Over the years since the first Fire TV stick was premiered, the device has gone through sea changes to fit into the needs of the modern day user. And voila! It’s now equipped with Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. Easy to use, comfy to navigate, the device is a must have for the new age entertainment savvy’s den.
What you will love: The Amazon Fire TV stick features are easy to operate and access. The device is one of the least pricey streamers in the market. Its voice control features are ultimate and will suit the owners of Amazon Echo and Dot to navigate with Alexa. Its fast and seamless interface is a game changer in the category. The device isn’t large and has a rather bland look to it as it has its entire life to be spent plugged at the hind of your TV. Amazon has usefully added an HDMI extender in its packaging to step over the issues of plugging which might occur in some TV ports.
The package comes with a USB Type-A to Micro-USB cable, a wall adapter for power, and the amazing Alexa voice remote to control the Fire TV Stick 4K with. Users don’t have to use a wall adapter if their TV has a USB port that can provide enough power to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. The stick comes with an 8GB internal storage to easily store apps, a mighty quad-core 1.7GHz CPU, and the generic Bluetooth 5.
Options galore for users looking beyond the Amazon Prime Video and Prime Music content. There are dedicated apps for streaming services such as Netflix, Hotstar, Zee5, Jio Cinema, Hungama Play, Sony Liv, Gaana, and Voot, among the list. You will also get apps such as Firefox, Silk browser, NDTV, BBC, and The Washington Post for surfing Web pages, fetching short topic-based videos, or in some cases, streaming live feeds of regular TV channels. 4K content is only available through Amazon Prime Video and Netflix (in case your Netflix plan supports 4K) for now.
What you will miss: You will miss the popular YouTube app; like the one that comes, serves as a Web browser to fetch YouTube videos that are optimized for TV viewing. It’s a functional filler, but there is a definite disparity in accessibility between what we get here and the actual app as found on the Android TV or Samsung smart TV platforms. The resolution is restricted to full-HD with standard dynamic range, so you can’t watch 4K and 4K HDR videos at full resolution on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.
When trying to use Alexa with all other apps, the experience isn’t quite as nice. Searching within Netflix or other streaming services is soggy, and the voice commands bring the app up at best. At other times, it would simply ask to download the app, or show similar or recommended search results from Amazon Prime Video section.
The issue with the interface is the random recommendations, which are suggested. These are quite erratic and do not have any link to your viewing history. Supposedly the user is strictly into English content, the recommendations still included a lot of regional content in languages one don’t even understand.
What is the verdict: The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K offers wholesome entertainment to the viewer. A big plus a user gets from an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K over the Google Chromecast is that it functions autonomously, and not as a bridge between the smartphone and TV unit. The Fire TV Stick 4K remote makes the device is handy to set up and operate. It can also work well with an Amazon Echo speaker if you already own one. So go ahead and turn your house into an entertainment zone with the all-new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.
Amazon Fire TV stick 4K – An Entertainment revolution
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K