Best of Android TV Hardware for Summer 2015 (Apple TV Replacements)

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As you’re hopefully already aware, the Apple TV 2 is now obsolete as far as Kodi is concerned, it is no longer supported as of the latest update, and with good reason. It just didn’t have the performance capacity to keep up with the latest Kodi development and had to be laid to rest.

Once upon a time when the Apple TV 2 was the best XBMC hardware device available, but that time is long past. Making the switch to Android TV will mean less buffering, along with flawless 1080P playback (even through streaming sources) and more!

As of Summer 2015, there are a few set top box contenders that are considered to be the best newbie friendly Kodi-compatible devices on the market. They’re all great devices, so it’s up to you to decide which you prefer based on your personal preference.

NVIDIA Shield TV

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It’s considered to be the most powerful Android TV device on the market, and the fact that it’s from a company that has a proven track record in manufacturing quality hardware is nice. It is however a bit pricey for the average consumer.

Price: $199.50 USD
Purchase Link: Amazon

Amazon Fire TV

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It offers a great value and performs very well, however does not provide Google Play store functionality, so you’ll have to sideload Kodi, making installation a bit less straight forward. It comes with a very sleek remote control and gives you access to Amazon Prime Content as well.

Price: $99.00 USD
Purchase Link: USA, UK, Germany, International

Google Nexus Player

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It’s Google’s flagship Android TV device, and is manufactured by ASUS who are well established as quality hardware manufacturers. It seems to be on special at several retailers, so the price is definitely attractive.

Price: $69.99 USD
Purchase Link: Google

Matricom G-Box Q

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Probably one of the better Chinese-manufactured Android TV devices out there, the company has been around for a few years now and has begun to establish themselves in the industry. It comes with Kodi preinstalled, so if you ever have a problem you can just factory restore it and it’ll be ready to go again.

Price: $97.00 USD
Purchase Link: Amazon

MINIX Neo X8-H Plus

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In just a short time, they’ve established themselves at the top of the Chinese Android TV industry, with this model providing a good overall value. It comes with Kodi preinstalled, making troubleshooting easy, just factory restore and you’ll be back to a like-new Kodi setup ready to customize. They are also a sponsor of the XBMC Foundation which is cool.

Price: $159.00
Purchase Link: Streaming Boxes

M8 Amlogic S802

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Although it has a strange name, it’s one of the more popular Android TV devies out of China. It’s a good overall device that performs well and comes with Kodi preinstalled, so if you have any problems just factory restore and you’re back to a clean Kodi setup.

Price: $129.99 USD
Purchase Link: Streaming Boxes, DroidPlayer (UK)

Amazon Fire TV Stick

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It’s the light version of the Amazon Fire TV meant for casual use, and looks like a USB Memory Stick that plugs directly into your television’s HDMI input. It doesn’t provide Google Play functionality, so you’ll have to sideload Kodi which means a slightly less straight forward installation.

Price: $39.00 USD
Purchase Link: USA, UK, Germany, Austria, International

Xuum Quad Core

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It’s fairly new to the market, but we’ve heard good things so far. It’s another Chinese-manufactured hardware option to consider. It also comes with Kodi preinstalled, making things a bit easier.

Price: $49.95 USD
Purchase Link: Amazon

Razer Forge TV

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It’s a powerful piece of hardware, however it doesn’t come with a remote control, so you’ll need to go out and get a wireless keyboard with a USB transmitter, such as the Logitech K400 – or order their bundle that comes with a gamepad controller.

Price: $99.99 USD (without controller)
Purchase Link: Razer Zone

Congratulations! You’re now aware of what the best Android TV devices on the market are, now it’s up to you to choose one and start watching Kodi the way it was meant to be, with fast performance and high quality video. Should you have any questions about these devices, we’d recommend visiting our Discussion Forums to make an inquiry.

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