Comparision among Streaming Devices: Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Google Chromecast 2 vs Apple TV
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is the most recent launch among all three competitors with Voice Remote plug and play system. That can turn any HD television into a smart TV that streams movies, contents of Netflix, Prime Video. You can also use apps and play games, among others.
The Fire TV Stick is small in dimension (3.4-inches x 1.2-inches x 0.5-inches) and weighs around 32g. It is powered by MediaTek quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and has a Mali 450 GPU. Talking about storage, around 8GB storage available for apps and games, and a 1GB RAM. It supports 2×2 MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1.
The device comes with a remote for navigation among apps, music and videos. The Voice recognition feature that lets users search for content by speaking into the microphone.
Price: It costs around $39 (In Indian market approx Rs. 3999).
Google Chromecast 2
Google Chromecast 2 will allow you to stream content from your smartphone or tablet onto your television set. The difference is that Chromecast 2 will require an Android device, at the very least. Cast button has now an integral part of the settings. On iOS device, you need to download the Google Home app, and then see which apps will allow your content to be streamed via Chromecast.
Fire TV Stick streams content through WiFi whereas Chromecast 2 mirrors music, videos, and apps from your smartphone. That means you require a mobile device for Google Chromecast 2 Essentially.
Google Chromecast requires a television with an HDMI port and a WiFi network. It is compatible with Android 4.1 and higher devices and iOS 7.0 and higher, as well as Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.7, ChromeOS.
Dimensions of the Chromecast are (2.04-inches x 2.04-inches x 0.53-inches) and weighs 39.1g. The power cable measures 1.75m. Connectivity includes WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz), and it has a 5V, 1A power supply charger with micro-USB.
The ‘Cast’ button on the apps like Netflix, YouTube allows you to play the content on your television. You can control the content from your smartphone, though it will play only on the television set in the case of Netflix or YouTube. Just click the cast button, and wait for casting. Netflix’s takes a couple of seconds for the video to load on television
Price: It costs around $35 (In Indian market approx Rs. 3499)
Apple TV (4th Gen)
Apple TV allows you stream movies, TV and music from sources like Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW and ESPN and apps from Apple’s app store. There is also programmes for kids, live music events, concerts, podcasts and many more. It comes with a voice-recognition-enabled remote that is linked with Apple’s Siri to find the contents easily.
The Apple TV Remote is highly-responsive Touch surface and which helps you to quickly and accurately navigate around your television screen. You can also control the volume on your TV or A/V receiver. And thanks to Bluetooth, you don’t have to point your remote at your TV. Apple TV picks up your commands from anywhere in the room.
Apple TV comes with Apple A8 1.5GHz CPU, tvOS 10.1, 2GB Ram, 32/64GB Nand Flash memory. It include Bluetooth, Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) USB Type-C, Micro USB and HDMI. Dimension 1.3-inches x 3.9-inches X 3.9-inches and weighs 0.41kg.
Though it is different than the other devices mentioned above and different. For obvious reason, it is costlier than Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast 2.
Price: It costs around $139 (In Indian market approx Rs.9999) and $199 (In Indian market approx Rs.13,499).
Mainly Comparisons is between Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast 2 as they belong same Price range device. But if you have the higher budget go for Apple TV as it gives you high quality and enhanced facilities.