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Description
It is the first smart set top box with Android OS of their own in a meaningful sense globally, and sojourners in abroad can install various apps with multilingual versions such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English.

The famous suppliers PPS and ATT exclusively cooperation with TVpad, they provide the most wonderful contents including popular TV series from HK, mainland China ,Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Europe and America for oversea Chinese. More Apps, just get TVpad to find the most wonderful TV programs about Entertainment News & Gossip, Variety Shows and Educational TV.

Compared with other similar products, TVpad based on the Android OS is characterized by practical function,easy operation, concise and friendly interface and source stability.  A brand new Apps Garden of TVpad adds the function of  classification search for quick search and installation.

Connections and Ports

  • Audio and video output :HDMI/AV port
  • Network interface:Ethernet / USB2.0 Wi-Fi devices
  • Memory interface
  • Expansion card interface:TF card Slot

Review
If you are a Chinese drama lover, then you gotta get one of these. TVPad is the best streaming media player on the market, stream live through their 12-channel listing. Plus with apps installed onto the device you can watch over 100,000+ movies on demand. 10/10 for TVPad, you buy now on eBay from authorized resellers from as low as £130.

Internet Connection
Supplier said any connection above 2Mb will work. Trust me 2Mb is not enough I think at least 4Mb is the best option. As my home is currently on 2.6Mb I can view the livestream from TVB, movies are watchable if you are willing to wait.

Video Quality
Livestream – Some channels are in standard and high definition. Regardless on the speed you have on your line, this does not really affect the video quality. If you have a HDTV use a HDMI cable rather than a RGB.
Movies – Even movies are listed as BluRay quality, some quality varies.

Overall the video quality is top notch, better than watching movies and dramas online.

Content
You can’t really complain about the channel listing, there are 12 live channels (Chinese&Asian) and there are other apps which you see on the home page. Each app has their own programmes and shows, you can check out more information here. Mixture of English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hong Kong movies, some may subtitles. If you know how to read Chinese it shouldn’t be a problem as the Movies app is in Chinese, and people who cannot read such as myself will need to start asking family and friends.

USB and SD Slot
Whilst the TVPad has limited storage there is a built-in SD slot for you to install more apps or store your favourite media files. Alternatively there is a USB port where you can connect a portable hard drive, you can watch any media files on the TVPad without any problems.

Setting It Up
The TVPad installation was so easy even an inexperienced person can install it.

  1. Simply connect your video cable from TVPad into your TV. (I had to connect mine via AV Receiver)
  2. Insert the microSD card into the SD slot
  3. Plug into the power adaper
  4. Wait until it appears on your TV screen, it should take around 30-60 seconds to load (happens all the time, no need to panic)
  5. You should see a homepage with 3 navigation icons on the left and a few apps installed on the main page.
  6. To install more apps, go into App Manager and install the app you want. If there is no English description for the app you can look in here.

I have just checked prices from many websites, and I have found out that European countries selling an iPad at least £420 (16GB WiFi) whilst everyone selling around £335. It is fairly overpriced and we do know we have to pay import and duty taxes, but why does it have to be so high? The £85 difference goes to the taxes which it isn’t fair for our UK and European residents. That’s why we should buy from US directly rather than buying it from here, however you must have a friend overseas to send you the parcel. Below you will see a chart listing out the prices which I have calculated. Prices below based on Wifi versions only.

Places
16GB
32GB
United Kingdom
£429
£499
United States (0.65)
$499
£326
$599
£392
Singapore (0.48)
$728
£347
$878
£418
Hong Kong (11.87)
$3888
£327
N/A
N/A
France (0.84)
€499
£421
€599
£505
Switzerland (0.62)
CHF 649
£403
CHF 779
£484

Exchanged Rates were calculated on the 20th July 2010 10:20PM