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[Amazon Canada] Samix r95 2gb ram Android box $49.99 - $5 coupon.

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[Amazon Canada] Samix r95 2gb ram Android box $49.99 - $5 coupon.

Good price on a good box, looks like it's actually better than the mibox? Has lan and optical audio.
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Bella125 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 7:30 pm
Good price on a good box, looks like it's actually better than the mibox? Has lan and optical audio.
Mibox supports HD netflix, this doesn't
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Yes, good choice. It has (or claims to have) the S905X chip rather than the recently-released cheaper and lower-performance S905W chip that everyone is starting to use.

Go for the 16 Gbyte version for $4 more like Paigne suggested - it has Bluetooth as well. Ordered, thanks OP and Paigne.

On both 8 and 16 Gbyte boxes the Wifi is weak internal 2.4 GHz. Both are on Android 6.0, and will never be updated. But you can't have everything.

Xiaomi Mi Box has the advantage of being a true Android TV box rather than a tablet version of Android ported to an Android media player, and it does support HD Netflix as well as acting as a Chromecast receiver. But it's more than twice the price and has no LAN port.

None of these Android media players support HD Netflix - it's a DRM issue, not a technical performance issue. There are some hacks which may work around it. But personally I don't care, I have a Roku box for that.
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Exp315 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 8:53 pm
Yes, good choice. It has (or claims to have) the S905X chip rather than the recently-released cheaper and lower-performance S905W chip that everyone is starting to use.

Go for the 16 Gbyte version for $4 more like Paigne suggested - it has Bluetooth as well. Ordered, thanks OP and Paigne.

On both 8 and 16 Gbyte boxes the Wifi is weak internal 2.4 GHz. Both are on Android 6.0, and will never be updated. But you can't have everything.

Xiaomi Mi Box has the advantage of being a true Android TV box rather than a tablet version of Android ported to an Android media player, and it does support HD Netflix as well as acting as a Chromecast receiver. But it's more than twice the price and has no LAN port.

None of these Android media players support HD Netflix - it's a DRM issue, not a technical performance issue. There are some hacks which may work around it. But personally I don't care, I have a Roku box for that.
FWIW, an S905W based box was listed for $9 today. Depending on your needs, that might suffice.
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piperdaddy wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 9:29 pm
FWIW, an S905W based box was listed for $9 today. Depending on your needs, that might suffice.
I saw that Ebay scam, thanks. Common sense should tell you not to bite. I don't need to go through the hassle of canceling via Paypal when the fraud becomes clear.
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piperdaddy wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 9:29 pm
FWIW, an S905W based box was listed for $9 today. Depending on your needs, that might suffice.
If the price seems too hot be true and from a relatively unknown seller (or seller other/unrelated items)... odds are you wont get what you ordered.

This is filled by Amazon so its not really a comparable item (since fulfilled by amazon means its shipped from Amazons warehouse so at least you should get the right item).
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own it its a piece of junk. Launcher keeps giving errors needing a reset, sluggish with very little apps no support at all. Expected some advantage with 2gb. About the only brite side is it has decent cooling it doesn't feel burning hot. Wifi is usesless.

That said fine with libreelec. Anyone got a link to the box's stock firmware can't find it anywhere myself
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lead wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 9:55 pm
own it its a piece of junk. Launcher keeps giving errors needing a reset, sluggish with very little apps no support at all. Expected some advantage with 2gb. About the only brite side is it has decent cooling it doesn't feel burning hot. Wifi is usesless.
You say that like you were expecting a cheap Android media player to be different.... :)

If you aren't prepared for those things, then a better choice would be the Minix U1, which was on sale on Amazon.ca yesterday for $98. That's a premium version of these boxes with faster memory, more stable firmware, and much better WiFi. But it was only on sale that cheap because it's now getting pretty old (stuck on Android 5.1, never to be updated). And the price is back up closer to $150 today.

For half the price you get a box that about 70% works when you get it, and can be brought up to 90% with a little work for the apps you care about.
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Exp315 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 11:00 pm
You say that like you were expecting a cheap Android media player to be different.... :)

If you aren't prepared for those things, then a better choice would be the Minix U1, which was on sale on Amazon.ca yesterday for $98. That's a premium version of these boxes with faster memory, more stable firmware, and much better WiFi. But it was only on sale that cheap because it's now getting pretty old (stuck on Android 5.1, never to be updated). And the price is back up closer to $150 today.

For half the price you get a box that about 70% works when you get it, and can be brought up to 90% with a little work for the apps you care about.
If its s905x all the hardware is roughly the same its the software and driver support and uboot that is dependent on what the soc releases and how the brand keeps up with it.

All mini-x ever did was re-compile and back port later android updates to their older builds and throw an external antenna on it. If you were lucky,,,, and only if it was easy enough for them to do it. But thats it!! Each chip gets a release with an android sdk how far that goes depends on the level of programming supplied by the seller.

Buy brand if you want the android environment they make money in the software vs the hardware sales so they have to support it. If you must buy a no name cheap android device. First google if you can't find its stock firmware very easily. If not..... don't touch the thing.

I paid 40 bucks for it shipped over a year ago. Its android was horrid but throw libreelec on it and its as good as anything with 100mbs ethernet. Its 2.4ghz wifi with internal antenna don't expect anything above 60 mbps. Plus you can't find the stock firmware for it. I never found it
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I received it from Amazon this morning after ordering last night, so that was quick. Seems exactly as expected.

- Software load is Android 6.01 + apps from August 2016, unchanged from the original release, including of course a lot of apps and plugins that no longer work, so cleanup is required.

- 2.4 GHz WiFi is awful, barely functional, just like my last Android media player. It doesn't seem to depend on proximity to the router, so likely a defective implementation affecting all the boxes using the same chipset (upload runs at twice the speed of download!)
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If you have never tried a mibox (xiaomi), you will never understand that this is not a question of hardware but of software. Mibox runs everything i want it to, updates properly and the software is a pleasure to work with.

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