Android mini-PC. Android stick. Streaming box. Android media player. Just what is all this stuff? What’s the difference?
More importantly, why should I care?
Good questions. You’ve come to the right place.
Welcome to AndroidPCReview.com
You hear a lot of stuff about “cord cutting” lately. It seems the major news outlets don’t want you to know how big a deal it is. Makes sense, since they stand to lose a lot of their business if people stop watching TV.
But people are stopping watching TV. At least from the cable companies or DirectTV. There’s a lot of different ways to get your content these days. Whether its on the web, on your TV, on a device like a Roku or Amazon Fire TV, or even on an Android media player.
So what’s the best way to get your content?
That’s a tricky question. I don’t think there’s one right way or even any wrong ways. It’s just a question of what’s the right way for you.
Here’s an example: I have a friend (well, a couple of them, but I’m thinking about one specifically) who is a huge Apple fan. He’s heavily into the Apple ecosystem: he has an iPhone, a Macbook Air, and he lives in the iCloud. So the best device for him is, naturally, an Apple TV.
I have another friend who is the exact opposite. He has a Nexus phone, and he just got the new Google player. He lives, eats and breathes Google. So for him, the best device is one that is as Google-y as he is – if “Google-y” is even a word.
Chances are you fall somewhere in between, and that’s OK.
Who am I?
I’m a geek. I always have been.
I got my first computer, a Tandy Color Computer back in the early 1980s. Since then, I’ve toyed around with programming and tweaking different systems. I’ve moved from that Tandy CoCo, to a Commodore 128 before I started building and tweaking my PC’s. I’ve only bought one desktop PC “off the shelf”, and that was just because it was an amazing price. Now, my main computer is another home-built PC, but I do a good bit of work on my ASUS Chromebook.
But there’s more to me than my geek side. I spent a long time in retail with a company called Circuit City. There I had the opportunity to help a ton of people find products that were right for them. Now, I wasn’t one of those commissioned sales-guys. They annoyed me, and I’m sure they annoyed you too. I wanted to actually get to know my customers and really dig into what they were looking to do.
You see, nobody…NOBODY goes out and buys something just because it has the latest and greatest specs.
You buy a product because of what it can do for you.
And that’s why I created this site. I found is that there were tons of sites about Tablet reviews. Even more sites about Smartphones. But very little on what could be the coolest little devices yet – the Android mini-PC stick, and their bigger brothers, Android-based streaming media players.
My promise to you
With all of the choices out there, it’s challenging to find the right product for you whether it’s Android, Chrome or even Windows based.
Whether you’re a tech veteran and want some fresh perspective or a newbie who just saw one of these for the first time and you want to know more, AndroidPCReview.com is the place to be. You’ll find the detailed reviews that will make you feel like you are there in the test lab with us.
We’ll teach you how to use the device, whether it’s upgrading the firmware to make it perform better, or teaching you about that cool new Kodi feature so you can sit back and watch a movie. Because specs are great, but if you can’t actually use the device, they don’t matter that much.
Which is why we make learning about the device a focus here.
Think of me like that cool geeky friend that you can ask questions to and get a straight answer. I wont be “that guy” that will talk down to you, and I won’t be “the other guy” who doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. I don’t just use these devices for this website. I have several of these media streamers that I use in my home, not just in some lab for testing.
I started this site because I’m passionate about this product, and I hope you will be too.
Connect with APCR
So come on in, pull up a chair and join the discussion. Tell us what you think about the site, the news or just what you think the best use for mini-PC sticks are. We’d love to hear it! And while you’re looking around, be sure to check out our Facebook page where you can meet and be social.
And keep checking back! We keep adding more reviews of Android mini PCs, Chromecast and Chromebox devices, and streaming media players as we get them. We try to keep up with the latest tech, so you have the most information possible. Well, let’s be honest, it is pretty fun too.
And if you’ve got a device that you’d like to see us test and review, Contact Us or leave a comment and let us know!
Tim Wells has been in the tech industry in one way or another for most of his life. From tinkering with my first Tandy Color Computer, gaming on my Commodore 128, Sega Genesis, PlayStation and every Xbox system, my life has revolved around the gadgets I play with. I graduated with a degree in Business from the University of Florida and am pursuing a Masters in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. I’m an avid runner who not-so-secretly longs to be a hockey player. Feel free to connect with me on Twitter or Google+