Sungale recently released the latest generation of the Cloud TV box, model STB370 also known as the “G2 Cloud TV Box”, a TV Set Top Box also known as a Smart TV Box that provides Internet TV content, streaming video content, Android applications, browser, video chat, multimedia player and more, all for free without any contracts or subscription fees. Physically speaking, the G2 Cloud TV is a simple looking black box with a host of connections including Ethernet, HDMI, AV outs，a trio of USB ports, a mini SD card slot and a DC power connection. Included with the TV box are a power supply, a U-wand remote, HDMI cable, AV cable, and a quick start guide.
Powering and setup are pretty simple. The home screen is user friendly as functions are separated conveniently into sections so they’re easy to understand. The home screen has a much more attractive look to it than other boxes will tend to look more bland. Because it has Android on-board, many of the navigation items will be familiar if you’re a Google mobile OS user. Navigation is laid out pretty well, and it’s also pretty responsive thanks to the U-wand remote control. It’s the first time I have seen this sort of remote control specifically for a Smart TV Box and it is very well suited for this sort of device.
Regarding Internet TV, most of the content includes recent shows, video clips and webisodes of a lot of the shows you might want to watch. The Cloud TV, does do a pretty good job of getting a variety of content into one place.
In addition to internet TV, the G2 Cloud TV Box has various streaming video content offered as well including Netflix, YouTube, Crackle, and several others. Some of these like Netflix will need a paid membership to login and access their content. Video quality is way above average. Its 1080p setting displays sharp images, including the menus, and when you plug in your own content, it’s very high quality, thanks to the included hardware 1080p decoding.
The G2 Cloud TV Box also offers several different preinstalled Android applications including Angry Birds, Twitter, Facebook, and Skype, to name a few and if you have your own personal favorites, they can be downloaded using Google’s Play Store. For those who like video chatting, a webcam can be plugging into one of the USB ports and you can video conversations right in front of your television.
At the bottom of the home screen are other functions available which include a browser for surfing the internet and a multimedia player. Just throw in an external drive with music, movies, or photos, and the G2 Cloud TV Box will play or display them quite nicely. There is a news feature where you can access several different news media providers to get the latest news updates and a weather feature where you can get your local daily weather forecast in one click. For family enjoyment there are a couple of fun folders to choose from. One has many popular Android games that are ready to be installed and enjoyed and the other folder focuses on education by offering applications that are geared toward learning for children.
If you at any point encounter difficulties or might not be sure how to access a feature or function, there is a Q&A and tutorial section which include videos as well, which will help solve or answer them.
The Cloud TV is a pretty nice option for those looking for an Smart TV Box that has more to offer than just streaming content. It benefits from running on an Android OS, and it’s easy to find niche apps. If you like the idea of an Android-based TV Box for your television, the sturdy G2 Cloud TV box should fit the bill.
You can purchase the Sungale STB370 Cloud TV box for $139.99 through Skymall, here
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