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Zoostorm Play Android Internet TV Box Refurb @ Argos Ebay £25
Zoostorm Play Android Internet TV Box Refurb @ Argos Ebay £25

Zoostorm Play Android Internet TV Box Refurb @ Argos Ebay £25

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1GB memory.
Uses Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. Use the Eshare app to display pictures, play videos and content from your Android phone or iPhone directly on to your TV.
Catch up on your social media and YouTube. You can even use your Android phone or iPhone as a remote control via the Android app.
1 year Warranty

Good Price considering it has an Air Remote and UK warranty.....

78 Comments

Original Poster

£25 for an XBMC and Netflix player surely warm if not hot

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Edited by: "GNKelly07" 19th Jul 2014

great bit of kit... hot

Original Poster

Amazon Reviews (Based On £60+ pricepoint)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00AO3ELCQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_helpful?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=byRankDescending

Some saying XBMC wouldnt do 1080p, surely there is an XBMC build for the A10 that will play it

Original Poster

Found some a10 XBMC build's and put them here
mega.co.nz/!WYEhTQDJ!l8g1dgSkHZQCuQ1C6I4NaQ

Will test once I receive the box

Where does it mention air mouse

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devlino

Where does it mention air mouse



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If it doesnt come with the original (which it will!) then they substitute for "a generic compatible model"
zoostormplay.com/ << says it comes with an air mouse as per pics above

Its probably brand new stock, last refurb I had from them was 100% new sealed (kurios 4s)
Edited by: "djjinx1" 19th Jul 2014

djjinx1

Found some a10 XBMC build's and put them … Found some a10 XBMC build's and put them herehttps://mega.co.nz/#F!WYEhTQDJ!l8g1dgSkHZQCuQ1C6I4NaQWill test once I receive the box



Nice one, would be interested to know how this performs with XBMC. I find it laggy on the Rasp Pi and was tempted to buy the NUC 2820 to get the whole HTPC experience. I also like the fact that you can install Android 4.4 on the NUC as well.......

Original Poster

18nine04

Nice one, would be interested to know how this performs with XBMC. I find … Nice one, would be interested to know how this performs with XBMC. I find it laggy on the Rasp Pi and was tempted to buy the NUC 2820 to get the whole HTPC experience. I also like the fact that you can install Android 4.4 on the NUC as well.......



Allwinner didnt exactly release all source afaik, vidon.me and mele partnered on making a HW accelerated build (again afaik) (could be tales from my ass)

The rar'd version in my link is probably the latest one.

SD content and streamed content should be sweet with xbmc 13
Also local 1080p content (as in usb or SD card) should work with external player support (not sure if theres a newer version)
forum.xda-developers.com/sho…075

Will this box get Android updates?

Original Poster

willysnapper

Will this box get Android updates?



There are some stability updates to fix firmware but wont get an Android update (ie to 4.2.2 etc)

Link to some setup vids, unboxings and a small review
google.co.uk/web…F-8

Thanks for that djjinx1, I've viewed those Yt. vids but can't seem to find any that evidence the mirroring of an S3 Lte which is what I have!

It just worries me that it's running an older OS, less memory and a lesser processor than my phone has!

Original Poster

willysnapper

Thanks for that djjinx1, I've viewed those Yt. vids but can't seem to … Thanks for that djjinx1, I've viewed those Yt. vids but can't seem to find any that evidence the mirroring of an S3 Lte which is what I have!It just worries me that it's running an older OS, less memory and a lesser processor than my phone has!



It will be ok for streaming, netflix, iplayer, any game pre 2014 should pretty much work as well (as well as most this year except the highest end games)

Edited by: "djjinx1" 19th Jul 2014

Original Poster

Manual
http://downloads.zoostorm.com/drivers/android/PlayBox/Play.pdf

Firmware
downloads.zoostorm.com/dri…zip

djjinx1

It will be ok for streaming, netflix, iplayer, any game pre 2014 should … It will be ok for streaming, netflix, iplayer, any game pre 2014 should pretty much work as well (as well as most this year except the highest end games)



"Any game pre 2014" A 3 year old single core cortex A8 with a low clocked single cluster Mali 400 GPU. This is the same SoC used in the Ainol Novo Elf which people thought was slow then.

Don't need yet another box sticking into the TV that will do exactly the same as the ones I have already........but voted hot and bought one anyway

Guys maybe a dumb question but what can this do for me that chromecast can't, my only dissatisfaction with chromecast is no slingplayer support as yet.


could this be used as a squeezebox?

Original Poster

GAVINLEWISHUKD

"Any game pre 2014" A 3 year old single core cortex A8 with a low clocked … "Any game pre 2014" A 3 year old single core cortex A8 with a low clocked single cluster Mali 400 GPU. This is the same SoC used in the Ainol Novo Elf which people thought was slow then.



Ok most games will work on this, would you not agree?

