Android Box, Which one to go for??

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  1. benb89

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    Hi Guys,

    Looking for some advice, Im looking at getting an android box but have no idea where to start. Im looking for one that I can use to stream films, sports (sky sports), TV shows etc. I currently stream of a couple of websites through a LG smart TV, but im moving and that TV is not mine so wont be coming with me.

    What Android Box would you recomend for my needs? A friend recomended this one ANDROID TV BOX INFINITY FREE WIRELESS KEYBOARD QUAD: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics What do you think?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. jerryq7777

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    I would go with a droidstick it will come with all the addons preinstalled for you.
    There is plenty of videos and support on there site in case you have a query.

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    Welcome to the forum benb89 :hiya:

    Streaming of Sky Sports requires a paid for subscription. You will not get any assistance on here with apps that bypass the need to subscribe to Sky so if you were thinking of these then please don't ask. However if you are after assistance with legit apps then ask away :smashin:

    Mark.
     
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    I'd be wary of buying the one you have linked to without checking if there's any support if you run into issues and they release updates in a regular and timely manner, is there a user forum to turn to for advice?

    If not then I'd do as above or possibly go with the one the site reviewed.

    Minix Neo X8 Plus Review | AVForums

    as they are both known for having good customer support etc.
     
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    Just out of interest to those in the know, is the nexus player no good?
     
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    I would avoid the nexus player. In my opinion the Amazon fire tv is solid for Kodi and is well priced at £79. Less than £50 without a remote the pi is a also a good option. I've had a couple of generic android boxes costing up to £80 and all have had issues. These range from no firmware support, bloat ware, dodgy wifi
     
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    Why avoid the nexus player?
     
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    Largely due to the following

    1) 1 gig of ram
    2) No ethernet
    3) Google Tv feels like an unfinished product
     
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    Thanks, what do you think about his one? someone at work has recomended it Buy DroidBOX X7 Ultimate with 16Gb ROM, discover reviews for DroidBOX X7 Ultimate with 16Gb ROM and get best prices for DroidBOX X7 Ultimate with 16Gb ROM in the UK
     
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    I think the same as I said before. Unless you know you're going to get decent support for it then it's a gamble.

    I don't know about every box on the market so unless someone else can assist you're going to have to do a bit of research yourself.

    The only ones I see repeatedly getting good support are the ones already mentioned and The Wetek Play and Amazon Fire. Not saying other boxes don't have good support but the majority of them are just cheap, Chinese generic boxes that once you've bought it good luck, that's why they're cheap.

    I wouldn't even necessarily recommend an Android box for XBMC as there are better alternatives that are less buggy, but these require the user to do a bit of learning and setting up themselves.
    Such as an Intel NUC, Raspberry Pi2 etc, but that's another thread.
     
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    Why pay droidsticks prices when you can install the addons yourself.
    My box was £35 from Amazon and works a treat with full TVaddon cordcutter kodi installed
    Techcode CS918 HD 1080P Quad Core Android 4.2 TV Box (Mini PC), 2GB RAM,8GB HDMI WIFI Bluetooth: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    [​IMG]
     
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    Probably best to get something with newer firmware for a bit of future proofing. For Kodi 15.0 the minimum required is Android 4.2. Agree with sirteuk that there is no need to pay the inflated prices of droidsticks. They essentially sell on other peoples work which is provided for free.
     
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    Updated my kodi14.2 to kodi 15 via Google play store update without a hitch
     
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    Thats fine its what i do too but the OP has no experience of Kodi and Droidsticks keep their boxes updated and come with Sports Donkey.That box you posted is pretty poor too The one i listed will be a lot quicker.

     
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    If you are talking about the spec of my box you may be correct, but in actual use it is superb. The wifi wasn't brilliant so I have an ethernet connection via a couple of cheap Talktalk powerline connectors. The main purpose of a the box is to stream media. This box does that without a blip, no buffering whatsoever, so why pay up to double the price for Android kitkat and superior chips for a m/c that will stream media, exactly as this box does. My box however does only output 720p (equivalent to 1080i) which gives the same resolution as Freeview HD, Sky HD and Virgin HD
     
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    It's a 1080p box that only outputs 720p.

    There's a rather fatal flaw. If I buy a 1080p box to watch my 1080p content I expect it to be capable of outputting ..... 1080p
     
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    I must apologise for my comment about the 720p output. I was incorrect. I changed my kodi settings level as expert and now the video output is set to "same as movie"
    Sorry
     

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