Samsung Galaxy HomeSync 1TB Personal Cloud Server Device
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- HomeSync is the center of your connected life.
- It stores and displays the best content and features of your Galaxy phone on your TV, puts the Internet on a larger screen and expands your entertainment choices.
- 2.5" 1TB HDD inside: No Fan, No Noise, No Vibration
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HOME SYNC CLOUD DEVICE 1TB HDD WL BLACK
Enjoy all your Galaxy smartphone's content and features on your HDTV with Samsung HomeSync. HomeSync lets you securely store and share videos, games, TV shows, photos, and other media from your Galaxy S or Note smartphone to your TV via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It allows you to upload, download, and instantly sync your favorite content, including photo galleries and music collections. HomeSync connects to any TV with an HDMI connection and includes 1 TB of storage to hold all your media files.
- Enjoy your Galaxy smartphone's features on your HDTV
- Sync photos automatically in TV picture gallery
- Download or stream games, movies, TV shows, and music
- Register up to six mobile devices and eight user accounts
- Includes 1 TB of secure storage for media files
- Works with Galaxy family of mobile devices
Play Videos, Music, and Games on the Big Screen
HomeSync lets you view, share, and control content from your Galaxy S or Note mobile device on your TV screen. Stream or download on-demand movies and TV shows, music, Android games, and other content from Samsung Apps, Google Play, Samsung Media Hub, and YouTube. You can also browse the web, read news stories, and check social networking sites on your TV using your Internet connection.
Access and Share Photos Instantly
Link your Galaxy smartphone with HomeSync, and any pictures and videos you take are automatically uploaded to your picture gallery. This means when you get home, all your photos are ready to view on your TV. Register up to six mobile devices to access your personal media library wherever you go. You can also add up to eight additional accounts to allow family members to share your files--or store their own media. Any photos or videos stored in a shared folder are automatically available on all registered devices.
Ample Storage for Movies, Photos, Music, and More
Thanks to a generous 1 TB of storage, you won't have to worry about running out of storage space on HomeSync. Expand your home entertainment options with a wide variety of movies, TV shows, games, and music available on Samsung Apps, Media Hub, and Google Play.
Simple Navigation via Smartphone or Keyboard
With the HomeSync app, you can navigate HomeSync's screens using your smartphone as a touchpad or remote--your phone can even double as a controller for gaming. You can also connect an Android keyboard like Swype or SwiftKey.
HomeSync is optimized for the Galaxy S 4, but works with the Galaxy S 3 and Note 2 and 3. It is also compatible with Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.0, Tab 3 7.0 and 8.0, Galaxy Note 8 and 10.1, and Galaxy Camera. The system includes an Ethernet port, digital audio port, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, and micro-USB port. HomeSync easily connects to any TV using the HDMI port.
What's in the Box
HomeSync device, power cable, LAN cable, HDMI cable, and quick start guide.
Top customer reviews
Sideloading: I was actually able to sideload quite a few apps (18) that weren't offered in Samsung Apps or Google Play: Google Maps, Netflix, Facebook, Spotify Premium, Firefox, Google Mail, TuneSync, A1 SD Bench, DiskUsage, Google Earth, ES File Explorer, FolderSync, Gmail, IP Cam Viewer Pro (I have IP cameras to keep track of a 92 year old mother with dementia) , iSyncr Trial, PowerAmp, and Quadrant. And, of course I just had to get rid of the Samsung launcher and loaded Nova Launcher (couldn't load the prime). All of these apps worked with few hiccups except that I traded out iSyncr for TuneSync that worked better. I used FolderSync because it keeps track of new additions in my Google Drive account that totally syncs up with my desktop and Note 3. I've got about 125GB out on GDrive, and I'll probably be purchasing another 100GB of GDrive space because it's working so well for me.
