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WeTek Play Android TV DVB-S2 Satellite Receiver Review

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WeTek Play Android TV DVB-S2 Satellite Receiver

I had several similar devices like WeTek Play so I am very excited because this box has also DVB-S2 receiver. So you can use the device as Android satellite receiver and media player at the same time. This is really unique because this is the first Android TV box with built-in tuner. So stay here and find out more about this cool device.

Design and build

WeTek Play looks the same as any other satellite receiver or Android TV box. It is made of plastic and when it comes to size it is very similar to Dreambox DM500 HD. On the right side is located USB port and microSD port. While at the back side there are all other ports. For example: LNB1, LNB2, additional two USB ports, LAN, HDMI, optical and DC 12V. Anyway it looks really cool and because of its size does not take up much space. Also the build quality is really good and it feels like premium.

WeTek Play

WeTek Play from behind

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Remote control

First Boot Impressions

Okay when I started the device it was holding for 30 seconds approximately. After that it appeared setup where I can adjust settings such as language, screen resolution, Internet connection and other. After that appeared the home screen where I can finally start playing.

WeTek Play home screen

Performance and benchmark testing

As usual I test every device with several benchmark test applications to see how they perform. For this purpose I have used Geekbench 3.0 and for technical information I have used CPU-Z app. So WeTek Play has 1 GB RAM and 4GB of internal memory. The internal memory you can expand with microSD card or USB flash drive. It has dual core CPU AMLogic AML-8726 MX with speed 1.5 GHz.

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WeTek Play cpu-z

So you can see it has a really good hardware which will be enough for every purpose. I have tried everything from gaming to the watching satellite channels. And during use I did not find any problems. Also below you can see test results including CPU-Z info.

Geekbench 3.0

Software

It comes with installed Android 4.4.2, and user interface is more or less the same as on any other device with Android system. There are also several applications already installed like XBMC, MX Player, SuperSU and Kodi. Of course there is also possibility to install OpenELEC and recently I have seen that soon will be available Enigma 2. So this sounds great and I am looking forward to use it. The user interface is fluid and fast, almost every application opens very quickly.

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android version

WeCloud Antenna IPTV Service

WeClodu Antenna is application which allows you to watch IPTV channels from several countries. To use this function you will need to activate your account. To activate your account you will need to provide your membership code which is giving to by membership card. After activation you will have ability to watch over 180 channels like Bloomberg, BBC and many other. They will stay free to air forever according to the company. Of course if you have your own private IPTV channels you can also add them to WeClodu Antenna.

Satellite Receiver App – WeTek Theater Live TV

As I am a big fan of satellite television, I was very excited because I was for the first time saw the Android media player with build in dual DVB-S2 tuner. The very idea is really promising because in this way you don’t need to have two separate devices. This device offers you the same experience like two separated devices and of course it is very practical.

WeTek Theater Live TV

WeTek Theater Live TV motor mode

So it comes with pre-installed application called WeTek Theater with which you can watch satellite channels. When you for the first time enter the application, it will ask you to setup your satellite configuration. So when you enter the setup configuration, then you will need to select the desired satellites which you use in your configuration. Of course you need to setup other settings like DiSEqC version, do you use Motor and other. Anyway it supports DiSEqC 1.0, DiSEqC 1.1, DiSEqC 1.2 and DiSEqC 1.3. After you set up your satellite configuration then you can scan the satellites. When you are done you can go watch the desired channels.

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Wetek play Oscam – Cardsharing support

As I said in beginning I’m a huge fan of satellite television, so because of that I went a step further. I was very curious does this device support cardsharing. So I have found Android app called OSTool. Which you need to install like any other application. After you do that you need to configure your Ccccam server. I did that all and I tried to play, and voila everything is working just fine. So I can safely say that cardsharing is working on this satellite device.

wetek play oscam

oscam cardsharing serverMiscellaneous Tests

Bluetooth

It has also Bluetooth so you can normally connect with any other device. I tried with my Android smartphone and I had no problems with connection. From available information I can say that this box also supports Playstation Wireless Game controller so this is pretty good because you can play games much easier.

External Storage

You can use microSD card or USB device like flash drive or hard drive because it supports all of the above. For example I have connected my USB 3.0 hard drive and I have tested read and write speed with File ES Explorer.

NTFS     4.05 MB/s           11.18 MB/s

FAT32   3.72 MB/s           12.2 MB/s

BTRFS   Not supported

USB Webcam

Also if you want to use the WebCam for Skype or similar video calling application you can easily use any WebCam because I tried with my no name and it worked like a charm.

Gaming

I tried several games which can work on such a device like this. And they all worked as they should work. Of course this box does not have high-end hardware and because of that some demanding games can work slowly. But this is nothing strange.

