keeps you close to the people you care about. Discover your photos in a new light.
From the Manufacturer
Designed to shine from any angle, there are three stunning silk-metal finishes to choose from: Peach Copper, Silver and Burnished Bronze.
The Nixplay Web App allows you to manage photos from your PC or tablet. Upload your photos from a host of photo sharing platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Google, Dropbox & Flickr. Use the Nixplay Mobile App to conveniently upload pictures to your Nixplay Iris straight from your smartphone.
Manage the settings of your frame, or pair new ones, all at the touch of a button. With 10GB of free cloud storage, there's plenty of space for all of your digital memories.
Our built-in activity sensor turns the frame on when it detects sound in the room to show your most recent photos and switches itself off when it’s quiet.
The slim, innovative cable-stand design stands and powers your frame in either portrait or landscape. A perfect fit in any room.
The Nixplay mobile app allows easy, instant sharing directly from your mobile. Simply select your photos and send them to your frame at the touch of a button.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Connected. Engaging. Elegant.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
There was no integrated solution, redefining how people globally display content on stunning digital displays. The name Iris is an iteration of our earlier product Seed- It's the true blossomig of our product line into something luxurious and elegant but at the same time functional and easy to use.
What makes your product special?
It's a high quality, integrated & elegant, connected device - unlike anything else on the market. Customers are the core of our product and our 24x7, highly dedicated customer service team can vouch for that!
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Seeing the happiness and connectivity we have brought to so many families around the world. Building personal connections and bringing people together is a feeling like none other!
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We didn't own a LCD-based, digital picture frame, so this Nixplay Iris seemed like a good place to start.
DIMENSIONS: 8" diagonal, 1024x768 pixel 4:3 display, with 1.5" frame bezel, approx. 0.75" D
STORAGE CAPACITY: 2 GB in frame / 10 GB on Nixplay website
INCLUDES: Iris Frame, USB power cable, U.S. USB power connector with U.K. and E.U. adapters, Remote control, and Quick Start Guide with leaflets
But here's where we start running into issues with the Nixplay Iris. It's crazy-difficult to get more info about it. The Quick Start Guide is virtually useless for any kind of info, as it covers eight languages in a mere 9 pages. Any real questions you have about the meaning of the settings, what size images work best with the frame, and so on...well, be prepared to dig through bare bones Nixplay website. In fact, I need to say, for as much as this frame costs, it has the most minimal supporting documentation of any digital device I have ever used.
Some may argue that's a testament to the frame's simplicity. Except it's not. In fact, it's hard to even find the Iris discussed at all on the Nixplay site. Many of the FAQs refer to older models and do not mention the Iris at all. What is a Bad Networking setting? What do the different transition wipes do? How? What? Where? When? In short, be prepared not to know and not to ask. Boo on Nixplay.I expect more.
And notice, I d not not even discuss the websites and apps through which you actually get pics onto the device. We're just talking hardware questions now. The Web interface is a whole 'nother beast.
Packed an an elegant box, the frame we received was a pinkish gold color that is a fine, neutral shade. The frame includes a semi-rigid power cable that serves as a power connector and stand for the device. Clever. The USB cable plugs into the frame's power connector. The frame includes a light sensor to adjust brightness, an activity sensor that works to awaken the unit if asleep, a speaker, and an on/off switch. It's a clean design.
On the other hand, the remote is a design disaster. A flat, black, symmetrical, square "puck" with four symmetrically placed black-on-black round control buttons around a symmetrical center set of controls, it defies use. The biggest miss is its "which way is front?" orientation challenge, as the white lettering on the bottom of the remote gets covered by your hand, and then you wonder if you're holding it the right way. Several times, I realized I has not holding it with the front forward, which means the controls (on/off, settings, playlists, select/play/pause, navigation, and back) were out of position, and you can't figure out what the embossed image is on rubbery buttons, even in good light. Then you often must push the buttons several times to get the right function from the frame. Geez, what an epic fail this thing is!
The frame starts up quickly on first use. Do upgrade the firmware, as mine required an update. MANY settings exist on the device, and I won't mention each one, but suffice it to say that you may never get a straight answer as to what they all do, as neither the frame, the Quick Start Guide, nor the Nixplay website explain them all in detail. That's frustrating. I guess you can experiment. That's what I did. It would have been nice if the setup wizard walked you through every common function and asked/showed you options for setup. "Would you like images resized in display to fit the frame?" Oh well. The frame-only portion of the hardware takes about 10-15 minutes to configure if the basic settings are used.
The WiFi setup for me was more trying because I do not broadcast my router's SSID, so I had to go through a few extra steps to set up the frame. After setup, I've had the frame lose the WiFi newtork three times in three weeks and have had to re-setup each time. Annoying.
You absolutely must set up an account at Nixplay.com to display your pictures. No other interface exists. I guess if Nixplay goes under, your frame is useless, as there is no alternate way to get images into the frame through a memory card or USB connector. Oh well.
Nixplay has been tinkering with its site even within the last month, so some of my experience may not reflect the current state of the site. I found the site's support to be dismal, as the Knowledge Base never had the answers to the questions I had, and neither did the support community. Maybe this will improve as the Iris model becomes more established.
