Does the Pix-Star 10-inch Wi-Fi cloud digital picture frame charge monthly fees?
The Pix-Star 10-inch Wi-Fi cloud digital picture frame does not charge any extra fees or recurring subscriptions – unlike competing frames including popular choices like Nixplay and Skylight. Pix-Star’s 10-inch frames offer all of the same features – along with many more – without charging a cent extra.
Pix-Star’s 10-inch frames are arguably the best value for money frames on the market at the moment. They have a robust and versatile feature set – while still being elderly-friendly and able to cater to modern homes & families.
Consider that competing digital picture frames like Skylight and Nixplay have very similar upfront costs as Pix-Star’s frame. Some of Nixplay’s 10-inch frame models can get quite a bit more expensive though. Now, bear in mind that Nixplay and Skylight charge a monthly/annual subscription fee on top – making them a whole lot more expensive than Pix-Star’s frames in the long run.
In terms of features, Pix-Star offers free-for-life cloud storage, full Wi-Fi functionality, access to both a mobile app and web interface, remote configuration support, social media photo album imports, video, and audio playback, and much more. Almost all of these features are locked behind the Nixplay and Skylight “Plus” subscription paywall.
With frames like Skylight and Nixplay, if you don’t pay for their subscription, you lose access to all of the features that help these frames compete with the likes of Pix-Star and Aura.
Pix-Star goes above and beyond for families and elderly users. You can create and remotely manage multi-frame control groups, adjust their settings, start slideshows, manage local and cloud storage, and much more.
When combined with Pix-Star’s web albums feature, they quickly become arguably the best non-subscription-based frames on the market – and offer much better value for money than Skylight and Nixplay frames.
How to send photos to the Pix-Star 10-inch Wi-Fi cloud digital picture frame?
You can send photos to the Pix-Star 10-inch digital picture frames over Wi-Fi and the cloud in several different ways. The most popular and most accessible of these methods is using the Pix-Star Snap mobile app. Here you can send up to 250 photos to multiple Pix-Star frames at the same time – no matter where you are in the world.
Pix-Star’s mobile app also supports sharing 2-minute video clips and audio recordings to any of your Pix-Star frames. Currently, Pix-Star’s capable remote configuration feature is under development for the mobile app at the time of this writing.
Pix-Star’s web dashboard is ideal for sharing photos in bulk from external sources like social media and photo-sharing sites. A dozen external sources are supported, including Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive & Photos, Dropbox, Flickr, and many more. This is known as Pix-Star’s web album feature.
A unique part of Pix-Star’s web album support is the ability to automate photo-sharing. Once linked, you can set any web album to automatically sync new photos as you add them. Simply connect all of your frames to the desired web albums, set them to update automatically, drag and drop new photos, and Pix-Star takes care of the rest.
For a more traditional photo-sharing method, Pix-Star also supports sending pictures by email. You can do this from any device and all you need is your Pix-Star frame’s unique email address.
Pix-Star supports automatic photo slideshows. As photos arrive on the frame from the above sources, they can include immediately in the currently playing slideshow. This is managed through the frame’s settings page and ensures that less tech-savvy users never miss an important moment.
Does the Pix-Star 10-inch Wi-Fi cloud digital picture frame have a mobile app?
Each Pix-Star 10-inch Wi-Fi cloud digital picture frame comes with full access to the Pix-Star Snap mobile app. Pix-Star Snap is an elderly-friendly and family-focused mobile app made just for Pix-Star’s frames to enable bulk photo-sharing, sending pictures to multiple frames at the same time, and even sharing video clips and audio recordings.
Unlike some competing frames’ mobile apps, Pix-Star doesn’t charge any extra fees or recurring subscriptions to gain access to the mobile app. Currently, Nixplay and Skylight frames lock access to their mobile app behind a subscription paywall.
Pix-Star Snap is easy to download and offers a simple and minimalistic interface. You don’t need to create an account to use the app, meaning that everyone in the family can use the app to share photos on the go.
With Pix-Star Snap, you can share up to 250 photos to several Pix-Star frames at the same time. Here you can choose photos from your phone’s gallery, capture them via the app’s access to your device’s camera, or share entire collections and folders. All you need is the receiving frame’s unique email address (only needs to be added to the frame once) and select the receiving frames from the available list.
How do slideshows work on the Pix-Star 10-inch Wi-Fi cloud digital picture frame?
The Pix-Star 10-inch Wi-Fi cloud digital picture frame offers a highly customizable and immersive slideshow setup. Unlike most competing frames, Pix-Star lets you choose which files and folders to include in slideshows, along with the play order and frequency in which they display.
Pix-Star’s slideshows can be adjusted via Pix-Star’s main settings page. Alternatively, you can adjust most settings directly inside the slideshow by pressing the “Menu” button.
Pix-Star’s remote configuration feature lets you manage and control slideshows too. You can start slideshows from linked web albums, change them on the go, and even import new photos.
Furthermore, Pix-Star’s remote configuration feature lets you adjust the way the motion sensor works. Here you can set how long it takes before the screen goes off without any motion detected. Additionally, you can set auto-on/off schedules for times when you know nobody will be at home.
Can the Pix-Star 10-inch Wi-Fi cloud digital picture frame play video?
The Pix-Star 10-inch Wi-Fi cloud digital picture frame can play 2-minute video clips and audio recordings (send via the Pix-Star Snap mobile app). While this may not seem like much, it’s more than almost all competing frames at similar price points.
For example, Aura’s digital picture frames don’t support video and audio playback at all. Skylight and Nixplay require you to pay for their “Plus” subscription to unlock video and audio support. Dragon Touch only supports 30-second video clips, and the list goes on.