A hallmark of human creativity and innovation, the Android mini PC is guaranteed to cause ripples in the computing world. US distributor Oval Elephant has just added another to its flagship models, one more of the PC on a stick revolution. Small is still in fashion, and Android is bent on keeping their devices glued to our palms, literally. Expanding possibilities and extending abilities is what comes to mind when Android is mentioned.
Backed by a 1GB dual core RAM processor, the mini PC is powered by the renowned Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich. The All Winner Rockwell A-9 processor may scale up to speeds of 1.6 GHz. The dual core rock chip is guaranteed to be faster than the earlier models It is also equipped with an ARM Mali 400 graphics chip. This, coupled with an extensible 4GB internal on board memory is bound to woo many, especially owing to the fact that all this is packed into a tiny device. It is right about the same size as a flash disk or memory card reader.
The complete PC
It is the complete Personal computer in your hand. One just has to plug the device into one of two USB ports: one for the mouse, and a wireless keyboard, as well as a HDMI port to get the display up and running. Any HDMI enabled flat screen display will do! And if four gigabytes of flash memory sounds too little for comfort, the device come equipped with a Micro SD card slot.
The HDMI opens up the display to a wealth of opportunities with regard to portability. The scores of applications are still available for the MK802 and its successors, ensuring the Android experience is not lost on anyone. An integrated Wifi 802.11n , 3D accelerator and support for Adobe Flash player 11 are also features one may expect to enjoy.
The Ice cream sandwich 4.0 is bundled together with Google Play Store, and will support HD playback. Through the HDMI, the device may be plugged into larger screens and easily run any of the thousands of Android applications in real time. Resolution is pegged at 1920*1080 pixels per square inch. Not exactly the Retina Displays of today, but it is still acceptable regardless.
The device also allows for Linux and Ubuntu Operating systems to run on its systems. This highlights the commitment of Android towards sharing and the Open Source. The device is an ideal companion for the tech savvy individuals who desire to be a cut above the rest, to those who compatibility is core. Its abilities with regard to video playback cannot be ignored, and though it is not the complete tablet killer, it holds its own with regard to the simple applications. It handles media applications; You Tube, spotify and so on, pretty commendably. Support for social networking is also a guarantee. However, there may however be some lags when loading multiple pages, just as is the case with other computers with tiny memory.
Android for PC on a stick is as small as it sounds, and very light indeed. The idea of portability has finally been grasped and implemented to quite amazing levels of success. Some of the defining features of Android “Revolution” have been the ingenuity in design, innovative ideas and the widest array applications. The Mini PC is a brainchild of these ideals, and at a measly $90, is bound to be your best computing companion.