Conclusion

WeTek Play is very interesting device which has medium strong hardware like dual core CPU, 1 GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory which of course you can extend with microSD card. In my personal opinion the operating system is very stable and fluid. There is also OpenELEC system and you can expect very soon Enigma 2 which is really great news. So you can see that you have ability to choose what system suits you.

Also it is very unique because these days there are still few Android media players which has built in tuner. You have ability to choose which tuner do you need DVB-C/T/T2 or DVB-S2. I personally have with DVB-S2 tuner. So except Android functions you can also watch satellite TV with support for cardsharing. There is also support for IPTV and you get additionally 180 TV channels for free.

Overall in my personal opinion it is a great device with reasonable price which is actually €108.99 with free worldwide shipping from European Union. They are actually located in beautiful country Slovenia. Also for each purchase you get premium warranty and the warranty is 24 months. Which proves how serious they are. For more information please visit the official website and if you decide to buy it you can buy it here from their official online shop.

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  2. Jay

    Sep 29, 2015 at 11:48

    Can you record to a remote HDD over the network (NAS)?

  3. gakuon

    Feb 22, 2016 at 13:46

    Hi!

    thx for the review!

    Is it possible to use the twin DVB-S2 tuners just connecting one SAT cable? (like E2 boxes, where you setup tuner B as tunes A…)

    thx

  4. Julian

    May 5, 2016 at 15:32

    I bought one after I read your review, it turns out there is no 180 antenna channels, and their customer service is very bad, no answers form a week. Don’t buy this box, there are much cheaper boxes on ebay or Amazon, or there are better and similar prices ones.

  5. Julian

    May 5, 2016 at 15:32

    bought one after I read your review, it turns out there is no 180 antenna channels, and their customer service is very bad, no answers form a week. Don’t buy this box, there are much cheaper boxes on ebay or Amazon, or there are better and similar prices ones.

  6. adnan

    Feb 1, 2017 at 23:23

    how to atach tv without av cabil?
    and can i atach diract moneter

  7. adnan

    Feb 1, 2017 at 23:24

    can u please latest 2017.2016 new version

  8. adnan

    Feb 1, 2017 at 23:25

    extra remote control avelibel

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Review: ZMI Reason ONE

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ZMI Reason ONE — a new smart alarm clock by Xiaomi Ecosystem partner — ZMI. This is the first smart alarm clock by the Chinese brand. The company’s assortment includes power banks, chargers and other gadgets for smartphones.

The design and functionality of the alarm clock are similar to the Xiaomi AI smart alarm clock. One of the main differences is the voice assistant. The alarm clock by Xiaomi supports Xiao AI suitable for Chinese customers. ZMi Reason ONE supports Alexa, which greatly simplifies the use of the device in Europe, USA, and other English-speaking countries.

DESIGN

The model has a compact rectangular shape (12×6×2 cm). It is made of matte black ABS-plastic.

The front panel is occupied by black monochrome screen. Despite the compact dimensions of the alarm clock, the screen is large enough. Therefore, the numbers and letters on the display are clearly visible even from a distance.

On the top, there is a touch button, which is responsible for voice control activation and microphone status.

On the rear panel, there is a speaker, a Micro-USB port (for charging) as well as a button for resetting to factory settings.

FUNCTIONS

The display shows the time, date, alarm status, timer, and WiFi connection. When the voice assistant is activated, the display shows two circles, which look like “eyes”.

ZMi Reason Clock supports the Alexa voice assistant. You can ask the weather, find out the news, time, ask to turn on the music or set an alarm/timer, add smth to a shopping list and even find out the currency exchange rate.

The ringtone of the alarm clock is also easy to change. There are about 30 melodies to choose from the menu.

The alarm clock can also be a portable speaker. The model supports popular music streaming services like Amazon Music, Audible, iHeartRadio, and others.

If you have devices that support Alexa, then you can control them using ZMI Reason One. In order to do this, you need to install a special application and synchronize the devices with each other.

The price for such a smart alarm clock is ridiculously low — only $ 20. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

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Sharp Aquos C10 [REVIEW]

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The Sharp C10 review has finally arrived! Sharp is a Japanese brand that mostly covers its market in Japan, but has recently started to turn its marketing to other areas of the world. So yes, Japan is not only popular for Hentai and awesome cars industry but they also get involved in the smartphone industry. Sharp is probably best known for their TVs or kitchen appliances to some, but they are fairly old players in the smartphone game, making phones like the Aquos Crystal back in 2014. Let’s jump back to the C10 and look at all the interesting bits this smartphone hides.

