In Today’s World, we are in a generation where internet is everything and most of our Gadgets can access the Internet and that is why we name them as a smart device.
Whether it’s a mobile or a TV, most of the products we own are Smart. Most of us can afford a Smart mobile but not all can afford Smart TV because when it comes to buying a Smart TV it can be really expensive. Smart TVs can Connect to the internet for live streaming the world of online entertainment. So keeping that in mind Amazon has released its Smart device Known as Fire TV Stick, which can convert any Normal TV into Smart TV!! This article will explain the very features of the Fire Stick TV. So let’s get started.
What is Amazon fire stick?
The new Amazon Fire TV Stick is an upgraded version with an extra feature of Alexa Voice Control. And it is the cheapest video streaming device available in the market.
It aims is to neutralize his rivals such as Google Chromecast Ultra and Roku Streaming Stick, squeezing all of its streaming know-how into a dongle-sized device.
Amazon Fire TV Stick once connected to your HD TV will open you a gateway to the world of entertainment. With a huge selection of Bollywood, Hollywood and TV episodes, voice search that actually works, it’s the easiest way to enjoy Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube etc.
When you connect the device to your TV the first thing you will notice is that the interface is completely optimized to make it look a lot prettier and easier to use.
3.4″ x 1.2″ x 0.5″ (85.9 mm x 30.0 mm x 12.6 mm)
MediaTek Quad-Core ARM 1.3 GHz
8 GB internal available for apps and games
Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi supports 2×2 MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Yes, with Voice Remote (included) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire, Android, and iOS)
720p and 1080p up to 60fps
Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Videocon, Onida, Micromax, Vu, BPL, and others.
Dolby Audio, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch stereo, and HDMI audio pass-through up to 7.1
The stick itself measures 9cm long and around 3cm deep. The Amazon Fire TV Stick looks a bit like a memory flash stick and is designed to plug straight into an HDMI port on your TV. It’s a neat all-in-one design furnished in plastic. It will make little sound when squeezed but it is tough enough for the purpose.
There is a micro-USB port on the side of the stick to power it. If you’ve got a newer TV then there’s a good chance it’ll have a USB port on the back for powering such devices, but if not Amazon also includes a power adapter in the box, and the supplied USB cable should be more than long enough to reach your power strip.
The remote is a far more attractive piece of kit. It’s small, smooth, a pleasure to hold. The remote is where we find the biggest change with this version of the Amazon Fire TV Stick. The bottom six buttons are exactly the same as on the previous remote, as is the four-way navigation pad which allows you to navigate the device’s menus. What’s changed is the addition of a voice control button, which you can hold down to summon Alexa, which in theory makes up for the simplicity of the remote by allowing you to search for the exact show that you want without having to type using an on-screen keyboard. You also have the option of using the Fire TV remote on a smart device, which has the benefit of offering an on-screen keyboard that’s much faster than using the remote to type. Annoyingly, though, this keyboard is limited to apps which use Amazon’s own keyboard.
Set up & Interface
Setting up your Fire TV Stick is simple and a child play You just have to plug it into a spare HDMI slot on your TV, and its USB cable into a power source. You can follow the on-screen instructions which will help you pair Alexa remote and the Fire TV Stick to your home network. After this, you will be told to sign-up to your Amazon account. Once you do that, you’re ready to go.
If you’re familiar with the previous Fire TV Stick, the first thing you’ll notice immediately is that the interface has been modified and redesigned. The navigation menu has been moved from the side to the top, and a new picture-led carousel with suggested content controls the top half of the screen. Fire TV Stick learns your viewing habits over time and pops with video teasers that you usually prefer to watch. The selection it surfaced improved to include programs and films you would be more likely to choose, including content from other providers like Netflix. Detail pages have been improved too, with in-depth programs information. When you are watching a show or a video you can click upward on your remote which will open the Amazon’s IMDB feature which gives you a detailed information on the movie.
You can do almost everything on the homepage itself except downloading the apps part, yet the Interface looks very simple and minimal. In a side-scrolling menu, is where you’ll find your recent shows and apps for quick access. Below that, you can organize and browse through your downloaded apps, scroll through several menus of Prime suggested content, and even one for Netflix.
Alongside its new interface, the Amazon Fire TV Stick has seen some hardware upgrades too, including a new quad-core processor and improved Wi-Fi.
The new chipset promises to be 30% quicker, while the 802.11ac Wi-Fi ensures more stable streaming, quicker downloads and faster buffering. You’ll really notice this improvement if your Fire TV Stick is a little further away from your router too, thanks to a better performance range. There’s still 8GB of onboard storage for apps and games and the 1GB RAM which is enough.
Alexa voice control (remote included)
Upgraded 802.11ac Wi-fi
Updated user interface
The new quad-core processor has given the Fire TV Stick a welcome boost of power. It certainly feels easier to browse and faster to load, as you can turn in and out of menus and search for content.
Voice commands work really well for this too. Rather than using the Alexa wake command as you would on the Amazon Echo, you press a button on the remote, hold it in and speak.
While I’ve seen voice remotes before, with the likes of the Fire TV Box, this is the first time that Alexa has been built into a Fire TV product. She’s a lot cleverer than your standard voice command system, so there’s now much more you can do.
The results are fast and for the most part accurate. You can search by actor, genre or film name, and during my tests, Alexa hasn’t misunderstood a single command.
The language you can use to control her is also pretty flexible. She’ll respond any command easily and quickly which makes using it feel much more natural than voice control systems.
No matter what you’re watching, playback is stable and buffering is fast – you’ll only have to make do with a little blurry picture for a second or two before the full resolution kicks in. By comparison, Chromecast takes a little longer to even out its picture and isn’t quite as fast to load content.
As compared to Google Chromecast Ultra and Roku Streaming Stick, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is powerful, smooth, and very easy to use.
And they have upgraded the interface compare to the previous version of fire TV stick and made it very user-friendly and optimized to work smoothly.
One specification may annoy most of the user that is, it doesn’t support 4k streaming but as far as I am concerned, in such a reasonable price, it supports 1080p with 60fps without any lagging or buffering so its a plus point for Amazons fire tv stick.
Alexa response-time to voice command is good, could have been better but its good and a thumbs up.
If you’re watching Amazon or Netflix content then the interface is awesome. It’s quick, voice search works well, and it’s easy to find what you want to watch.
Faster and more stable
Alexa voice command works well
Streaming is smooth
Doesn’t support 4k resolution
Aimed Highly to Prime user