This is an exclusive post on Android TV boxes. I spent countless hours on doing a detailed review of the best android tv boxes available in the market. I know, buying an Android Tv box is not an easy and quick decision. You are on this article, it means you’ve ended up here because you either you are interested in learning more about what an Android TV box is or you are looking for some buying advice.
Either you want more options on your tv channels or if you have streaming problems and have no idea on what to prefer, this post will provide you with best possible solutions.
- 1 Best Android TV Boxes for 2018 & 2019
What is an Android TV box?
For those who don’t know much about what an Android TV box is, let me tell that it’s a small set-top box which uses Google Android Operating System.
Best Android TV Boxes for 2018 & 2019
Checkout the best android tv boxes available in the market.
Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote
If you love to shop products from Amazon, especially electronic products, most of the times you look forward to buying items with ‘Amazon’s Choice’ tag.
This tag shows that the item has won Amazon’s vote of confidence and hence the number of positive reviews.
But what if an item is made by the giant itself. See, Amazon is no longer only an online shopping website. From revolutionizing courier service with latest technology to producing its own products, Amazon has evolved a lot.
We all like the idea of 4K ultra HD T.V. boxes with access to a lot of awesome channels and websites etc. And those who crave to have access to channels, apps and websites like NETFLIX and YouTube etc. would love this T.V. box, although it does not come without a few cons.
Let us have a look at the pros and cons first.
- Made by Amazon – highly reliable, useful and fully protected by Amazon product guarantee from 1 to 3 years.
- Access more than 500,000 movies in 4K Ultra HD and HDR picture quality.
- With subscriptions to Hulu or Sling TV etc. you don’t even need cable or satellite to enjoy live TV.
- Amazon does not flag content which is not prime – customers pay without willing to do so.
- Apps are likely to stop working and you stop seeing them.
One thing is for sure, we cannot cover all the pros and cons of this product, because it is one huge product when it comes to reviews test. Over 20,000 people have written positive or negative reviews for this product.
Let us start talking about pros one by one.
As it has been mentioned, the manufacturer of this product is not anyone else, but Amazon itself. It is a big advantage because you’re not buying from “just any brand”. This product is covered by Amazon guarantee, plus product warranty etc. so you have 1 to 3 years’ warranty.
It is 40% more powerful than the lighter option known as Fire stick; its ultrafast processor delivers a much better experience.
But there’s this thing that makes it absolute pick for a person who wants to have the sound quality equal to the picture quality; recently added Dolby Atmos audio functionality gives you better than a usual surround sound system.
Those of you who are fans of Alexa and want to connect their box with it, will certainly enjoy total control over content and doing much more than watching a movie online.
It should go without saying that you can do a lot more with Amazon Fire TV, but most certain and best of it is access of 500,000+ movies and TV seasons as well as millions of websites including Facebook, YouTube and NETFLIX etc.
This product is not perfect. For example, in designing this product, Amazon pulled some nasty stunts. For example, they have not flagged the thumb-nails of the content that is no free for Amazon Prime customers, and as a result they have to pay for the content that they never wanted to buy.
Some customers have also reported that their apps either stopped working or disappeared. So, buy this device keeping in mind that you might have to face one of the cons.
EVANPO T95Z PLUS Android 7.1 TV BOX
What could be better than a hot and steaming, streaming media box that comes with awesome looks, really good display screen, a very chic QWERTY keyboard with easy to use track-pad and a remote control to glide from one to another channel?
This is what the combo of EVANPO T95Z PLUS Android 7.1 media streaming box and one of industry’s best QWERTY remote + keypad have to offer you.
While this QWERTY keypad is enough for every task included the remote control of your box, you still get a traditional remote control with brushed metal look and clearly visible keys.
In this EVANPO T95Z PLUS review we are going to have a look at the pros and cons of this device so you can make your mind about whether you want to buy it or not?
- Running Android Marshmallow, it is compatible to all Android apps.
