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In short - the Zoostorm Play is an android device which uses your television as a screen. Once connected - you can do basically anything on this that you could on an android phone. The main reason for buying this is usually to stream video, and this works brilliantly with Net Flix. Sadly it does not work with Love Film as Love Film does not support android. There is an android app - you can look up and order films, but you can not watch them via this device. In addition to streaming video, this is great for android games, which work out far cheaper than buying video games. It has a few more functions. You can read your email, surf the net etc... but I really do not feel is an adequate substitute for a computer.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
The main unit - a very small white box - roughly 6.5" x 6 "
1GB DDR Ram
A10 ARM Cortex-A8 1.2GHz
Resolution 1080p x 60fps
2HDMI ports, 1 usb port, 1 phone jack.
Remote control with mini keyboard AC adaptor ( 6.5" x 2" - my measurements)
USB receiver - small Bluetooth thing that pugs in the back for wireless connection
WHAT'S NOT IN THE BOX?
If you wish to use a wired rather than wireless connection you will need to purchase A USB cable for this purpose. You will also need 2AAA batteries for the remote.
Setting up was very easy. My husband plugged this in and entered our wifi code and it was nearly ready to go. The only problem is that the internet search engine that was preinstalled came up in a foreign language. It was till obviously a search engine so he typed in "google chrome ", and downloaded google as the default browser. This added a few minutes to set up, but overall the whole thing was up in running in under ten minutes without a single swear word.
We have primarily used this for Netflix, You Tube and android games. It works brilliantly for all three purposes. We have watched a number of Netflix films without a single on freezing up or being a nuisance. The children really enjoy android games on this. Many are free but the most expensive has still been less than £1 with Google Play, and the ones paid for to use on their tablets came up free. We have only had problems with one app, but this same app caused problems on 3 other devices as well - so I am blaming the app.
My husband also uses this for youtube as he likes to watch guitar tutorials on this. He has searched Argos on it at least once, used BBC I player and tried his email on it once as well. In general though, while you can access email from this it is easier to do so through the computer and composing email would be awkward on the small key board.
This was £59 and came with the remote, which also works a mouse and has a tiny keyboard on the other side. We did find similar boxes that did not have a keyboard on the remote, and while the box was less expensive the keyboard could cost up to £25. The keyboard therefore was a real selling factor as it much easier than trying to use a pointer on a remote to pick out letters from an on screen keyboard. I do find it a bit of nuisance all the same. You have to shift back and forth to get numbers or alphabet keys, which I hate, but my husband points out is the same as you would do on a phone.
Overall we are very happy with the device. Yes the keyboard has it limitations, but I did expect this. It works well for what we bought it for which is to watch films, and the children and my husband have had a lot of fun with the extras as well. We do a have a PS3 as well but streaming films through it was a constant nightmare, with the films freezing all the time or simply effusing to load the end of a movie. This is by far a better device for watching online films, and as such I feel it is value for money.
I also think this would be a wonderful item for a child's TV preloaded with several games like Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies. The only real downside is that all of the games are single player.
Price at time of review:
£59.99 with Amazon, £54.99 from ebay, £64.99 from Argos