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Android TV Stick - convert normal TV to Smart TV (from $40, Quad-Core from $65)

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Sounds like a good father's day gift for me :cheesygri

I can't think of why I really need it, my PBO is doing well and the wife is now use to things.
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Personally, I don't think 802.11g (54Mbps) can give you 1080p quanlity. It is too slow. 720p might be ok, but it is also depending on the video source.

Correct me if I'm wrong.
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sansp00 wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 4:52 pm
I like the idea, but the fact that it carries only 512 mb to run ICS (which officially requires 1 gb) and from what I can find a single core chip is like borderline specs.
I would not expect great performance from such a device.

It depends. If Vanilla ICS, it's more than capable. This has similar specs to Nexus S and it got official update. Runs ICS smoothly on my friend's Nexus S. And it does 1080p* pretty well. There are a bunch of other phones running ICS well. Remember that there are other things running on the phones which won't in this, so more resources available to do more things. I think implementation is a big thing for this one. If want to have better specs, won't be this cheap unless with crappy stuffs.

Having said that, I would pay more for newer gens with better specs, in case need to upgrade for later on. Android 5... ;)
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This of course can only work on TVs with a USB drive right?
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djemzine wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 6:19 pm
This of course can only work on TVs with a USB drive right?
If I am not mistaken it runs via HDMI. So all you need is an HDMI port :)
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Thanks OP, picked up 2 at the grocery store...Asked for ICS on a stick AKA (Android 4.0)

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How do I hook this up to da TV?
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kud0s69 wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 7:30 pm
If I am not mistaken it runs via HDMI. So all you need is an HDMI port :)

Ah okay. Thanks.
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mark_in_2k wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 4:50 pm
Would be great to see XBMC / OpenElec ported to one of these systems.

this is what i want the rasberry pi for too bad my shipping date is august...

i might consider one of these but no ethernet is kinda strange? i have a nexus s and it runs ICS fine but have never tried playing a 1080p movie...
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asianraver wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 4:20 pm
Why do you think it can't play x264 MKV's?
I think it lists right on the specs page:

Video

WMV/ASF/MP4/3GP/3G2M4V/AVI/MJPEG/RV10/DivX/VC-1/MPEG-2/

MPEG-4/H.263/H.264/1280*720P HD 30 fps, 1080P/720*480 D1 30fps

That info is meaningless because it does not say what kind of H.264 profiles it supports nor does it discuss the fact that when you are playing an MKV you have to do the decoding of AC3 in software, which maybe this can't do.

All I am saying is be cautious. Its a great little device to experiment with but until someone can report back true results I would not hold my breath on this being your media center.
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sansp00 wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 4:52 pm
I like the idea, but the fact that it carries only 512 mb to run ICS (which officially requires 1 gb) and from what I can find a single core chip is like borderline specs.
I would not expect great performance from such a device.

where is this requirement? The Nexus S only has 512 MB and got it.
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sansp00 wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 4:52 pm
I like the idea, but the fact that it carries only 512 mb to run ICS (which officially requires 1 gb) and from what I can find a single core chip is like borderline specs.
I would not expect great performance from such a device.

Where did you get that idea???

My X10i with a first gen Snapdragon and 384MB RAM runs fine on CM9.

There are also a ton of devices that officially has ICS only with 512MB, some are even single core and runs real smooth: http://mobilesyrup.com/2012/05/13/bell- ... iew-video/
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ToniCipriani wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 9:00 pm
Where did you get that idea???

My X10i with a first gen Snapdragon and 384MB RAM runs fine on CM9.

There are also a ton of devices that officially has ICS only with 512MB, some are even single core and runs real smooth: http://mobilesyrup.com/2012/05/13/bell- ... iew-video/

With every new Google developer device, Google expects that operating system to be paired with those specs. Ideally it would be a gig (galaxy nexus). Its all assumed by devs at xda so don't take my word for it.
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