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BRAND NEW HEAVIES AS AT DECEMBER 2012:

The Hiapad Hi-802 with i.MX6 Q-U-A-D C-O-R-E processor just about 10% slower than a Nexus 7 running Tegra 3........ is now available for cheap as a Mini-PC Stick in various forms:

http://liliputing.com/2012/10/hiapad-hi-802-pc-on-a-stick-with-freescale-quad-core-cpu.html

 

Here are some benchies

http://liliputing.com/2012/10/freescale-i-mx6-quad-core-cpu-benchmarks-ampe-a10-tablet.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

the press release

http://www.netbookne...urce=feedburner

 

the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bxohWS0vpg

 

the link to buy the f**kers

http://www.aliexpres...l&af=cj_3640101

 

(or if you prefer eBay with other accessories like QWERTY remote, etc...)

http://www.ebay.com....=MK802&_sacat=0

 

Here's the link to the similarly priced UG802 (but its DUAL CORE Cortex A9 ffs!)

http://www.ebay.com....6#ht_7150wt_988

 

I'm buying a few... O_o - unfortunately I already bought an MK802 II............ and then 20 minutes later I stumble on the UG802. BAH!!! Aah well...

 

oh and...

 

YOU'RE WELCOME!

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkR6_7cw4p8

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i love the idea of these machines. ultra low power consumption, etc. has anyone figured out how to attach 4 or 5 hdd's to one and run Samba?

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You can connect a 3G dongle (YMMV) on them and they just detect it and connect. My jaw dropped when I read and saw one on youtube.

ug802 running a vodafone 3g dongle

 

You can also connect a usb hard drive to it and as long as it's a low power model (like wd green) it will just connect.

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holy fkujk... more of them. under $50 too O_o

 

http://www.pandawill...q=CX-01&x=0&y=0

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb8zaTp9IYk

 

And this one....

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I finally settled on this guy:

 

http://www.ebay.com....ht_16783wt_1163

 

UHost U1A

$51

free shipping

HAS REMOTE CONTROL

IS DUAL CORE A9

ICS 4.0.4

CAN DO IPTV (yep... support for web camera)

and... AND... has a Quadrant score of over 3000. Something like 3170.

 

The MK802 ii has a quadrant score LESS than my Nexus S! It's score is only 1250. 2.5x faster!!!

And it does up to 2160p sunny jimbo.

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Jesus f**king christ.

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I finally settled on this guy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST7J6aUlgFw

 

http://www.ebay.com....ht_16783wt_1163

 

UHost U1A

$51

free shipping

HAS REMOTE CONTROL

IS DUAL CORE A9

ICS 4.0.4

CAN DO IPTV (yep... support for web camera)

and... AND... has a Quadrant score of over 3000. Something like 3170.

 

The MK802 ii has a quadrant score LESS than my Nexus S! It's score is only 1250. 2.5x faster!!!

And it does up to 2160p sunny jimbo.

that's pretty good! I spent more than that recently for one that was about the size of a set top box. wasn't based on android and despite the ads saying, "Wi-Fi Compatible" when I got it, it was compatible via an optional dongle that i can't seem to purchase, effectively rendering it f**king useless :S This looks like a much better option. Might see if I can run a few hdd's through a hub and make it cry :lol:

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Bought a uhost just before. $50 isn't much at all for a bit of fun n now I have to wait for it to be posted.

 

Hope this is compatible with monitors or TVs (not 'smartTV' specific). If not, I'm f**ked lol

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It'll be compatible with anything that takes HDMI input mate, so monitor or TV will both be fine.

 

Wonder if it will run a custom rom :lol:

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It'll be compatible with anything that takes HDMI input mate, so monitor or TV will both be fine.

 

Wonder if it will run a custom rom :lol:

 

Just making sure lol.

 

Gonna pimp the shit out of my television!

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this would be awesome to take on holiday or getaway where you don't want your laptop but want to take a movie or two!

 

Wireless dongle and WIFI access is awesome too!

 

I wonder how well the wireless functions when streaming HD vids? The Sony struggles with anything higher then 720P unless the ethernet cable is plugged in.

