I am not sure that I did not lose hardware accelerated video playback but I cannot see the difference.
You did. Claiming not to be able to notice is one way of dealing with the issue I suppose but speculating that you did not lose hardware accelerated video decoding falls into the category of wishful thinking or the assumption of magic I noted earlier. The driver isn't there, so HW based decoding is physically impossible
. My A43 running stock or Chrulri root can play back 720p across my wireless LAN without putting any great load on the CPU. Any gen 8 running UrukDroid (or CyanogenMod) doing the same thing (or even playing it back from internal storage!) will be maxxing out the CPU, which leads to...
2. “battery life is much shorter” – I did not see the difference. Battery life was quite short under Archos as well. But if it is really so, you can always boot your device in Archos FW when you find yourself away from the power plug for a long time.
If your powers of observation fail you and you have a reason to doubt both the physical laws and the plentiful reports of other users then you could make a real comparison for yourself i.e. from a full charge play a queue of 720p video and measure how much time elapses before you hit 15% power left. Do this once with UrukDroid and once with Stock, using identical settings. This will demonstrate beyond any dispute that watching video without HW video decoding makes a huge negative difference to battery life.
3. “Many people have problems with WiFi not connecting”. Archos loses ability to connect to the WiFi through the settings panel. Connection is done through the special widget which is easy to use and that works even quicker, actually
Works even quicker huh? C'mon, the standard Android system has my WPA2 network connected as soon as I boot or resume from sleep, before I can even touch the screen to use it! And it would be quicker if I had to use a "special widget"? Would that be "magically" quicker by any chance? Oh wait, I forgot: UrukDroid's power management issues mean it never sleeps so the resume issue doesn't arise
4. If you have an A70 with hard disk… I cannot comment here, I have SD version.Exactly
. I suggested that UrukDroid has some problems but is worth trying
on a flash memory version but should be avoided on a Hard Disk version because these issues have particularly negative impact on those models, and this is then "refuted" by an UrukDroid "advocate" who doesn't have a disk version and who believes he might have beaten the laws of physics to retain HW video acceleration, and declines to even acknowledge (inevitable, guaranteed) increased CPU use or shorter battery life. .....sigh.
I actually think UrukDroid is impressive in many respects and the authors have done as good a job as is possible within the constraints of a device whose video driver is proprietary and unavailable to them, which is unfortunately the norm with embedded ARM boards/devices. It will still suit many people very well. But what is not so good is it people pushing it like a salesman selling an old car with suspiciously new paint. It has some very real issues which "advocates" either completely refuse to acknowledge or decline to accept. Battery life is a huge
issue on portable devices that don't have user-replacable batteries because as well as issues of utility and convenience it directly impacts on the useful lifespan of the device
. Other things being equal a gen8 running stock firmware is going live a much
longer life than the same device running UrukDroid or CyanogenMod. It will have longer time between charges and the difference in lifespan could be in many months or even years i.e. maybe my stock firmware device lasts 5 years but my UrukDroid or CM only lasts 2 or 3. This is completely plausible because as well as the Lithium polymer battery having a lifespan limited by the number of charge cycles it is also permanently reduced by running hot, and UrukDroid constantly loads the CPU and always runs hotter than stock firmware......and it does this even if you don't notice, don't want to know, or believe the opposite!
What would be so difficult about saying: "UrukDroid can solve this particular issue but it does have some of it's own. It might be exactly what you need, or at least an improvement, but it isn't perfect or magic. Here are the main benefits and drawbacks." ? That would be informative, honest
advocacy and would let people make an informed decision before doing something that can degrade the lifespan, value and utility of their device.