Perhaps San Andreas, Fifa 14, Batman et al may be slow/wont work but Asphalt 6/7 and similar will work
When I receive mine I will check
I had a Dell Streak 5 with a 1ghz single core and measly Adreno 200 and it could play ALOT of games that you wouldnt think possible

Infact heres my old thread lol
forum.xda-developers.com/sho…845

Edited by: "djjinx1" 19th Jul 2014

djjinx1

Ok most games will work on this, would you not agree?Perhaps San Andreas, … Ok most games will work on this, would you not agree?Perhaps San Andreas, Fifa 14, Batman et al may be slow/wont work but Asphalt 6/7 and similar will work :)When I receive mine I will checkI had a Dell Streak 5 with a 1ghz single core and measly Adreno 200 and it could play ALOT of games that you wouldnt think possibleInfact heres my old thread lolhttp://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1362845



So Fifa 12 was laggy at 480p and its going to be playable at 1080p on similar hardware. I think the problem will be if you have used something faster it seems extra slow.

Any ideas where there is a list of compatible xbmc capable media players ? Thanks

Looks a good price but suspect many would find it slow if use to faster media players... Heat added though

Original Poster

GAVINLEWISHUKD

So Fifa 12 was laggy at 480p and its going to be playable at 1080p on … So Fifa 12 was laggy at 480p and its going to be playable at 1080p on similar hardware. I think the problem will be if you have used something faster it seems extra slow.



So the Adreno 200 and Mali 400 are similar now???

And this is newer single core tech, also at a higher clock speed with double the ram (as the dell streak 5)
I'm not saying it will run all games flawlessly but out of the 1000's of games it probably cant run 20

Any my current phones are s5 and Lg G2, the Streak 5 is long gone.

I understand where your coming from though with the Mali having to run them at 1080P
As always I will test a few and post back, with these things games with accelerometer support (or air/keyboard) are probs the only ones worthwhile anyway!

gazw

Guys maybe a dumb question but what can this do for me that chromecast … Guys maybe a dumb question but what can this do for me that chromecast can't, my only dissatisfaction with chromecast is no slingplayer support as yet.



well you cant put xbmc on chromecast and use apps like mashup or icefilms

wonder if skype and webcams will work on it?

Original Poster

ra11

wonder if skype and webcams will work on it?



From Argos (whos Q and A are useless),

Q Will i be able to connect a usb webcam , Microphone and setup Skype calling, if so is there a detailed guide to this?

A Connecting a USB webcam is possible , but can be very problematic getting one working with the older version of android that it uses.

Skype is also available on the google play store.

It would be simpler to run Skype on a cheap laptop with a built in laptop.

I dont have one so cant test (unless a phone camera can be a webcam??)

rudy691

well you cant put xbmc on chromecast and use apps like mashup or icefilms … well you cant put xbmc on chromecast and use apps like mashup or icefilms



So having googled I can see XBMC supports slingbox, so I could cast slingbox to the big screen from this rendering the chromecast redundant ... ?

rudy691

well you cant put xbmc on chromecast and use apps like mashup or icefilms … well you cant put xbmc on chromecast and use apps like mashup or icefilms



That's so old school. It's easy to cast local files and Popcorn Time/TV Portal/Showbox (and similar apps) stomp all over icefilms. the only really weak area right now is live and on-demand television.

Edit: I was still *this* close to ordering one though, just for those audio outputs (the optical out in particular). I think I actually deserve some kind of medal for resisting. I'll make do with the Raspberry Pi (for music) and Chromecasts (for video) and try not to buy any more of these damn boxes... I'll try. It's so cheap though, and comes with that remote...
Edited by: "PurplePerson" 19th Jul 2014

Reviews are a mixed bag but it is a good price. Hot from me.

I would not expect smooth playback of even 720p with this CPU.

Cheap for an intro into the general genre of Android TV boxes though and no doubt that somebody ay XDA, Freaktab or Slatedroid will have a custom rom for it.

Original Poster

1080p via mxplayer has been tested fine though?

Xbmc may not play 1080p though, Will need to test some of the files above on 1st page
Says here 1080p on HW accelerated XBMC plays fine?
xbmchub.com/for…you?p=66948&viewfull=1#post66948
xbmchub.com/for…you

According to that....
Install this
http://s3.amazonaws.com/1.7.15/videoplayer_ad__1_7_15a_neon_market.apk

Then this XBMC 12.2 (Custom XAF Build)
http://xbmc-android.googlecode.com/files/xbmc-frodo-12.1-xaf-neon-set_top-20130503-47b0a23c60.apk

Enjoy HW Accelerated 1080P xbmc (hopefully lol)
Edited by: "djjinx1" 19th Jul 2014

Original Poster

sorry for double post but

7 Left!

im really thick with things like this...for a while ive been looking for something so I can watch my netflix on my tv rather than on my phone or tablet thats really all I want it for...am I better to get this? or chromecast? any help is much appreciated :-)

Original Poster

beckihood1

im really thick with things like this...for a while ive been looking for … im really thick with things like this...for a while ive been looking for something so I can watch my netflix on my tv rather than on my phone or tablet thats really all I want it for...am I better to get this? or chromecast? any help is much appreciated :-)



not sure about chromecast but this has Netflix app and full play store

only 3 left though!

