There are a handful of items that I consider must-see gifts. A tile tracker. A cup of Ember. And, you guessed it, a digital photo frame. In the past few months, I’ve shared a handful of unbranded frames priced in the $ 80- $ 90 range, but let me argue for spending a bit more, especially if you’re shopping for Dad.
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Why the endless love for these things? Simple: Instead of a single framed photo, you can view thousands of photos in an endless slideshow. It’s such a smart way to make something with all those photos you take with your phone. And if you’re giving it as a gift, it’s a great way to share new photos with the recipient – you can email them directly to the frame (you get your own address), or upload them through the app.
The Nixplay can also import images from Facebook, Instagram, and Google Photos. Because it is connected to Wi-Fi, you don’t have to manually copy photos from a flash drive or memory card, like with the photo frames of yesteryear.
This particular model works in portrait or landscape mode. It has speakers for playing videos and a motion sensor that turns off the screen to save power. Best of all: no monthly fees or any type of subscription. Buy it once and you’re done. (Nixplay offers a Plus subscription service aimed at families, but it’s optional.)
Could you use, say, alike a dedicated photo frame? Absolutely, but it would be pretty basic, without the dedicated email address, motion sensor, and all of that. The same goes for the Echo Show or Google Nest Hub; They have basic photo frame functions, but the value of a dedicated frame is being able to add new photos quickly and easily, and do it from afar.
So get yourself one for dad or get one for yourself. Either way, it’s a purchase you won’t regret.
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