HDTVs more or less have been pretty much restricted in their functionality, because with a screen so big, there’s a lot more you can do than just use it for content consumption. Right? Enter Portronics Limebox. This little piece of hardware let’s you run Android on your TV with the ability to do a lot more than just watch videos. But, is it worthy enough to turn your idiot box into a smart television? Let’s find out.
Design and Build Quality
The Limebox comes dressed in bright lime green and white and considering it’s going to be sitting there in your living room, we reckon the design department could have launched alternative variations with different (read: better) colour combinations. It’s got a glossy finish to it and attracts quite a few fingerprints. Let’s take a quick tour of this device.
Range of connectivity options at the back
The front has a large power button that glows blue when the Limebox is on. It's got four rubber grips underneath and an SD card slot on the top. A range of connectivity options are covered at the back. There are two USB ports, an optical audio port, the power slot, an HDMI slot, an RGB slot, an Ethernet cable and a RESET button. The Limebox has quite a few heat vents so heating shouldn’t really be a problem.
SD card support
Depending upon the interiors of your house, this device might nicely co-ordinate with your surroundings or stick out like a sore thumb. Either way, what you see is what you get, so you’ll have to stay put with that.
Worth a buy
The Limebox is powered by a 1.2GHz Rockchip processor and has 512 MB of RAM, 4GB of NAND Flash memory and runs on Android 2.3. Because it's meant to be used with your TV or any other large monitor, the UI has been greatly modified from the stock Android interface. There's no lock screen, menu screen, multiple home screens or any of that – just one simple screen with folders. There's media, Internet TV, Browser, Game, Apps and Setting on the front screen with each of them housing their respective widgets. It has a well thought of interface so you don't have any unnecessary swiping to do - just click and you are good to go.
A weather report and news widget has been pre-loaded as well. A long press on the mouse button allows you to add more folders and widgets, but we weren’t too happy with the other stock widgets as they would mess up the existing folders on the screen. Online services like YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, Bing Search, Vimeo and more are available so there’s no dearth of things you can do with this device. Video calls are supported as well.
Updated 18 May, 2013, 5:40 pm IST
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