- Amlogic S912 Octa-core CPU with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM can store and run almost all heavy apps, unlimited movie streaming and basically anything.
- The H9 2.4 GHz mini wireless QWERTY keyboard equipped with remote mouse spices up the Android streaming experience.
- Customers getting 2GB RAM and 16GM of ROM instead of what is promised.
- Box tends to freeze and stop working.
What this is it?
No, it’s not! We are now going to talk about some other pros and also about why these cons are different from each other and how you should not expect one, but another.
So, starting with pros:
This Android streaming machine is equipped with Android Marshmallow which is definitely not up to date, but it is good enough to run all apps and content streaming without any lags or freezing.
The metal inside this meek but stylish media box is 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM; rest assured that from HD gaming to content streaming to using heavy apps like Skype and others, you will not have any problem with this media box.
Just like any high quality media streaming box that has to offer a better frame per second rate in order to easily stream 4K Ultra HD videos, EVANPO Android box also comes with a 60fps rate and it easily display 2K to 4K output.
With Wi-Fi 2.4G and 5G Bluetooth 4.0 and lightning-fast Ethernet 1000M, this lets you buffer seamlessly for hours and hours.
The H9 QWERTY keyboard mouse will replace your traditional keyboard that seems simply too big for entertainment and easy handling.
Even better is a 1 year long peace of mind because of the warranty that allows you to use the device for 1 year and return it if you face any lags or other issues.
There are certain cons that could be taken care of and they weren’t. For example, they left this device with Android 7.1 which is still good enough, but not the best. As a result, just too many customers complain of lagging and freezing of the device and I also noticed the same.
Some customers ordered the item and to their disappointment, company sent 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. This could easily be avoided. So, apply due diligence and see if this product is for you or not.
HONGYU T95X Android 6.0 TV BOX
You’ll agree to this:
Sometimes you are just going through one after another Amazon product and you see a product with hardly 10+ reviews and you think why someone would buy it.
The answer is diversity. There is no creature as diverse as human beings; they feel, need and think differently from other humans, and thus some of them would go for simple and sturdy design of HONGYU android streaming box, while others would reject the same for almost obsolete features and hardware.
You look at a TV box like this and you ask yourself, “Who would buy an Android streaming box with Android 6.0, only 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM and let me tell you who will buy it.
A person who cannot break the bank to buy latest and feature rich Android streaming boxes! There you go!
Now let’s see pros and cons of this product.
- Amlogic S905X Quad Core 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM.
- Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity as well as USB and SD card options.
- Better than before plug and play 1 minute installation.
- Remote control connectivity tends to fail.
- Outdated specs not in line with present day streaming requirements.
As it has been explained, where this media streaming device is beaten six days to Sunday, is in terms of its hardware.
1GB RAM and 8GM ROM is nothing but a joke these days. Some apps have crossed a 100MB milestones while others are about to cross it, and this product has competitors with as much as 32 GB ROM and 3 GB RAM.
Yet, there are certain pros that make it appealing to a few people and the most important of them is its highly affordable price.
This is not the only strong suit of this media streaming device; it comes with a processor which might not be better than best, but which is quad-core and better than its predecessor fixed in the previous model.
In terms of ease of connectivity and options, it is no way lesser than its expensive competitors. It has Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity as well as USB and SD card options which respectively help with connectivity and the memory of this device.
We have missed a very important pro here; I read the reviews of Amazon Fire box and people complained that it takes a light year to connect to the input device.
With HONHYU T95 has this plug and play connectivity that complex devices simply cannot have. All you need is literally 1 minute; connect the HD output with TV and Ethernet/Wi-Fi and turn on both: the output and input devices, and boom, you’re ready to watch the latest Flick on NETFLIX.
Coming to cons, as I have already explained, the biggest con of this device is that it is underpowered and in a world where bigger engine earns the respect, this slow and steady approach is not successful.