But, I thought that if I had all my multimedia content on the HomeSync that response times would be better in browsing the files instead of broadcasting them wirelessly--not. I used about 240GB of the HomeSync's 1TB, and I just couldn't scroll through the folders fast enough in the Gallery app to find my stuff. It would sometimes just hang for 10, 20 seconds trying to put a thumbnail up for each folder. It worked ok, but was terribly slow. I resorted to running an IO speed test on the hard drive using A1 SD Bench and discovered that the hard drive was reading at 33MB/S and writing at 50MB/S, whereas my Note 3 was reading at 145MB/S and writing at 75MB/S. Oh, and the ram copy speed on the Note3 was 3442 MB/S whereas the HomeSync came in at 1982 MB/S.
It makes sense that the hard drive in the HomeSync is 1/5 the speed of reading files as a Note 3, and slower at writing as well because it has a spinning drive vs solid state memory. This device doesn't need to be that fast writing, but it needs to be very fast at retrieving and sorting large numbers of large files. I mean it really hangs up, a 1000 times worse than the first android phones that came out--stutters like hell. Although, playback wasn't too bad once I found the video that I wanted at the end of the pile--the most recent ones that I'm the most interested in viewing.
I was so spoiled by the responsiveness of my original Note 2, that when my desktop motherboard went belly up I built an entirely new system that has a large Samsung SSD in it, and I've never regretted it--kept the multiple hard drives in the system to back up files and a place for my Google Drive content.
The HomeSync did relatively well on the Quadrant test, but it needs more ram, a little faster processor and a large SSD in it. But, fewer people will want it then if the cost goes up another $400 or more to get a 1TB SSD into it. At least the darn thing will work.
I'll bet that less than 1% of the android users out there know how to sideload an app or are much aware of how they could protect themselves from picking up malware from apps outside the Play Store. So, it's going to very few people who will ultimately be happy with this product. You have to be a geek and be very patient to customize it the way you might want it. It's not Samsungs fault that I had to sideload 18 apps to get this thing running. I don't know how they're going to get around the sideloading because many of the apps themselves have requirements that they have phone, microphone, GPS, and other technologies not in the HomeSync, which disqualifies it as a target for downloads for these apps from the Google Play Store.
I also have a Roku that will allow me to stream the videos from my Note2/3 via an app called Juice for Roku. There's little to no lag and much simpler to find my music, photos and videos right on my phone's 64BG Micro SD Card. It also plays Spotify, Netflix, and Amazon Prime my 3 main reasons for having it.
I hope that Samsung at least improves the performance of the device with a 64 bit processor, more ram, large SSD, better indexing software, and forgets about being the center of the universe regarding content. The interface on a scale of 1 to 10 compared to Apple TV is a 1 at best with Samsung trying to steer everyone through their content portal--the same thing that Apple does all the time--the very reason I don't purchase Apple products anymore (had iPods only, but not anymore). Android is an open and flexible architecture, and all of Samsung's customers appreciate that, or they'd just settle for what Apple tells them is right all the time. This product doesn't even appeal to Samsung's own customer base. Sorry for being so harsh, Samsung. But, you've really laid an egg on this one. It's an interesting concept that's missing too many pieces that could make it work with ease. I'll be watching for your next iteration of this product, but I'm returning this because it just doesn't provide a good user experience. Maybe you can make a better one next time. But, don't use your customers' precious time and money to tell you what you should already have known. This is a half-baked product--definitely a first attempt and shouldn't have been brought to market the way it is.
Supports playing most video types, including MKV with native blu-ray embedded (but NOT blu-ray files directly and no ISOs) and plays this high data rate video very well. Will also stream video to your phone in real time including transcoding of any stream it supports. From the video playback perspective this IS a great device.
Supports many formats including Flac! And also supports DTS-HD and Dolby HD streams in MKV video containers. A pleasant surprise.
As a multimedia playing device it really excels. However as a media management and control device it leave much to be desired.
Very good performance, great network connectivity (very easy to get connected). I've yet to see the device hitch or slow down regardless of what is thrown at it.
