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on September 21, 2017
no more support. i wouldnt buy this. it turns off but wont turn back on. you have to pull power cord out and then back in.
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on July 19, 2017
Be advised that any future orders of this will go unfulfilled by Jide. They have announced that they are pulling from the consumer market to focus on corporate OEM work. (Please feel free to visit Jide's website for confirmation; it's plastered on their front page.) The Mini itself has been largely unsupported since November 2016, anyway, so this is just the final nail in the coffin. (UPDATE: Jide did release one last update in March 2017, but it looks like it never made it past their Testing update track, and that the only difference is that they added Persian language support.)

As for the device itself -- I purchased mine through the Kickstarter -- it's an interesting little gizmo. With this news, you may see a lot of upset people dumping theirs off used. If you can get a hold of one for really cheaply, and are fine with a product that never quite hit being ready for prime time, it's a cute device with which to tinker. It will connect fine to most external hard drives, keyboards, mice, etc. in addition to a microSD slot, which is pretty handy.

That said, there are a LOT of problems with it. Aside from the lack of updates and support that will leave you floundering with Android 5.1, the hardware itself is pretty dated, making for some sluggish performance. I'd compare it to having a cell phone that was top of the line back in 2013. (Seriously. I just timed opening Google Docs and creating a new document on it, and it took 30 seconds to get to the point of where I can actually start entering text. Same thing took 10 seconds on my trusty Samsung Note 4 from 2015.) I've also found the on-board wi-fi to be sluggish and weak, at best. And I've found some apps that just plain don't want to display properly, because they were never designed to work in a "desktop-style" interface, even full-screen.

Also, getting it to work properly with a monitor can be a dicey proposition, unless you are specifically using HDMI and a monitor running true 720p or 1080p. On the bright side, this means most modern TV's will work just fine, though do be advised that their HDMI implementation does not support audio pass-thru. (That, plus the lack of any other digital audio out, severely limits being able to use this as a home theater device.) By all means, you can try to use an adapter to connect to DVI, DisplayPort, etc. but it really is a crap-shoot as to whether or not it will work with a particular adapter and/or monitor in that configuration, and even when they were supporting this, Jide's response was to acknowledge that it's a problem, and the next firmware update will fix it! For sure this time!

Yeah.

Overall, if you're buying this for really cheap -- I wouldn't pay more than $20 tops now -- as just a gizmo to tinker around on, with the knowledge that it might or might not work with your particular set-up, that your only support will be from other techs playing with these, and that performance will be pretty sluggish, it might be worth picking up. Otherwise, steer clear.
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on July 1, 2017
Has serious software problems and had poor support, returned unit.
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on February 24, 2017
Don't waste your time or money with this empty promise of a device. I can't even get Netflix or YouTube to stream with it, and when I try to contact support, instead of helping me they essentially tell me I am wrong. Don't expect an upgrade from Lollipop, either - this company wants you to buy their newest product if you want Marshmallow. All-around terrible product from a disgraceful company. BIG THUMBS DOWN!
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on August 4, 2016
very nice device, great OS this has huge potential. I'd give 5 stars but the WiFi is not working correctly it's super slow, if they will not fix this with software update soon I will have to throw away this into the bin. Also boot menu translation are very strange (they look like google translated from Chinese ?) but the WiFi is a HUGE problem unless you work offline.
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on July 17, 2016
While not perfect the mini was a nicr device for the money - until Jide dropped google mobile services support.

That was the whole reason I and many others bought it. Now it's a paperweight.
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on February 29, 2016
Wifi connection speed is horrible. It says 72Mbsp but takes 5 minutes to load the google Homepage.
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on February 28, 2016
I returned it a day after getting it. It does not run the Android apps it claims it runs (doesn't run Netflix app, FireFox browser app, ABC Mouse app, etc). I tried to update the operating system (and it said I had the latest). I succeeded in updating the Google services. But still it didn't run the Google Play Store apps listed above. It would be a valid criticism of this review to say that I should have called Jide Customer Service instead of trying to fix it on my own. Other reviews say their customer service is very helpful. But you see, I was not trying to purchase a project. I was trying to buy something that works as it claims to work and does so right out of the box without reprogramming it. I'm willing to spend a few extra dollars on something that works correctly and as-advertised and does so right out of the box. So that's why I returned this.
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on February 27, 2016
Not what I expected.
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on January 31, 2016
the idea is good but it's quite buggy and lagging at times. not ready for prime time use. would suggest to wait and see how the product evolves over time
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