There are literally hundreds of android TV boxes on the market in Ireland since they first become popular a few years ago. There are all sorts of android boxes now available including big brands like Now TV to generic android boxes and then of course you have the Amazon firestick. So is there a big difference between all of these boxes or is it just a case of different companies throwing their own brand on the same product. Websites such as www.androidtvboxes.ie sell a range of generic android boxes in Ireland that are more affordable than bigger brands and they have the same hardware.
Well this is partially true. The clue is in the name and of course an android TV box runs on the android operating system of which Google is the creator. Different boxes put their own spin on the android software but essentially they are all running the same thing under the hood just they make look a little different.
Some may look a little prettier and have a nicer interface but all android TV boxes do the same thing. In reality it is actually the app that does all the work and this what people do not realise. In the same way that a TV channel decides what content is shown on the TV, an android app decides what content is shown on the screen.
For example if you want to watch a movie then something like Showbox would be a good choice. Now any android box will play Showbox but some maybe faster than others and some may also have better graphics cards and this is where the difference in android boxes comes in to play.
You really want a good fast graphics card that is able to run 4K so that is has plenty of power to play a good quality stream. Apart from that however the brand is not hugely important as we have already stated that it is usually the hardware that is important in the actual android box itself and not the brand. In short don’t shop for the brand but shop for the hardware itself. The same as when shopping for a electric scooter or any electronics for that matter that we have reviewed here.
The Guards have been taking a hard stance on electric scooters over the last few weeks and these orders appear to be coming from the top. As ridiculous as it seems the guards recently put on their Twitter page that they seized an electric scooter for not having any insurance. Now there is still some debate on whether or not an electric scooter is a motor propelled vehicle or not. Electric bikes do not need insurance as they require you to pedal so we do not understand how electric scooters in Ireland are now been governed differently.
The road safety authority have been instructed by the government to investigate how these electric scooters have been legalised in other countries. The big worry is how the road safety authority will be extra cautious and they could end up being banned from the roads altogether.
Electric scooter companies along with the general public are of course pushing for full legalization of the electric scooters on Irish roads. Companies like escooterstore.ie electric scooter Ireland store say that the electric scooters should not be governed like cars as they do not have a powerful motor and also require some help from the driver to start the journey.
Whatever the outcome seizing an electric scooter seems overly harsh and not very forward thinking from the Guards. It could be of course that these commands are coming from the top in order to scare people from using the scooters but then why would the government want that? It is the solution to our traffic issue and it won’t cost the government any money to take cars off the road something that they could usually only dream of. Ireland is traditionally slow in taking up such new devices but it is times like this we should take the lead like we did with the smoking ban.
We usually end up looking to what the UK does and then follow their lead in these sorts of things. Over there I think they are also undecided on how to govern the electric scooters but we will have to wait and see.
Electric scooters seem to be everywhere the last few months and they are creating a real buzz in the city! For anyone who is wondering what they are they are 2 wheeled scooters powered by an electric motor that reach some considerable speeds. Why have they become so popular recently? Well it’s a good question. They are very practical but still they have come out of nowhere and now everyone seems to want to get one.
If you are just commuting a matter of a few kilometers then they are a great and handy way of avoiding traffic jams. They are also very cheap to run and you can charge them in your home from a normal power lead. Even if you are more than a few kilometers from your destination most of the electric scooters are folding so they can be carried with you when not in use.
There has been much debate in Dublin as to whether they should be allowed or not but from what is seen on the streets everyday it seems that like it or not they are now a part of Dublin city. The most popular electric scooter is the Xiaomi M365 and it is available for €500 give or take and depending on how long you want to wait for it. This will man you can go a distance of 25 kilometers so it is good a long range and you can see why people have gone for this model.
There are of course other options but this seems to be the one everyone is talking about. Between this and electric bikes it seems that electric transport is here to stay on Irish roads for better or worse. There is even talk of rental electric scooters being introduced much like the Dublin bike scheme that has been so successful. Amazingly only a handful of bikes each year are vandalized so it has proven to be extremely successful. We here at the LPT think electric transport is great as it is better for the environment and it means that people can get around much easier. Here is hoping people continue to take up the scooter lifestyle.
It’s coming back into the summer months now and it is time to get the kids out doors so here at LPT we are having a competition so you can win your kids one of the many hoverboards our friends have donated to us to help raise money for our site! Big thanks to our friends at the hoverboards Ireland store who donated a 6.5 inch hoverboard to give away.
This hoverboard is worth €199.00 on their website so it is quite a generous gift and a very cool prize to win for you or your kids! Their hoverboards are CE certified so are safe to use and they even come with a built in Bluetooth speaker. They also come with a remote control so you can control the hoverboard for your kids. They also have a range of 8.5 inch off road hoverboards for adults so if you don’t have any kids you can still enter and put this down as what you would prefer.
Hoverboards have been very popular in the last few years so we thought it would be fitting to spread the word about our new site and raise some money in the process. The hoverboards are able to take a rider with a weight of up to 100kg which is fine for most adults and obviously more than enough for kids. They can go for a range of 20kms when fully charged so they are plenty of fun.
There was some controversy when they first came out as they were rushed to market and some even had issues with being a fire hazard. We have been assured that the hoverboards Ireland products are EU tested and are shipped from within the EU so we have been assured that they are safe.
It is easier now more than ever to set up your own home theatre using what are fast becoming more and more affordable android TV box and a few other gadgets to give you a great home cinema experience. Many people dislike going to the Cinema due to being disturbed by other people from noise and also if you are a real movie buff then it can also get quite expensive.
Fortunately now you can bring that Cinema experience to your own home and you can do it without spending an arm and a leg too. Some key things that are needed most of which you probably have are a TV, an android TV box and a good soundbar. These are the three basic things to get the home cinema setup. Of course there are other options such as getting a projector so you can project the movie onto the wall and surround sound speakers to go with your sound bar but we are trying to keep this as an affordable setup so we don’t want to get too carried away!
Android TV Box:
You can actually get an android TV box and projector all in one which is a good option as it will save money. The Android Ireland: android TV Box website has these on their site starting at just over €100 so again nothing too expensive for the more basic models. To go with this a good android TV box is also not expensive and something with 2GB of RAM would be recommended to ensure that it has the speed to play a movie without getting any lag.
Surround Sound For
A soundbar can be run from the android TV box to give you that extra bass when you are watching your movies. Again these range from about €50 upwards to several hundred euro so it is really down to your budget. You can also get 5.1 surround sound speakers for quite cheap which is another option again if you want to go slightly over your budget.
So for the guts of €350 you can have your own projector, TV box and surround sound system and enjoy movies in the comfort of your home. This is just a taste to show that when people think of home cinema they think MTV Cribs style madness and thousands of euros when it is really not the case!