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[Amazon.ca] Dolamee D5 Android Box w/ 2 GB RAM less than $40 (tax + shipping included)

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Dolamee D5 Android Box w/ 2 GB RAM less than $40 (tax + shipping included)

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Seems cheap with good reviews
Less than $40 for 2 GB?... . I bit

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01MTY ... 0OS1&psc=1
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It's a Rockchip, therefore not really good with Kodi (if you care)
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Rockchip running Android 5.1, pass if you want any Kodi support.
Pay few more dollars and get a s905 unit instead:
(5.1) https://www.amazon.ca/Android-Streaming ... 01N8UE8EX/
(6.0) https://www.amazon.ca/SMBOX-Android-Aml ... 01NA6F5VH/
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Thanks all for the advice however I've been burned repeatedly on 1GB RAM boxes before so gonna try my hand at a cheap 2GB with perhaps a lower end processor. All I want is to run Kodi and by the looks of reviews, this one should fit the bill fine.
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I had a rockchip dolamee few months ago and had to return it. It was horrible. Leggy and kept crashing. Could not even handle YouTube 1080p. Ended up with S905 chip instead was like day and night.

Also don't believe the Amazon reviews. Look closely alot you'll notoce have a disclaimer about receiving the box for free or discount for "honest review". Lol
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aasoror wrote: Rockchip running Android 5.1, pass if you want any Kodi support.
Pay few more dollars and get a s905 unit instead:
(5.1) https://www.amazon.ca/Android-Streaming ... 01N8UE8EX/
(6.0) https://www.amazon.ca/SMBOX-Android-Aml ... 01NA6F5VH/

These are all 1gb boxes. Honestly it is worth the small price increase for 2gb ram, makes using the box less frustrating and smooth.
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i have 4 boxes, all are 1gb and I have no issues with Kodi and HD content. It's more of the main chip you need to be concerned about and also uninstalling any bloatware running in the background. Also need to uninstall Kodi and reinstall a fresh version because usually these ones have overloaded Kodi with so much addons that it just keeps trying to update all of them, which is why it slows down Kodi in the first place.
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Knaw wrote: These are all 1gb boxes. Honestly it is worth the small price increase for 2gb ram, makes using the box less frustrating and smooth.
Well then pay the extra few dollars and get the s905 2GB, my point then if you are really tight on a budget, the 1GB aml will beat the 2GB rockchip any time of the day.
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kevinshalfpenny wrote: Thanks all for the advice however I've been burned repeatedly on 1GB RAM boxes before so gonna try my hand at a cheap 2GB with perhaps a lower end processor. All I want is to run Kodi and by the looks of reviews, this one should fit the bill fine.
Forget the fake "free product for positive review" reviews, if you only want to run Kodi then a rockchip box is the last thing you want to get, Kodi devs themselves have not endorsed it (just check the official forums), 2GB wont do you any good when the software you are most interested in wont even run properly on your box.
And actually, for Kodi only usage, 1GB is more than enough, but if 2GB is an absolute must for you, then pay few dollars extra and get 2GB with a "supported" chip.
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I got one of the 1GB/8GB in yesterday that was 33.99 the other day. It's for a rarely used TV, but I have to say it's fine for Netflix, YouTube (so far). Why it comes with Skype and Facebook by default is beyond me. The Kodi that came on it has every repository I can think of (and every language) - so that's a wipe/restore of my home grown backup. It seems OK on ethernet, I won't even bother with wifi. There's an awful lot of hype about buying these devices with maxed out specs. If you want to play games just shell out for a console or Steam Link already. I've found controller compatibility and mapping too lacking to continue trying on Android at this point. When you're stuck running Kodi with only 480p streams available, you'll live with a cheap box.
Sorry for the early morning rant...
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A box with 1 Gbyte RAM is still fine for Kodi, and while the Rockchip RK3229 is more on par with the older S805, it can still manage to run Kodi on Android 5.

But it's 2017. if you're buying a new Android box now and you want to keep using it for the next couple of years, you need to look forward a little and buy more than today's bare minimum. Saving $15 now and having to shell out $50 again next year is not a saving.
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I also have 3 boxes with 905/1GB and they are all fine with Kodi.
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Comparision
Note the Rockchip CPU is 32bit vs Amlogic S905 64bit means more processing power, so even with 1GB RAM it will perform better than Rockchip.
Hardware Specifications:
CPU: Rockchip RK3229 Quad-core Cortex A7 1.5GHz 32bit CPU: Amlogic S905 Quad-core 64-bit
GPU: Penta-Core HD Graphics GPU: Mali-450 Core Penta @ 600MHz +
FLASH: 8GB NAND FLASH FLASH: 8GB NAND FLASH
SDRAM: 2GB DDR3 SDRAM: 1GB DDR3
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bhush_18 wrote: Note the Rockchip CPU is 32bit vs Amlogic S905 64bit means more processing power, so even with 1GB RAM it will perform better than Rockchip.
It goes a little bit past mere hardware specs, it goes right to Kodi support (since thats what everyone seems to be interested in).
Here is what they currently recommend (you see any rockchip based box there) ?
http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=252916
Want to know why ? read here: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=262906

In short, all hacks and tricks to get functional Kodi on Rockchip boxes were dropped from official Kodi, followed by SPMC dropping support too. So if you will need an "optimized" build you will always need to count on "3rd party" to provide support and bug fixes on rockchip (unless something changes and rockchip starts providing proper support for standard Android API, which wont happen on a dated chip like RK3229 any way).

Now that you have been fully informed, the choice is yours, its your money down the drain :)

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