Ok, so far the recent hot topic is – TVPad or iPlayer for Christmas Gift this year? That’s right, after I introduced the iPlayer i5, it’s been crazy amount of people asking me about the difference between iPlayer and TVPad. Personally, in my humble opinion, if you want to buy a gift for your parents or grand parents just for Live TV channels, you should get TVPad since there are apps that can playback the shows up to 3 days back.
* Update – 11/7/2013 – By default iPlayer does not have Google Play installed, but there’s a way to do that. I will update soon.
For now, iPlayer does not have that, but it has 80 free channels with more English channels like ESPN (huge for me), BBC, CNN, NBAHD, etc. If you are more technical savvy and comfortable with Android apps, then you should get iPlayer just for the hell of it. Come on, you can install any android apps you want: Netflix, FB, Angry Birds, etc. If you have a Netflix account, now you can watch English and Asian TV and movies all in one box!! Plus you can also hook up a wireless USB keyboard and mouse, so it is like a computer where you can surf online anytime. Also, it is $215 vs $259, so you make the choice!
|Device type||TVPad 3 M358||iPlayer i5|
|OS||TVPad Own OS||Android 4.2|
|Live TV Channels||HK, China, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian||HK, China, Taiwanese, ESPN, NBAHD, CNN, HBO, BBC free channels + 40 more paid channels|
|Hardware/Accessories||Only Remote Control and Gaming Remote;TF Card Slot||Compatible with any USB keyboards and mouse (4 USB ports);SD card slot up to 32GB|
|New Features (others don’t have)||VOIP (A-T111 VoIP USB Telephone);Apps that can playback TV shows up to 3 days back||More English Channels – BBC, CNN, ESPN;Compatible with any Android Apps: Netflix, FB, Skype, Youtube, Angry Bird, etc (if Google Play is installed);Surf internet with Web Browser like Chrome|