Setup and configuration:
Easy to pair with my Galaxy Note 2 HOWEVER core functionality is missing and Samsung does NOT tell you this when you invest your 300 dollars on the device. Their site claims the Note 2 is fully compatible but it is not. You cannot "mirror mouse" the Homesync (see the Homesync's screen on your device) which means if you wanted to use this for playing music without seeing the screen OR if you wanted to play apps and control them from your phone you cannot do so. This was one of the main selling features of the device for me but I have found out that it only works on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy S4. Sure seems like a ploy to get you to upgrade.
Overall Media Management:
(limited to what works with my Note 2) is "ok". The phone app (Homesync app) allows you to chose music/video/photos but gives you very little options to sort or filter. If you have a large music library or say Audiobooks you will find the Homesync app very very limited in it's ability to present the information in an easy to navigate method. It will not "mark your place" so if you want to come back later you will have to hope you remember where you left off (in say an Audiobook). Also it does not provide any way to filter folders by type. So, if you have music with album covers in the folders guess what...you're going to get a bunch of album covers mixed in with your photos and no way to filter them out.
It also has no "now Playing" to return you back to what you were last playing. No bookmark features. No history or anything that would make the app usable over time. Basically every time you open the app you are starting from scratch.
PLAYSTORE app compatibility (or lack thereof):
This is where much of the 1 star review comes from. Considering the limitations of the Homesync software one might expect to fill the gap with apps from the Playstore... well forget that. Even though this is a full Android Jellybean OS (4.3) you can forget installing apps from the Play store. So far I've found that maybe 5% of the apps I already own are "compatible" with the device. So when you try to install them the Playstore tells you the app is not compatible and won't install. Here's a short list of very common and highly popular apps that will not work:
Poweramp, Akimbo Audiobook Player, Audiobook Player 2, Beautiful Widgets, ComicRack, Nova Launcher, Evernote, Amazon Mobile, MoboPlayer, Pandora Radio, Slacker Radio, FaceBook, Ebay, Angry Birds (ALL variations), Fandango, IMDB, Chrome, Firefox, MOST games, etc etc....
In other words you will be hard pressed to find any apps that actually run on the device.
The hardware is very solid, well constructed and has a nice clean look to it. The drive is near silent and having 1TB of storage is pretty amazing in a device like this. If you manage to get the sync functions to work (I was unable with my Note 2 to successfully upload anything so far) it would be great. But so far I was only able to add content via the USB connection to another PC. This is disapointing but I'll keep playing with it.
This is a powerful media playing device (format support and playing performance is great) that given the limitations, including lack of support for features already stated were supported (mirror mouse and screen mirroring on Note 2 for example) and the severely limited support for applications from the play store, will likely prove to be very inferior to much less expensive alternatives already on the market. For example you can purchase a Google Chromecast for about 35 dollars and play all of the streaming services the devices supports. You won't be able to play media files directly from the Chromecast like you can on the Homesync however.
Comparatively there are Android Stick PCs available that offer much of the same functionality at 1/4 the price. An apple TV will provide a significantly better experience navigation wise as well.
However if the device ever delivers on it's promise it will prove to be a very powerful platform for a cloudish storage and media playback device with great integration between it and supported mobile phones/tablets. The promise of two way streaming and control ie Homesync mirroring (being able to see the Homesync screen on your device and use your device as if you were directly controlling the Homesync touchscreen) and mobile phone/tablet streaming (mirroring your phones screen on the Homesync and to your TV through it) are just awesome in potential. Many apps have tried to do similar and have failed. Samsung's Homesync when used with a Galaxy Note 3 is a great two way pairing but with any other device it's not worth the money due to the limitations.
Unless you have a Galaxy Note 3, and are willing to hope that Samsung fixes the app comparability issues, this device is a huge waste of money. Spend that money instead on a Google Chromecast and have 250+ dollars left over. Or buy an Apple Tv or even an Android Stick PC. The HomeSync is simply a device full of power and potential unrealized in it's current implementation.