Also, customers have noted that after sometime the devices stops acting to the remote control. So, in case you are bent on bigger engine, it is not for you, but if you want fastest installation and durability, go for this TV box.
MINIX NEO U9-H + MINIX NEO A3
Having a home theater experience at home is not something easy. It does not matter whatever network you have at home, the picture quality is never as good as we want.
How about having 4K picture quality at home? If you have a 4K TV at home, just connect this device to your TV and immerse deeper into 4K ultra HD video experience.
With Dolby surround sound system, you enjoy a somewhat cinematic experience at home because from picture quality to sound quality, everything is beyond expectations.
Even the gyroscope remote that comes with this Android media hub is equipped with voice input; so you can simply give a command by saying it and you have it then and there.
Let us now take a look at the pros and cons.
- Ultimate home theater experience with wide variety of formats
- 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Digital Studio experience
- Dual DRM Support – Google Widevine + Play Ready 3.0
- Frequent malfunctioning e.g. some apps crashing.
- A3 remote is likely to break.
Most of you must have wanted an android box that could turn your movie experience into a real 4K one and MINIX NEO U9-H combined with MINIX NEO A3 Android remote promises to offer you more than just a usual “Android box movie experience”.
To start with, the remote is equipped with gyroscopic sensor and voice input. It means that not only it is more command sensitive and accurate than any ordinary “T.V. remote”, but it is also enabled with voice input (thanks to Android) and you can simply ask your remote to perform a function. Not to mention the QWERTY keyboard option that maximizes the fun that you can have with this device.
Coming back to the box, the main device, one must admit that the built quality of MINIX android box is way better than those other boxes in the market. It is made of sturdy material and it has a sleek and stylish look.
Getting inside the box, it is equipped with 4K ultra HD HDR 10 (high dynamic range) support which does the actual magic. It puts up 60 frames per second so whether you are into 4K movies or gaming, you’ll be happy to have this box.
With its 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Dual-Ban Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, you enjoy seamless streaming 24/7 and that too without any stuttering or buffering etc.
It has the licensed support of Microsoft Play Ready 3.0 and Google Widevine Level 1, which are, respectively, hardware based DRM that protects movie industry from piracy and, digital rights management component of Google Chrome browser and Android Media. So your 4K experience is 100% legit and supported by Microsoft and Google.
We only wished that it was perfect, it is not. This android box is better than many, but it has frequent malfunctioning with some apps and you have to reinstall the app every time the firmware is upgraded.
A3 remote has proved to be a disappointment. We haven’t observed the same, but a handful of Amazon customers reported that it either never worked or stopped working very soon.
Yet, you can buy this android box if you can deal with a glitchy remote and apps like Fliboard etc. failing to load.
KUKELE Ultra 4K HD TV Box
If you don’t settle for just any media streaming box and you want the best one with QWERTY keyboards and remote control and above all an overpowered chipset, this media streaming TV box is just for you.
It comes packed and loaded with all the bells and whistles that a TV box fan can expect from the best TV streaming box. For starters, it is equipped with RAM and ROM that you will hardly see in many media streaming boxes.
Above all, the complexity of connecting your TV box that you have to deal with in case of almost all big streaming boxes, is not found in case of this TV box. It is perhaps one of the easiest boxes to assemble and connect.
Let us have a look at the pros and cons:
- One of the strongest Octa-core TV box with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM.
- Powered with Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, Sling and tons of apps from Google Play Store.
- 3D HD streaming, 4K videos and 1080p video options.
- Item tends to have problems with Wi-Fi connectivity after some time.
- Android 6.0 is now an old version since it’s been some time when 8.0 rolled out.
Well the best thing about this TV box is that it is packed and loaded with all the power and technology that one needs for Ultra HD 4K video streaming. The most promising factor is 3GB RAM and 32GM Flash ROM and these are the specs that we approve in a cell phone and those that we least expect in a TV box but KUKELE made it possible.
Another good feature is fast plug and play installation. Unlike other specs-rich media boxes, this box does not take much time to be assembled. Just connect the power cord, connect the internet and you are ready to enjoy games, videos or music etc.
