FOR 3D AND SMART FEA­TURES YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY A PRE­MIUM—OR JUST BUY A NO-FRILLS TV AND GIVE IT SOME EX­TRA BRAINS WITH A ME­DIA BOX LIKE THE AMKETTE EVOTV

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

Me­dia boxes gen­er­ally try to cash in on the pro­lif­er­a­tion of down­loaded dig­i­tal me­dia, with some try­ing their hand at smart fea­tures and In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity. But none of them are re­ally as smart as the Amkette EvoTV, which gives an An­droid driven in­tel­li­gence boost to your TV. With the EvoTV plugged in, your old TV will be able to surf the Net, check mail, play mil­lions of videos, play mo­tion and other games and ac­cess files from the home net­work and so on.

The EvoTV is ac­tu­ally a small black box that plug into to your TV, prefer­ably with an HDMI ca­ble. It can play all me­dia files from USB and hard drives. Switch on the box and your TV has a full An­droid Gin­ger­bread OS with a tile-based in­ter­face of app views. This view is cus­tomis­able and comes with a rolling ticker at the bot­tom and a live weather up­date on the top, all fed by ei­ther a wi-fi or eth­er­net net­work.

The box works rea­son­ably well on reg­u­lar In­ter­net con­nec­tions, though the rec­om­mended speed is 1Mbps. We tested it on a 750Kbps con­nec­tion and had smooth video from YouTube and even HD video sites af­ter the ini­tial buf­fer­ing of a cou­ple of min­utes. How­ever, while the video is buf­fer­ing the page sort of freezes and this is a slight put off. But the fea­ture gives users ac­cess to hun­dreds of chan­nels and pro­grammes be­yond the reg­u­lar ca­ble or DTH, all in good qual­ity if not HD. And yes, you can do even video calls with a we­b­cam plugged in.

Here the TV starts be­hav­ing like a smart­phone, though none of them can boast of a Evo Touch re­mote which has a built in gyro. The re­mote has a but­ton to cal­i­brate the mouse, which then works based on a trig­ger like but­ton on the rear. This is good as it is works bet­ter with the free hand mo­tion that the re­mote needs. You can swipe the app views on the screen and se­lect one by just click­ing the trig­ger but­ton. The mouse has a mic in case you want to make a voice search or a video call. To zoom in and out, there is a touch sen­si­tive dial pad on the front. Change the ori­en­ta­tion and the Wii-like re­mote is good for two-hand games. The re­mote is the one thing that makes EvoTV re­ally in­no­va­tive and unique. Now, who needs a smart TV?

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