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Last Edited by widgit January 3, 2013 at 02:11 PM
DealExtreme has the U2 Mini Android on a Stick for $20.50

Link [dx.com]


Processor: Allwinner A10 (Cortex A8) 1.5GHZ
Memory: 1GB DDR3 RAM
USB: USB 2.0 HOST
Storage: 4GB + microsd slot

Reviews on amazon suggests it has access to Google Play store, as well as the product page from another store, envybox.com [enybox.com]


Full spec list from product page:
Model U2
Quantity 1
Material Plastic
Color Black
OS Android 4.0
Chipset Allwinner A10 / Cortex A8
Processor Frequency 1.5GHZ
RAM DDR III 1GB
Internal Memory 4GB
Memory Card Type Supports Micro SD / TF card up to 32GB
Expansion Slot USB 2.0
Audio Format MP3 / WMA / 3GP / WAV
Video Format AVI / RM / RMVB / MKV / WMV / MOV
Output Resolution 1080P
Picture Formats JPEG / BMP / PNG / GIF
Subtitle Formats SubRip [.srt]
OS Language South Africa Dutch / Amharic / Indonesian / Catalan / Czech / Danish / German / English / Spanish / French / Croatian / Italian / Latvian / Lithuanian / Hungarian / Malay / Dutch / Bokmål / Polish / Portuguese / Romanian / Rhaeto-Rumantsch / Slovak / Slovenian / Finnish / Swedish / Swahili / Tagalog / Vietnamese / Turkish / Zulu / Greek / Bulgarian / Russian / Serbian / Ukrainian / Hebrew / Arabic / Farsi / Hindi / Thai / Korean / Japanese / Chinese Traditional / Chinese Simplified
Video Interface HDMI
Audio Interface HDMI
Other Interface TF + USB + Mini USB OTG + HDMI
Other Features
Built-in WiFi 802.11b/g/n network card,Support 3 G wireless network card online,support Video call(SKYPE), Support webcam, 2.4GHz wireless keyboard, mouse, air mouse
Power Input AC 100-240V (US Plug)
Packing List 1 x Network player
1 x Power adapter
1 x HDMI cable (8cm)
1 x USB cable (80cm)
1 x English user manual
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Last Edited by peccadillo January 11, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Check spam folder for 5$ credit the subject would say "Regarding sku145864 you have purchased from DX.com"

http://club.dx.com/forums/forums....id.1261177
Quote :
Dear valuable customers,

Recently, we offered a special promotion price on one of our popular items: the mini android 4.0 Media Player – sku.145864 External link. The manufacturer made these products available at a discounted price in order to clear stock for the coming New Year.

Unfortunately, after receiving the most recent batch of media players, it came to our attention before shipment that some of these media players have a quality issue that may affect performance. At that time we also discovered that the manufacturer supplied us with a discrepancy in information regarding the processor frequency. In order to test the processors we used our Android benchmark tool from our QC team and it turned out that some of these products may have shipped with a 1 GHZ processor instead of the 1.5 GHZ that we listed under our specifications.

Having known this fact, we tried to find an alternative source but no comparable units were available. We also attempted to have another batch of media players manufactured to the proper specifications but this would have required factory re-tooling that was not feasible in a reasonable amount of time.

Although some of these units that were purchased earlier may not have a performance issue, we have no way to be sure of this. Therefore, we have two options to resolve this issue:

1. Full refund will be issued on this item for anyone who ordered the product regardless of shipment date. We will contact you directly to follow up on this and you may keep the media player.

2. If your order hasn’t been shipped yet, it will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund and a $5 USD coupon code to use toward the purchase of a related Android HD media player here


We greatly apologize for trouble this has brought to you and we are working hard with our manufacturer to solve the problem and create protocols to see that it doesn’t happen again.
Entertainment services available on Android:
YouTube
Hulu Plus (Paid subscription)
Netflix (Paid subscription)
Crackle (FREE)
Crunchyroll (FREE or Paid Subscription) - anime/drama
MovieTube (FREE) - lists movies on YouTube
DramaFever (Free or Paid subscription)
PPTV (FREE) - Live Chinese TV
Rock TV (FREE) - Live TV mostly Spanish
Flixter (FREE) - movie trailers
Vevo (FREE) - music videos
TechnoBuffalo/revision3 (FREE) - tech blogs and news

And of course stuff like MXPlayer, DLNA, flash player, etc.

OOS as of 8:40 EST

Description says U2, but you'll probably get U1. Partial refund opportunities?
>Pretty sure only the U2 comes in this form factor; U1 is the name for an android tablet

Reviews on the product available here [armtvtech.com] and here [amazon.com].

How to fix Wifi on LUbantu on U2 (password is "miniand")
0) booting uHost in Android, use browser to download seahorse's evb.bin file from here Wifi on Lubuntu
1) booting lubuntu from microsd on uHost
3) rename original evb.bin file in the 17MB volume
4) copy seahorse's evb.bin file into the 17MB volume
5) edit the file /etc/modules (sudo leafpad and open file /etc/modules) or (sudo -vi /etc/modules) and add one line with 8192cu, then save.
6) Reboot and your WiFi chip should now be up and running (go to terminal and do a lsusb and it should show up there
7) Do the usual configuration in the Network manager and you'll have your WiFi up and running

download eve.bin file from http://tabletrepublic.com/forum/u...108-5.html (if u have 1080p image)

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#61
Quote from r3dl4b3l View Post :
Bought this at $35 last month got it yesterday. Main issue is wifi with this model. There is a Uhost2 that is dual core.

