Amazon just announced the Fire TV Stick for India. The device will sell on Amazon and certain retail chains for Rs 3,999 and primarily offers access to Amazon’s Prime Video service.
The Fire TV Stick will, however, face some competition from Google’s Chromecast 2, which has been available in India for a while and is almost 30 percent cheaper than the Fire Stick.
While both devices are streaming sticks that are designed to stream video to your TV, they’re fundamentally different in functionality. So which is the right one for you?
Both devices can stream from a number of services, including Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, etc.
Since the Amazon Fire TV is based on Android, it does support a number of India-centric streaming apps like Gaana, Hotstar, Eros Now and others. These are not all available on the Chromecast.
If you don’t care about Prime Video or Indian streaming services, the Chromecast is the cheaper option. If you do care, the Fire TV stick is the only option.
The Fire TV Stick runs a custom version of Android and thus, runs on decent hardware. The Chromecast doesn’t actually need apps as it’s more like a hub between you and your TV.
You can think of the Chromecast as a web browser with a TV UI that you control with your smartphone. It’s not an accurate description of the device, but it will suffice.
Now we haven’t pitted the two against each other ourselves, but reports suggest that the Fire TV stick is indeed the more powerful option and that content just streams quicker and more smoothly on the device.
The Fire TV also includes 8 GB of onboard storage, which is necessary for installing apps.
What is the hardware inside?
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is powered by a MediaTek Quad-core ARM 1.3GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM and the Mali 450 MP4 GPU. Additionally, it comes with Bluetooth 4.1, dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi and 8GB of internal storage.
It supports Dolby Audio, 5.1 surround sound, 2 channel stereo and HDMI audio-pass through up to 7.1. On the video front, the stick outputs video in both 720p and 1080p resolutions upto 60 frames per second.
The Google Chromecast 2 on the other hand comes with a 1.2GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 512MB of RAM, 256MB of internal storage and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. It is capable of outputting video at 1080p and supports 2 channel stereo, Dolby Audio and 5.1 surround sound.
While on paper, the hardware of the Fire TV Stick looks far more enticing, it must be noted that the Chromecast is a different type of device which does not need a large amount of internal storage and RAM as it does not store any applications internally.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Google Chromecast 2
How do you consume content?
The Amazon Fire TV Stick comes with a voice remote. You can simply say the name of what you want to watch and the stick will play it for you.
In the Google Chromecast 2, your smartphone is your remote. All you have to do is play a video on any Chromecast supported application on your smartphone, hit the cast button on the upper right corner and that's it.
There are pros and cons to both approaches. With the Chromecast, you can use your mobile's big display and on-screen keyboard to easily search for what you want to watch. On the other hand, you have to unlock the screen every time you want to play or pause the video.
Nothing beats the convenience of physical buttons when it comes to pausing/playing content or skipping forward/backwards in a video. While typing using the remote is very fiddly, you can use the voice feature to quickly search for content. You can also pair a Bluetooth keyboard with the Fire TV.
What is the price?
Price wise, both devices are very evenly matched. The Amazon Fire Video Stick has been priced at Rs 3,999 with a Rs 499 cashback via Amazon Pay for existing Amazon Prime customers. The Google Chromecast on the other hand is available for Rs 3,399 on Flipkart.
Which one should you buy?
The choice is an easy one. If you stream a lot of video from online services, the Fire TV Stick is definitely the better, more powerful option.
However, if you don’t do much streaming or simply don’t care for Prime Video, the Chromecast is better. It’s cheaper, for a start, and it also supports audio streaming from your device. The Chromecast also makes it very easy to stream your device’ display to a TV, making the sharing of images and video a breeze.
Of course, you could simply dump the two and get an Android TV-compatible device. It’ll cost a little more, but will be more functional than either the Chromecast or the Fire TV stick.
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