Amazon Fire Device Rating
Amazon Fire Review
Amazon has been producing its own streaming players since 2014. One of the top reasons for Fire Stick and Amazon Fire TV players is that it is built around FireOS, which is a modified Amazon version of Android. That means it is built around the Amazon ecosystem of content such as Amazon Prime media, Amazon Instant Video, and Amazon Prime Music.
Amazon currently offers one streaming players:
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
Amazon was offering the Fire TV but as of October 3, 2018, Amazon announced they are discontinuing this device. The Fire TV Stick is in its 3rd generation. Both of these models have become one of the most popular amongst cord cutters.
What Can I Access With Amazon Fire TV and Fire 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 Streaming Devices
These devices are small, fast, and relatively inexpensive. They are becoming one of the most popular, if not the most popular device. The interface of these devices might be the best on the market.
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|Alexa-based Voice Controls|
One of the greatest features of Fire TV and Fire Stick is Alexa. Both devices feature an Alexa voice remote. Alexa is the personal assistant found on the Amazon Echo Dot. 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.
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV has compatible 4K UHD and HDR TV support and is considered the most powerful 4K streaming player under $99. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The device also has 2 GB memory, 8GB storage, and Dolby Atmos supported audio.
The size is fairly small, resembling the Google Cast style HDMI flat connector with the dongle hanging off. This makes it easy to hide behind TVs without exposing unsightly wires. Personally, I am not a fan of the dongle style but it does not bother many.
One of the negatives about Fire TV is that there is a limited collection of 4K movies. It supports HDR10 but not Dolby Vision.
Amazon Fire TV MSRP is $69.99.
The Verdict: Amazon Fire TV is a great choice for your primary TV set-up. It is geared towards 4K and HDR TVs so if you do not have this, then this may not be for you. Fire TV is also great for gamers because it is a powerful device. Fire TV is an all-around heavy hitter with great features such as Alexa voice support. This may be the best device under $100. However, the big con with Fire TV is it is missing some notable services and frequently makes changes to the lineup.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
The new Fire TV Stick 4K was announced by Amazon for release on October 31, 2018. This is a significant upgrade from the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick which was not 4K.
This device delivers Ultra HD and HDR streaming through an HDMI dongle. The Alexa Voice Remote has been redesigned to include volume, power, and mute buttons.
The all-new Fire TV Stick is the first device that supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, and HDR10+. This now makes the device one of the most powerful devices on the market. In order to support these features, the device boasts a 1.7GHz processor. Response times and loading speeds have improved significantly from the previous version.
The Fire Stick is also very small and resembles a slightly larger USB drive like a Roku Streaming Stick.
Amazon Fire Stick MSRP is $49.99.
The Verdict: This device is great for secondary TVs and cord cutters on a budget. At the price point, it is a better value than Roku Express or Google Chromecast. For a streaming stick, it is very powerful. This device is also very portable. The con is that this device does not work so well with the gaming features.
Amazon Fire Model Specifications
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