 

But out of curiosity, what do you guys use these for?

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this would be awesome to take on holiday or getaway where you don't want your laptop but want to take a movie or two!

 

Wireless dongle and WIFI access is awesome too!

 

I wonder how well the wireless functions when streaming HD vids? The Sony struggles with anything higher then 720P unless the ethernet cable is plugged in.

 

But out of curiosity, what do you guys use these for?

I'm going to try and turn it into an incredibly low power file server, to replace my coming on 10 year old desktop file server. I know the transfer speeds are going to be shit with multiple drives running through a single USB 2 interface, but considering the cost of the device, when USB 3 ones come out, it shouldn't be expensive to make the swap :P

 

regarding the wireless streaming, it's going to come down to a few things, but worst case scenario, buy a microSD for the dongle, copy there first, then play.

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this would be awesome to take on holiday or getaway where you don't want your laptop but want to take a movie or two!

 

Wireless dongle and WIFI access is awesome too!

 

I wonder how well the wireless functions when streaming HD vids? The Sony struggles with anything higher then 720P unless the ethernet cable is plugged in.

 

But out of curiosity, what do you guys use these for?

I'm going to try and turn it into an incredibly low power file server, to replace my coming on 10 year old desktop file server. I know the transfer speeds are going to be shit with multiple drives running through a single USB 2 interface, but considering the cost of the device, when USB 3 ones come out, it shouldn't be expensive to make the swap :P

 

regarding the wireless streaming, it's going to come down to a few things, but worst case scenario, buy a microSD for the dongle, copy there first, then play.

 

yeah, but see that requires planning... one reason why I don't see video on demand working as a direct replacement of tv is because I watch some shows on impulse.

 

I like to flick and find something to watch... or get inspiration to d.l a series if i find what I see on TV interesting

 

or I just need to find a good site like YIFY for tv shows!

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Got an email saying mine was just posted. Come at my porn on the go!

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Already finding some crazy uses for this product. Has quite the potential in my line of business (and probably so many others).

 

One client wants a ticker with real-time stocks to display in their waiting room area. Now all I have to do is plug one of these babies in and hook it up to the company's internal wifi... then it's just a question of loading up a nice web ticker or make a custom ticker for them that will run full screen and use super huge fonts to just scroll across the screen. Add their logo and some branding words of the day. Hey - you got a deployable, cost-effective and valuable tool to offer clients that want that stuff. Then think menus on TV monitors, other types of tickers, waiting room ticketing systems, etc!

 

This is probably something awesome :) but yeah.

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Already finding some crazy uses for this product. Has quite the potential in my line of business (and probably so many others). One client wants a ticker with real-time stocks to display in their waiting room area. Now all I have to do is plug one of these babies in and hook it up to the company's internal wifi... then it's just a question of loading up a nice web ticker or make a custom ticker for them that will run full screen and use super huge fonts to just scroll across the screen. Add their logo and some branding words of the day. Hey - you got a deployable, cost-effective and valuable tool to offer clients that want that stuff. Then think menus on TV monitors, other types of tickers, waiting room ticketing systems, etc! This is probably something awesome :) but yeah.

if you want to DIY on the device itself, grab PAW server from the Android market and you can serve from the device as well. I know it supports front-end and PHP, but there might be a few other languages in there for you to use as well. afaik, you'll have to use SQL lite via PDO if you want db connectivity.

 

 

Got an email saying mine was just posted. Come at my porn on the go!

You shall hence forth be known as the "Furious Fapper", running from TV to TV to get a few strokes in at each one before security catches you :lol:

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PAW server O_O holy crap. I must look into it! At least for my home website.

 

Now, a friend of mine just received his mk802 ii. He bought it with that qwerty keyboard controller thing.... which turned out to be absolute rubbish.

 

However, the mk802 ii is.... BRILLIANT!!! Yep - it's THAT good :o to my surprise. I was hoping it was good, of course, but it actually IS good.

 

The good points:

 

1. It plugged directly into my 1080p monitor where we used it in 1080p. You can fiddle with the scaler / overscan in settings to make it stretch to the full width of the screen.

