Update: For a review of the most recent version of Apollo and updated installation instructions, read Best Kodi Builds for June of 2017 – In-Depth with Apollo AiOne Krypton
Apollo is the biggest Kodi build I’ve encountered so far. Even though it’s a little sluggish compared to lightweight Kodi builds, it looks great, has a ton of addons and comes with a full-featured installation wizard that advanced Kodi users will love.
Scroll down for the full review or download the Apollo installer from https://apkb.netne.net/repo/ and try it out yourself.
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How to install Apollo
Installing Apollo is a simple 3 step process.
Step #1: Tell Kodi where the Apollo wizard is
First, you’ll need to point Kodi to Apollo’s installation wizard. First, navigate to system → file manager → add source. Once you’re at the add source screen, click where it says <none> and then type in the following URL: https://apkb.netne.net/repo/
Be sure to name your file source so that you’ll know what it is later. Something like “Apollo Wizard” is fine.
Step #2: Install Apollo’s wizard
Now that you’ve got a source set up, all you have to do is back out to the Kodi’s main menu and then navigate to system → settings → addons → install from zip file → Apollo Wizard.
The zip file that contains the Apollo installation wizard is plugin.program.apollo2.zip. Click that and Kodi will install the wizard for you automatically.
Once the installation is complete, a popup will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen.
Step #3: Open the wizard and install Apollo
Open up the Apollo wizard by navigating to programs → apollo wizard 2.1. Once you’re in the installer, you’ll see several different options. Select Apollo 7. The wizard will handle the rest of the installation from this point on. After the installation finishes, Kodi will close and reboot into Apollo.
Apollo pros and cons
One of Apollo’s major pros is that it was created by the Ares Project. The Ares Project is a tight knit group of developers that are working together to deliver free TV and movies to the masses. Because more than one developer maintains Apollo, it’s more likely to stay up-to-date.
Over the past several months, the Ares Project team has developed lots of good stuff for Kodi. One of the team’s most popular creations so far is the Ares Wizard. With Ares Wizard, you can quickly and easily switch to any Ares Project build. The Ares Wizard is accessible via Apollo’s main menu, which is another major plus.
Apollo’s massive addon catalogue is its second best feature. If you’re an addon freak, you’ll love exploring the Apollo catalogue.
Apollo’s menu system is also a strong point. The Ares Project has organized Apollo’s addons into an expansive, attractive looking series of menu pages. The menu looks cool, plus it has sections that you don’t find on other builds.
Apollo’s major weakness is the fact that it’s a resource hog. With other Kodi builds I have no trouble multitasking. However, I had to close out Apollo so that I could write about it because my Macbook Pro started getting really slow. Fortunately, there’s an “Apollo lite” flavor that you can switch to if performance becomes an issue on your device.
- Massive addon collection. If you’re an addon junkie, you’ll love Apollo. You could literally spend all day sifting through the Apollo addon catalogue.
- Intuitive menu. The enormous addon collection mentioned above is neatly organized into many different snazzy looking menu pages.
- Ares Project support. Unlike most Kodi builds, this one isn’t the work of a lone developer. An entire team of volunteers created it and keep it up-to-date.
- Ares Wizard. The Ares Wizard is built into Apollo’s menu. If you want to switch to a different Ares Project build, you can do so quickly and easily.
- Attractive design. The fonts are big and easy to read and each menu page has a different HD background image.
- Comes in many different flavors. If the full-featured version of Apollo slows your system down, you can easily switch to the lite version via Ares Wizard.
- Settings for power users. The “addons” and “system” menu pages feature powerful submenus that allow you do stuff like change where files are stored, adjust video cache settings and more.
- Apollo is slow compared to streamlined builds. Even my Macbook Pro occasionally struggles with Apollo when I have a bunch of programs running in the background.
- Apollo’s endless menu options and gigantic addon catalogue are fun to explore. However, too many choices can occasionally be a bad thing when all you want to do is relax and watch a movie.
Apollo has one of the best looking skins that I have seen so far. Each menu page comes with an image that fits the theme. And the fonts are large and easy-to-read.
Apollo’s main menu is quite large and diverse. Plus, it contains unique categories like Fitness, Match Day and Comedy. Links to specific addons appear in the submenu located directly below the main menu. On some pages, widgets display specific music albums, movies, TV channels, etc.
Here’s an example of one of Apollo’s menu pages:
Each menu page has a different HD background image. Some addons appear on only one page, but others can be found on several different menus.
Apollo has a ton of menu pages– 24, in all. Read on to learn about a few of the most interesting ones.
The system page contains some powerful tools that most Kodi builds lack. There are 8 submenus:
- 2.1 Wizard
- Ares Wizard
- Raw Maint
- Addon Installer
- Fresh Start
- Clear Cache
The most interesting option on this page is the Ares Wizard. With this powerful build installer, you can easily switch to other Ares Project builds, browse your current addons, initialize a backup or tweak the build’s advanced settings.
Wizard 2.1 is a mini wizard that allows you to quickly switch to a different flavor of Apollo. There are several options to try out there: Apollo 7 AIOne, Apollo 7 Lite, Apollo Auvvora and several others.
Apollo has the most comprehensive bundle of movie addons that I’ve seen on a build thus far. The movies page contains a whopping 52 movie addons!
Here’s the complete list:
Niter, Cold as Ice, Society Movies, HIFI Movies, Titan, XMovies8, Velocity, UK Turk, Royal We, Stream Eng, Specto, Perfect HD Movies, Movies4Me, Movie Night, Movie Hut, MorePower, Latest Dude, HD Movie14, GenVideos, EntHub, DubStop, Cool Movie Zone, AMS, AFDAH, Showbox Movies, VidTime Movies, FUBAR, MovieWB, M4U, MoviesP3, TNPBMovies, Valhalla, One242415, TVNow Movies, Scene Peeper, iStream Movies, YIFY Release, CloudMovie, Cypher Mod, MOTV Movies, ReleaseHub, Trapper, Free Movies, Gorgon 3D, Goliath, Krak TV, Movie Vault, Imperial Movies, 123 Movies, Exodus, SALTS and CA Movies.
Beginner Kodi users may find Apollo’s movie page a bit overwhelming. But if you’re addicted to experimenting with different Kodi addons, you’ll have a lot of fun exploring this page.
If you’re in a mood for a laugh, Apollo’s comedy page will point you in the right direction. The submenus on this page are organized into 7 different sections:
- UK Comedy
- Classic British
- US Comedy
- Stand-up Comedy
- SE Comedy
- Society Comedy
- Titan Comedy
I liked exploring the British sections. All the shows you’d expect to find are present (Monty Python, Benny Hill, etc.) but there are also tons of shows and comedians that aren’t widely known outside the UK.
If you like trying out new addons but hate going through the addon installation process, give Apollo a spin. With Apollo, you get instant access to over 100 addons. If you have time to explore them all, you might just find a few new favorites. And if you get overwhelmed, you can easily switch to a slimmer version of this build via the Ares Installer.