What are the differences between Amazon Fire Sticks?
If you are looking to add some Amazon streaming experiences into your TV, I got you! Amazon Fire TV devices will take any television with an HDMI port and give you access to countless movies, shows and streaming apps from Netflix to Youtube to Amazon prime video if you are an Amazon prime member (seriously how are you not?). Let’s see which Amazon fire device is right for you.
3 Types of Removeable Amazon Fire TV Devices for your home
There are three different Amazon Fire TV devices available. The Fire Tv Stick, the Fire Tv Stick 4k and the Fire Tv Cube. Only the stick and 4k version are available in Canada though. I’ll briefly go over the three and the difference between them.
The basic Fire TV stick is the smallest of the bunch. It also maxes out at 1080p so if you have a 4k TV you should be looking at the other devices. You can use Dolby Audio with it. There is a 1.3 GHz processor and 8 gigs of storage space on the stick.
The Fire TV Stick 4k takes care of all the picture qualities. It supports up to 4K Ultra HD with support for HDR, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10+. It also will let you use Dolby Atmos if you have the 3D home speaker system set up and includes a faster processor of 1.7GHz and 8 gigs of storage space on the stick.
The Fire TV Cube is not available in Canada but is an option if you are in the USA. It supports all the features that the Fire TV 4k Stick does, but also includes a built in speaker and an included ethernet adapter so you can stream through a wired connection instead of using WiFi like the Amazon sticks use. There is slightly more space with 16 gigs of storage on the box.
Amazon Alexa Voice – Not just a “gimmicky” feature
Let’s talk about the Amazon Alexa Voice Remote for a moment. This new remote recently launched in Canada allows you to control the power of the entire TV, as well as the volume of your speakers or TV. You can use the top Alexa button to do any kind of easy voice searching you want from “Alexa, find me a comedy movie” to “Alexa, play Stranger Things”. I have to admit I was pretty shocked how fast and quickly this worked. It executed flawlessly. I wanted to try a few more harder, real life scenarios and see how it stood up though.
Alexa helps you find things to watch super fast
“Who plays Harry Potter” To which Alexa displayed the appropriate response on screen.
“Show me movies with Daniel Radcliffe”. Ta da. There are the available streamable movies which star Daniel Radcliffe for me. What a great and easy way to find something to watch in a few moments based on actors you like. You can also start, stop, move ahead and several other easy to use control watching features. I currently am a Bell Fibe TV user so I am able to use the basic Bell TV app as well to watch my cable right on the stick. Currently subscription based Crave TV is not working on my Amazon 4k Stick in Canada unfortunately, even though it states it should be. The app shows as “unavailable” for me when I try to install it.
Installation of Amazon 4k Stick
Installation is so quick and easy. Plug in the stick with the attached power supply and it will automatically start up. Follow the step-by-step, basic installation from language to setting up your WiFi to updating to the latest software version. You will also need to sign in with your Amazon account. Once the initial setup is complete you are good to go. Start playing around with some of the Alexa voice functions and try installing a few apps from Youtube to Crunchyroll and so many more.
Final thoughts on Amazon Fire 4k Stick
There you have it. Regardless of what smart features came with your television you can be navigating with your voice, easily using the straight forward Alexa voice enabled remote and an Amazon Fire device. Netflix and Amazon prime videos are putting out some amazing new shows and content. Controlling the television with your voice is an easy step in your Smart Home setup and for this price point, if you don’t have this yet, you are missing out on some great and easy to use features.
I received an Amazon 4k stick for review. Thoughts as always are my own.