Aodin Media Player – Can it Stand up to Amazon

As cable and satellite bills continue to rise, more and more people are embracing the concept of “cord cutting.” Instead of paying those high, monthly bills. People are ditching their cable boxes opting for much cheaper options. Some are using services like Hulu and Amazon Prime. Others are getting even craftier with their television watching habits, and using software such a Kodi, a program which offers both current and past tv shows and movies. For the past year or so, Amazon has had a pretty good grip on this market with their Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. For less than 40 bucks, users can use the hardware to access their Hulu, Netflix, and other accounts with a few clicks of a remote. But it didn’t take long for people to start using the hardware to install Kodi, and begin watching current movies and tv shows without having to pay a single cable bill or buy a single movie ticket. As the concept of “modding” these Fire TV devices to use Kodi, many manufactures from around the world are trying to cash in on the craze. Aodin is one of those companies. They sent us one of their Smart TV boxes to try out.

61bv5y5dl8l-_sl1000_Right out of the box, I was fairly impressed with the actual device. Right out of the gate, there are several USB ports, the HDMI output, as well as an ethernet port if you do not have access to wifi. Once plugged into my television, the device booted up immediately and took me right to it’s modified home screen. According to the device options, it appear to be running on a modified Ubuntu operating system with a quad core processor under the hood. With 1GB of on board memory and 8GB of onboard storage space, you would think the device would fly, but I found the system to run fairly clunky and sluggish. Things did not seem to respond immediately, or would take a while to boot up.

img_3081What I do like about the custom desktop screen, is that fact that it has Kodi preinstalled and right there front and center when you boot up the device. That makes it very easy to use for even the most novice of users. Using Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick is not easy. First, you need to install the software by navigating through a series back doors. Once installed, you cannot boot the software like you would a normal program. Instead there are more special steps you need to take in order to get Kodi running. With the Aodin Smart TV, Kodi and many of it’s most popular plug-ins are already installed, making it much easier to navigate.

When it comes to navigating around the Aodin Smart TV, using the included remote can be difficult. And that is no fault to Aodin. That’s unfortunately a limitation of the software. When you think about it, the Aodin operating system, as well as the OS on Amazon devices are essentially made for tablets and touch screen devices. Since you can’t get up and touch your tv, you’re forced to use a remote. But, you’re not totally stuck with it. Thanks to the numerous USB ports on the device, you can plug in a USB keyboard and mouse. This will allow you to use a mouse cursor on screen, and use the keyboard to type. Unfortunately, even with a mouse installed, there were some things I couldn’t do such as use the pre-installed facebook app. Since I cannot scroll with the mouse, I could navigate through the site at all.

img_3101Because the Aodin OS is based on the Android operating system it is made for other types of devices, there are some other things that hinder the experience, such as alerts that will pop up on the screen and not disappear, or alert boxes telling you to swipe down to exit full screen. As I just mentioned, I cannot exactly swipe my screen, so the only way to get rid of the message was to power off the device.

While the Aodin Smart TV device could have been a real power house, I just feel a lot of the features are not usable. Unlike the Fire TV, I was not able to sync up a game controller to play any of the games for the google play store, and browsing with the included remote just felt broken. What I do like is the fact that the Kodi application is pre-installed and easily accessible. For that reason, and that reason only, I think it would be an alright product to get for someone who may not have all the computer know-how to install Kodi on their own devices or remember all of the necessary steps to launch the software. For 45 dollars, it may be an ok deal. You can order yours today on Amazon.

We received this item for free for the purpose of this review.

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