Nexus Player

Amazon was having a 30% discount on the Nexus Player two weeks ago. I contemplated for a few days because I am not sure if I need it but in the end I still decided to get it because I am a sucker for new gadgets.

Nexus Player - Box Front
Nexus Player – Box Front

Nexus Player - Box Back
Nexus Player – Box Back

Nexus Player - Box
Nexus Player – Box

I got it on Amazon for US$67.68 (S$93) back on 29th June 2015. Since it does not ship to Singapore directly, I shipped it to my favourite freight forwarder, HopShopGo, and got them to ship to me once they received the parcel. I paid US$19.64 (S$27) for the shipping from HopSHopGo to Singapore via DHL Express.

Nexus Player - Box Open
Nexus Player – Box Open

Nexus Player - Box Open
Nexus Player – Box Open

Nexus Player - Box Contents
Nexus Player – Box Contents

Nexus Player - Instructions
Nexus Player – Instructions

Nexus Player - Remote Front
Nexus Player – Remote Front

Nexus Player - Back
Nexus Player – Back

Nexus Player - Player Front
Nexus Player – Player Front

Nexus Player - Player Back
Nexus Player – Player Back

Nexus Player - Player Port
Nexus Player – Player Port

Nexus Player
Nexus Player

Nexus Player - Power Adapter
Nexus Player – Power Adapter

Nexus Player - Power Ratings
Nexus Player – Power Ratings

Nexus Player runs on Android TV and is essentially Google’s version of Apple TV.

Nexus Player vs Apple TV
Nexus Player vs Apple TV

Nexus Player Remote vs Apple TV Remote
Nexus Player Remote vs Apple TV Remote

Nexus Player vs Apple TV
Nexus Player vs Apple TV

In fact, I prefer Android TV than Apple TV because the UI is much more user friendly.

Nexus Player - Setup
Nexus Player – Setup

Nexus Player - Welcome
Nexus Player – Welcome

Nexus Player - Sign in to Google
Nexus Player – Sign in to Google

Nexus Player - Sign in to Google
Nexus Player – Sign in to Google

Nexus Player - Rename Player
Nexus Player – Rename Player

Nexus Player - Home Screen
Nexus Player – Home Screen

Nexus Player - Settings
Nexus Player – Settings

Similar to Google Chromecast, it is wi-fi only (I know Google came out with an Ethernet adapter, but that is another story). It connects to your television via HDMI like most media players in the market now.

It supports Google Cast which means you can cast media to it like how Chromecast works. In fact, because it uses 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), it is able to support 5GHz wi-fi networks unlike Chromecast which only supports 2.4GHz wi-fi networks.

The included remote control supports voice search which is pretty awesome and convenient way to search for stuff. Since the remote control connects to your Nexus Player via Bluetooth, you do not need to point the remote control directly at the Nexus Player for it to work, unlike TV remote control.

Using the remote control to navigate around the Android TV UI is very fast and responsive. The remote is comfortable to hold because it has a volume unlike the remote of Apple TV which is flat.

There is Google Play store on Android TV but the apps selection are extremely limited. I only installed two apps which are Plex and ES File Explorer File Manager. The later is used for sideloading apps (apk) into Android TV.

Nexus Player - Google Play
Nexus Player – Google Play

Nexus Player - Google Play Apps
Nexus Player – Google Play Apps

For sideloading apps, I managed to use the browser feature of the ES File Explorer File Manager to navigate to APKMirror (there is no Google Chrome for Android TV officially). Once I am on that website, I can download and install the Netflix for Android TV.

Nexus Player - Plex
Nexus Player – Plex

One of the disadvantages of Android TV is the lack of support for multiple users. You can’t switch between two accounts easily. I have to sign out of my account first and sign in to the next account. A good use case for me is because my wife, Li Xiang, watches YouTube a lot and it would be good if she can switch to her account easily, be it in the YouTube app on Android TV itself or just the Android TV.

Nexus Player - YouTube
Nexus Player – YouTube

I wish the Nexus Player comes with a built-in LAN port. The lack of a LAN port on the Nexus Player means you might experience lagginess or long buffering times when streaming full HD video from Plex.

Nexus Player - Plugged In
Nexus Player – Plugged In

Nevertheless, the Nexus Player is an awesome media player to have and is a good upgrade for Chromecast users.

Nexus Player
Nexus Player

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