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This article is devoted to those people who are completely tired of paying thousands of dollars annually to TV companies. We all want to enjoy the first-class video and favorite TV shows, and, of course, how we get without our games and music? But how to get everything and not to become a bankrupt? There is a perfect way out of this situation – TV Boxes running on Android. With these guys, you can cut the cord and stop paying great amounts of money to your TV company without losing an access to everything that you get used to. All TV shows, music, and games will stay with you with one of our TOP 10 TV Boxes on Android. Let’s start our review and consider all pros and cons of such devices!

 

NVIDIA

 

Best High-End

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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WISEWO

 

Best Mid-Range

★ ★ ★ ★
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TICTID

 

Best Inexpensive

★ ★ ★
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The first position in our list is occupied by the option created by the world famous brand. This guy will please us with the modern design and the wide number of features available. Model is compatible with all content offered by Google and is able to show from more than sixty different streaming apps. In addition to this, with the Google Assistant, you will be able to use voice commands to search and play your favorite movies.

  • comes with gaming controller
  • high speed usb 3-point-0 port
  • links to other smart devices
Brand NVIDIA
Model 945-12571-2500-010
Weight 4.5 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

This option belongs to the premium-class models which can provide you with thousands of various games and movies. In addition to this, with this option, you are able to get the access to all exclusive Amazon content. This and other high-end features make this TV box one of the best among available nowadays.

  • alexa voice support
  • intuitive home screen
  • can stream 4k content
Brand Amazon
Model LDC9WZ
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

The next option on our list has a lot of modern features. The two main of them which it can proudly boast of is the memory of thirty-two gigabytes that offer you to store all the desired movies, photos and songs, and the powerful Penta-Core HD GPU processor, which allows stable work and smooth loading.

  • dual wi-fi support
  • plays 3d and 4k videos
  • three usb ports
Brand SCS ETC
Model SCS-R10
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

This guy has everything that you need from your new TV box. It supports 4K HD video, is equipped with the dual-band Wi-Fi and, in addition to this, comes with the wireless mouse, which is a great advantage. Also, this model is compatible with gigabit Ethernet.

  • licensed for dolby digital audio
  • integrated headphone jack
  • works in usa and overseas
Brand MINIX
Model MINIX-NEO-U9-H-NEO-A3
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

With this guy, you will be able to play all content you want without any lags or freezes. This model runs Android Nougat, which allows it to work more effectively and to support all music, videos, and subtitles you need.

  • not overloaded with bloatware
  • simple for the whole family to use
  • usb 2-point-0 ports only
Brand Bqeel
Model pending
Weight 14.2 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

The outstanding feature of this option is its design. Its sleek black body with the nice graphics elements will be a good addition to any home interior. However, it’s not the only one good thing about this model. This TV box offers users simple interface, fast streaming and a wide choice of movies.

  • bluetooth connectivity
  • comes with an hdmi cable
  • remote’s mouse is very slow
Brand TICTID
Model TICTID-K12 BOX-US
Weight 5.3 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

If you are searching for a good budget model – here it is. It will not disappoint you with its work, is compact and has an attractive price tag. With such compact size, you can easily put it under your TV.

  • micro-sd card slot
  • 1 terabyte external hard drive limit
  • comes with kodi preinstalled
Brand pendoo
Model TX3 mini
Weight 13.1 ounces
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

This option is equipped with the powerful 3-dB antenna which can catch the Wi-Fi signal even from the remote part of the house. Also, this model comes with the keyboard which significantly simplifies entering search queries and addresses of the websites. In addition to this, it has a standard TV remote.

  • expandable storage to 64 gigabytes
  • on-off button on the front panel
  • keyboard doesn’t hold a charge long
Brand GooBang Doo
Model pending
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

The next option on our list is comparably costly, although, such price is fully justified with its features. This guy can boast of the 3 gigabytes of RAM and comes with the convenient QWERTY keyboard which significantly simplifies typing. The similar cheaper model with 2 gigabytes of RAM is also available.

  • multilanguage user interface
  • cool multicolor led strip
  • keyboard isn’t backlit
Brand WISEWO
Model WOT95Z3GH18
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

The last our option will provide users with stable and fast work due to its powerful Arm Cortex-A53 quad-core processor. This model runs Android 7.1 an in combination with Mali-450 GPU will definitely please you with its work.

  • backed by a one-year warranty
  • navigation is a little clunky
  • supports only single-band wi-fi
Brand TICTID
Model pending
Weight 12.3 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

In the World of Androids

We all live in a wireless generation. We try to get rid of the inconvenient cords which are around us and replace our devices with the more modern wireless options. Cable TV boxes nowadays are a remnant of the past and if can be replaced with other devices for which you do not have to pay a rental fee and correct their permanent bugs. We are talking now about the third-party TV boxes which become more and more popular and get a high demand in a surprisingly short period of time. To date, you can find on the market TV boxes manufactured by such world famous companies as Apple and Roku together with the Android options. The situation is the same as with the Apple and Android smartphones – rivalry between them seems to be endless. Despite the fact that Apple devices are famous all over the globe, nowadays Android TV boxes go ahead and have a higher demand among users. You wonder why? The answer is simple – boxes offered by Apple company refer to cross-platform devices where you can’t do any alterations unlike Android boxes, that allow you to set up them according to your requirements. Another reason for such choice is a price. As a rule, Android boxes work as well as the Apple ones but will not cost you a sky-high price.

