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12 August 2019

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πŸ“Ί Things You Should Know Before Buying EVPAD 3S Android IPTV Box Philippine Edition - My First Hand Experience.


Spending your hard-earned money for a gadget is such a big decision. Seemingly, you’re choosing what course you want to take on your college – can be failed or victorious at the end. In this blog post of mine, I’ll be providing you some points that will help you to decide if you’re going to purchase this newly gadget named EVPad 3S Android IPTV Box. With the amount of PHP 7,200, are you willing to buy this box that will give you free streaming of premium TV channels?


EVPad 3s is a Chinese product that promises to give you lifetime access of your favorite local and international TV channels, movies and a full experience of android TV. I got the product for free - three days ago August 10, 2019 - but that won’t affect my comprehensive review and I will provide you my honest opinion after three days of using such box.

For the meantime, let us watch my unboxing video and initial review right on the day that I attached the product:

Watch The VLOG Below:

What to Expect Inside The Box:

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐




  • 1 EVPad 3s Android IPTV Box
  • 1 HDMI Chord
  • 1 DC Cable
  • 1 Adapter
  • 1 Charger
  • 1 Remote (battery not included, AAA Battery)
  • 1 Manual (English and Mandarin)
I was hoping that the IR Extender Cable is also included but unfortunately, you have to buy separately to maximize the IR portal.

(IR) Infrared Extender cable is a little device that lets the Smart Touch Remote communicate with your cable box or other AV devices. In other words, you will be able to turn the cable box on and change channels with the Smart Touch Remote without using your cable remote. In addition, it is a chord that will help you extend the range of the device so that the remote can be detected. By having this, you can supposedly hide the box behind the TV so make it look cleaner, and let the edge of IR cable visible in front of the TV – for remote detection.



I checked the price of IR Extender Cable on Lazada's Website - I was surprised since it is just amounting to PHP 100.00 which it is extremely affordable for the EVPAD company not to include it on the box. Well, I will just but one, since I wanted the box hidden behind the TV to make it visually immaculate. 



Specification:
RATING: ⭐⭐⭐



The CPU has cpu cortex-a53 64 bit, The Cortex-A53 is a mid-tier 64-bit ARMv8-A-ARM core which offers a good balance of energy efficiency (performance/mW) and area efficiency (performance/mm2), which is why it is often found in entry-level SoCs. The GPU has  Mali -t720mp2. ROM of 2gb DDR3 and  ROM of  8GB EMMC. The USB Portal has 1 for 2.0 which is perfect for Mouse and Keyboard and 1 for 3.0 wich is working better for the movie with high resolution to avoid latency. 

Moreover, for Bluetooth, is  4 .2 version. Bluetooth 4.2 is an important update to the Bluetooth Core Specification with many new features and benefits designed specifically for Bluetooth Smart technology, and advantages when comparing Bluetooth 4.2 vs. Bluetooth 4.1 (also known as Bluetooth Low Energy or Bluetooth Smart)- more power-efficient and highly secure features, BLE 4.2 provides additional benefits allowing only trusted owners to track device location and confidently pair devices.

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WIFI is 2.4 GHz which for me, I am reluctant to use since I hated latency and so I decided to use Ethernet Connection instead. 2.4 GHz is actually working good but sorry I want more stable WIFI Chip. The primary differences between the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies are range and bandwidth. 5GHz provides faster data rates at a shorter distance, whereas 2.4GHz offers coverage for farther distances, but may perform at slower speeds.

The Direct Current, I haven't tried if it will work - if connected directly to my TV via USB portal because I am trying to make sure that everything behind my TV is clean.  For now, as of writing - I used a socket as a source but next time - I will update you guys. Just follow my Youtube Channel.

Android version 7.0 is the Operating System which is actually good, as there is application in Google Playstore that is no longer working on the old version. 7.0 version is the Android "Nougat" - the seventh major version and 14th original version of the Android operating system. First released as an alpha test version on March 9, 2016. It has the ability to display multiple apps on-screen at once in a split-screen view but not sure if I can maximize this in Android TV since it has different interface versus the phone version. Maybe, I will try to use a mouse and will explore moving forward - but not sure what to expect (or might as well, I just buy Samsung Dex for my Samsung S8 Plus, T*ngina Gastos na naman )

THE ANDROID BOX ITSELF:

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐


I really like the design because it is ergonomic - designed for efficiency and comfort in the working environment, especially in my condo where-in I combined my working station/Desk and Entertainment Area. I also love the fact that it can be easily attached on walls since there is the provision of two small holes at the back. However, I am not sure is double-sided tape will work when attaching on both the wall or TV because it has matt finish on the back of it. But, if you only put that on your table or rocks, it will work perfectly as there are four rubberized stoppers to avoid slipperily.

Well, as of now, I am still reluctant if I'm gonna hide it behind my TV - because of the design and color combination which harmonized my theme. The mixed of black and red - it reminds me of  Youtube LOGO, it gives a feeling - seemingly part of the whole design on my YOUTUBE SET UP.


The Android Box has an LED Display which shows the military time, WIFI or Ethernet Status - and surely the IR sensor is also on it. Again, as mentioned above, it has two USB Portal for 2.0 and 2.3. It has also a TF card plug-in. In another side, it has a power supply plugin, IR Extender, Ethernet Port, HDMI, Audio Video, and SPIDF for the sound amplifier.


The portability is really amazing, you can even bring it to your friend's house if planing for a movie marathon.

