My First Android Box - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HotUKDeals, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HotUKDeals app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit

My First Android Box

£0.00 @
I know this question has been asked a million times, and I have been using the search feature... But as I'm a newbie and there seems to be a million options, I need a little guidance. I'm looking f… Read More
lewisgardner33 Avatar
4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
I know this question has been asked a million times, and I have been using the search feature... But as I'm a newbie and there seems to be a million options, I need a little guidance.

I'm looking for Android Box with 2gb RAM, within the £30-£50 price range. I'm primarily going to be using the box for Kodi (haven't even started looking at whatever LibreELEC is??), haven't got a 4K TV, it's going to be run on WiFi and I'd obviously like it to run as smooth as possible.

I've been looking at this one... https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MSLVJ46?th=1 as it's in my price range and comes with a wireless keyboard thingy??

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Not to mention that I've read that the S905X CPU is older than S912, but more stable for Kodi??? It's all so confusing!!!
lewisgardner33 Avatar
4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Options

All Responses

(11) Jump to unreadPost an answer
Responses/page:
#1
Try Entertainment Box (google it) I got my box from here, and it's next day delivery.
#2
Thought it said " My First Aid box" .
Really need to see an opticians as its not the first time, Im seeing other than whats written.
#3
S905X isn't really older, just a bit weaker. The S912 is buggy and has no LibreElec support so is a bad choice. If you want Kodi then do yourself a favour and run LibreElec, it's significantly better, much faster etc. Make sure to get a good memory card though or it will run poorly. Something like the Samsung Evo + is a good choice, the 16GB is about £6-8 and works well (don't be fooled by the poor Sandisks).

If you want a S905X box then the Nexbox A95X (S905X) is a good choice, regular Android updates and it doesn't have boot issues with LibreElec like a lot of other boxes. Frequently under £30 from Gearbest/Banggood or under £35/40 on Amazon.
#4
all the boxes are pretty much the same and all the reviews are fraud reviews in return for a free product. I've reviewed about 15 boxes. don't use the hdmi cable you get free with them. always awful.
#5
dcx_badass
S905X isn't really older, just a bit weaker. The S912 is buggy and has no LibreElec support so is a bad choice. If you want Kodi then do yourself a favour and run LibreElec, it's significantly better, much faster etc. Make sure to get a good memory card though or it will run poorly. Something like the Samsung Evo + is a good choice, the 16GB is about £6-8 and works well (don't be fooled by the poor Sandisks).
If you want a S905X box then the Nexbox A95X (S905X) is a good choice, regular Android updates and it doesn't have boot issues with LibreElec like a lot of other boxes. Frequently under £30 from Gearbest/Banggood or under £35/40 on Amazon.

Thanks for clearing that up, I'll definitely go with a S905X box and look into using LibreElec, I'm sure youtube will be my friend there.

The only real thing I noticed about eh Nexbox is that it only has standard WiFi and not the 2.4G+5G option... but in reality will this make a difference?
#6
GNKelly07
The one thing that jumped out from your original post is "it's going to be run on WiFi".
The problem with many of the import boxes that whilst they may have great specs on paper, the basic components tend to be cheaply manufactured and none more so than wifi cards. I've been through many, many boxes over the last few years and poor wifi has been a consistent factor on countless boxes.
To be honest, I'd either hold back on purchase, save the money and buy a Fire TV box - for the price & warranty it will work exactly how you want it to without the headaches. The Fire Stick 2 should also be available soon.

Thanks for helping, do you think having a power line adaptor would help? But anyway, i'm sure i can hardwire it if I had to.
#7
lewisgardner33
GNKelly07
The one thing that jumped out from your original post is "it's going to be run on WiFi".
The problem with many of the import boxes that whilst they may have great specs on paper, the basic components tend to be cheaply manufactured and none more so than wifi cards. I've been through many, many boxes over the last few years and poor wifi has been a consistent factor on countless boxes.
To be honest, I'd either hold back on purchase, save the money and buy a Fire TV box - for the price & warranty it will work exactly how you want it to without the headaches. The Fire Stick 2 should also be available soon.
Thanks for helping, do you think having a power line adaptor would help? But anyway, i'm sure i can hardwire it if I had to.
Certainly. Run through Ethernet whenever possible.
#8
they all do the same thing get one from eBay, hundreds to choose from.
#9
Don't think the android boxes do nowtv in HD, and I know you don't have a 4k TV but you won't get HDR or netflix 4k. Pretty much every cheapo chinese box I've seen has godawful wifi too, the fire TV box is pretty decent, streams 1080 perfectly even on a crappy bt home hub! You really need something that supports 5ghz if you want smooth streaming, although if you're further from the router 2.4ghz has better range.

Edited By: jaydeeuk1 on Jan 04, 2017 21:59
#10
lewisgardner33
dcx_badass
S905X isn't really older, just a bit weaker. The S912 is buggy and has no LibreElec support so is a bad choice. If you want Kodi then do yourself a favour and run LibreElec, it's significantly better, much faster etc. Make sure to get a good memory card though or it will run poorly. Something like the Samsung Evo + is a good choice, the 16GB is about £6-8 and works well (don't be fooled by the poor Sandisks).
If you want a S905X box then the Nexbox A95X (S905X) is a good choice, regular Android updates and it doesn't have boot issues with LibreElec like a lot of other boxes. Frequently under £30 from Gearbest/Banggood or under £35/40 on Amazon.
Thanks for clearing that up, I'll definitely go with a S905X box and look into using LibreElec, I'm sure youtube will be my friend there.
The only real thing I noticed about eh Nexbox is that it only has standard WiFi and not the 2.4G+5G option... but in reality will this make a difference?

So one of my Nexbox A95X's has 5Ghz wifi so I've done some speed tests [2m from router], unless other boxes are drastically different then the 5G is pretty useless [on these boxes], less range and the same speed (unless my router is configured horribly, but it looks fine)...

Also LibreElec booted to the homescreen is idling at ~110-115mb ram used, Android would be at 600mb+ before Kodi was even loaded (I'll check exact amount tomorrow).

2.4ghz wifi:

http://i926.photobucket.com/albums/ad103/dcxbadass/a95x-wireless-2.4_zpsuermo4og.jpg


5.0ghz wifi:

http://i926.photobucket.com/albums/ad103/dcxbadass/a95x-wireless-5_zpsw1rmsjlo.jpg


Ethernet:

http://i926.photobucket.com/albums/ad103/dcxbadass/a95x-wired_zps6igwqz1l.jpg


Edited By: dcx_badass on Jan 05, 2017 02:40
#11
Thanks chaps, I've gone and plucked a Nexbox A95X.

The next thing is this LibreElec software? Does anyone have a handy how-to video anywhere?

Post an Answer

You don't need an account to leave a response. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!