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XBMC - Pi or Android Box? What do you use?

nelifexnelifex

Wondering whether to go with a Raspberry Pi or Android Set-Top for XBMC for my main TV. I like the idea of having my Android apps on the TV but with so many choices out there, which one to go for? Can you apply skins and customise the interface with XBMC on Android? Would a quad-core Android box be more powerful and reliable with 1080p video streams than a Pi or other way around?

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    mrwhitelabel
    i have an android dual core droidbox imx6 running xbmc
    came fully set up and i think one of few boxes with daily OTA updates so no need to mess about with xbmc too much
    customisable
    and is the ultimate media player box with xmbc and showbox for me

    1.5Ghz Dual Core Cortex A9 Amlogic Neon AML8726-MX Processor
    - Preinstalled With XBMC Frodo 12 + Addons
    - Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
    - 1GB DDR3 RAM
    - Built-in Wi-Fi
    - IR Remote Control

    - Supports 1080p Video Playback.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271307619096

    the quadcore x7 is out now too though
    http://droidbox.co.uk/products/droidbox-x7
    * QuadCore Mali400 High Performance 3D GPU
    * RK3188 Quad Core Cortex A9 Neon CPU
    * 2GB RAM (DDR3)
    * 8GB Total Internal Storage
    * USB Storage Extendable (Flash Drives/HDD)
    * SD Storage Extendable (Up to 32GB!)
    * 100 Mbit Ethernet adapter
    * 802.11b/g/n Wifi with external antena
    * HDMI v1.4 1080p Output
    * Fully Rooted!


    Edited By: mrwhitelabel on Jan 23, 2014 19:35: details

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    bubblegum2910
    I have a Mygica 510b with A PIVOS linux image, no android. this has 1gb of memory

    The Pi has 512mb plus you need to add cost of case & psu remote. However I understand that there is an openelec image for it that runs well, so no android.

    The biggest problem I had, was too many files in the library, moving user data to sd card has helped.

    Back to your query, a quad core will run better, I understand that android xbmc is better now. with xbmc running on android, I assume you can do anything that xbmc via linux can do, change skins etc

    I understand new devices are on the way, which amongst other things can use Miracast

    http://www.futeko.com/browse.php?cat=mp

    For the BEST answers post this on http://www.avforums.com/forums/streamers-network-media-players.332/
    Conan257
    I've used a 256mb Pi for Rasplex then Plex through XBMC. It just wasn't responsive enough and had fairly frequent crashes.

    Moved on to an Ouya, which is much better but still has some issues (tried using it the other day and didn't have any audio coming through).

    I think the best bet would be a Revo, and that's probably what I'll get if the money comes available.
    nelifex
    Ouya seems like the best of the Android options. I'm just wondering whether tweaking UI in XBMC is an option on the platform.

    Edited By: nelifex on Jan 22, 2014 13:17
    sancho1983
    I have an Acer Revo 3700 and an HP Microserver.

    Hth
    sleepymike29
    Raspbmc has come a long way since its initial release. Its much more responsive on the latest version and you can now fast forward and rewind.
    paddy.stone
    I now use mxplayer on android devices as the UI for xbmc is a bit finicky, PC use xbmc as it has more customizable options... both run whatever I throw at them with no probs. Android devices: tesco HUDL and moto G PC: desktop hexa core etc and revo 3610.

    IMO you may be better off going for something like hudl/other tablet with HDMI out as it has more usability, not just sat in front of the TV all the time, can use it for whatever you like and whenever you fancy watching a film/streaming music just hook it up to the tv. Just my opinion though, like my devices to have multiople options/uses around the home instead of being unused 90% of the time :)
    markystarky
    I use Openelec on an RPi B 512 with data on USB to avoid corruption, overclocked to 1Ghz and left on all the time. This is served over homeplugs from a P4 Nas4Free install, and has never skipped a beat... I use it every day and it does the job perfectly.

