2019 Amazon Fire TV Stick Streaming Device Review
What is Amazon Fire TV Stick?
Amazon has been producing its own streaming media players since 2014. Released in 2016, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is the second generation of streaming media devices that it is built around Amazon’s FireOS, which is a modified Amazon version of Android. This means it is built around the Amazon ecosystem of content such as Amazon Prime media, Amazon Instant Video, and Amazon Prime Music.
What Apps Can I Access With Amazon Fire TV Stick?
Another reason for its popularity is because like the Roku, you get access to lots of different streaming channels and apps. There are over 190 built-in channels with access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Some of the most popular channels and apps found on Amazon Fire TV include:
Amazon Fire TV Stick Features and Functionality
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|Alexa-based Voice Controls|
The Fire TV Stick device is small, fast, and relatively inexpensive. They are becoming one of the most popular devices, if not the most popular. The interface design is considered by many, including us, to be one of the best on the market.
One of the greatest features of Fire TV Stick is Alexa voice-control technology. Alexa is controlled via a voice remote. Alexa is the personal assistant originally developed for the Amazon Echo Dot but is now available on several other Amazon devices.
Alexa is always learning and because of this Amazon has begun integrating Alexa into several different apps. This allows the user to voice to search, control playback, and even change the channel within supported apps. Alexa also works with many smart home gadgets such as smart thermostats, cameras, and lights.
Other than the new remote, the updates include MediaTek MT8127D Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz processor with a Mali-450 MP4 GPU and support for the H.265 (HEVC) codec. Wireless hardware upgrades include a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1. It retains the 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage and weighs slightly more at 1.1 oz. (32.0 g).
One of the negatives of Fire TV is that there is a limited collection of 4K movies. It supports HDR10 but not Dolby Vision.