Can you please give me the short and sweet rundown of this product for a complete Tech novice like me?
So I'll tell you from A to Z how it works.
I took it out of the box, and it's already preassembled with the clamp. You easily clamp it to the TV, connect the power and HDMI cable and you're good to go.
Once it starts up, it has a very easy to navigate through operating system. It's android, just like on an android phone, android tablet or anything else. Just make sure you connect to the Wi-Fi otherwise nothing will work. But they provide a very easy 5-step guide that teaches you how to use the machine very easily. You then move on to the apps you want to use.
You click on apps, and then you have plenty of apps, to which you could add limitless other apps if you wish.
You could click on Skype, for example, and call your friends and see them fullscreen on the TV, and they can see you with a pretty decent camera that has auto-focus. So the distance at which you're sitting from the TV doesn't really matter.
Now the interesting part. XBMC!
XBMC is an app that you could click on just like any other app. It's a media center.
Inside XBMC, it's very easy to navigate and very "Dumbie Proof" for the tech novice like yourself
You can select VIDEOS, MUSIC, APPLICATIONS and other stuff, but I mainly use it for videos.
Inside videos, you select TV-SHOWS or MOVIES. You then browse through different ways to find what you want to watch. You search by Genre, by Most Viewed, by Recently Added, from A to Z, or you can just search for what you want to watch by typing it in.
If it's a movie, you select one of the many links that appears on your screen and voila! you're watching what you wanted to watch in good quality.
If it's a TV-Show, you then select the Season, followed by the Episode, and finally one of the many links that are provided to you.
It's just amazing.
Basically setup time takes less than a minute for anyone, including my mom who doesn't know how to use the most basic functions of a computer. And to watch anything takes less than a minute as well.
BTW: for those of you that use Hulu or Netflix, it's installed on the machine as well and are also very easy to use. There's also PLEX, Crackle, Youtube, and countless other apps, and everything works great with very little effort.
Basically, I got it yesterday, and stopped my cable subscription today which I don't invision getting back in the near future. Well worth the money IMO. If you can use an iPhone, and Android phone or any other Smart Phone, then you can use this without any doubt. If you don't, then you go through the steps that are provided, and you'll be an expert in no time.
If you have a few bucks, I'd suggest getting it. You'll save on TV bills, trust me.