    Edited By: markystarky on Jan 22, 2014 17:01
    nelifex
    paddy.stone
    I now use mxplayer on android devices as the UI for xbmc is a bit finicky, PC use xbmc as it has more customizable options... both run whatever I throw at them with no probs. Android devices: tesco HUDL and moto G PC: desktop hexa core etc and revo 3610.

    IMO you may be better off going for something like hudl/other tablet with HDMI out as it has more usability, not just sat in front of the TV all the time, can use it for whatever you like and whenever you fancy watching a film/streaming music just hook it up to the tv. Just my opinion though, like my devices to have multiople options/uses around the home instead of being unused 90% of the time :)


    I appreciate the sentiment but I want something that doesn't chew up power that can just sit behind the TV. I've got an i5 laptop and an i7 PC so I don't really want or need a tablet. I was going to use the laptop as the XBMC hub but having something dedicated is the goal. For as much as XBMC is praised on Pi and Ouya, I feel there are better options out there. I'd love something like the MadCatz Mojo but who's going to throw £220 at one?
    chantelle310
    I use a model B pi. And have done for over a year with raspbmc and I cannot fault it. Use a USB as well as an SD card and also use a Ethernet cable most of the time but it also runs very decently using the edimax USB wifi adapter too now I have a decent broadband connection installed. Runs flawlessly for me and I really cannot complain. Airplay support and the fact I can use my standard TV remote to control it are huge factors why I haven't yet moved to an ouya even though I'm sure it was announced as the best XBMC device? Not 100% sure about that though.
    nelifex
    chantelle310
    I use a model B pi. And have done for over a year with raspbmc and I cannot fault it. Use a USB as well as an SD card and also use a Ethernet cable most of the time but it also runs very decently using the edimax USB wifi adapter too now I have a decent broadband connection installed. Runs flawlessly for me and I really cannot complain. Airplay support and the fact I can use my standard TV remote to control it are huge factors why I haven't yet moved to an ouya even though I'm sure it was announced as the best XBMC device? Not 100% sure about that though.


    Do you use a custom skin? Does it ever get sluggish when browsing your library?
    chantelle310
    nelifex
    chantelle310
    I use a model B pi. And have done for over a year with raspbmc and I cannot fault it. Use a USB as well as an SD card and also use a Ethernet cable most of the time but it also runs very decently using the edimax USB wifi adapter too now I have a decent broadband connection installed. Runs flawlessly for me and I really cannot complain. Airplay support and the fact I can use my standard TV remote to control it are huge factors why I haven't yet moved to an ouya even though I'm sure it was announced as the best XBMC device? Not 100% sure about that though.



    Do you use a custom skin? Does it ever get sluggish when browsing your library?


    I don't use a custom skin no. It's not as fast as scanning through the menus as my laptop but nothing that's hugely sluggish.
    nelifex
    dcx_badass
    I have a 512mb Pi, overclocked, ethernet and running off a fast USB stick. Runs like crap. My library is about 1000 items, it pauses for a minute to open the library and does not scroll smoothly at all. Everytime you stop a film you have to wait a minute again for it to go back to the library.

    It's alright as a secondary player, but as a main player no chance, anyone saying differently is either lying to themselves or has never used XBMC on a proper device, as it's no comparison.


    I've heard a few saying the same about large libraries. I have a big library with a lot of discs still to rip so looks like I'll be going for a high-end Android device
    nelifex
    dcx_badass
    nelifex
    dcx_badass
    I have a 512mb Pi, overclocked, ethernet and running off a fast USB stick. Runs like crap. My library is about 1000 items, it pauses for a minute to open the library and does not scroll smoothly at all. Everytime you stop a film you have to wait a minute again for it to go back to the library.

    It's alright as a secondary player, but as a main player no chance, anyone saying differently is either lying to themselves or has never used XBMC on a proper device, as it's no comparison.


