Long story short, both are great! But different.
Yes, both the Fire TV Stick as well as the Fire TV Cube give you precisely the same things but in very different ways. Stuck between these two devices and not sure which one will best suit your viewing habits? Read on to find out.
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Fire TV Stick
Priced much lower when compared to a Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick has a lot of fabulous characteristics under its sleeves:
Supporting full HD up to 1080p @60fps with a high dynamic range of HDR10+, HDR10, and HLD for better colour and contrast, Fire TV Stick is one of the best streaming devices available in the market, especially given its lower price.
Although it doesn’t support the Dolby Vision, the integration of Dolby Atmos will unquestionably enhance your TV experience. Besides, Fire TV Stick (3rd generation) has a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor with dual-antenna WiFi supports. Meaning not only it’s faster, but also it consumes a lot less power.
Additionally, the addition of Alexa to the remote has made the device more convenient to use even though it is not hands-free. Still, you can connect the Fire TV Stick to any Echo device and make it completely hands-free. Moreover, with the remote having Volume and Power buttons, you will not even have to look for the TV remote every time you want to perform basic tasks.
- Storage: 8GB
- Alexa supported voice remote
- Faster and easy-to-use
- The most affordable streaming device in the market
Fire TV Stick is a small, slim, rectangle USB stick-sized device (86 x 30 x 13mm) with an HDMI port on one end and a micro USB port on the side (that connects to the adapter). You can also connect an extender to the HDMI port if need be (usually used for enhancing the wi-fi signal).
It has the same look and feels like that of a Chromecast and Roku streaming device, and since, like them, it connects to the rear end of your TV, the design is not of much significance here.
Setting up the Fire TV stick is a five-minute process. Start by plugging the stick into your TV, follow the on-screen instructions, i.e., connect the wireless network, sign in to your Amazon account. That’s it; it couldn’t get easier than this.
Need a budget-friendly streaming device that has prominent features? Fire TV Stick is the device for you. With the US street price of just $39.99, the Fire TV Stick guarantees a year of full entertainment.
What can you do with a Fire TV Stick?
Pretty much everything concerning entertainment. From streaming your favourite shows on Netflix to playing games, installing apps to listen to music, and mirror your smartphone’s screen, Fire TV Stick is an ultimate entertainment universe locked in a small stick.
Whether it is watching videos on Youtube or accessing your favourite site on the internet, there is scarcely anything that an Amazon Fire Stick cannot do. Fire TV Stick will convert your usual TV to a smart one and present you with the best TV experience that you always wanted. Moreover, you can also install third-party applications like Kodi and access much more streamable content for free by learning how to jailbreak Amazon fire stick.
Fire TV Cube
Fire TV Cube needs some extra investment, but it is worth it if you are in the market for a convenient and easy-to-use media streaming device:
Just combine everything mentioned in the Fire TV Stick section with the power of hands-free Alexa, and you will have yourself a Fire TV Cube. Although loud, don’t assume the Fire TV Cube to be as efficient as the Echo dot as it confuses with the syntax more often.
When it comes to video resolution, like Fire TV Stick, it does not support Dolby Vision but includes the added benefit of 4K and supports a high dynamic range up to HDR10 format. Besides, Fire TV Cube has double the storage space ( 16GB ) and comes pre-installed with a lot more apps than that of Fire TV Stick.
The interface of the Fire TV Cube again is simplistic and easy-to-navigate like the Fire TV Stick. The processor, too, the 1.7 GH quad-processor, is the same as that of the Fire TV Stick, so do not expect it to be faster and better than the Fire TV Stick.
- Supports 4K resolution
- The remote has a built-in microphone for hands-free Alexa control
- Storage space: 16GB
Fire TV Cube, well, is an 8cm cuboidal device of a solid build weighing about 465 grams. The upside of the cube has four buttons to control Volume (Up and down), Microphone or Mute, and Alexa (for manual activation— given the intensified hands-free Alexa, you will rarely have to use these toggles.
The speakers are at the down panel, and the cube sits on a rubber panel so that the sound is clear and loud. The back panel of the cube has four connectors, one being the HDMI output, the other being for the USB, the third for the infrared blaster, and the fourth is one for attaching the power adapter.
In all, the classy look of the Fire TV Cube will be a great little addition to your home entertainment centre — not only because of the futuristic design but also because of its surpassing functionality.
Setting up the Fire TV Cube is the same as installing the Fire TV Stick. Connect the Cube to your TV, sign in to the wireless network, and finish the process by signing in to your Amazon account.
$99.99; yes, a whopping $60 more, but it’s worth it costs given the enhanced peculiarities, and don’t overlook the fact that it is a combination of both the Fire TV Stick(and more) plus the Amazon Echo.
What can you do with a Fire TV Cube?
Aside from the usual stuff that all the Amazon Fire devices offer, Fire TV Cube allows you to stream in 4K; moreover, it also comes with hands-free Alexa that helps you conveniently manoeuvre your TV settings without difficulty.
Which one should you get?
It all comes down to your needs. Fire TV Stick is excellent for individuals who haven’t moved to a 4K yet but still want that state-of-art entertainment centre where they can sit for hours and appreciate their favourite shows. Fire TV Cube, on the other hand, is suitable for those who have a 4K TV and are looking for a more comfortable and easy-to-navigate media streaming device.
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