I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from writing reviews as of late as I’ve been forced to move flat, which is a good thing because me and my partner have found somewhere a little nicer to live, but a bad thing in the fact that I had to cart three luggage bags full of PS4 and PS3 games. Long story short, it made me take a look at how many gadgets and gizmos I actually have and speaking on behalf of all tech geeks out there, I wanted more and more. I’ve heard a lot of people referring to the android TV boxes, more specifically referencing Kodi and saying how good it is, some people going as far as to only have one of these boxes and a TV with nothing more. Not quite my way of life, but still you have to love the enthusiasm. Luckily I was blessed with the chance to review a GoStreamer G5+ Quad Core 4K Ultra HD Android TV Box Kodi Streamer, which will now be known as either GoStreamer G5+ or simply as “The Box” because that’s a damn long name and my fingers aren’t that strong.
So for those of you don’t really know too much about them, the Android TV boxes allow you to stream live and downloaded television programs, games, music and a whole host of other cool stuff directly from your box and onto your television. The little boxes are releatively easy to set up, just plug in the HDMI and power cables and you’re practically good to go, little to no effort is really required. Once you’re on there is a whole host of things you can do, but the easiest way to describe it is by saying that you can do pretty much everything you can on any android device and more. It really is a whole heap of fun playing Angry Birds on your sofa or catching up on Facebook and watching that Pokémon video that your best mate has sent you (shout out FTW) in amazing 4K Ultra HD. The GoStreamer G5+ has all these functionalities and more and is displayed on a very crisp and easy to understand menu.
As I said before, the box is really easy to set up and looks really nice and sexy on my television table, whilst it is a bit out of place at the time being, it’s small enough (11cm x 11cm) to fit more or less anywhere you want it too and only weights about 350g so it’s about as light as you’re ever going to get. It’s not about plugging it in though. The initial set up was really straight forward and once you are on the menu you can go into the settings tab and change pretty much anything you want to.
I spent a bit of time on Kodi, as that’s what I was really interested in. The box itself comes jam packed with a load of pre-installed channels that you can tap into to watch programmes and films so it’s really straight forward to just jump into it and get started watching. The picture quality was very nice, and whilst my televisions probably not the best example for this, the visual display was fantastic. Unfortunately though I wasn’t really too interested in any of the television programs on there. Yes, there is a huge range of stuff, but not as much as say Netflix or Now TV. That said those are both subscription based packages, so if you want a one off cost which has a load of programs and films and don’t want to worry about being hit up for cash every month then this is a great alternative.
The GoStreamer G5+ box boasts a whole range of fancy technical mumbo jumbo such as a Mali-450 Penta Core 3D 750MHz GPU and a 1GB DDR3 and runs off an Amlogic S905 Quad Core Cortex-A53 2GHz CPU on an Android 5.1.1 Lolipop and whilst that’s great for all you tech wizards I can hear you average Joes out there saying “Well that’s great, but how will this help me in my normal life?” Well the answer is pretty simple really, the box acts to consolidate everything that you do, every app that you want, every TV show and film that you want to watch and every piece of music that goes through those lovely waxy ears of yours into one place.
Most of you will already know this anyway, but for some of you this may be a bit of a shocker, but you have probably seen me plaster the word ‘Android’ around this review more times than I care to admit. The fact is that this is an Android piece of software, therefore the applications you buy are from the Google Play Store, so if you are an apple user then you might have to think twice before getting one. That said most of the applications that people want to use are free (if you don’t count in game videos and random links popping up) so purchasing shouldn’t really be a worry as far as you are concerned.
The internal storage is relatively small, only boasting 8GB worth of space on the device, however you can plug in USB storage or alternatively an Micro SD card which can expand your storage by up to 32GB. This means you’ll be able to download even more Roxio products onto your device and teach those damn pigs who is the most badass bird in all the land.
If you’re planning to use this to store your own films and television, it’s worth noting that the box also contains a load of formats, so anything that you plug in to play will be doable. Not to mention it also supports 3D gaming, whilst I didn’t get an opportunity to try this out, it’s something that I wouldn’t mind checking out in the future.
All in all, the box is great. Whilst I struggled to find any practical uses for the television and film applications that it held, I did find lots of relevant things that I could use on other aspects of the device. That said, it probably outlines the major positivity of the device and that’s the versatility that it holds. If you’re more interested in watching Netflix, then go and download the Netflix application from the Google Play Store, if you want to sit watching videos of cats jumping into walls on YouTube then go ahead and download it. Whilst the device may not be the best in some areas, it does excel in others and that’s what makes it good.
So what really makes GoStreamer G5+ so unique as an Android device? The simplicity behind it. It’s simple to set up, simple to use and so simple that you couldn’t possibly break it. The technical specifications are all great, meaning that you will get more bang for your buck in terms of processors and RAM and everything, but the pure simplicity and style of the device is what makes it a great product overall.