Android TV Box Roundup

Before we get into this list, please be aware this post only applies to proper Android TV devices and not the cheap Android media boxes you can find everywhere online. The cheap boxes usually sport a phone/tablet OS, HDMI out and offer dubious installs of kodi.  For the sake of everyone’s sanity, only proper Android TV boxes will be mentioned.

Proper Android TV offers a 10 foot interface suitable for TV viewing, hardware capable of offering modern HD playback and also DRM management for the likes of Netflix and Stan.

I am not knocking the cheap boxes mind you, some hardware like the brand mecool actually make for a great Libreelec kodi box once you remove Android completely.  Discontinued Android TV boxes like the Nexus will also not be added.

Anyway on with the show, the Couponic current list of all the Android TV Boxes available to buy and ship to Australia:

Costing just $120 for the standalone box from Vodaphone, The Vodafone TV offers an easy local way to get an Android TV box.  Unfortunately, like most pre-Oreo devices, it does not support dynamic refresh rate switching for any app including Netflix and Kodi.

The 2017 refresh of the nVidia shield is still the best cord cutting device available on the market today with access to the best streaming services including Netflix 4k and Amazon Prime Video.  On top of this, the Shield is also right at home with local media via the likes of Kodi.

It supports dynamic refresh rate switching and is the first Android TV box on the market to get the Oreo updates.  These features and support do come at a premium price mind you and there is currently no local distributor so you will need to use the likes of Amazon or B7H Photo. See our Where to buy the nVidia Shield TV in Australia article for more info.

I have a love hate relationship with my Mibox and its mostly due to the price being fantastic and it sports the best Android TV remote available. Unfortunately it is completely lacking in support and updates. For for the same price as the shield you could get 3 of these for the home but why would you when updates are seemingly non-existant.

The Mibox also lacks an Ethernet port so you will need a decent 5g home network connection to make the most of your media. You can add an Ethernet USB dongle if required however.

My biggest grip with the Mibox is complete lack of refresh rate switching support in all apps including Kodi.  Hopefully
an Oreo update fixes this – if we ever get it.  The Mibox can be found here from Bang Good and you need to make sure you get the international version.

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