I wasn’t a massive fan of having my photo taken in the past. I used to have a few printed photos around, one from our wedding, a formal photo with my mum on a cruise, a photo with my grandmother and that was it. I’m not a big fan of being in the frame and although I’d take a lot of holiday snaps, they weren’t good enough to go in the wall. Then William was born.
I’m guessing you know what it’s like to have kids and suddenly, you need to upgrade your phone / camera storage, because it’s full! I wanted to capture every single moment. You have hundreds and hundreds of photos collected and have to agonize over which ones to get printed for the walls… and then the next year, you have hundreds more! My son is only two, I had four photos printed on canvas for Christmas, but now I’m out of wall space. Cue the perfect solution for anyone who wants to display multiple photos in a small space – the Nixplay Seed WiFi Digital Photo Frame.
This sleek photo frame displays HD quality images that are uploaded either to the App or the website or accessed via Google Photos, Instagram, DropBox, Facebook and Flickr. The frame loads them through WiFi, so there’s no fiddly memory cards or USB sticks that you have to keep taking out to update. You just click add, upload, and it’s up there a few seconds later. It took me about 10 minutes to set it all up in the beginning as it requires you downloading an update and connecting to the WiFi and then pairing with your registered account, but after that, I can now add photos in literal seconds.
You can choose whether it displays one photo, or cycles through as many as you’ve created on a playlist. You can set different playlists, so with the click of a button (or an Alexa command!) you can change the playlist to have different themes or collections. You can change how long each photo displays – I currently have mine set for an hour as I don’t like them to change too often, but the options are anywhere from 5 seconds to an hour. You can have it set to shuffle or play in the order you choose, and you can have it display a clock which I really like as I don’t have a clock in the bedroom at the moment where I have this set up.
Seeing all my photos up on display really gives me a connection to the moment in which they were taken – letting me feel that love and joy again. This is very important to me, especially since we know William will be our only child, so these moments we capture are the only experiences we will have and I’m getting to relive them every time the image changes.
A very useful feature is also the sleep feature. I’ve set mine to turn itself off between 10pm at night and 7am in the morning. Even more fancy is the motion recognition technology, in addition to the sleep function you can set it to only come on when it detects someone in the room! No need to set up a timer on the plug, and no need to remember to turn it on and off – yet I save electricity, which helps both my bank account and the environment. As you probably know from my previous posts, environmental issues are incredibly important to me and they are to Nixplay as well. With every purchase of a Nixplay seed, a tree is planted in Africa by Trees for Future.
It’s stylish and sleek, available in a variety of sizes and colours. The one featured here is the 10.1 inch Widescreen in black. The only downside I’ve experienced is that it does of course need a power cable. Unfortunately that’s just going to be part of high powered digital technology, having to plug it in to recharge it for wireless every day would be frustrating, so we have to accept that this needs to have a cable running to a power point. It means it may not be able to be displayed everywhere that a normal photo frame came be, but I’m confident that every home will find the perfect place for it.
When my mum saw it she immediately asked me loads of questions about it and then decided she wanted to buy one for herself as well – which is about as ringing an endorsement as I can give a product. She lives in a small flat, so this is an ideal way for her to get every family photo on display. We’ve added each other as friends on the Nixplay app, and that means we can share photos with each other very easily, and my husband can also add photos to the frame with a minimum of fuss.
I’m a big fan of canvas prints and will still be having plenty up on my walls, but the Nixplay Seed has provided me with an elegant solution to my initial problem – I have thousands of photos of my family and this way I get to see them all.
If you’re interested in purchasing a Nixplay digital photo frame, they’re available to buy on their website with prices starting from £129.99.
Disclosure: I received a Nixplay Seed Digital Photo frame for the purposes of this review. I was asked to share my honest opinion and was not otherwise compensated.