The great advantage of the Android TV boxes is that they will become a perfect purchase if you are not tech savvy because with them you are allowed to download Kodi app from the Google Playstore easily. Of course, you can do it with the Apple boxes also but the installation process will take you much more time and efforts. For those who are not experienced in such devices and have no clue why you need to purchase the Android device instead of more familiar Apple product. Give us a second and we will explain you everything. First of all, what is Kodi? Kodi is the app which allows you to stream media without paying for it. The majority of people use this software because streaming media without paying for it may turn you into a great risk to have legality issues. So, with the Android box, you are able to simply install the Kodi app from the Playstore without any efforts. At the same time, while purchasing the Apple device (which is a closed-platform option) you risk not to figure out how to download this app and eventually be limited only with the streaming services (limited) that comes with your platform. It’s up to you but if you are not good at technologies, there is a high risk that you will regret your choice.

With Kodi app, you are able not only to stream TV shows or your favorite movies but also download various add-ons. With the great choice of add-ons available you can turn your TV into a gaming console, photo album or be aware of every weather changing with the weather add-ons. The variety of such add-ons is extremely wide so each of you can choose something according to your tastes and preferences. And, of course, how can we skip the Internet! With such TV boxes, you are able to convert your TV into the Internet browser and get a full access to your e-mails, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

How to Choose the Box and Not to Go Crazy?

Thank God we live in a modern world with the rapidly developing technologies and have a wide choice of devices to choose from. However, in many cases, such variety of options may turn into a real problem for those who are not experienced with such devices. So, how not to get lost in a variety of choices and get exactly what you need without wasting your money on unnecessary features? In this paragraph, we are going to consider the main parameters of TV boxes you should pay your attention on in order to get the desired result and not regret about this purchase. Believe us, it’s not so difficult as it may seem from the first view.

First of all, you need to pay your attention to the Box’s processor as it is the main feature which directly influences its price. The more powerful is the processor, the higher is the price of an option, so when deciding how much powerful processor do you need, don’t forget to think through the price you are ready to pay for it. The next thing which is also very important while choosing is the quality of media you want to get. The processor (and the price tag) of the Android TV box will vary depending on the type of media it is able to stream. To date, you can choose from 1080, 4K, and even 8K video quality. Of course, the 1080 options are the most budget but if you are going to purchase one of them, take into account that it will be obsolete much faster in comparison with the 4K option, for example.

Another thing to be noted while choosing is the purposes for which you are going to use your box. For example, if you are going to use it together with the sound system, it will be better for you to choose the option equipped with the 5.1 audio passthrough. In such case, the box will pass the sound from the media source directly to your sound system or TV providing you with the much better quality of sound.

Also, in the majority of cases, you will need a mouse to navigate easily the user interface. Some of the models go already with a mouse (and sometimes with the mouse and the keyboard) which is a great advantage because you know that while paying the established price you get everything you need and don’t have to pay the additional money. If you decided to buy a TV box which fits all your requirements but doesn’t come with the mouse and keyboard, you should be ready to pay additional money to buy them separately. It’s also up to you which option to choose but we think that it’s much more convenient to purchase a model which is already equipped with all the necessary external devices. In addition to this, you will pay less money for such models than for the cheaper TV box together with the additionally purchased mouse and keyboard.

Another parameter which from the first view may seem unimportant is the style of the TV box. Of course, it not the major parameter you need to pay your attention to when choosing but it is important for our everyday life. If you are going to say that it is ridiculous, just think for a while that you will see the design of the box every day when are in your entertainment area and it would be really great if its design brings you the real aesthetic pleasure. Maybe, it’s the last thing to look at while choosing but anyway, pay your attention to it.

A Bit from the History of TV Boxes

In the last paragraph of our article, we decided to nostalgize a bit and to remember how it all began. I remember the far 1990s when in almost every home were AOL starter discs that had a great popularity at that time. In the same epoch, in a home of one of my friends, her parents owned one strange thing which at that epoch was something new and absolutely strange. It was a WebTV and intended for the displaying of the browser window on the TV screen. It worked by connecting the telephone’s internet signal through a bulky box. These Microsoft products ceased to be produced at the end of the 1990s despite the fact that the number of its users almost has reached the point of 1 000 000. In a short period after that TIVO appeared and it turned out that you don’t have to be at the TV right at the moment of your favorite TV show translation to watch it. The next stage of the TV boxes development was in 2007 when Apple company produced their first TV device. It took around a year to finish all the software updates and then, in 2008 these Apple devices entered the world market. About the same time, the similar boxes manufactured by Roku company appeared. From that time a lot of things have changed and the technologies are still developing nowadays. Maybe in a few years, world-famous companies will surprise us with something absolutely different, who knows? The good news is that today we have a good choice of devices to choose from and to make our life more diversify, interesting and simpler.