Android TV is trying to take over your living room, and it seems to be doing very well. It doesn’t matter if you have an old TV or new, Android TV devices can turn any dumb TV to a Smart TV. Android TV has been received well by developers and manufacturers alike, making it one of the best smart TV platforms to use. One of the main issues with Google TV was the lack of the number of apps available. This is still an area of concern, but the situation has improved a lot, thanks to Android TV, as it is more closely based off the most popular mobile platform in the world.
This means most developers with an app that would work well for TV’s can jump on board easily, as their software is most likely already in the Google Play Store & would simply need a few modifications. As Android TV has access to the Google Play Store! Not to mention its gaming capabilities and Google Cast support.
It definitely needs more polishing and maturing, but there’s not too much we can complain about. It is easy to operate, can be controlled via voice and happens to be pretty smart. Google did a great job customizing the Android platform to look and work well for the big screens.
Today we are here to show you the best options around, as there is a handful of important partners in Google’s pocket. Keep reading to see which Android TV device is the right one for you!
NVIDIA Shield Android TV: ₹12,000 – ₹18,000
This is the most expensive Android TV set-top box; but is it worth it? The thing is this is not just a device you buy to watch Netflix, Hulu, and other video services to chill with the family (or friends) on a slow night. It is made for gamers and the price is justifiable to those who will take full advantage of what it can do.
NVIDIA Shield Android TV review
Its specifications include an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, a 256-core Maxwell GPU and 3GB RAM, all packed in a sleek and compact unit. That’s enough power to support a 4K resolution, run all your Android games, operate smoothly, stream PC-quality games and more. Our only complaints during the review were about Android TV, but that is not NVIDIA’s fault. They made what could arguably be the best Android TV device around.
Razer Forge TV: ₹ 6,000 – ₹ 9,000
NVIDIA is very popular among gamers, so it’s only fair for them to have a competitor from the same industry. Razer is known for making awesome gaming products (though they have been branching out a bit lately). The company produces some amazing computers, keyboards, mice, headphones and other accessories.
The Razer Forge TV is not like the NVIDIA Shield Android TV, though. This one is more affordable and carries slightly less powerful specs. The Forge TV packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. All of this is packed into a small square with a very sleek design (very much like all other Razer products).
How is this device made for gamers, then? Remember this is an Android device, and unlike NVIDIA’s option, it runs no PC games or 4K content. It doesn’t need that much power to perform well. And what it lacks in specs it makes up in functionality.
The system is strong enough to run your Android games effortlessly. The Razer Serval controller is made with the same performance and ergonomics as their professional-grade PC controllers. In addition, they offer the Razer Turret, a keyboard/mouse combo that looks, feels and works very well.
With a base price of ₹ 6000, it is also the most affordable Android TV product currently in the market. You can get the bundle (which includes the controller) for ₹ 9,000.
Xiaomi Mi Box: ₹ 7000
Xiaomi might not be the biggest name in the US, but it has a strong following in Asia and parts of Europe. And with the Mi Box, those in India and select other markets can get their hands on an Android TV experience of just ₹ 7000
For obvious reasons, the specs here aren’t nearly as good as some of the most expensive options with a quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU at 2GHz and a Mali 450 GPU. There’s also 2GB RAM, 8GB on-board storage, and support for up to 4K displays with 60FPS support. Still, for the money, this is actually pretty solid — especially the 4K bit.
ROKU – 5 models
ROKU has recently released 5 models of Android devices which can compete with the big guns. We have already reviewed those models and the article link can be found here.