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Old 25-11-2018, 03:05 PM   #781
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Have been watching YT reviews on several Android boxes and did a search on TB and found the following:

RK3328 H96 Max+ 迷你电视4G+32G 安卓8.1 = RMB 240/5 = S$48

TANIX TX3 MAX 蓝牙 2G/16G S905W = RMB 190/5 = S$38

Can I conclude that for my first Android TV Box, the 2 above will be ok choices? Only $10 bucks difference, TB prices before domestic & international shipping.
The second one is okay, make sure it is of Tanix brand with Tanix logo on top of the box. The price is about right.

The first one is a generic box and not recommended for 1st time buyer unless you are good at Taobao and can deal with return shipment back to China. The price is a bit too LOW to me so I am not so sure what is the catch.
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Old 25-11-2018, 04:17 PM   #782
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The second one is okay, make sure it is of Tanix brand with Tanix logo on top of the box. The price is about right.

The first one is a generic box and not recommended for 1st time buyer unless you are good at Taobao and can deal with return shipment back to China. The price is a bit too LOW to me so I am not so sure what is the catch.
Bro, the H96 Max model I quoted is the cheaper model. Think there are 3 variant of H96 Max.

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Old 25-11-2018, 04:39 PM   #783
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U guys should stick to the mibox. At least with it there is still software updates. Those unbranded box it's like striking lottery if u get a software update.
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Old 25-11-2018, 05:45 PM   #784
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Bro, the H96 Max model I quoted is the cheaper model. Think there are 3 variant of H96 Max.
I know. The RK3399 model is of much higher price. Then the RK3328 based models (H1, H2, etc) are still of usually of higher cost than you quote (more around RMB300), again these are generic boxes and from what I see not popular in Taobao at all (not good brand to buy inside China, geared toward foreign market, 外贸盒子) so it is hard to tell it is good or bad from the ratings.

You can of course try your luck...

I myself tried 4 times on generic box, 3 times okay, 1 time failed (not per specifications, not what I wanted to buy, no point return through Taobao either due to shipping cost).

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Old 25-11-2018, 05:51 PM   #785
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U guys should stick to the mibox. At least with it there is still software updates. Those unbranded box it's like striking lottery if u get a software update.
That is a good advice, especially for first time buyers. Mi Box and Mi Box S are good buy.

On the other hand, the life span of a lower end Android TV Box is like 2-3 years and FW update may not be that important for majority of the use cases as long it is of Android 6 and above.

As for Mi Box, Oreo updates kind of ruined the good name and Xiaomi has released multiple versions trying to fix the problem. The advice from “New TV Box SG” is not to update to Oreo and stick to older 6.0 version for now.

Xiaomi pulled the updates but it is said they have released new versions just a few weeks ago. Hopefully it is getting better now.

I personally do not quite like Mi Box because I have my own Chromecast and I has no interests in Netflix at all.

Also I like rooted box for the possibility of running Termux rooted packages (libusb in particular) and China Tunnel.

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Old 25-11-2018, 07:11 PM   #786
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That is a good advice, especially for first time buyers. Mi Box and Mi Box S are good buy.

On the other hand, the life span of a lower end Android TV Box is like 2-3 years and FW update may not be that important for majority of the use cases as long it is of Android 6 and above.

As for Mi Box, Oreo updates kind of ruined the good name and Xiaomi has released multiple versions trying to fix the problem. The advice from “New TV Box SG” is not to update to Oreo and stick to older 6.0 version for now.

Xiaomi pulled the updates but it is said they have released new versions just a few weeks ago. Hopefully it is getting better now.

I personally do not quite like Mi Box because I have my own Chromecast and I has no interests in Netflix at all.

Also I like rooted box for the possibility of running Termux rooted packages (libusb in particular) and China Tunnel.
Sorry just wondering what r the use cases for ur TV box so can understand ur choice of boxes
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Old 25-11-2018, 07:33 PM   #787
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Sorry just wondering what r the use cases for ur TV box so can understand ur choice of boxes
First is to play with Arm Linux — goal achieved successfully with my X96 Mini and H96 Pro + model. Still following up with mainline Linux usage on Amlogic S905x/905w and S912. On going with the RK3328 boxes waiting for right dtb to use.

