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How To Buy The Best Android TV box

Looking to buy the best Android TV box? Check out our guide below and you’ll be well-placed to select the correct one for your needs.

Looking for a low-cost solution to watch movies or install Kodi on your television?
It’s difficult to know where to start when looking for an Android TV box.
You’ve probably come here because you either know what an Android TV box is and want some buying guidance – or you’ve been told that an Android TV box is a solution to your streaming problems but don’t know what that means.
If it’s the latter, we’ve got some terrible news for you: no one really understands what an Android TV box is.
There’s no universally agreed-upon definition of what qualifies as a streaming box, and many of them don’t even run Android TV.

How do you pick the best Android TV box for your needs?

What is an Android TV box, and how does it work?

An Android TV box is a small set-top box, similar to an Apple TV, that runs either Google’s Android TV software or a reskinned version of ordinary Android.
In principle, this makes an Android TV box a very versatile device for streaming video from the internet or a NAS drive to your TV, as well as playing media saved locally on the device.

Many claim to be Kodi devices, and in the wilder corners of eBay, you’ll find gadgets claiming to be Android TV boxes that promise to arrive unlocked or preloaded with subscription channels or free content.
They may be unlawful, so don’t buy them.

However, there are plenty of completely legal gadgets on the market, and the Kodi platform itself isn’t unlawful as long as you don’t use it with piracy-enabling add-ons.
We strongly advise utilising a VPN for your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick if you’re concerned about your ISP being able to observe your Kodi activity.
A solid VPN can mask your traffic from your ISP and allow you to practically change your location, allowing you to use your Kodi add-ons from any place.

What features should an Android TV box have?

To be honest, the market is a shambles, with specs, features, and even the boxes themselves changing on a near-weekly basis.
If you’re looking for a Chinese-made box, seek for one with a quad-core or eight-core processor, 2GB to 4GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB or more of storage – frequently referred to as “ROM.”

Dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, as well as 4K compatibility, are all nice features, but don’t get too excited about claims of 6K or 8K support until more TVs and streaming services offer higher-than-4K resolutions, and it’s questionable that the boxes have the processing ability to handle that those pixels.

Another item to keep an eye on is software.

Only a few Android TV boxes run Google’s Android TV; the most merely run an Android version with the manufacturer’s own TV-focused UI.
The latter may or may not have access to Google Play and may come preloaded with Kodi and other popular video-streaming software.

In general, machines running true Google Android TV are easier to use and more stable, though you may still have trouble running Netflix or Amazon Prime without using obscure workarounds on these.
If you don’t want to deal with sideloaded apps or reconfiguring your device, we recommend the Amazon Fire TV or the Nvidia Shield TV.
If you’re willing to tinker, however, you’ll find some great deals – and a lot of fun.