Here is a better review:

http://www.squidoo.com/uhost-andr...-pc-review

Here is the thread that I got mine from with reviews and mods:

http://slickdeals.net/f/5654884-Lowest-Priced-Android-4-0-PC-Stick-1Ghz-CPU-HDMI-GPU-FREE-SHIPPING-34-99
My bad. I thought your link was from this place.
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#62
Quote from neal_nelson View Post :
This is literally product of the month, price drop of the week stuff. I wonder why more people don't just connect their SGS II via MHL into HDMI - wouldn't that be at least as good as anything out right now?


Read the quote, unclerunkle wanted an example of one of THE fastest...
It would be better, but the price of the hardware is not comparable.
This is good as a cheap desktop or dedicated TV box. At $20-50, it's not really the same as the amount of money you paid for your SGS II, ignoring that not everyone has an equivalent to an SGS II. And before you say it, free after contract isn't technically "free". And you can still sell a used SGS II for ~$200.

But yes, if I had an SGS II lying around that I didn't intend to sell or reuse elsewhere, I'd probably use it in place of something like this. Or if I could get one for under $50.
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Last edited by junhao123 January 3, 2013 at 09:54 AM
#63
Quote from gulo View Post :
Don't buy this for XBMC - allwinner chip seems to have issues

http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?ti...d_Hardware
u can use external player with xbmc it can then play 720p with charm.
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#64
Quote from mikeyz View Post :
anyone use one of these for vaction and plug into a hotel tv? it seems small enought to bring with you to watch some netflix on the go.
You can, but keep in mind the quality of your viewing experience will depend how fast the hotel's internet is. There are might be 10 other people streaming the video which might slow everything down. Plus the last hotel I stayed charged $2.99 a day for internet and had tube TV in the room.
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#65
Arrrghh, this is why i should not come over to SD everyday.

I have a Raspberry Pi/ VIA APC/ Dedicated HTPC/ Zotac Box but SD made me order this Android stick for $20. How could you ignore something for this cheap Wink

P.S. Love SD!
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#66
Not sure what exactly I just bought, but let's see. An easy way for adult videos perhaps? Hoping I can get it to work on my TV.
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#67
Quote from dutycall View Post :
I bought one! this company is excellent I have bought many things from them. They don't charge any shipping or tax. The only problem it takes 2 to 3 weeks to receive shipping. This company will be the death of Amazon!
+1, had excellent experience with DX. cheap, reliable, and good customer service.

only downside is items are mostly shipped from china (shipped out quickly), so items usually arrive between 10-14 days after ordering.
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#68
Can you install Linux on this?

Quote from beggerking View Post :
+1, had excellent experience with DX. cheap, reliable, and good customer service.

only downside is items are mostly shipped from china (shipped out quickly), so items usually arrive between 10-14 days after ordering.
Also it can take weeks for a product to ship, for customer service to respond, etc.
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Last edited by satanslover January 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM
#69
Quote from beggerking View Post :
+1, had excellent experience with DX. cheap, reliable, and good customer service.

only downside is items are mostly shipped from china (shipped out quickly), so items usually arrive between 10-14 days after ordering.
Just want to give a counter-example to balance it. I've had a lot of negative experiences. Although I still order from DX from time to time, I actually prefer direct from China sellers to DX.
You should still expect occasional hiccups with them from time to time, as will happen with most China sellers.

I made a few very large orders, in the range of $500-1000 worth of items in bulk.
(EDIT NOTE: I don't remember the actual time difference, but it was in the range of months late. It wasn't an acceptable amount of delay. The delay was a lot more than what I put here. I actually remember some items arriving like half a year later)
We needed them within a month, but they all ended up arriving more than 3 months later. Worse yet, they never informed us they had stock problems (which caused processing for some items to take 1-2 months and some items to not even arrive at all). Attempts to contact them always came back with unclear replies as to the actual status of the order.
This made the people I was ordering for pretty unhappy, and since then, they refuse to buy from DX.

I've also had a few personal small orders that would arrive months late. Stuff that doesn't weigh much like flat CAT6 cables and DVI-VGA adapters, or just little gadgets and toys. It didn't matter as much, because I didn't need them immediately.

Note: This was a while ago, before they did the website revamp in the early days when DX deals would hit FP all the time.
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Last edited by junhao123 January 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM
#70
Tempted but I'll stick with my Rokus and Plex.
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#71
Here's a 'fix' for the wifi problem. I'm going to update the firmware on the I got yesterday to see if the wifi gets boosted if not I'll be trying this mod.

http://tabletrepublic.com/forum/u...-2994.html
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#72
Is there anyway to stick ethernet on this? I want to run XBMC on it.
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#73
Quote from phillylex View Post :
Tempted but I'll stick with my Rokus and Plex.
what does plex do?
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#74
I am confused......

can I use this on my desk top Windows XP computer to run Android apps off the Google store ?

If not is there something that would do this ?

thanks for the info
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#75
Quote from hiawan View Post :
what does plex do?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plex_%28software%29
Somewhat comparable to having XBMC and a media server (that has a lot of other features through plulgins).
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