Secondly is to play with rooted Android box, including using Termux to run Linux for some testing purposes. Goal achieved. Still exploring Android.

I am part of the admin team of several small open source projects, where I play the role of testing across different OS like Linux, Windows and previously also MAC OS X and BSDs. In one of the popular projects (kind of essential package in Linux, pretty popular under Windows and Mac OS X), we have not very good Android support so that is one of my objectives to learn to use Android. I can not code but pretty good at messing with different OS stuff and building simple applications. I have access to HW stuff for testing purpose.

The above two use cases are not the same as 99% of the users here.

Thirdly is to play with different apps in Android TV boxes (actually also Android phones) mainly for Mandarin/Cantonese/Hokkien entertainment, including different apps without VPN and apps with VPN, this should be similar to the uses cases of quite some users here. Not interested in Netflix or things like that.

I have created a thread about Android Phone Chinese Entertainment apps and another thread on iPhone Entertainment apps.

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Old 25-11-2018, 07:36 PM   #788
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First is to play with Arm Linux — goal achieved successfully with my X96 Mini and H96 Pro + model. Still following up with mainline Linux usage on Amlogic S905x/905w and S912. On going with the RK3328 boxes waiting for right dtb to use.

Secondly is to play with rooted Android box, including using Termux to run Linux for some testing purposes. Goal achieved. Still exploring Android.

I am part of the admin team of several open source projects, where I play the role of testing across different OS like Linux, Windows and previously also MAC OS X and BSDs, but we have not very good Android support so that is one of my objectives to learn to use Android. I can not code but pretty good at messing with different stuff and I have access to HW stuff for testing purpose.

The above two use cases are not the same as 99% of the users here.

Thirdly is to play with different apps in Android TV boxes (actually also Android phones) mainly for Mandarin/Cantonese/Hokkien entertainment, including different apps without VPN and apps with VPN, this should be similar to the uses cases of quite some users here. Not interested in Netflix or things like that.

I have created a thread about Android Phone Chinese Entertainment apps and another thread on iPhone Entertainment apps.
Wow amazing!! Thanks for sharing man no wonder u r armed with so much knowledge!
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Old 25-11-2018, 07:46 PM   #789
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Wow amazing!! Thanks for sharing man no wonder u r armed with so much knowledge!
But I am more a hardware guy so sometimes I may be a bit biased on hardware features...

And still learning...
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Old 25-11-2018, 07:46 PM   #790
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Hi bros,
I have a Minix box but the OK button on my A2 remote is getting unresponsive and I am thinking of getting another remote.

Can anyone recommend a good remote?
Was looking at the MP3 Air Mouse remote
https://s.lazada.sg/s.Y7lj

Has anyone tried this?

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Old 25-11-2018, 07:53 PM   #791
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Hi bros,
I have a Minix box but the OK button on my A2 remote is getting unresponsive and I am thinking of getting another remote.

Can anyone recommend a good remote?
Was looking at the MP3 Air Mouse remote
https://s.lazada.sg/s.Y7lj

Has anyone tried this?

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Why not Minix Neo A2 Lite?

MP3 never heard, more popular generic air remote is MX3 or MX3 Pro.
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Old 25-11-2018, 09:00 PM   #792
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Why not Minix Neo A2 Lite?

MP3 never heard, more popular generic air remote is MX3 or MX3 Pro.
I find the Minix A2 button squish, prefer something harder like those TV remote.

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Old 25-11-2018, 09:03 PM   #793
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I find the Minix A2 button squish, prefer something harder like those TV remote.

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TOP Android TV remote for your reference
https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-android-tv-remotes


The other alternative is to use a keyword/mouse combo and then cheap remote. I am using this combination rather than my generic TX3 air mouse.

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Old 25-11-2018, 09:07 PM   #794
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Why not Minix Neo A2 Lite?

MP3 never heard, more popular generic air remote is MX3 or MX3 Pro.
The MX3 looks good too, I like it even more that it use normal batts and not use USB charging.

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Old 25-11-2018, 09:11 PM   #795
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The other alternative is to use a keyword/mouse combo and then cheap remote. I am using this combination rather than my generic TX3 air mouse.
Do you use the keyboard+ mouse on a table? I find it not so convenient on a sofa.

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