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MK-808 Dual-Core Android Jellybean 4.1.1 Mini PC (8GB)
MK-808 Dual-Core Android Jellybean 4.1.1 Mini PC (8GB)

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PROS
+ Vanilla Android 4.1.1 + Pre-installed Google Play, Facebook, Youtube etc + UI language defaults to US English on first boot + Snappy UI response (fast dual-core CPU)
CONS
- Only 4.9GB out of 8GB is available for user data - The included AC adapter has an annoyingly bright green power lED on it
Initial boot was over 40 seconds, but subsequent boots take only slightly over 20 seconds. The device boots up with a brief "Google TV" logo, but note that it's not a real Google TV device and thus you can't use Google TV Remote to control it. The funny thing is the ROM has Google TV Remote built-in, wonder why you'd need a TV stick to control another TV STB. The ROM is highly vanilla -- customization is minimal, if any at all. A number of commonly used apps are pre-installed, including Facebook, Youtube, the Play store, Chrome, etc., and no bloatware is in sight. With these apps pre-installed, the stick literally works right out of the box. Jellybean runs very smoothly on the dual-core CPU. Default partitioning on the device reserves almost 2GB for the system, which should be more than enough for all foreseeable system updates. Upon initial boot, the system defaults to the highest resolution your TV supports -- which is usually 1080p @ 60fps for modern LCD/LED Hi-Def TVs. You can easily change this in Android settings though. A full developer's menu is available in settings, which is expected. There is no over- or under-clocking menu built-in though. The stick feels pretty solid in hand. It has large vents on both sides. After an hour's use of a CPU intensive P2P video streaming app, the stick became only a little warm to the touch. The included HDMI to mini-HDMI cable is pretty solid as well. The only minor issue is the LED status light on the included AC adapter. Extruding from the adapter's top chassis, the bright LED is visible from almost every angle. This can seriously "light up" your movie night. Luckily, a small piece of duct tape covers it right up -- you can probably think of a better solution. This is a really handy, and nicely built device. It's smooth, and it's got a modern and decent OS (Android 4.1.1) -- a definitive recommended buy for everyone.
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Overall   (3.5)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
PROS
+ Appears more expensive than it actually is + Price is very low and attractive + Dual SIM slots, simultaneous standby
CONS
- UI sluggish due to its single core CPU - LCD screen does not appear nearly as good as the IPS alternatives
This is an interesting phone. Its build quality is actually quite good -- no loose parts, tight seams, etc. The bezel feels pretty solid and pretty "real" as well. The thing is the OS. You only see an Android robot during boot. Boot time is 45 seconds or so, which is okay for a single core Android ICS phone. As soon as you get into the UI, you see an interface that's totally "unfamiliar" to an Android user. There is no signs of an menu or action bar, and there is no sign of any Android stock apps -- even the settings app has been replaced and themed. There's no sign of Play store and there isn't any file explorer. The settings app doesn't offer any developer/debug/ADB control as well. Apps can definitely be installed, e.g. by downloading directly from within the built-in browser, but it's going to be hassle as the heavily customized theme gets in the way. I think it's a fun phone, but because of the sluggish CPU and its customized UI, this phone is definitely not for anyone who's into Android.
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8-pin to USB Data/Charging Cable for Apple iDevices
8-pin to USB Data/Charging Cable for Apple iDevices

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
PROS
+ It's cheap. + It charges the phone, and syncs with iTunes. + It works! + There's a power LED, an upgrade from the original cable.
CONS
Average build quality.
I'm surprise by the fact that this cable actually works. From charging to iTunes, everything just works. I couldn't try JB as it's not out yet, but I suspect jailbreaking should be fine with this cable, as iTunes and MTP works. . The added LED status light is a plus. I can actually tell if the USB port or the AC adapter is turned on and supplying power without connecting the phone. It's a green LED concealed within the grip of the lightning connector, diffused enough by the white casing so it's actually quite mellow. . The quality of the lightning connector looks average. I've tried forcing the connector's housing seam open with bare hands but it won't budge, so it's doesn't look like it will break easily.
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N9300 4.5
N9300 4.5" Single-Core Android 4.0.3 ICS 3G Smartphone (1GB)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
PROS
Nice screen for a generic Android phone. Android themed just like those on Samsung phones. Includes the water drop live wallpaper. Good for light users who doesn't need to play heavy games.
CONS
Included earphone sounds pretty bad. Get a more decent earphone separately. 512MB ram is pretty low and isn't enough for heavy multitasking
Screen is pretty sharp at 233 PPI. Contrast and brightness looks better than most generic Android phones. ICS runs fine and the UI is very smooth for the most parts. Just don't expect to do heavy duty multitasking with the phone's 512MB RAM and its single core CPU. The phone looks very similar to the popular Samsung phone. Although not as sturdy as the Samsung counterpart, build quality of the N9300 feels generally solid on hand and should survive a few unwanted dropped. For $188, you get 90%+ of a phone that is otherwise sold at $500+ without contract.
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Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus Pen for Smartphones and Tablets - Silver (2-Pack)
Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus Pen for Smartphones and Tablets - Silver (2-Pack)

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PROS
+ The metallic paint is quite nice + Very light and easy to carry around + Great for taking notes on tablets
CONS
- Feels a little flimsy due to its lightweight - Rubber tip could be "sharper"
Feels a little flimsy due to its lightweight. The one that I used for a few weeks hasn't break yet. I did drop it a few times on the floor. The paint is a little scratched, but the stylus still holds. Anyhow, for 46 cents or so shipped, it's actually pretty cheap and easy to replace. A must-have for all tablet and phablet users.
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