Smartphones have made cameras so accessible that the number of pictures you now take probably far exceeds what your old-school photo albums and frames can hold. That’s why digital picture frames are handy.
The Nixplay Seed and the Aura are two digital frames that cycle through thousands of your personal photographs, which means you don’t have to limit yourself to showing off just a few favorites. We’ve compared the two gadgets to help you decide if one is right for your home.
The frames: At a glance
|Price||Starts at $99.99||$399|
|Display||9.7-inch display with 2048 x 1536 resolution|
|Colors||Black, blue, mulberry, mango||Ivory with rose gold trim, charcoal with black trim|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||10 inches x 11.75 inches x 0.75 inch|
|Buy on Amazon|
These digital photo frames both have simple designs. The Nixplay Seed resembles a tablet, with its thin, rectangular shape and rounded edges. The Aura looks more like a traditional picture frame, with straight edges and a thick border. The Seed comes in four solid colors and the Aura in a couple of two-tone options.
Each frame has a high-resolution display that can show clear images, but the Aura’s 2048 x 1536 resolution far surpasses the Seed’s resolution, which ranges from 1024 x 600 to 1024 x 768. The Aura has a 9.7-inch screen, and you can choose from a 7-inch, 8-inch or 10-inch screen size for the Seed.
The frames connect to a power source rather than use batteries. The Seed’s power cable doubles as a stand to keep the frame upright, and the Aura has an independent stand. Each frame can be placed in either a portrait or landscape position.
The Seed and the Aura are Wi-Fi enabled frames that wirelessly import and display your photo collections. Both have built-in motion sensors to conserve energy, automatically turning on when you enter a room and off when you leave. The frames let you instantly upload pictures from your smartphone, and through each one’s free app, you can add friends or family members, so they can share photos directly to your frame.
But there are some differences. For example, the Aura comes with a hook and nail for wall mounting, but the Seed is not wall-mountable. Check out some of their other unique features below:
The Seed puts you in control of your digital photo catalog. It offers:
- Versatile uploading: The frame can display pictures from your computer, tablet or social media pages like Facebook and Instagram using the Nixplay Web App.
- Connection to multiple frames: You can sync your account with up to five Seed frames.
- Ample photo storage: The Seed has 8GB of internal storage and offers up to 10GB of free cloud storage through the Nixplay Web App.
- Remote control: The digital frame comes with a small remote control, so you can change the settings or displayed image without opening up the app on your device.
The Aura is significantly more expensive than the Seed. But it integrates more “smart” technology features that create a hands-off experience. It has:
- Automatic updates: Using a feature called Smart Selection, the frame will automatically add new photos as you take them.
- Curated photo selection: The Aura pulls only the best-quality photos from your collections. It filters out pictures that you likely don’t want on display, such as those that are blurry, low-resolution or feature nudity.
- Auto brightness and shut-off: The screen’s contrast automatically adjusts based on the surrounding environment, and the display will go to sleep when the room is dark.
- Motion control: The frame is equipped with a gesture sensor, so you can change the displayed image with the wave of your hand.
- Unlimited storage: You don’t have to worry about the Aura running out of space for your photos, because it can “sync one or a million photos to your frame,” according to the company’s home page.
The Nixplay app is available to download for free from Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play Store. The Aura’s free app is currently available to download only on iOS devices, but Android support is coming soon, according to the company’s website.
The Aura has a much larger price tag. It retails for $399 compared with the Seed, which starts at $99.99 for the 7-inch model. The 8-inch Seed is priced at $129.99 and the 10-inch at $169.99. Both are also available on Amazon, where you may find them at a discount.
Get the picture
The Nixplay Seed and the Aura make welcome additions to smart homes or thoughtful gifts for loved ones.
The Seed is the simpler option, suitable for those who don’t need the most cutting-edge technology but still want to showcase a diverse set of photos. It’s also the more budget-friendly of the two, considering that the most expensive model of the Seed is still over $200 cheaper than the Aura.
But for those who are more interested in aesthetics, the Aura’s elegant design and superior display make it more visually appealing. This frame does the tedious work for you, plus its unlimited storage supports even the most vast photo library.
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