Build quality

Because of it’s non standard aspect ratio, this phone brings some quite interesting looks with it. It’s a bit shorter and wider than what we’re used to, with a droplet styled notch on the top and glossy plastic back. The USB-C jack lies on the bottom between the speaker and microphone grilles, but unfortunately there is no 3.5mm audio jack on the top which is a huge disappointment. Finally, the very clicky three buttons are positioned on the right side and are pretty easy to reach due to the phone’s size.

The phone itself is fairly light in hand, but it still feels relatively sturdy and rigid. It is claimed to have gorilla Glass protection for the screen, but it’s unknown which version of it exactly. Also, Sharp have decided to put the fingerprint reader on the front, so you get a small recession under the screen where the fingerprint sensor resides. The phone itself is not too thick either, so it’s a real pleasure to handle all in all.

Android OS

The OS on this thing is actually pretty light with little to no bloat! It’s Android 8.0 Oreo with a few tweaks to the settings application, task switcher, and the system UI to handle the notch and to distinguish it from other Android phones. Notch handling is done on a per-app basis which means that most applications probably won’t support it. I’ve found that only the stock gallery seems to make use of it, while Youtube cuts off the whole top. You can also disable most of the Google applications if you don’t use them, that’ll get you some extra RAM space if you need it. The situation here is fine although they should work on the visual integrity a bit in the future updates.

Performance

This phone gets 89296 points on Antutu which is not that great for a mid range device. Compared to the Mi A2 which gets 134348 points, performance of the C10 seems pretty bad, but it’s not all that bleak. In Geekbench it gets 883 for the single core test, 4239 for the multi core test and 3702 for the renderscript test. Synthetic benchmarks obviously don’t tell the full story as this device multitasks fairly fast and handles Chrome just fine for day to day web browsing. PUBG Mobile locks the graphics settings to low and even then it stutters here and there, so obviously don’t pick this phone if you’re looking for raw gaming performance. Even then, playing on it’s relatively small screen won’t be too comfortable of an experience. Regarding screens…

Screen

In a mid range phone like this, a screen usually won’t be too interesting of a subject. C10’s screen has some very rounded corners on the top including the notch, while the bottom just has regular, hard corners. You do get a relatively nice FHD+ IPS panel with a resolution of 1080×2040. Colors pop pretty nicely at higher brightness settings, and speaking of brightness this phone handles it pretty well. Lowest brightness doesn’t go too low, but highest brightness is thankfully high enough for outside use.

Cameras

I have to say, this phone has quite an interesting thing going on with the camera. Unfortunately, the second camera is only used for depth detection in portrait mode so I think it’s a bit of an useless addition, but the camera application itself is pretty feature packed. I’m happy to say that it also has a full featured manual mode with only the RAW option missing. The photos it takes on auto mode are lifelike, vibrant and just very pleasant in general. Given it’s wide aperture, it’s also pretty competitive at night, but only with still shots. Portrait mode gets you some pretty strong depth blur, but it’s inaccurate as well so use it in moderation.

Switching over to video, the mild disappointment starts. No stabilization options at all, nor any slow motion modes available. Thankfully it does have 4K, but I don’t think most people will find it very useful. Some EIS would go a long way here. All in all, it’s a pretty competent camera in the price range with some nice software features like the picture-in-picture mode, but the second camera is a bit of a waste, and the addition of EIS would be extremely beneficial.

Audio Capabilities

Testing the audio output on this phone yielded some fairly average results. Doing the tests with the headphones connected, we can see that the frequency response loses it’s linearity and some distortion shows up on the low end. The stereo crosstalk also jumps up by almost 40dB with the headphones connected. These tests are done with a 55ohm set of on-ear headphones so results may vary with different loads. The audio output thankfully does get comfortably loud so it does seem to have enough power.

Similar situation for the speaker which gets relatively loud, but it carries some distortion along with it. Nothing tragic but you’ll hear when you’re pushing it. The plastic case doesn’t resonate with the speaker that much so it doesn’t help the tinny feel of the sound. For such a budget phone, I really didn’t expect anything extraordinary from the loudspeaker so I wouldn’t call it a disappointment by any means.

Battery

Running the Lab501 gaming test on maximum brightness for 15 minutes drained the battery by 5%. Playing PUBG mobile under the same testing conditions for the same amount of time drained the battery by 10%. So with a full battery, you could game on this phone for about 10 hours.

That’s surprisingly good given the relatively small 2700mAh battery inside C10. It’s standby times are even better since the phone shows little drain during the night and could probably last over a week if used sporadically. Suffice to say, I’m pleasantly surprised!

