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Too many problems that can't be fixed
on April 1, 2016
I've had this device for about a year now. I've installed different ROMs, several custom ROMs, several official ROMs, etc., and none of them performed well in all areas. Each ROM had major bugs here and there, mostly in different parts of the system.
With all ROMs tested, it tends to lock up. Sometimes the screen will freak out and start showing digital noise. You can sometimes hear pops and clicks. Some apps show these problems more than others. The problems tend to happen after it runs for about 30 minutes. It's unreliable and can't be used as a server. Every app tested on this will eventually go bonkers. You will lose data. The device will lock up.
At this point after installing so many different ROMs and finding that none of the ROMs fix the serious issues with display, sound, and locking up, I'm ready to junk this thing.
The only other Android product I experienced that had similar serious problems was the Tronsmart Ara X5. I have never had an Android phone or tablet that was anywhere near as bad as the Minix and Tronsmart TV boxes. These TV box makers are amateurs I guess.
The Minix Neo X7 performance is not as good as it should be. Perhaps this is a ROM problem that's in all the custom and official ROMs caused by a badly written driver from Minix? I don't know. I've had a ton of different Android devices, and this one, despite having really good specs, does not come up to par. It's as if it's about 1/3 as fast as it should be. I've had tablets with half the memory this has, that run at half the speed, but still outperform this Minix Neo X7.
I wonder, are the specs fake? At this point I don't care. I will not get another Minix and wouldn't recommend this to anyone. Nore would I recommend the Tronsmart Ara X5. Both are crap. Both hang even when running idle after a while. They probably require fans to run properly, but don't have them installed to save on costs. Who knows.
Don't waste your time with this product.