The site allows users to connect to Facebook, Google Photos, Dropbox, Instagram, Flickr, and Verizon Cloud. Plus, you can email images to the frame. All this is functionality is extremely lightly documented. Good luck. You may or may not figure it out.
Users create albums of photos, then drag those albums to a playlist, then load the playlist to their frame via WiFi. An image must be under 20 MB. Movies up to 15 minutes are uploadable and will play on the frame.
Images need to be in an aspect ratio of 1024x768 (4:3) for optimal playback.If you have images in 16:9, you will need to cut them down or hope that the display setting on the frame is set correctly to deal with the wrong aspect ratio or else it will cut them off, often in odd ways. Landscape and portrait are an issue too, because I saw no way to have the frame properly interpret EXIF data for rotation. I suppose a mix of landscape and portrait images are best put into separate albums and the playlists set for each, so you can rotate the frame manually between a horizontal-only or vertical-only playlist.
I had problems with upload failures MANY times trying to upload images from Google Drive to my album on the Nixplay site. Nixplay's software would state there was a server error on upload, and it kicked me back to square one. Nor could I find a way to upload a group of files at once from Google Drive. Really frustrating to load images one at a time, only to have the Nixplay interface choke and start you over again.
In truth, I am not clear on all the functions of the website. Maybe Nixplay will beef up its helps and documentation, but as it is, I'm not entirely sure if I'm getting the most out of the frame's capabilities. I know one feature is that friends and family can send images to your frame, but I'm not clear how this is set up. Really, Nixplay needs to do a much better job explaining how its device and website work.
OPERATIONS / THOUGHTS
That perpetual "in the dark" feeling about the Nixplay Iris and it's supporting site feels to me like something of a reviewer failure. Maybe it is. All I know that you get the nagging feeling that this device could do more, but you'll never explore it all. Heck, you may not be doing the basics right, either. And that's something of a UX fail on Nixplay's part, a big one, actually.
Then there's The Internet of Things, of which this Wi-Fi enabled digital picture frame fits. Novelist Harlan Coben wrote a thriller that discusses a potentially hacked picture frame just like the Nixplay Iris and the havoc it wreaks on the owner. Recently, a major hack attack occurred on insecure Internet of Things devices, and it stymied a big chunk of the Web.
Where is all your data going for this Made in China device. How secure is it? Does it have security backdoors? Can someone hack it and attack your home network through it? The frame has a sound sensor, but can that sound be transmitted to someone listening at Nixplay? Or to whichever company owns Nixplay? Makes you wonder.
As for the image/display quality. it's perfectly fine, though not in the league with an Apple Retina Display. The light sensor works well, adjusting the display's brightness levels perfectly, though the activity sensor can be spotty and inconsistent.
Is this a good digital picture frame? Maybe. I wish for better documentation, both with the frame and on the site. I wish I knew more about Nixplay and just where my pics are going.
Overall, the Nixplay is a decent—though expensive—digital picture frame hampered by a lot of unanswered questions. At every stage of using this device and even reviewing it, it seemed to generate more questions than answers. My apologies if this review seems half-baked and low on details, but perhaps as the device and Nixplay mature, we'll get more answers.
I will have a more detailed review forthcoming, but for now I am highly impressed with the build quality, looks and functionality of this digital, connected frame. The high resolution screen is brilliant and sharp, while the frame itself looks elegant and high-end (I chose the bronze color). It is a great piece of engineering and design. It is also simple to setup and use (the drag-and-drop feature is not working and this is hampering my efforts to quickly get the frame loaded with albums/pictures (I am not ready to fault Nixplay for this yet as I am still learning my way around the frame and website).
UPDATE: The drag & drop feature does indeed work. The problem that I was having was that I was clicking and immeditaely attempting to drag, as I would with something on a desktop. The way this feature works on a the Nixplay website and your web browser is that you must wait about a second after clicking on a photo or album before dragging it (Don't forget to click "save" after adding photos to an album). I can now very easily load up my frame with photos or albums from my computer, anywhere on my network, or social media & photo sharing websites.
I have since purchased a second frame in SILVER for the office and it performs equally as well as the first. If I had to choose between colors, I would say that I favor the bronze with it's warmer and richer look, but the silver does look clean and modern.
One feature that I feel is sorely missing is a clip or magnet on the back of the frame to hold the remote. The remote is small, thus easy to misplace.
I also wish that it had DLNA support to access to locally stored photo album/folders on a NAS or other devices on a home network. This should also allow dynamic playlists that would mirror linked-to external, online playlists, so that one could simply edit the online playlist and the frame would then automatically and dynamicly "stream" whatever is currently on it.
Apparently the google photos feature does not allow shared albums and seems to not show pictures uploaded by others. Without this feature, putting pictures into the photo frame becomes pretty clunky and I don't see it being used very often. This is a key feature that is currently missing.
A thread on their support forums has some discussion, apparently it is being worked on but there is no date for when this feature will be ready.
That said, the construction and the frame itself is pretty nice.
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