Android on everything

By Mark Gibbs, Network World |  Software, Android

Sadly, while the keyboard is an improvement it isn't a huge one -- as with the BlueStacks interface, the Favi keyboard is twitchy, often generating extra key presses while the mouse pad is a little on the small side requiring you to relearn your mousing technique to improve accuracy and it doesn't always generate a "mouse down" when you tap on it.

Those criticisms aside, as a multimedia platform the SmartStick isn't bad ... it can run all of the usual Android music, movie, and video apps, including Pandora, Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Flixster, and Hulu.

It would be nice if a simpler, non-techie interface was available as not everyone cares about all of the configuration and management features particularly when it is to be used as media consumption platform.

But what makes the Favi SmartStick cool is its price: $50 for the 4GB model and $80 for the 8GB version. The Favi wireless keyboard will set you back $39.99. All in all, the Favi SmartStick is a good value with room for improvement and gets a Gearhead rating of 4 out of 5.

Gibbs is Androided out for now in Ventura, Calif. Your electric sheep dreams to gearhead@gibbs.com and follow him on Twitter and App.net (@quistuipater) and on Facebook (quistuipater). And check out the Tech Predictions blog.

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