In case you wonder as though what kind of app and flick stores as associated with this device, good news is that its customers have access to Netflix, Amazon Video, Sling and tons of apps on Google Play Store.
This device supports all famous video resolutions. You will be able to enjoy your favorite flicks in 1080p, Ultra HD 4K and 3D HD streaming. This 3D HD streaming is not offered by many TV boxes on Amazon, so it offers this box a good competitive edge from customers’ viewpoint.
The best thing about this media streaming box is the confidence that the manufacturers put in it. This is perhaps only TV box that comes with an “All Time” warranty; buy the product and use it for life and if it breaks, warranty will be there to cover you.
This device still shows some drawbacks. Although we did not notice this in our extensive testing of this product, some customers have reported that after some time the device stops connecting to Wi-Fi connection.
Also, it comes with an Android 6.0 while we live in the era of Android 8.0; this makes it sort of backward. Still, for all the amazing features, lifetime warranty and price, it is a steal.
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition and Media Player
NVIDIA is the name of excellence for the people who are anyhow concerned with graphics and visual quality of games or videos. NVIDIA’s graphic card has been the oomph moment of many avid gamers who were not able to play HD games until they decided to get the key to HD graphic quality.
NVIDIA SHIELD TV is the gaming and media streaming device that comes with NVIDIA signature hardware and a set of devices that triple your gaming or streaming experience.
I am talking about a lushly designed gaming/media streaming box, with a sexiest ever remote control and a gaming controller that takes you instantly on a tour de HD games as soon as you take it in your hands.
Here are pros and cons:
- Full HD gaming and media streaming experience with all the right type of devices you need.
- 4K quality visual experience with Dolby Atmos and DTS-X surround sound pass through.
- Smart home ready – use your voice to dim lights, control temperature, view Nest cam on TV and add many more smart home options.
- Player tends to fail certain media servers e.g. Plex and HD Homerun TV DVR etc.
- Remote is likely to break or malfunction within a few weeks.
This SHILED media and gaming box offered with NVIDIA is special and innovative in many regards and this makes it different from almost all media streaming boxes available in the market.
Why I say so?
It is because this is the only box that comes with a gaming controller and NVIDIA powered gaming technology. In other words it is not only good for media streaming, but too good for gaming too.
Then, this box brings forth some unique features that other don’t even attempt at. I am talking about features like ‘Cut the Cord’ – wireless/cordless connection with all apps that you want for video streaming and gaming.
Let us not forget the visionary voice control functions; you can use your voice to basically control a lot in the room where you have your home theatre.
Like many other good quality boxes, this box lets you enjoy 4K HDR quality graphics and Dolby Atmos and DTS-X surround sound functionality.
Another commonly found good feature is access to Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube and Google Play apps and movies along with many other channels, media servers and apps, and this box lets you do all of this.
With NVIDIA graphics, play any AAA game like PUBG without worrying about graphics quality and pace. It comes with GeForce Now cloud gaming service that lets you enjoy HD graphics games on your TV in 4K graphics quality.
However, I only wished that everything was rosy about this media and gaming device, but it was not the case:
Many customers have complained of one particular issue and I can attest this from my personal experience that while connecting with media servers like Plex and HD Homerun TV DVR etc. this device fails to connect.
Another issue reported by Amazon customers is that of the remote control; it either breaks or starts malfunctioning. Yet, if you are a gaming buff, this is THE media box for you.
Conclusion on Android TV Boxes
Android TV boxes come in almost as many varieties as Android phones are available in the market. This makes the buying process so much confusing with so many options in the market. I suggest you to compare cons and pro’s of each device and see which one exactly fulfils your need. For Instance, if you are a gaming geek, your best option will be NVIDIA SHIELD TV, but if you are looking for an all rounder, above mentioned devices are cool too.
So which device you are going to buy with? Let me know in the comments section.