2. We connected it to my (relatively) old 42" Plasma TV (with a native PC res of 1024x768.... even though it's a 16:9. Go figure). Anyway the PC, the Notebook, practically everything I've connected to this plasma except for, of course, the XBox360 and PS3 came out STRETCHED sideways because the pixels are, in fact, rectangles not squares. It really *should* be 1366 x 768. It's not... so it was a very happy surprise to find that the mk802 connected to the plasma tv at 720p and displayed the correct aspect ratio. Writing was clear and crisp, sound was fine. We browsed some web pages and for the very first time ever I was able to use my 42" plasma as a web browsing computer WITHOUT the skewed look.

3. We then connected it to the wifi network and found my local NAS server... went into movies (via ES-File Explorer we just downloaded from the PlayStore) and streamed some movies off of the server over wifi.

 

I KID YOU NOT! To my complete surprise... the thing streams movies faster than my 1075T on wifi with VLC Player O_O ... and when you seek to another part of the movie, it's seriously instantaneous. No lag. Now it may have been the codec and the hardware optimisation on the mk802 that helped out, but regardless of the explanation it was amazingly quick, fast and responsive.

 

Complaints:

 

Yes... there were a few complaints but not what you'd expect:

The first complaint was the rubbish keyboard / air mouse that came with it. It's "supposedly" an air mouse - you know, point it at the screen somehow and the mouse follows - but it didn't do that. Or at least we couldn't figure out how to get it to do that. It had nothing that resembled a beam or pointer strobe thing on any of it's exterior panels.

 

Another complaint, though admittedly quite small, was the fact that when you'd open the task manager down the bottom and use it once, it disappears completely after that. You can't get back to the app drawer --- except from the top-right menu. I thought that was a little wierd and a shame because apart from that the implementation of Android 4.0.4 seemed to be perfect!

 

Third, but this could be reversed, was the fact that we couldn't install Google Chrome on the device........ yet. The play store stopped us saying that it wasn't compatible with our device. It actually *knew* what the device was and listed it - but it wouldn't let us install chrome. This will most likely be fixed at a later stage. We installed Dolphin and we were able to install flash also.

 

Fourth complaint - but again, this depends on what you need your computer for - the flash player is quite slow. I didn't care about this but my friend did care. It annoyed him to no end.... and I guess he has his reasons. I couldn't give 2 shits about flash not working myself, though it would still be nice to have - at least for the next few years as flash content slowly fades away.

 

On the 1080p monitor, try as we could, we couldn't get the display area to cover the entire edge of the screen end-to-end. We got close... but there was a lingering half cm gap on the left and right edges... which left 2 very thin black bars on either side of the monitor. It wasn't that bothersome as my monitor is black itself... but perhaps other people would find it annoying (such as my friend who coudln't stand it lol). (For the record, on the 42" 720p plasma we got it to overscan end-to-end beautifully. A perfect fit!).

 

Plusses

 

It was quite fast to boot.

 

The picture was rock solid in both 1080p and 720p.

 

HDMI did the sound very well. No problem.

 

Playback over wifi was great - and we tested it on 720p and 1080p videos. All were fine.

 

The seek time as you're jumping around a movie was the fastest I've seen on any computer in the house... including the quad core desktops. It really was amazing from a $50 device.

 

Android 4.0.4 was implemented very well and, apart from those few niggles which were more slight annoyances than any real issues, ran just fine.

 

 

 

For $50 this thing is great --- and even though it was the 1.5Ghz single core version - my gosh, it was fast enough. The browsing speed could have been faster and I'm sure having a dual-core ug802 would have done the trick but - for general web browsing, playing light games, reading, streaming videos - this thing is just fan-bloody-tastic. I can't wait for mine to arrive in the next few days. I got 2 on the way - a UHost and an mk802 2. I already ordered a wireless keyboard with trackpad also. :) fun times.

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The Mini PC operates Android 4.0.4 ICS. The stock firmware build is very stable, but already apad.tv devs (Soulflier & Flanflinger) are considering making some stand-alone custom ICS firmware for specific tasks, such as point to point file sharing, FTP, mini servers and the list goes on and on.

