Amazon Fire TV Stick Review: The Amazon Fire TV Stick is the Amazon’s cheapest video streaming device which helps you to stream Amazon Video, as well as Netflix and the full roster of the UK’s catch-up devices. It also includes streaming from Prime Music, Spotify and Amazon’s latest games library. The Amazon’s Fire TV Stick goes up to the resolution of 1080p but if you want 4K Ultra HD or HDR video, then check out for Apple TV 4K, full-size Amazon Fire TV, Roku Streaming Stick Plus and Google Chromecast Ultra. The interface of Amazon Fire TV Stick is incredibly fast, and it allows the users to access the most of the apps that they on a regular basis. Watch the space below for detailed Amazon Fire TV Stick Review & Ratings.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Design & Features
The Amazon Fire TV Stick looks similar to the memory stick on steroids, and it is designed in the way to plug straight into the HDMI port on your TV. The entire design is housed in plastic, and it may creak a little when it squeezed. It measures 9cm long and 3cm deep so that you will need a bit of space on your TV back panel. Thankfully, Amazon includes an HDMI extender in the box to free up some space if it is too much of a squeeze. The accompanying remote looks very simple, and it offers a D-Pad for the navigation, a handful of playback controls and the all-important voice input key.
Along with new interface, the Amazon Fire TV Stick has got some hardware upgrades too including a new quad-core processor and improved Wi-Fi. The new chipset promised to be quicker, and the 802.11 ac Wi-Fi ensures more stable streaming, faster buffering and quicker downloads. You will notice this kind of improvements even if your Amazon Fire TV Stick is an away from your router too. Still, there are 8 GB of onboard storage for the apps and games and 1GB Ram as its predecessor.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Setup and Interface
Setting up the Amazon Fire TV stick is quite easy and very simple. Just plug the stick into the HDMI slot on your TV and its USB cable into the power source. The on-screen instructions will get your Alexa remote paired, and the stick hooked up to your home network. Once you are signed into the Amazon account, you are ready to go. If you are familiar with the old Fire TV Sticks, you will notice that the interface of the Stick has been redesigned. The main navigation menu has moved to the top side, and the new picture-led carousel dominates the top half of the screen. The Fire TV Stick will learn your viewing habits over time. The detailed pages have been improved with the giant picture backdrop and more in-depth programme information. Once you started to watch the show, clicking upwards on the remote will opens up the Amazon’s X-Ray IMDb feature.
Besides, downloading applications, we found that homepage was the only place we needed to be. You will find the recent shows and apps in the side-scrolling menu. Below that, you can browse and organize your downloaded apps scroll through several menus of Prime suggested content, and even one for Netflix. While the content of Amazon Prime is still its bread, it is not difficult to find the content from other providers. Amazon Fire TV Stick is aimed at Prime Subscribers and the sign up for the service to get most out of it.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Performance
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a speedy piece of hardware and scrolling through the menus is very quick. Once you find something that you want to watch, it will load instantly depending on the speed of your internet connection. Annoyingly, for many apps, you can’t access their content directly from the home screen. You have to navigate to the app first and then find the content within the app itself. Voice commands work well, Rather than using the Alexa wake command, you can use the button on the remote, hold it in and speak. It is the first time that the Alexa has been built into the Fire TV product. The results of Alexa are very fast, and you can too search by actor, genre or film name.
The search for the specific movie or TV show are far better and offers similar titles as well direct matches. The features of Alexa don’t stop there. You can ask the Alexa for Weather report, cricket scores, set the alarm and much more. The language that you can use to control the Alexa is pretty flexible. No matter what you are watching, playback is stable and buffering is very fast. You only have to make do with the fuzzy picture for a second before the full resolution kicks in. While comparing with Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick takes a little longer to even out the picture, and it is not entirely fast to load content.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Specs
Watch the space below for Amazon Fire TV Stick Specs
|Processor||MediaTek Quad-Core ARM 1.3 GHz|
|Storage||8 GB internal|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi supports 2×2 MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Ports||HDMI output, Micro-USB for power|
|Output Resolution||720p and 1080p up to 60fps|
|Cloud Storage||Free cloud storage for all Amazon content|
|Included in the Box||
Amazon Fite TV Stick Review Verdict
The Amazon Fire TV Stick offers too much of functionality which makes the device easier to use. But it ends up in being of benefit for Amazon’s video content. If you are watching Netflix or Amazon video content, then the interface of Fire TV Stick is a dream. Amazon Fite TV Stick is a solid piece of streaming hardware, but it’s not the step forward we hoped Alexa might have enabled it to be.