The best Android TV boxes

SaleBestseller No. 1
Android 10.0 TV Box T95 with Backlit Wireless Keypad 4GB RAM 32GB ROM Allwinner H616 Quad-Core 64-bit ARM with 2.4G WiFi 10/100M Ethernet, Support
  • T95 Android TV Box comes with Android 10.0 operation system, the latest Allwinner H616 Quad-Core Cortex-A53 CPU with Mali-G31 MP2, which make sure the box running stable and smooth to load movies, pictures and games without a buffer. Android 10.0 raises the bar in performance and usability with a slick lag-free interface, more stable.
  • Android TV Box supports decoding and playing almost all popular audio and video formats, you can enjoy 6K ultimate HD video, which is the clear than 4K resolution. You can play thousands of android games in a large 6K screen and enjoy a higher quality experience with less buffering. What's more, this TV box support 3D, you can enjoy the visual feast.
  • Comes with backlit wireless keypad
Bestseller No. 2
Android Tv Box T95 Android 10.0 Allwinner H616 Quadcore 2GB RAM 16GB ROM Support 6K 3D 1080P 2.4/5.0GHz WIFI BT5.0 10/100M Ethernet HDMI 2.0 H.265
  • 【NEWEST ANDROID 10.0 OS and H616 chipset】T95 TV BOX comes with latest Android 10.0 OS and Allwinner H616 chipset, which is faster and more efficient. T95 android box has a better compatibility of software, games and applications, better user interface and user experience.
  • 【2GB RAM and 16GB ROM】T95 Android TV box provides plentiful room 2GB DDR3 RAM 16GB eMMC ROM CPU bring quick start for your apps and games. You can download plenty of apps as you want via this android tv box.You can also expand the memory via TF card slot(Support 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB), without buffering or breaking down and never worry about running out of space.
  • 【SUPPORTS 6K and 3D】This latest T95 android TV box supports decoding and playing almost all popular audio and video formats, you can enjoy 6K ultimate HD video, which is clearer than 4K. You can play thousands of android games in a large 6K screen and enjoy a higher quality experience with less buffering. What’s more, this TV box support 3D, you can enjoy the visual feast.
  • 【ENHANCE PRIVACY FUNCTION】This T95 Android 10 tv box pays more attention to privacy than ever before. For example, when some apps request "location", you will not be asked after selecting "prohibited".
  • 【Interfaces & Service】T95 Android TV Box equipped with 2* USB 3.0 Port; USB2.0 port supports mouse and keyboard. We always strive to provide our customer most qualified item and service. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question or concern.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Adikao Android 10.0 TV Box, 4GB RAM 64GB ROM Allwinner H616 Quad-Core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 Box with 2.4GHz/5.0GHz WiFi 10/100M Ethernet, Support H.265/3D/6K Ultra HD/BT 5.0/HDMI 2.0 Smart
  • ★【The Latest Android 10.0 OS】 The android TV box comes with android 10.0 operation system, which make sure the box running stable and smooth to load movies, pictures and games without a buffer. Android 10.0 raises the bar in performance and usability with a slick lag-free interface, more stable.
  • ★【4GB RAM 64GB ROM】The android TV box is equipped with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, which ensures speed and stability of the operation system, supports much higher running speed, without buffering or breaking down. And there is enough room for installing apps, games etc. You can also expand the memory via the micro SD card slot. No need to worry about running out of space.
  • ★【The Powerful Chip】The android box is equipped with the latest Allwinner H616 Quad-Core Cortex-A53 CPU with Mali-G31 MP2, with stronger image processing capability. Provide users with an excellent experience with super-fast running speed and professional image processing capabilities.
  • ★【6K + 3D】Android TV Box supports decoding and playing almost all popular audio and video formats, you can enjoy 6K ultimate HD video, which is the clear than 4K resolution. You can play thousands of android games in a large 6K screen and enjoy a higher quality experience with less buffering. What's more, this TV box support 3D, you can enjoy the visual feast.
  • ★【Convenient connection】 2.4GHz/5GHz dual WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, support USB or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, more convenient to operate. We always strive to provide our customer most qualified item and service. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question or concern.
Bestseller No. 4
Q Plus Android TV Box Android 9.0 TV Box Chip H6 Quad-core Cortex-A53 4GB RAM 32 GB ROM Smart TV Box Support 3D 6K Ultra HD H.265 2.4GHz WiFi Ethernet HDMI Output【2022 Newest】
  • The Newest Advanced Amlogic Octa Core cortex-A53 64bits up to 2GHz Ultra high frequency,more than 4 times performance improvements,ultrahigh quality and configuration provides you with ultra-fast running speed and professional graphic processing ability.
  • 4GB RAM(DDR3) + 32GB ROM(EMMC),support run fast and stable operation, the 32GB internal storage gives you space and freedom to install apps without having to always worry about running out of space.
  • Professional H.265 video decoding technology and Dual Band WIFI 2.4GHZ offering a more stable WIFI signal to enjoy a higher quality video experience!
SaleBestseller No. 5
Smart Box Android TV Streaming Media Player, 4K Ultra HD Streaming Device with Google Voice Assistant, Built-In Netflix Disney+ Prime Video, WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0
  • Download and enjoy your favourite apps from the Google Play Store, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and Youtube.
  • The Bluetooth remote control with Google Assistant with integrated voice recognition allows you to search the internet quickly. Shortcuts on the remote give you direct access to your NETFLIX and PRIME Video apps.
  • This Android TV box provides plentiful room 2GB DDR RAM 8GB eMMC ROM CPU bring quick start for your apps and games. You can download plenty of apps as you want via this android tv box.You can also expand the memory via TF card slot, without buffering or breaking down and never worry about running out of space.
  • 1 Year Full UK warranty
Bestseller No. 6
TV Box Android 11 X96 Max Plus Ultra Amlogic S905X4 4GB 32GB 2.4G 5G Dual WiFi BT4.0 Support AV1 H.265 8K HDR Media Player