Link to article

 

It will be interesting to see custom ROMs being built for this. If anything it will only get better. I've checked XDA Developers and nothing as of yet.

 

Here's a video of the UG802+ and a link to its specs and add-ons Link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0aQQ-7S0qo&feature=player_embedded

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got it this morning via express post! have yet to try it. went to the baby expo lol...

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holy crap! did you buy awesome++ shipping or something?

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for some reason the seller I bought it off offered a $6.99 express option - so I took it. that's just a big mac meal anway...

 

now. a couple of things to say:

 

1. After unboxing and wot not I came to the realization that THIS IS NOT A MK802 ii :angry: it's just an MK802 (no "ii" after it). F**K OFF. -- I'm still deciding on what to do about this. The eBay entry clearly stated "MK802 ii" but the photo, after doing some google image searching on the two devices for appearances sake, is definitely the bog standard mk802 that I've got. but in any case, I proceeded. I've come this far anyway...

 

2. The adapter that they sent me was for their international plug from china. Not only did it not work in an Australian plug but when I did plug it in to the adapter they gave me there was almost no grip at all. You could just lift it up like a cup of tea off a table and you wouldn't have known it was "connected". Most other adapters will usually "click" or have some healthy resistive force whilst pushing them together so... you know... they stick to each other. This one... nada. And when I turned on the power... nothing happened.

 

3. I decided to power the f**ker myself. I found in my parts bin the mini usb plug for my Creative Zen. It's the same socket so I pushed it in to the power usb area (I had to google it to make sure... but thankfully instructions abound over the interwebs on this model). It booted up.... waited 2 seconds... then the tv lost signal. this repeated for a few minutes. I figured, hmmmm, perhaps it's "booting up for the first time" or something. But eventually I had a spot of genius. Perhaps the Creative Zen charger doesn't have enough milliamps to provide proper power. I then (painfully) yanked my Asus charger... the one for my Nexus 7 tablet and used it as the base charger plug instead. I plugged in the usb-to-mini usb adapter chord that I had lying around - and plugged that in to the mk802.

 

SUCCESS. The thing booted up. Ok... finally! Some progress...................................

 

Things looked good. I looked at the specs and, to my bemusement, these guys were selling an mk802 with "upgraded" ram... so it has the same ram as an mk802 ii (ie 1 gig) but it still hasn't got the ii's power regulator and direct-to-hdmi socket. I had to use the adapter they provided. Grrr.... but aah well.

 

4. I finally install a few niceties... es file explorer. the youtube app was a really old one - had to uninstall and then install the latest app from the play store. I tested it out and it works great. I think that honestly the difference in playback between the mk802, mk802 ii, ug802 is - well - basically 0 when it comes to multimedia playback. they all do it quite well. the only reason to go ug802 is for other niceties.

 

5. I feel ready to move this thing into my son's bedroom (it's his first PC) - he's only 11 weeks old but he has a lot of angry birds to play, fish farts to push, fruit ninjas to slash and, well, video streams of gumby to watch. So... confident that I've set everything up, I move the entire setup from my office den to his nursery area. Plug the thing in to the led tv in the room. A beautiful crisp 1080p picture comes up. Wow :) looks fantastic. Rock solid. I adjust colours, etc... then I go to open up ES file explorer to see if I can start streaming a nice kids video............... and.....erm.... f**k.

 

you know what happened? it's a killer.................. it can't find the wifi from the front room. :o what?

 

yes peoples. My phone still has 2 bars... sometimes 1 bar. So does my wife's. Sure it's not the strongest signal. It has had to go through a few brick walls and around a few corners so I can understand it's a little weak.... but no signal?

