Are you like those people who enjoy bigger screen in the smartphone but your smartphone’s display cannot satisfy you? If the answer is yes, then we will now give you the ultimate solution to your problem. You can use your Television set as a smartphone. But how to do it? All you have to do is to buy the GTMEDIA G1 TV Box. This TV Box can make your TV an Android smartphone which has the same functionalities of an Android smartphone. To know more about this device, read the full review.
Design and Appearance
Being a tv box, the design and appearance of the TV Box is a vital thing. You obviously don’t want to put a big, bad looking box with your tv. You may want to put the TV Box in a table or mount it on the wall or TV. So, the Box should be small and good looking. The GTMEDIA G1 has done a great job in this section.
GTMEDIA G1 is a round shaped small box having a simple functional design which felt good. The package of the TV Box has a size of (L x W x H): 8.27 x 5.51 x 2.36 inches/ 21.00 x 14.00 x 6.00 cm which weighs only 0.40 kg. The TV Box itself has a small size of (L x W x H) 4.13 x 4.13 x 0.59 inches/ 10.50 x 10.50 x 1.50 cm which is very light and small we think.
The different types of interfaces are found on the side of the Box. The whole Box is black in color which is pretty eye-catching. On the top of the Box,GTMEDIA G1 is written. So, in the design and appearance, we think GTMEDIA G1 won’t disappoint you at all.
You already know that GTMEDIA G1 TV Box can make your television set a fully working smartphone-like device. It features almost all the things that are found on a mid-budget Android smartphone. Android 7.1.2 is used as the operating system.So, you’ll find a familiar environment in operating the device. It features an Amlogic S905W CPU which features an ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor.
You’ll get 1GB DDR3 RAM and 8GB ROM with this TV Box. It is not that much as a smartphone.But as a TV Box, we think these are more than enough. For graphics management, there is a Mali-450 GPU which is a Penta-core graphics card. It has almost all types of interfaces including USB port, Ethernet port etc. This TV Box features 2.4GHz Wifi module and the Ethernet port can achieve a data transfer rate of up to 100Mbps.
GTMEDIA G1 supports H.265 decoding and 4K ultra HD image display. It supports almost all type of video, audio and image formats. It also supports 5.1 surround sound output which is quite good.
You’ll get almost all the features of a low-budget Android smartphone in this TV Box except the camera, sim card slot and a display of its own. But who wants a tiny display where you are getting your TV as the display of the smartphone?
The TV Box runs on Android operating system 7.1.2. Though Android 8 and 9 are now available in the market, you can do almost all the thing as you expect to do with this device. Here, you’ll get an Amlogic S905W CPU that features a quad-core Cortex A53 processor that has a clock speed of 2GHz. 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM are featured in this device. Though the hardware specification is not that great, you can get almost all the things done quite smoothly.
The internal storage is not that great. But you can extend the capacity up to 32 GB by using an external TF card. But as it features two USB 2.0 ports, you can use your USB flash drives instead of storing all the files in the TV Box itself.
It is one of the most important things of an electronic device. What do you expect to do with your TV Box? To achieve the level of being a smartphone-likedevice, the TV Box must have a lot of interfaces. GTMEDIA G1 is equipped with almost all types of necessary interfaces. It features AV, DC power port to supply power to the device. It also has SPDIF and RJ45 ports which are very good to have.
It features anHDMI 2.0 port. This port is used to transfer heavy audio and video contents. You have already seen that this TV Box features almost all types of interfaces. But the most important thing is its two USB 2.0 ports. You can play contents from USB flash drives in this TV Box. It also features an Ethernet port. This port can achieve up to 100Mbps data transfer rate. This TV Box is also equipped with a 2.4GHzWiFi band which is awesome.
What’s the main reason behind using a smartphone? The most probable answer is to connect to the world easily, right? GTMEDIA G1 knows your desires. So, it features a 2.4GHzwifi module and an Ethernet port. It doesn’t support 5G Wifi. But it won’t be a problem for you we think. The Ethernet port has the ability to transfer data with a speed of up to 100Mbps. Though all the smartphones have sim card slots, you won’t get any sim card slot here. We don’t think you will need this because all of us nowadays have WiFi connection in our home.
So, we think, GTMEDIA G1 can fulfill all your desires of getting connected to the Internet.
As a Media Device
You have already known almost all things about this device. But now, we’ll talk about the most important things about a TV Box. Why do you want to have a TV Box? The most probable answer is that for watching videos, movies. You also want to have the ability to play videos onYoutube, and other online streaming sites. The GTMEDIA G1 has the ability to fulfill this desire.
It features the decoder formats H.264 and H.265. Almost all kinds of videos can be played in this device. Because it supports:
Video formats: 4K,AVI,MKV,MOV, MPEG4,TS,VOB, DAT, WMV, FLV etc.
It supports almost all kinds of popular audio formats including:
Audio Formats: WMA, AAC, MP3 etc.
Image Formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF JPG.
So, you can play almost types of contents in this device. But you won’t get any DVD player with this. But we don’t think that would be necessary. Because you are getting 2 USB ports with this which can be used for playing contents from USB flash drives.
The hardware configuration is not that great. But we didn’t face any problem with that. What jobs need to be done with your TV Box? Playing different types of contents or playing simple 2D or 3D games are quite enough we think. As it features a Mali-450 GPU(Penta-core), you won’t face any problem with playing videos, audios or simple games on this TV Box.
If you are that type of person who uses a smartphone basically for surfing on the Internet or social networking sites, then it will be a great choice. You can download and install any type of Android apps from the Play Store. You can surf the internet, stream online videos and movies, watch videos on Youtube etc. All these things running on a large screen of your TV will obviously give you much pleasure and fun.
Power and Controlling
The GTMEDIA G1 is a TV Box. So, you shouldn’t expect to have batteries in it. It can be powered up through a charge adapter which is contained in the package. The TV Box only consumes 10W which is very low.
You can remotely control this TV Box by using a remote controller. Two AAA batteries are needed to give power to the remote controller. When you are surfing on the Internet, you can type on the TV by using the remote controller. But we suggest you use wireless Keyboard and mouse because it would be annoying to type in the on-screen keyboard by using the remote controller.
You will all the necessary things with the package. After opening the package, you will get one GTMEDIA G1 TV Box, one remote controller, an HDMI cable, a power adapter,and an English user manual. But you won’t get any AAA batteries in the package. You have to buy two AAA batteries to use the remote controller.
What We Didn’t Like in GTMedia G1
Though this TV Box features almost all the necessary things, we think it could do better in some aspects.
- We don’t think 1GB of RAM is sufficient enough to perform well.
- It could feature the 5GHzWiFi band.
- The internal storage is very low, only 8GB. But you can extend the storage by using a microSD
- Android 7.1.2 is used as the operating system where most of the android devices are now using Android 8 or 9.
This TV Box features almost all the necessary things of an Android smartphone. It has CPU, RAM,a nd GPU which can be found on a low budget smartphone. But as a TV Box, it is not a problem. You can play almost all types of contents which can be played on an Android smartphone. You can use the internet, watch online videos, or play simple games in this device. In this price range, we think GTMEDIA G1 is giving enough features and functionalities. So, we recommend you to buy this TV Box to make your TV an Android smartphone.