I took delivery of my new SmartStick, from American company FAVI Entertainment, just a few days ago and to be honest I was expecting to see yet another run-of-the-mill Android mini computer that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV… I couldn’t have been more wrong! On the outside the FAVI SmartStick looks a lot like other Android mini computers, an over-sized flash drive but with a HDMI connector at the end. The build quality is excellent and the device doesn’t creak or groan when handled (often a sure sign of cheap plastic and bad manufacturing). The real surprise, however, comes when you switch it on… but I am getting ahead of myself.Hardware
The Galaxy S3 is one of the two most interesting Android handsets of the year – the other being the HTC One X – and it’s surely going to be the best sold of the two. But the handset does have one problem, especially if you plan to frequently hook it up to your HDTV.
The Galaxy S3 has a different microUSB port than other Android devices, as the port’s pins have been rearranged. That means the Galaxy S3 will not work with standard MHL (Mobile High-definition Link) adapters, which let users connect smartphones that come with microUSB ports to big-screen TVs.
So if the MHL adapter is a standard device supported by a plethora [...]