Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku 3 – Who Comes Out On Top?
There is, currently, a wide array of video streaming devices. In fact, there are so many, that it can be really difficult for the average consumer to know which one is the best, or rather, which one fits their individual needs.
Right now, the top three devices that most people consider purchasing are: Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV, or Roku 3. All of these devices have their merits and downfalls. So, which one is right for you? Let’s break it down.
Keeping On Budget – Score One For Chromecast
If price is what you are worried about, look no further than Chromecast if you have a smartphone or a tablet. At $35 dollars, the Chromecast beats out its competitors by a whopping 70 dollars! In fact, purchasing Chromecast is cheaper than buying the most basic Roku model, which clocks in at $49.
The only issue that might make Chromcast more costly to some users is that it is not a completely standalone device. Using Chromecast to stream video requires the use of a smartphone or a tablet. Most people in this day and age have one of these devices, but it would be silly to assume that everyone in the world does. If you do not own one of these devices, purchasing Roku 3 or AppleTv would be considerably cheaper than buying Chromecast, along with a new tablet or phone.
Supported By Official Apps – Roku 3 To The Rescue!
Last month, YouTube fans rejoiced as Roku 3 finally added the video app to its repertoire. With this addition, there is really no debating that the sheer amount of various apps available on a device automatically makes Roku 3 the winner in this category. Chromecast and AppleTV simply cannot compete with the more than 750 apps that are made available on Roku 3. In fact, Roku 3 is the only device out of the three to include the official Amazon Instant Video app. If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, Roku 3 is likely your best choice.
Want To Stream Web Content? – Chromecast Knocks It Out Of The Park
Sure, Roku 3 has a ton of apps. But, what if you want to stream something from Hulu.com or another less popular website that doesn’t have an app? None of these devices can come close to Chromecast’s ability to mimic a HTPC, especially since VPNs can be utilized to gain access to content that might be restricted by region.
Remote Control Simplicity – Apple TV Takes It!
Between inputs, recordings, navigation, and a bazillion other buttons that show up on any given remote control, the complication can leave you wanting a little simplicity. That’s where Apple TV comes in. Much like their easy to us OS and iOS, their remote control is simple, straightforward, and user friendly. It’s great for kids, older adults, and everyone who doesn’t want to deal with a traditional remote control.
So, What Should You Buy?
It all boils down to personal preferences. Each of these video streaming devices has something unique to offer its patrons, but it is likely that only one of them will be just right for you. Consider your budget, the devices that you already have at home, and the type of content that you like to watch. Comparing these things with the many features included on each of these devices should bring you to a pretty solid decision about which one is right for you. With this many high-quality video streamers on the market, you can’t go wrong!