  • 【2022 NEWEST Android 11.0 OS】4GB 32GB Android 10.0 OS TV Box better than Android 11.0 system, With the more efficient and faster Android 11.0 OS, it has a better compatibility of software, better games and applications, and a better user interface and experience
  • 【S905x4 Powerful Chip】X96 MAx+ Ultra Android TV BOX powered by a newest Quad Core Cortex-A55 CPU it is better at image processing. Provides users a great experience of ultra-fast running speed and professional image processing ability
  • 【DUAL-BAND WIFI & Bluetooth】X96 MAx+ Ultra Set top box built-in more stable and faster 2.5G/5Ghz Dual-band WiFi, Fast and High Quality Wifi signal will makes you surf the internet more freely and smoothly, no worry freezing and buffering. Bluetooth function enables wireless devices connection to enjoy the mini media player
  • 【USB 3.0 Fast Date-Transfer】This Smart TV Box comes with newest USB 3.0 interface which has the advantage of high speed transmission. It can transfer large capacity files at storage rates defined by storage devices, also can optimize the machine to reduce energy consumption.
  • 【3D 8K H.265 Android TV BOX】X96 MAx+ TV Box supports 8K Ultra HD resolution and 3D movies, with professional HDR10 and H.265 video decoding technology to enjoy a higher quality video experience with less buffering. And moreover, the android 11.0 tv box supports decoding and playing almost all popular audio and video formats bringing you to enjoy 8K ultimate HD video
Bestseller No. 7
Android 9.0 TV Box 2GB RAM 16GB ROM RK3318 Quad-Core 64bit BT 4.2 Dual WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz Support 4K 3D Video Media Player
  • 【Android 9.0 OS】Android TV Box come with updated android 9.0 Pie OS, which is faster and more efficient. This android box has a better compatibility of software, games and applications, better user interface and user experience.
  • 【2GB RAM 16GB ROM】With 16GB EMMC Flash storage, Android Box provides sufficient storage for your favorite apps to play games, watch movies and meet your productivity and entertainment needs. The 2GB DDR3 RAM delivers a more reliable TV Box experience.
  • 【2.4G & 5G Ethernet】This Android box built-in 2.4 GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi, support BT 4.2 and Ethernet 10/100M standard RJ-45. We offer convenient connection and more stable WIFI signal to enjoy higher quality video experience. Just plug in the power supply, connect the box HDMI cable and Wi-Fi/Ethernet, you can watch whatever you like.
  • 【4K + 3D】Supports decoding and playing almost all popular Audio and video formats, bringing you to enjoy 4K ultimate HD video. You can also play thousands of Android games in a large 4K screen and enjoy a higher quality experience.
  • 【Interfaces & Service】The transmission of USB 3.0 is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. It can transfer large capacity files at storage rates defined by storage devices, and optimize the machine to reduce energy consumption.
Bestseller No. 8
Xiaomi Mi TV Box S - Streaming Player, Black Mi Box S
  • Minimalist black design and compact size
  • Multilanguage, includes 68 languages
  • Compatible with Netflix and the Amazon Prime Video app
  • 4K HDR resolution
  • Android TV OS Operating System ( Official Android TV System )
Bestseller No. 9
Android 10.0 TV Box T95 4GB 32GB with Wireless Backlit Keypad Allwinner H616 Quad-Core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 2.4G 5G Dual WiFi 10/100M Ethernet, Support H.265/3D/6K Ultra HD/BT 5.0 Smart TV Box
  • ★【FREE Backlit Keypad】T95 Android TV Box with Free Backlit T10 Keypad.
  • ★【The Latest Android 10.0 OS】T95 Android TV Box comes with Android 10.0 operation system, the latest Allwinner H616 Quad-Core Cortex-A53 CPU with Mali-G31 MP2, which make sure the box running stable and smooth to load movies, pictures and games without a buffer. Android 10.0 raises the bar in performance and usability with a slick lag-free interface, more stable.
  • ★【4GB RAM + 32GB ROM】The most popular storage in the market at present, 4G RAM large storage ensures speed and stability of the operation system, supports much higher running speed, without buffering or breaking down; 32GB ROM, gives enough room for installing apps, games etc. You can also expand the memory via the micro SD card slot. No need to worry about running out of space.
  • ★【Dual Wifi 2,4G & 5G with Ethernet】Comes with built-in 2.4G Wi-Fi and supports Standard 10/100M RJ-45 Ethernet. We offer convenient connection and more stable WIFI signal to enjoy higher quality video experience. Just plug in the power supply, connect the box HDMI cable and Wi-Fi/Ethernet, you can enjoy whatever you like.
  • ★【6K + 3D】T95 Android TV Box supports decoding and playing almost all popular audio and video formats, you can enjoy 6K ultimate HD video, which is the clear than 4K resolution. You can play thousands of android games in a large 6K screen and enjoy a higher quality experience with less buffering. What's more, this TV box support 3D, you can enjoy the visual feast.
Bestseller No. 10
Android TV Box, Android 10.0 Smart Box with 4GB RAM 32GB ROM Allwinner H616 Quad Core 64bit ARM Corter-A53 CPU Mali G31 MP2 GPU 6K Output 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi 100M LAN Enternet Bluetooth 5.0
  • 【Newest Android 10.0 OS】This YAGALA Android tv box adopts updated Android 10. OS which compatibility with the vast majority of software, games, and applications, to meet the needs of different users. And the new dark theme use true black to keep your battery alive longer, take it easy on your eyes.
  • 【Latest Amlogic Allwinner H616 Chipset】This tv box comes with Allwinner H616 chipset which better at image processing. Provides users a great experience of ultra-fast running speed, that means you will enjoy a real home theater with this tv box.
  • 【Fast Reaction Speed & Memory】4GB DDRIII + 32GB eMMC Flash. Support run fast and stable operation, the 32GB internal storage has plenty of space and freedom to install apps without having to always worry about running out of space.
  • 【4K 6K Ultra HD】Supports H.265 4K 6K output, more powerful than H.264, let you watch the 4K movie smoothly, and every detail of the screen is glossy, bring you a more real movies, games and music experience.
  • 【Built in Bluetooth 5.0 &Dual Band WiFi】This Android Box has built-in Bluetooth 5.0 and 2.4GHz& 5GHz WiFi which is faster, safer and lower power consumption when transferring data and surfing.

