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Amazon Fire TV vs Fire TV Stick – Which Is Better This Year?

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Which Is Which?

Amazon already had the Amazon Fire TV streaming box to go against the other big names in the game such as the Apple TV or Roku, but it now added the Fire TV Stick to its hardware roster as well. The main difference between the two is regarding what the device can do, Both devices offer a good amount of content, but in the end there are different amounts of content offered and in a different form. The price is also something that sets the tone in this comparison, as many might not be willing to spend the $99 for the Amazon Fire TV. If that’s the case, they might be interested in the $36 Fire TV Stick. Both devices offer streaming from Hulu Plus or Netflix, bu most important, from Amazon’s own streaming service called Prime Instant Video.

Portability is also a defining factor as the Amazon Fire TV is a full sized streaming box, while the Fire TV Stick has reduced dimensions and can be transported more easily than the Fire TV.

Performance

With the Apple Fire TV and its quad core processing capabilities, users will be able to even play some Android games such as GTA 3, Asphalt 8 or Minecraft. The Fire TV Stick on the other hand only offers a dual core processor. The list of games that can run on the Fire TV Stick is a lot shorter. Another difference in terms of performance is voice search. Both devices support voice searching, but the Amazon Fire TV comes with the feature pre-loaded, while with the Fire TV Stick you have to either get the voice search controller that costs another $29, or get the Fire TV Remote app that will allow you to do voice searches without paying those $29. Even if you decide to get the controller, you still end up paying less than you would have for the Fire TV. The Fire TV Stick is the better solution if you’re not looking for a lot of demanding things from your streamer. If you aren’t in search of a streamer that can help you do a lot of things at the same time, than the Fire TV Stick should be enough, for a lot cheaper too.