I then proceed to take the wireless router itself out of its box (it's in its own cabinet rack along with a QNAP, UPS and a few other network devices). I put it on top of the cabinet - it's a 3 antenna router, and extend the arms at various angles. I walk back to the nursery... JOY! Signal... and 3 juicy bars at that. I thought I must have been handicapping the singal all this time by keeping it buried in that cabinet. But boy was I wrong. After connecting to ES file explorer and trying to stream a movie... the signal when from 3 bars... to 1... to none. :o

 

yep. the signal was phony. I tried moving the router back and fourth, kept looking at my phone, my tablet to see if the signal strength would boost up... and sure enough every now and then the signal comes right back, only to go away again, which means in my understanding that it was a false reading in the first place. After perhaps an hour, I was no better off than when I started.... except my wifi router was out... the qnap was on the desk, sparkling clean as it was full of dust so i just had to clean that thing....... and the kids android PC was still not connecting to the network and I basically just wasted my time adjusting a router which, in the end, didn't make any measurable difference to the signal anyway, whether it was in the rack cabinet, out, on top, on the side or whatever. it didn't make a difference.

 

:S

 

So now... I'm going to have to buy a wireless repeater for around 40 bucks tomorrow just to boost the darned signal. It's ok though... I did a little more reading on the ug802 and mk802 ii. There is in fact an even NEWER kid in town - only a few days old in fact.

 

So if you want to get one and haven't taken the pluge, perhaps you should take a look at the newest kid on the block: the MK808.

 

Yep. The MK808 is basically a UG802 with a few improvements. The same Cortex A9 chip... but with Android Jelly Bean 4.1 - a new bigger 8GB of ram storage and... are you ready for this clincher? It has a DUAL wifi antenna for "better signal response". LOL.

 

Wondeful. Talk about rubbing it in my face at the end of a long day (thats what she said).

http://www.geekbuying.com/item/MK808-Dual-Core-Android-4-1-Jelly-Bean-TV-BOX-Rockchip-RK3066-Cortex-A9-Mini-PC-stick-307415.html

 

Anyway folks... I'm going to move that little mk802 into the front room again... at least until I get the repeater tomorrow. Fun times ahead...

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fortunately mine will be sitting pretty much on top of my router.... let's see how this goes...

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I think you'll get a good signal.

 

Oh yeah... looks like these things are coming out every week or so. The one to get now is one called a SainSmart Mini PC (or just "sainsmart pc" in eBay). It's basically a rebadged mk808 - some of them actually say "Google TV" on the outside of them too. Running Jellybean 4.1

 

example link to eBay

http://www.ebay.com....6.c0.m270.l1313

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Brought one those myself last week Bouy...what I found with the wireless network was that I I tried to setup in the 'settings' and just scanned and select the wireless network . I put in the wireless network password and it connected but after a while it would drop the connection or say obtaining IP.To resolve this when you go to settings, click 'add network' in the top right corner and add the SSID, password etc and connect...since doing this I haven't had any issues with streaming using es file explorer and mx player

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mine's just hit NSW.... excited! :D

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I just received my UHost U1A and, compared with the "supposed" mk802-ii (really an mk802 original) this thing is at least twice as fast! O_o and it looks better. Everything that came in the packaging worked for Aus and was great. The box was great. The unit was finished in really nice material and the unit worked very well out of the box - except for 1 thing: When I booted it up on my plasma (which only is 720p) it would appear to load, then, the hdmi signal gets lost.

 

For a hunch, I plugged it into my 1080p monitor. It booted through into 1080p. I then immediately switched it to 720p. Shut down. Moved it back to the 720p tv and it was fine. That was the only problem I had. Everything else was really great. So much better than the mk802 experience I had. This units browser was actually useable and went at a fairly decent speed.

 

I'm getting a ug802 in another week or so and I'll compare all of them. But so far, the UHost is a fantastic product. It's almost up there with opening, say, a Galaxy S or Nexus packaging wise... it's not as classy or as pristine as an Apple product but it comes comfortably close - as in you'd be pleased with the similarities it shares with the big brands out there. I was impressed with their attention to detail.

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I'm going to buy either a MK808 or UG802 in the next week.

Does anyone have any ideas about what wireless keyboards/mice work with these?

Wouldn't mind grabbing a little Logitech combo that supposedly needs WXP, W7 etc. Would most keyboard/ mouse combos generally work with Android?

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Found this outside my front door just before...now for that porn...

 

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