    I've heard a few saying the same about large libraries. I have a big library with a lot of discs still to rip so looks like I'll be going for a high-end Android device

    Also takes 12+ hours for the initial library scan. It's alright for a secondary room, or I use mine for local playback from a memory stick, but as a main device, nope. Android TV devices I just have a low end single core and that sucks. But my HP Touchpad and Galaxy S3 can do 1080P fine and scan quickly so I'd imagine they'd be ok. My main media player is still a HTPC running XBMCbuntu.


    Well I've seen a few quad core android boxes on Amazon for around 50-60 quid but they're no-brand so could be a risk. What HTPC do you use?
    Chumba_Wumba
    I have a minis x7 quad core android box, and it runs XBMC, allows skins etc. and you can reskin it. Plays well, ccasional buffering (more due to my crap nternet), but finding an alternate link, always sorts it. Icefilms is brilliant as is sports devil, and thats all I really need. The box cost me about £83 off the flEbay. Worth it, and it's already paid for itself by me watching most of last years big movies, in stunning HD. Loving it, Loving it. Loving it ! 8)
    gogosteve
    dcx_badass
    I have a 512mb Pi, overclocked, ethernet and running off a fast USB stick. Runs like crap. My library is about 1000 items, it pauses for a minute to open the library and does not scroll smoothly at all. Everytime you stop a film you have to wait a minute again for it to go back to the library.

    It's alright as a secondary player, but as a main player no chance, anyone saying differently is either lying to themselves or has never used XBMC on a proper device, as it's no comparison.


    which skin and oc settings are you using?
    anonimousse
    It is a question of choice and your skills; I have ran XBMC on the original xbox through to the current PC based version - which offers me the most flexibility and a killer media player. But, if I had the cash I would look very closely at the Intel NUC or an alternative build. I would come back to Pi in the future when it can do everything reliably.

    Aeon Nox.
    nelifex
    dcx_badass
    Default Confluence and Overclock is set to fast.

    Was just in currys a few hours ago and picked up a Boxee Box for £50 and just hacking it with XBMC now, will report back with results later.


    That's interesting - was it a local managers' special?
    gogosteve
    dcx_badass
    Default Confluence and Overclock is set to fast.

    Was just in currys a few hours ago and picked up a Boxee Box for £50 and just hacking it with XBMC now, will report back with results later.


    Confluence does stutter a bit on the Pi, Amber skin runs better. But anyway that's a good price for a Boxee, was considering one now that it runs XBMC such a cool looking device
    whelan189
    nelifex
    Wondering whether to go with a Raspberry Pi or Android Set-Top for XBMC for my main TV. I like the idea of having my Android apps on the TV but with so many choices out there, which one to go for? Can you apply skins and customise the interface with XBMC on Android? Would a quad-core Android box be more powerful and reliable with 1080p video streams than a Pi or other way around?


    buy minix x7 from geekbuying, best decision of your love then buy a wireless mouse from amazon for 10 pound, bargain, nuff said
    mrwhitelabel
    i have an android dual core droidbox imx6 running xbmc
    came fully set up and i think one of few boxes with daily OTA updates so no need to mess about with xbmc too much
    customisable
    and is the ultimate media player box with xmbc and showbox for me

    1.5Ghz Dual Core Cortex A9 Amlogic Neon AML8726-MX Processor
    - Preinstalled With XBMC Frodo 12 + Addons
    - Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
    - 1GB DDR3 RAM
    - Built-in Wi-Fi
    - IR Remote Control

    - Supports 1080p Video Playback.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271307619096

    the quadcore x7 is out now too though
    http://droidbox.co.uk/products/droidbox-x7
    * QuadCore Mali400 High Performance 3D GPU
    * RK3188 Quad Core Cortex A9 Neon CPU
    * 2GB RAM (DDR3)
    * 8GB Total Internal Storage
    * USB Storage Extendable (Flash Drives/HDD)
    * SD Storage Extendable (Up to 32GB!)
    * 100 Mbit Ethernet adapter
    * 802.11b/g/n Wifi with external antena
    * HDMI v1.4 1080p Output
    * Fully Rooted!


    Edited By: mrwhitelabel on Jan 23, 2014 19:35: details

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