What is this thing? That was my first though! Was it yours? The Cube is brilliant in theory but slightly flawed in it’s execution.
The cube is basically a streaming device for your photos. I used to have one of those digital picture frames to display photos digitally and I just got so tired of the complicated process to update them that I finally got rid of it. It was more trouble than it was worth even though I liked the idea of it in theory.
Even though it seemed like it was pretty simple to set up based on the instructions, I did have a hard time. First I was asked to enter my Wi-Fi info to connect. There was an image of a keyboard to pull up an on screen touch screen keyboard to enter it but no matter which way I hit it, I could not get the keyboard to pull up. I had to get in and out of it several times to get it to work and just when I was about to give up, I got it!
Once I connected to my Wi Fi I again had trouble connecting to my Instagram account. It said my username and password didn’t match no matter how many times I tried it. I finally got on my computer and changed my password and it worked with the new one. I’m not sure what that was about except that maybe it had something to do with the period that was in my first password and the keyboard to enter it on had a period and comma on the same key. It looked like it was a period when I entered it but just wouldn’t take that password. Either way, I got that worked out as well.
The initial setup was more frustrating and time consuming than I expected but I was able to get it working. As soon as I connected to my Instagram I got a life feed streaming of my Instagram feed.
Here is what I liked about it: I got a live streaming feed of my Instagram photos. It was fun to have a little slideshow going on all the time and with a simple click of the big heart button I could “like” a picture on Instagram. A red heart popped up to show I “liked” it. I could also view all the photos I’d liked in my “liked library” by holding down the heart button for a few seconds.
In addition to the liked library, I had the option to choose between My Feed, Popular, User and Hashtag. All of these selections can be made just using the grid button on top to get to the on screen menu and then just swiping between them on the screen.
Here’s what I didn’t like. The touch screen is not as sensitive as any other touch screen in my house and it’s not as responsive. I think that’s why I had so much trouble getting the on screen keyboard up initially. Like any other screen you have to get used to it’s response to you so there’s a bit of a learning curve just getting used to it.
The other thing I didn’t like is it’s just the picture without the caption or anything else. I don’t know who posted it or what it’s supposed to be about because it only shows the image.
I happen to know who posted this because it’s my adorable nephew. When I logged onto Instagram on my phone I saw the caption said “He is conflicted about tummy time.” I also learned that this was actually a video when I went onto my phone so I guess the Cube doesn’t play Instagram videos; just still images.
My last issue with this is that I’m a blogger which means social media is part of my job. That means that I follow and have followers that I don’t actually know. Most of what I’m getting in this feed I don’t know the person which means that sometimes inappropriate things pop up that I don’t want to see and definitely don’t want my kids to see. I think this would be great for someone who just followed close friends and family but if they do social media for a job or have friends that sometimes post inappropriate pictures; it might not be the best thing.
I would have priced this around $50 but it’s actually $149 on Amazon, WAY higher than I thought. It might be worth it if it did more or you could connect to other social media with pictures streaming but for just Instagram, it’s not worth it to me.
I like the Cube in theory. It has a great screen and picture and it has a sleek modern look. I like that it’s perfectly square and doesn’t take up a lot of room. I’m not thrilled with the limitations it presents and think if more features were offered it might be worth it.
#Cube™ speaks to the enormous popularity of photo-sharing sites such as Instagram by enabling the socially connected to enlarge their viewing experience of photos and videos, from the smaller confines of a smart device. It is an extremely innovative, attractive, & easy-to-use wireless living photo canvas which showcases your favorite social photo & video streams.
Among the immensely appealing features of #Cube™ are:
· A large 8” square LCD touch screen display, giving the retro-inspired #Cube™ a modern touch.
· Real-time and instant continuous delivery of a stream of photos and video clips, enabling users to enjoy and display real-time social network images from friends, family, and favorite celebrities.
· Rechargeability and built-in Wi-Fi as well as free wireless software updates that enable new features & application support.
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