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Best Android Box 2017 – Android Box Awards

Here at Android Box Reviews we review a lot of boxes. But a question we always get asked is ‘What is the best android box?’ So we decided to to this post to walk you through the very best android boxes money can buy. Our Android Box Awards are divided into four categories: ‘Best Android Box: Budget’, ‘Best Android Box: Mid-Range‘and  ‘Best Android Box: Premium’ . So without further ado lets kick off the awards!

Best Android Box: Budget (£20-£60)

3rd Place: M8S

Coming in at thris place in the budget section is the M8S.

These budget boxes generally have a lower build quality of their more expensive cousins, but they can still perform quite well. And the M8S is no exception.

This box actually performs really well for this price. It streamed video and movies with no issues whatsoever. It did fall down on our speed tests however, so connecting this box via Ethernet is essential for streaming online content.

All in all, not a bad box for the price.

You can read the full review here.

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[Latest TV Box] COOLEAD[Free Wireless Mini keyboard] 4K Quad Core S812 M8S...

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£ 45.99 149.99

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2nd Place: Nexbox A95X

The A95X from Nexbox makes the list purely for its performance-price ratio. It is truly incredible that you can get a box for this price.

Obviously, this is not a top quality box. The plastic feels cheap on the casing, but the performance is quite good!

It’s a really compact box, and performed quite well on our video playback tests. Quality was good, when streaming online and from our own network though.

Sacrifices have to be made at this price however, and playing games does not work well on this machine.

Other than that, quite good for the price. Check out our full review.

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[2016 Newest] NEXBOX Android 6.0 TV Box A95X Amlogic S905X Quad Core...

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1st Place: M8S Plus

The M8S Plus is the bigger brother of the M8S. The Plus version features a new version of Android, so if you are looking for an entry level box, definitely go for this one.

Al thought the plastic does feel is a bit cheap, the overall build quality of this device is great  for this price.

Video performance is excellent, and it passed all our tests with flying colours. If you want a box just for streaming your video library and streaming live sports then look no further.

You can read the full review here.

 

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Best Android Box: Mid-Range (£60-£100)

3rd Place: Zidoo X9

The Zidoo X9 is a really solid option for anyone looking to get their first Android box. It has excellent build quality and some really great features. It is capable of online updates, which makes it really convenient to update as patches and updates are released.

The design is really nice, with one piece of solid aluminium covering the device. This looks really nice, and gives a really solid feel to the device, but it also helps in cooling the internal elements.

The recording function is a really cool feature, and the Zidoo X9 is able to record directly from any device that has a HDMI out. Great for gamers, or recording TV shows.

It fell down slightly on its 4k playback on KODI, but this is not a huge deal for us, as most boxes in this price range are unable to perform this either.

Overall, this is a great device. Read the full review here.

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2nd Place: Minix NEO U1

The U1 is s super little box from the folks over at Minix. The playback on this device was super, and the U1 comes pre-installed with an optimized version of KODI that played everything we threw at it, except for 4k video. There was a lag and you could notice some artefacts but all in all not bad. Picture qualitly on every other format was excellent.

The build quality is excellent, as is to be expected from Minix. The box feels nice, and is of good quality.

This box also has the fastest WiFi and Ethernet speeds of any device we tested in this bracket, so is a great option of you are looking to stream live sports and other videos.

You can check out the full review here

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1st Place: Probox2 Air

The Probox2 Air is our 2017 Champion for the Best Android Box in the mid price range. In this box you get excellent features and excellent value.

The design is great, and although this box is extremely compact, it also feels really rugged, with top class build quality.

The interface is really user friendly, and the performance throughout is excellent. The video playback was superb, and it worked flawlessly streaming video from our network, and also streaming live sports on line.

As with the other boxes in this bracket, 4k video was not perfect, but other than that we couldn’t fault this device. Would highly recommend!

You can check out our full review here.

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Best Android Box: Premium (£100+)

2nd Place: DroidBOX T8-S

The guys at Droidbox are relative newcomers to the Android box market, and this is their flagship product the T8-S. This is a really excellent box, and the company is just as impressive. The boxes are made in the UK, which is rare in this market as the vast majority are made in Asia.

From the second you take it out of the box you know that this is a quality device. Beautifully designed, with a top quality feel. Unlike some of the other boxes, it doesn’t feel like it would break into a million pieces if you dropped it.

This is also a dual boot device, that runs on Android and OpenELEC, which is a nice unique feature.

Performance wise, it is excellent too. 10bit 4k had some minor flaws but other than that the video playback is flawless.

Overall, and excellent box, well worth the money, and would highly recommend.

You can see the complete review here.

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1st Place: Nvidea Shield

And this years champion is, by no surprise, the Nvidea Shield. This truly is the king of the android boxes, and eclipses all the rest.

It is one of the few boxes that actually runs Android TV, as opposed to the Android mobile OS, so every element is designed for the big screen.

This truly is a powerhouse of a device, and without a doubt the best device on the market. However this quality does come with a hefty price tag, but in our opinion it is worth every penny.

It is beautifully designed, and will look right at home in even the most exclusive of TV cabinets.

Video playback is flawless, whether streaming online or on you home network, and it handles 4k with no issues.

If price isn’t an issue, don’t bother with any other box, just go with this as it is the very best.

Our full review is here.

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NVIDIA Shield 16 GB Android TV Box With Controller

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1 Comment
  1. Reply
    Mr Marco Ruurds January 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Re : PROBOX2 AIR ANDROID TV BOX /w Remote+ controller, AMLOGIC S905X + AC…
    I am intrested in buying the above TV box , Amazon dose not ship this item to South Africa .
    Could you kindly put me onto a supplier who will supply me with these boxes .
    We require a EU power Supply for this country .
    Kind regards.
    Mr Marco Ruurds.
    hollande@iafrica.com

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