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# 140602 14-Feb-2014 16:07
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Just received this unit here today, the Samsung HomeSync:



Even though it's been available overseas for a few months it only landed in New Zealand. 

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  • Internal Memory: 2GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 1T HDD; 
  • Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Pixel; 
  • Screen Technology: HDMI; 
  • Operating System: Jelly Bean, 4.2.2; 
  • User Interface: RGB Light, Samsung Traditional UI, TouchWiz®; Audio: Audio Streaming, 
  • Compatible Music Files: AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, WMA/ASF, 3GA/M4A, FLAC, WAV; Music Player; 
  • Video: Compatible Video Files: AVI/DIVX, WMV/ASF, FLV, MKV, MP4/3GP, WEBM; Video Player; Video Streaming; 
  • Fun and Entertainment: Downloadable Content; Android Keyboard; "Standard Samsung Keyboard; Connectivity: Bluetooth, Bluetooth Profiles: SPP, HID; Wi-Fi; HTML Browser; Multitasking; Text-to-Speech
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Bluetooth
  • Profiles: SPP, HID; Wi-Fi; HTML Browser; Multitasking; Text-to-Speech
Features: HomeSync is a new member of the Samsung Galaxy family. It is the center of your connected life. HomeSync stores and displays the best content and features of your Galaxy phone on your TV, puts the Internet on a larger screen and expands your entertainment choices.

Let's see how it behaves with non-Samsung devices.

Questions? Post below... And sorry, won't root it seeing I have to send back to Samsung at some point...









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  # 987367 14-Feb-2014 16:14
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Any idea of RRP?

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  # 987369 14-Feb-2014 16:16
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1tb is about $300 usd approx

 
 
 
 




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  # 987372 14-Feb-2014 16:25
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sep11guy: 1tb is about $300 usd approx


Yep, I'm aware of the US price (as the boss said, they've been available overseas for a while now), but I'm after an NZ RRP. The US price usually has little to do with what they price it at here. I'm hoping they don't price them stupidly high as is often the case, but it wouldn't surprise me.

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  # 987376 14-Feb-2014 16:29
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That's palatable. Just checking with distributors to see who's carying them.

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  # 987379 14-Feb-2014 16:37
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Yeah liked the look of this will be interested to see how it goes streaming Blue Ray 720 and 1080 Files off the network share. Looking to replace WD Live as it stutters a bit on the higher bit rate encoded movies.




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  # 987520 14-Feb-2014 20:51
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Can you side load apps seeing as it looks like no Google Play? Like Netflix?




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  # 987569 15-Feb-2014 00:08
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I guess I'm interested to know if this can replace Roku. Netflix Hulu Amazon News Channel YouTube





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  # 987660 15-Feb-2014 10:30
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Not if the video quality is like any of those other Android devices it won't replace a proper hardware player made for video.




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  # 987718 15-Feb-2014 11:55
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It would be interesting to know what the user experience is like. I have had an Android TV stick (Rikomagic 802IIIS) and it was not the best. 




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  # 987735 15-Feb-2014 12:55
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Installation is pretty easy. Pairing with my HTC One was painless.

You have to login with a Samsung account for setup. Content available includes some movies with prices around NZ$6.99 (rental) and $16.99 (purchase). A bit overpriced as a US$7 subscription to Netflix can bring a lot more.

You can use Google apps to buy content as well.

It plays content from its own 1TB storage but out of the box there isn't a way to access content in remote shares (I can test third party apps if there is a good share map app?). You can copy content to the device via USB if you plug it to your PC (but then if the device is in the lounge and PC is not things get complicated right?)

You can't install Samsung HomeSync Lite on non-Samsung Ativ PCs so you can't share this way over the network.

No third party content apps installed (thinking Netflix, Hulu here) but obviously one could install these if sourced from third party sites, with all security risks implied. Which brings to the point that it does come with McAfee security software pre-installed.

Will try AirDroid later to see if I can copy things to its storage, but ideally it would stream from a shared folder instead...

Remote control is pretty good - tap on the smartphone screen to control mouse or use arrow keys to move up/down/across the screen. When entering text you use the keyboard on your smartphone, which is a blessing (unlike some devices that you have to use arrow keys to move around an on-screen keyboard).

You have the option of automatically uploading photos and videos to HomeSync. It's dubbed as "Media Center" but really there's a lot that needs to be done to be considered a worthy one. I will add more apps to it to see how it goes.

I am capturing screenshots and will post later.






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What about xbmc?

http://xbmc.org/download/ 

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