Micromax today launched a new Smart Stick that converts your ordinary TV into an Android based smartTV. Here is our first impression.
Micromax, with the launch of Smart Stick dongle, has ventured into a new segment to increase its user base. Smart Stick dongle is a small device that converts an ordinary TV with HDMI port into a large Android tablet.
Micromax Smart Stick after being plugged into a TV with HDMI slot converts the ordinary TV into an Android tablets where it uses the TV's screen as display. But one has to connect the dongle to a power socket as it doesn't have an internal battery.
For a Smart Stick dongle which doesn't have a screen of its own or internal battery the price tag of Rs 4,990 seems to be a bit high, but them that is the MRP and the market price will come down to a more reasonable level soon.
Dongles which convert ordinary TV into an Android device are a recent phenomenon and players like Amkette, Razer Bee and Portronics have already launched them as smart TV boxes in India.
However, none of them launched dongles as small as that Micromax Smart Stick and though such a stick has been available in other markets for the past few months people in India could only buy them on eBay.
The basic idea behind the launch of the Smart Stick is very commendable since the device will allow users to watch not just TV programs but also to surf the net, play games and everything else that can be done on an Android tablet including downloading and using all the apps on Google Play store on TV screens. Here is our short first hand report of the device.