OOS

PurplePerson

That's so old school. It's easy to cast local files and Popcorn Time/TV … That's so old school. It's easy to cast local files and Popcorn Time/TV Portal/Showbox (and similar apps) stomp all over icefilms. the only really weak area right now is live and on-demand television.Edit: I was still *this* close to ordering one though, just for those audio outputs (the optical out in particular). I think I actually deserve some kind of medal for resisting. I'll make do with the Raspberry Pi (for music) and Chromecasts (for video) and try not to buy any more of these damn boxes... I'll try. It's so cheap though, and comes with that remote...



how does popcorn time stomp all over mashup/icefilms , when it's virtually the same thing ?

For anyone who missed out on this and is looking for an alternative.

Check out this dual core Amlogic box for $50 (~£30)
http://www.geekbuying.com/item/CMX-AML8726-MX-Android-4-2-Dual-Core-Mini-TV-Box-HDMI-HDD-Player-1G-8G-Built-in-XBMC-1080P-RJ45-AV-Port-with-IR-Remote-Control---Black-330173.html

They did a video review and here's the important part, XBMC flawlessly playing back 1080p content.
http://youtu.be/eg9Ox764DpA?t=5m50s

And finally here's a guide for installing Fusion on XBMC
http://www.xbmchub.com/blog/fusion-easy-addon-installation-for-xbmc/
Fusion will let you find all the add-ons you need easily.

spruceyb

For anyone who missed out on this and is looking for an alternative.Check … For anyone who missed out on this and is looking for an alternative.Check out this dual core Amlogic box for $50 (~£30)http://www.geekbuying.com/item/CMX-AML8726-MX-Android-4-2-Dual-Core-Mini-TV-Box-HDMI-HDD-Player-1G-8G-Built-in-XBMC-1080P-RJ45-AV-Port-with-IR-Remote-Control---Black-330173.htmlThey did a video review and here's the important part, XBMC flawlessly playing back 1080p content.http://youtu.be/eg9Ox764DpA?t=5m50sAnd finally here's a guide for installing Fusion on XBMChttp://www.xbmchub.com/blog/fusion-easy-addon-installation-for-xbmc/Fusion will let you find all the add-ons you need easily.

Or to add to the higher-spec options that won't potentially attract both import duty (VAT?) plus £10+ admin fee, there's the quad core 8GB+2GB CS918 at £35-ish delivered ex-UK. Similar to the Geekbuying item, the remote may not be as comprehensive as the OOS zoostorm.
ebay.co.uk/itm…647

Flipd

Or to add to the higher-spec options that won't potentially attract both … Or to add to the higher-spec options that won't potentially attract both import duty (VAT?) plus £10+ admin fee, there's the quad core 8GB+2GB CS918 at £35-ish delivered ex-UK. Similar to the Geekbuying item, the remote may not be as comprehensive as the OOS zoostorm.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CS918-Quad-Core-Android-4-2-TV-Box-Player-HDMI-1-8GHz-WiFi-1080P-2GB-8GB-UK-Plug/251585975647



Geekbuying declare gift so 98% of time no vat.

VAT aside, that is RK3188 which is better if you want to play games but Amlogic is much better for video.

My old single core Amlogic handles video better than the RK3188 device I got for my dad.

spruceyb

Geekbuying declare gift so 98% of time no vat.VAT aside, that is RK3188 … Geekbuying declare gift so 98% of time no vat.VAT aside, that is RK3188 which is better if you want to play games but Amlogic is much better for video.My old single core Amlogic handles video better than the RK3188 device I got for my dad.

Amlogic £35 delivered ex-UK ebay.co.uk/itm…189

Flipd

Amlogic £35 delivered ex-UK … Amlogic £35 delivered ex-UK http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MX-Android-4-2-Dual-Core-Smart-TV-Box-XBMC-1080p-Media-Player-Network-Streamer/181362672189



I doubt that actually is in the UK.

The seller's address is:
YUAN SHUHUA
111 North Bridge Road #13-06 Peninsula Plaza
179098 default, Peninsula Plaza
Singapore

and shipping time is "6-10 business days" which also happens to be the same amount of time orders take to ship from Hong Kong/China/Singapore

If you look at the negative feedback they've received in the past month, you'll see a lot of people complaining that they claim to ship from UK but actually it comes from Asia.

Plus I specifically recommended the one from Geekbuying because that box comes from a very good factory who use high quality parts, high QC standards and have a good software team. It also has a heatsink in it, which a lot of other MX boxes don't.
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