SOUND :

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ LOVE THE SOUND

I am not a sound engineer but I can say that the sound is actually good. It supports, Dolby Digital Audio Coding 3 which  AC3 is a file extension for surround sound audio files used on DVDs format. The AC3 file format was created by Dolby Labs for use in a Dolby Digital audio on DVD, Blu-ray and other digital video formats.

The full potential of Dolby Digital Audio Coding 3, just to make it clear to you guys, it is not applicable when streaming Live TV and Movies provided by EVPAD's server since the stream quality and movies they had on their streaming server is honestly poor. But when you play a video, movies or music from your USB or any storage, you can really appreciate the quality of the audio. I tried Spotify, and it is totally perfect - the right speaker is the voice of the singer and the right speaker is for the instrument. The same thing with Netflix or any movie streaming apps installed from Playstore - you surround effect is noticeable and audible enough.

Undeniably, the box supports Dolby Digital Audio Coding 3 but still depending on your inputs, if you play video and audio that has  Audio Coding 3 - you can really notice the surround effect.



6K Resolution :

RATING: ⭐ , πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž

Both on the Box and on the Android Item, they highlighted the 6K Resolution which is very questionable since I am not really familiar as to what  6K Resolution they pertained to. Number 1, the GPU and CPU capacity on the said gadget is not actually proportioned for a 6K Resolution to play a smooth output with no latency. Number 2, based on my knowledge - there is no such 6K as of the time being both TV and Video, not even a broadcast (correct me if I am wrong).

You may refer the picture below for the available Resolutions in the market: (FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF RESOLUTIONS CLICK HERE)




IN-DEPTH REVIEW

MENU 



Turning On the Gadget via remote, you will automatically see the logo of EVPAD 3S, the transition is smooth as the welcome logo has a blue background and has a pleasing effect. After the welcome window, it will redirect you to the language option to choose from (which can be changed under setting if you're changing it later).

I was selecting the Tagalog which I found it difficult to navigate. I am a Filipino but the Terms for Technology in Tagalog is not actually the same interpretation in English which is difficult to understand. This happened a lot of time since the Philippines is an English Speaking Country and the default language that we used in our gadgets is English, so better never try to set up Filipino on set.

I was having a hard time to change from Filipino to English and so I chatted the EVPAD 3S Facebook Page and they assisted me right away. That can be fixed under setting in Android Setting.

Screenshot Below Sent To Me :


The Menu itself is straightforward. By using the remote, I can feel the ease of use. But one thing that I was disappointed is the Chinese Character visible on it. There is English yet since I would suggest if they only use English as this edition is for the Philippines, solely. I found it annoying, to be honest, I was thinking that I might the only one felt it but after uploading my unboxing and initial review - one of my supporters commented about the Chinese Language.




There are Four Major Features on this gadget that I find essentials which made us buy decide why to buy this item named - The HDTV, VOD, PLAYBACK and ANDROID APPS. Now, Let me review it one by one - and an in-depth explanation on it.

The HDTV feature is an application named MarsLiveSuper Version 20190719 where-in you can access the list of the Live TV and  Free Channel streaming real-time. This is an app just like KODI wherein you can install the repository for streaming movies which are hosted from a server (it can be a website, or hosting site). This technology built-in was available only in this box.

As of August 12, 2019, as of writing - they have fourteen categories available on listing based on country and kinds of content. It has the US and CA, Hongkong, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, India Channels. It has categories for Sports, Kids, Movies, and Documentaries. You can also save your favorite channel from those listings by adding it on "Collection" Category.


The VOD or Video on Demand is an app running on MARS PLAYBACK where you can play the stored movies on their server. They also categorized it based on kinds of content - Drama, Movie, Variety, Children, Sport, and Anime. The majority of the movies stored are Asian Movies and only a few English Movies available.

The Playback is a feature where-in they store the recorded shows for the most recent broadcasted shows on selected channels from the fourteen categories that I've listed above. The capacity of storage is 24 Hours in the past seven days. You can go back and watch recorded shows that you've missed.

PlayStore App, since this gadget runs android nougat, you can access all the privileges of an android user via the google app store. Just make sure that the app that you're going to install is ANDROID TV compatible,  for an example: The IWANTV app is available on android mobile for vertical interface only but if installed in Android Box, it won't work as it is not Android TV compatible.

There was an inquiry about - what if they scramble the channel. Will this is also a question in my mind, how long they're gonna serve the streaming for a specific channel.




Since I can only read and understand in English, I will give you the Channel Listing under the US and CA and, the Philippines. In Addition, I will show you the Movies on VOD and the recorded shows that can playback

(Video Below) Listing as of 8/12/2019.


FINAL OPINION:

Undeniably, with EVPAD 3S - you only pay one time and you don't need to pay a subscription for access of premium channels via CABLE and alikes. With this box, connected to your TV and with at least 2mbps internet connection  - you can now enjoy the premium channels that I've mentioned in the video above.

The problem with this; the maintenance of the server of EVPAD 3s must be monitored, to avoid latency and also they need to fix it in a timely manner the channel if something wrong happened. I believe, as a consumer, we wanted to spend our blood money on a product that can satisfy our expectation. In comparison for a PHP 7,000 money versus a monthly subscription to cable networks - there are things that we need to consider. EVPAD 3s promised to serve for life, but how long?

Let us also consider the fact that the 7,000 pesos. It is not just the product itself. And EVPAD 3s also need to provide maintenance to stream the channel that they promise the so-called "FOR LIFE".


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