Additional features

When it comes to additional features, this phone doesn’t pack any surprises. Unfortunately, Sharp has even omitted an FM radio receiver software even though the hardware supports it. There’s no FM radio application to be found anywhere! The fingerprint reader usually unlocks on the second try, but the results can vary and it’s pretty fast when it works.

GPS also hasn’t been proven too spectacular as it took a while to get my location acquired, but it works all right once it locks on the satellites. Finally, there’s full OTG functionality here so you can plug in flash drives and all kinds of other peripherals into your phone. No problem!

Closure

The Sharp C10 is an interesting budget phone with a pretty stern and business-like design. Even though the performance might not be the selling point here, you trade it in for a very respectable camera which I’d say is the highlight of this phone. Unfortunately some bad decisions were made, for example the removal of the 3.5mm jack and the lackluster notch handling, but all in all it could be way worse. In the end, all that matters is preference – what do you want out of your phone and what are you willing to sacrifice.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Review

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Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone, Mi 9, has some awesome characteristics like design, powerful processor, and a great camera. Wanna know more about it? Stick around. I’ll tell you all about it.

First Impressions

If we ignore aluminum frame for a moment, It can be said it is made entirely out of glass: the front panel is made of Gorilla Glass 6, and the back panel is Gorilla Glass 5. This model has a shiny blue gradient color, and there are two more color options: black and violet. There’s also a Transparent Edition that pushes price tag way beyond $500.

The glass gives the phone absolutely stunning look, but it also makes it prone to scratches and fingerprints. I recommend using silicon case that comes in the box, or some other type of protection you can buy online.

Mi 9 is Xiaomi’s first phone with a dedicated AI button. Just press it and Google Assistant will instantly pop-up, giving you the most relevant information based on your online behavior. You can reassign it as I did. I’m using it to open the rear camera.

Screen

Mi 9 has a real jewel on the front: a 6,39 inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen. The best screen on any Xiaomi device so far has great readability under the sun and it’s significantly better than LCD panels used on previous Xiaomi flagships. Above the screen is a 20-megapixel camera in a tiny waterdrop notch, and above that is a speaker. There’s even more on top of that: sensors and a LED notification light, hidden from your eyes.

Great things are coming in waves with Mi 9 because under the screen is a fingerprint sensor, lightly illuminated so you can always know where to press to unlock the phone. Let’s not forget Always-on colour display or Ambient Light, Xiaomi’s name for this very usable feature.

Hardware, benchmark

Xiaomi Mi 9 is the first smartphone with Snapdragon 855, the most powerful chipset in the world. It runs like a grinder trough games and apps so if you’re looking for a gaming phone, Mi 9 is something to seriously consider.

The phone in my hands has 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Other flagships have at least double storage capacity, but this was a way to keep the device affordable to a much wider market segment. Xiaomi rightly estimated that 64 GB is enough for most users. After all, there is also a 128 GB version available.

At the bottom is a single loudspeaker with enough firepower to flawlessly reproduce music or gaming sounds. It is not a stereo speaker, though.

Camera

Camera quality has become an essential feature for many customers, and Xiaomi Mi 9 has really a great one to offer. Wait, not one but three! The main camera has 48 megapixels, second is 12-megapixel telephoto snapper and the last one is a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor. Image quality is great with plenty of details.

If you’re looking for a smartphone that will give you a perfect photo in a way to simply get it out of your pocket and make a snap, Mi 9 is an obvious choice.

Software

Xiaomi Mi 9 runs the latest MIUI 10 on top of Android 9. It follows the same logic just like any other MIUI system before, with some nice new features like moving trough system with gestures. I’m using Xiaomi phones for years and this is the most polished and user-friendly MIUI by now. The system-wide dark mode is a nice feature, and there’s also a Second Space. That’s a part of a memory protected by password, where you can put all the apps and other content you don’t want others to see.

Battery

The Battery on Mi 9 has 3.300 mAh, which is slightly smaller than last year’s Mi 8. Although it is not as big as batteries on other flagship devices or even Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note series, it is capable of reaching the end of a day on a single charge. Things get interesting when it comes to the way the Mi 9 charges.

It supports wireless charging, something Mi 8 didn’t have. Xiaomi just recently hopped in a wireless charging train, but it did it with style: Xiaomi Mi 9 has the fastest wireless charging among all the smartphones, capable of reaching full capacity in just an hour.

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Verdict

Xiaomi knows how to hit a bullseye: it offered a handset with an insanely powerful processor coupled with enough of RAM to easily broke every app in pieces. Camera quality is astonishing, just as the design of the device. There’s also a big shiny screen for awesome gaming and multimedia experience. With price as low as $322,99, Xiaomi Mi 9 is not only an impressive flagship smartphone but also the best-buy option for anyone who’s looking for performance and top image quality. Stay tuned for more videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

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