Android TV box FAQS

What Can I Do with An Android TV Box?

There are a plethora of things you can do with an Android TV box, including:

Stream movies and TV shows using Kodi, Netflix, and other media players.
Thousands of Android games are available to play (a good gamepad is recommended).
Hundreds of Android apps, such as Facebook, Skype, and Twitter, are available.
Chrome allows you to surf the web on your TV.
It can be used as a low-cost digital signage system.

Are Android Boxes Legal to Use?

Use of Android TV boxes is absolutely legal – they’re just like using a smartphone or tablet. They’re nothing more than Android-powered streaming media players. Android TV boxes are legal to buy and use in the United States.

However, a number of businesses have started selling “fully loaded” Kodi machines that include certain legally dubious add-ons. These gadgets have been the subject of various high-profile bans and may pose legal hazards.

Can You Watch Live TV on an Android box?

Yes, you can watch live TV on an Android Box, but you’ll have to go through some hoops to get it to work.

On an Android TV box, there are numerous options for watching live TV:

Purchase an Android TV box that includes a built-in TV tuner: Because certain Android TV devices include built-in TV tuners, they can stream live TV right out of the box. To view and record live TV, devices like the WeTek Play 2 can be linked directly to your TV antenna.
Install apps that allow you to watch catch-up television: Apps like BBC iPlayer are available from some TV providers, such as the BBC.
Live TV Streaming Across Your Network: Live TV may be streamed across your network to your Android TV box using devices like the HDHomeRun. You can simply watch live TV on your Android TV box (and other devices) using the HDHomeRun add-on in Kodi.

Do You Need Internet For An Android TV Box?

The internet isn’t required for Android TV boxes to function. There are a variety of games and apps that may be played without using the internet. Connecting your Android TV box to the internet, on the other hand, gives you considerably more options:

Use web browsers such as Chrome to surf the web.
The Google Play store has thousands of games and apps to choose from.
Install OTA updates to keep your device secure.

What Internet Speed Requirements Are There for An Android TV box?

With minimal internet, most Android TV boxes will operate perfectly. A quicker internet connection, on the other hand, will almost always provide a better experience.

5Mbps should suffice for streaming movies

Do I need a VPN on My Android TV box?

It’s a good idea to get a VPN for your Android TV box, especially if you plan on streaming video online.

A solid VPN service will keep your surfing behaviour hidden from your ISP, allow you to stream more content by circumventing geoblocks, and much more.

What is Kodi?

Kodi is a free media player that allows you to stream and play videos from the internet or your home network.

It has substantially improved over time and is now available on almost every hardware platform, including Windows and Android smartphones.

3rd party add-ons that may be installed in Kodi are one of the factors that make it so popular.

The most popular third-party add-ons allow you to watch movies and TV shows online.

Third-party add-ons are independent of Kodi and just use it as a platform. Most add-ons for Kodi are not made by Kodi developers, much like most apps for a Windows computer are not created by Microsoft.

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