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Overview

Amadou Diallo

After 1hours of research and testing, we think the 10-inch Nixplay Seed is the best digital photo frame for most people who want to display pictures uploaded wirelessly from their smartphones, hard drives, or social media and cloud storage accounts. Its superior display and simple setup lift it above the competition. And since you can send photos to the frame via Nixplay’s cloud services or email, or indirectly through a shared Dropbox folder, if you give one as a gift you can share photos with the recipient even if they happen to be halfway across the world.

Great features and easy to use

The Nixplay Seed’s high-resolution IPS display offers pleasing colors and a wide viewing angle, so your images look great from every corner of the room. The panel’s 4:aspect ratio means it can display your smartphone photos full screen, without black borders, and you can position it in either portrait or landscape orientation. Step-by-step instructions on the Nixplay website make connecting the frame to your Wi-Fi network and uploading images quick and foolproof. Those images can come from your phone or computer, as well as from social media and cloud storage accounts such as Instagram or Dropbox. A motion sensor lets you conserve energy by putting the display to sleep after you leave the room. Using a cleverly designed semirigid USB power cable that doubles as a stand, the Seed can sit in either portrait or landscape orientation at a range of angles.

Why you should trust me

I’ve covered photo gear at The Wirecutter since 2013, and I’ve worked as a professional photographer and digital-imaging consultant for 1years. I also ran my own digital-printmaking shop for a nearly a decade, producing exhibition-quality photographs on wide-format inkjet printers. I’m on the faculty of New York City’s International Center of Photography, and I lead photography workshops around the country.

In preparing this guide we brought in eight digital photo frames for side-by-side comparisons and real-world use in my home.

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Setup is quick and foolproof, and built-in Wi-Fi lets you import photos from your social media, email, or cloud accounts.

We tested the 10-inch version of the Seed (7- and 8-inch models are also available) and found that its IPS display produced pleasingly accurate results along with a wide viewing angle, ensuring that images looked great from every corner of the room. The screen’s 4:aspect ratio is a perfect match for smartphone (and Micro Four Thirds) camera sensors, which means your images can display across the entire screen. Sensors in DSLRs and many mirrorless cameras have the slightly different 3:aspect ratio, so those images will have a black border along two sides. The mismatch is subtle enough, however, that we think some people won’t even notice it. In any case, this display is a better fit than what you’d get on a frame with a 16:aspect ratio.

Images shot with DSLRs and mirrorless APS-C cameras have a 3:aspect ratio, so unless you crop them you’ll get thin black borders (like those shown here) along two sides of the screen.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Nixplay frames do not support automatic slideshows from shared folders. If you have a shared folder on Dropbox, you still need to transfer the files into your playlist manually, using the Nixplay site or app to see them—they won’t automatically appear on your frame. On one hand, that’s one more step to get your photos to a place where the grandparents will actually see them. On the other, it stops the slideshow from being overwhelmed by 1,000 almost identical photos of the Alaskan cruise a cousin went on last year.

Unfortunately, syncing with shared Google Photos folders is nonexistent. In this case you’ll have to manually move the images to a nonshared folder for which you have ownership permissions. Nixplay says it is aware of the incompatibility but points to Google’s lack of API support for shared folders, so we don’t expect a solution anytime soon. Instead, we recommend using Dropbox for uploading shared-folder photos to your Nixplay frame.

Many readers have told us they would like to have the option of setting a shared cloud-based folder to automatically populate their photo frame. Right now the only way to make that work is to have someone email files to the Nixplay address you receive when you create your user account.

The lack of Wi-Fi means you’ll be loading images via SD card slot or USB port. The Advance has no built-in storage like our top and budget picks, but Nixplay helpfully includes an GB USB stick to get you going. If you’re a Mac owner, note that you should format SD cards in your camera rather than your computer in order for the Advance to read them, and if you use your own USB stick, it should be in the MS-DOS (FAT) format.

The Nixplay Advance has ports for an SD card, a USB stick, and headphones. Check these guys out. Nixplay includes an GB USB stick, shown here.

The competition

The field of frames with a resolution of at least 1024×76pixels and a photo-friendly 4:aspect ratio is small, and both features and screen quality can vary widely, a fact that made it easy for us to dismiss several models.

The Ever Frames V0has inputs for an SD card, headphones, and a USB stick, as well as a Mini-USB port for cameras. Like all frames with a one-piece stand design, the V0can sit only in landscape orientation.

The V08’s screen is smaller than that of our top pick, and because this panel uses older TFT technology, it lacks the vibrant color and rich contrast of the Nixplay frames—but it’s still good enough for most people. Setup and operation are straightforward but slow, due to an antiquated menu interface that requires extra steps like hitting the OK button to move between main menus and submenus. The V0can display non-4:images with black borders or scaled to fill. You can set the image duration for a slideshow from three seconds to an hour, but unlike our main picks this frame has no motion sensor to automatically put it to sleep (though you can set a timed sleep and wake schedule). The L-shaped rear of the frame housing the input ports doubles as the stand, which means the V0can sit only in landscape orientation.

What to look forward to

Ever Frames has posted specs for an upcoming 8-inch Q-Series frame with an LED display, internal storage, and built-in Wi-Fi. Music and video files are supported, as well. As of this writing the company has not released pricing or availability beyond “coming soon.” We’ll update this guide when we know more.

And that’s all.

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Thus, most twin moms recommend keeping it simple with one of the best car seat strollers for twins. You can upgrade to your heavier-duty, more capable stroller later when you have a bit more gusto and a better understanding of what your needs truly are (usually around months or so).

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