Amazon Fire TV stick, working, new model review and comparison with Chromecast

Amazon Fire TV Stick promises to truly bought back entertainment into your living room. Live shows, TV programs, 15000+ entertaining apps, Full HD+4K display, voice control, Movies on demand etc brings unlimited entertainment to your doorstep.

IF you are a movie geek and you were having a VCR player or DVD player, then Imagine one which you never had to load and is smart enough to keep itself regularly updated with new content. Sounds cool, right!!

You love watching TV shows but the timing conflicts with your prior fixed schedule, Amazon Fire stick have your back.

Amazon entered the streaming space with the launch Prime Videos in India. The new model launched in 2019 by Amazon is perfect video streaming device which brings in Alexa voice smartness & goodness of Internet TV with curated content by several providers. As add on you also get Screen Mirroring (Miracast) & Cast. That’s how Amazon describes it.


What makes Amazon Fire TV stick special is that you are not have to have Amazon prime membership to use it. Apart from Amazon prime videos, you can access bunch of apps that include the likes of Netflix, Hotstar, Eros Now, Voot, Airtel Movies and more. 

Let’s dive in to the working of Amazon Fire TV stick for curious soul like you.

How Amazon Fire Stick works?

What you need: High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.

Amazon Fire stick is an Over the top (OTT) media service device. That allows streaming media service directly to end viewers over the Internet. Which means the traditional way of viewing TV, listening music, watching games etc. that used to involve cable, broadcast and satellite television platforms is bypassed now.

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Amazon Fire stick requires internet that it connects through Wifi network. It can be broadband wifi or simply your phone Hotspot will work. You can connect Fire stick to your TV through its HDMI ports. Once It is connected, you choose the display for your TV from HDMI and then it will walk you through the setup process, logging into your pre-existing services and connecting to your Amazon account. 

If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can use Fire TV Stick to connect with Prime account and you will have immediate access to all of your Amazon Prime content as soon as you plug your Fire TV Stick into your HDMI port. 

If you don’t have Amazon Prime membership or not even any other video subscription, even then you can access bundles of entertainment shows over YouTube and similar app and can access content over browser etc.

What are the specification of Amazon Fire Stick?

Coming to the specifications of the Fire TV stick, well in first instance it looks like a pen drive. But wait, its much more than that. This Amazon Fire TV Stick is powered by a MediaTek Quad-Core ARM 1.3GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi support 2×2 MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and features Bluetooth 4.1.

It comes with Dolby Audio AC3 (Dolby Digital), eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus) support and HDMI audio pass-through up to 7.1, along with support for a bunch of video formats.

It features voice support with the all-new Alexa Voice Remote (included) or free Fire TV App (available for download on Fire OS, Android, and iOS).

How to setup Amazon Fire TV stick?

  • Once you receive your product, check if you have all the essential components.
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What’s in Box

  • Make sure your Wi-Fi is on and connecting. Plugin the device to the HDMI port of your TV and select the source for display as HDMI in your TV setting.
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After that Amazon Fire TV stick will take you through the installation steps which would be requiring, connecting to Wifi network, logging into amazon account.

Use the voice enabled remote control to traverse through various features.

What you can do with Fire TV stick?

Amazon fire TV stick is synonyms with unlimited entertainment. Choose from thousands of movies and TV episodes. Enjoy favourites from Prime Video, Hotstar, Netflix, Zee5, Sony LIV, and others. Stream live news, sports, and must-see shows including Bollywood hits and TV shows.

Once you have installed the fire TV, you will see 5 tabs across at top- Home, TV shows, movies, Apps and settings.

Main Menu

You can traverse through each with the help of remote easily. Video/Movie selection, installing apps and changing setting have very interactive and simple UI.

For gamer soul, there are around 60 games available on the Amazon App store. The selection consists of basic games like Solitaire, Teen Patti and FreeCell along with knock-off games.

You can get app like Firefox, Silk browsers which would allow you to visit millions of websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit. Listen to songs, playlists, live radio stations, and podcasts through services like Prime Music, Gaana and TuneIn. Subscription fees may apply for individual services.

The Fire TV Stick comes with a bunch of features such as parental controls, the ability to regulate the amount of data used for streaming and setting a cap for the amount of data one can use with the Fire TV stick. You can also set the quality of the content you view on the Fire TV Stick.

What is the internet speed for enjoying Amazon fire stick features?

Broadband or 4G can be enough but a min connection speed of 4Mbps is recommended for pleasant experience.

Amazon Fire Stick Vs Google Chromecast

Chromecast allows you to cast your mobile screen to your TV which is not a feature in Fire TV stick but it’s not necessary either, if you are only looking to watch content. You can directly download the streaming apps to the device, all you need is a remote control and your subscription details.

The Chromecast doesn’t have an interface of its own. You just cast phone, tablet, or PC over TV and you can’t do anything on your TV screen. To do even basic things like fast forward in audio/video, or switching to a different movie, you need to locate your phone or tablet.

The Fire TV Stick is a standalone device in itself having its own memory and processor. It allows you to install hundreds of apps on its internal memory, and comes with Bluetooth remote with Alexa that let’s you control TV without need of any phone or tablet to be around.

Conclusion

Amazon Fire TV Stick gives you impressive first impression. It’s indeed a promising entertainment solution for your family needs. Equally useful for those enjoying content on an old non-smart HDTV or on a monitor or through an amplifier. If you have a smart TV/Android TV chances are all these streaming services have an app for the TV. But if you don’t then this is a good device to invest in.

If you are already using Chromecast or an Amkette Evo TV 2 or an Apple TV then you may want to prioritise your need before upgrading to any new special feature.

Amazon Fire TV stick

4.25

Value for Money

4.3/5

Pros

  • Sleek design and easy to carry
  • Non-Infrared UI remote with Alexa
  • Support for Dolby Atom sound
  • Can use apps like browser

Cons

  • Search is available for Amazon prime only

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