Amazon Fire TV is Amazon’s new set top box intended to compete with major popular media streaming devices such as Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. The Fire TV was launched in the US barely a year after the Chromecast’s launch. Coincidentally, it was released to the US market at the time the Chromecast was being introduced to the UK market. This means Amazon had enough time to study the consumer’s response to the Chromecast and come up with something better. Below are some of the outstanding features of both devices.
Design and set up
The Chromecast is a very simple device that looks like your regular flash drive. In fact, all you need to do is plug in the dongle on one of your HDMI ports and you are connected. Nevertheless, you need a USB cable to power it. On the other hand, the Fire TV is connected to the TV using a HDMI cable. It also needs to be powered as it doesn’t have an inbuilt power supply. Once connected, the fire TV quickly logs you into your Amazon account so you are able to access all your account’s content.
Supported devices and connectivity
The Chromecast relies on other devices such as Smartphones to stream information from the internet. In this regard, it supports any devices running iOS , Mac OS X, Chrome OS, Windows and android. On the other hand, Fire TV is a standalone top box that has its own apps that contain content.
Apps- Google Chromecast vs. Amazon Fire
When Fire TV was launched, it supported over 28 apps such as crackle, Hulu and Prime Instant videos among others. Basically, most of the big players in the industry are supported except for HBO. On the other hand, the Chromecast has a limited number of apps and mostly relies on third party products to optimize their apps in their favor.
Content- Google Chromecast vs. Amazon Fire
With the Chromecast, you can access a lot of content from Google Play, Rdio, VeVo, Songza Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go and Hulu Plus. If you are using Fire TV, your main source of content is Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, Showtime Anywhere, Bloomberg TV and Netflix among others. Fire TV also gives you access to ESPN and the NBA league pass.
The Amazon Fire TV is also a game center where you can play hundreds of 3D games including blockbusters such as The Walking Dead and Minecraft. On top of this, it has a voice search feature so you don’t have to keep on flipping pages. You can mention the director, actor or title of a movie and it appears on the screen.
The Fire TV has the highest processing speed compared to all media streaming devices. It boasts a quad core processor and a 2GB R.A.M. If you own a kindle fire, you can easily connect it to the Fire TV to act like a second screen.
The Chromecast is an easy to use device as you only have to connect it to the TV and control all the rest from your android device.
The two devices have great features but are meant for people with different interests. If you are already in the Amazon ecosystem, it’s better to go for the Fire TV. This goes for game lovers as well. However, if you are always holding your mobile device, the Chromecast is the best choice for you.