Have you kicked your cable tv provider to the curb or are thinking about doing so. Are you a cord cutter or thinking about it? Then, you’ll want to read this.
In this write up I give you my views on two of the four streaming devices we own and use in our house. You can then form a hypothesis about which one suits you, your budget and household.
Apple Tv 2nd gen
Please note I am talking about the Apple Tv second generation in this write up as it is the one I own.
This is my families primary streaming media device. It is the one we prefer. The picture is fantastic. The ease of use is well, easy. It is Apple; we are Apple fans here. We can stream from our iPhones and MacBooks in the house directly through the Apple Tv to our flat screen TV, which is super convenient when we need to do so.
When I bought our Apple Tv, it was $99, and it has exceeded its expectations. Worth every penny for a streaming media device under a hundred bucks still to this day. We love it.
The specs are:
- Apple A4 processor
- One GHz processor speed
- 256 MB standard RAM
- 8 GB flash memory
- 720 video output
- HDMI display port
- one micro USB port
- Optical audio port and 5.1 Surround sound
Apple products just continue to amaze and mesmerize me. The Apple Tv second generation is small and unobtrusive, so it blends in well with our entertainment center area.
The only downside is since it is an older unit it only goes up to the Apple Tv 6.2.1 operating system. The original OS that comes installed is 4.1. Also, you only have the pre-installed apps that come loaded on the Apple TV, you cannot add apps on the second gen Apple TV.
Other than the two minor pitfalls I’ve noted if your thinking of getting a used Apple Tv second generation or a newer Apple TV I’d highly recommend it!
Matricom G-BOX Q2 Android TV
Now unless you get a pre-configured G-Box this Android, streaming media device is not for beginners. Unless you are only going to use the Google Play store to download Apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon video and stream media that way, then you should consider this alternative.
After using the G-Box for four months it has grown on me, but it is still not my choice over Apple Tv. With that said since it got recommended to us and we are an entire geek family here, we took a chance and purchased one. It was $97 through Amazon Prime at the time we bought our G-Box.
Lately, it has been our fall back streaming media device because unfortunately our Apple Tv has been having hiccups.
The specs on the G-Box:
- CPU Amlogic s812 Quad Core 2GHz and Mali-450 Octo Core 3D GPU
- Memory 2GB DDR3 memory
- Storage 16GB flash storage
- Full version Android Lollipop 5.x
- USB two USB 2.0 ports
- Ethernet 10/100 full duplex
- Wi-Fi Broadcom 5 GHz 802.11 dual
- Bluetooth low power full speed V 4.0
Sounds pretty sweet right? It is but…The picture is pretty damn good, don’t get me wrong, but it is not spectacular like Apple TV.
It can get laggy in a hurry unless you clear the cache in the Apps on a regular basis. If you’ve used Android you probably already know how to do this. It is not too complicated to follow the steps needed to clear cache if you’re not familiar with Android, but again maintenance is necessary.
You can tweak certain system settings and make changes to the UI to customize your experience on the G-Box totally. I agree that is kind of neat and I’ve dabbled. However, the main thing I want to do is watch and stream media in an easy, straightforward way. The G-Box does that to a degree so I wouldn’t dismiss it as a home streaming media device.
With the cost of cable TV these days it makes sense why more and more people are on the cord cutting bandwagon. Seriously you can get Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video (with Prime subscription) at a significantly less monthly rate than traditional cable TV service. Why wouldn’t you?
The Apple Tv and Matricom G-Box are two streaming media devices you should consider when looking to cut the cord or just to add a streaming media device to your home. Compare the two, ask around. In my opinion choosing either one of these two is a win-win.