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Practical Update| But Be Aware of Remote Compatibility with TV
29 January 2019
I am using Fire TV Stick from the last 1 year. I am very much happy with the device. It has all the required features to turn your normal TV into smart. Smooth interface with no lags and compatibility with most of the Apps except the Google Apps. It totally does the job for media viewing experience.
The major gripe for me with the previous version was
1. Requirement to use two remotes.
2. Limited Internal Storage (8GB)
Amazon decided to deal with the first point and without increase in price. The new remote that has IR feature now, can Turn your TV ON/OFF and control the TV Volume. This is a very practical move which should have been included in the previous version.
Do check if your TV supports a Universal Remote for controlling. Not every brand or model does that. So ON/OFF, Volume Control and mute might or might not work.
Supported Famous Apps/Games:
Prime Video, Prime Music, Hotstar, Netflix, Airtel Cinema, Jio Cinema, Zee5, Viu, Youtube (Via thrid party apps), Firefox, Riptide GP2, Asphalt (But storage won't be enough), Crossy Roads Etc
Google Photos, Google Drive, Facebook, Jio Tv, Airtel Tv, Playstore
1. Easy to setup.
2. Intuitive interface with curated content.
3. No stuttering or hangs with good internet speed.
4. Supports Phone Mirroring.
5. Casting support for Prime Videos, Youtube Videos.
6. Option to sideload Apks.
7. Very responsive remote.
8. Remote app available to control from phone.
9. Alexa for voice search.
10. Above all, its a stand alone device unlike chromecast.
1. The screencast has a slight lag making it difficult for gaming.
2. Voice search in the remote works only for the content in Prime Video, Youtube and Browser.
3. Not a great game collection.
4. Limited storage and no SD card support.
5. Slow startup times. (Best to not switch off the adapter)
6. No option to add another amazon account. Only one account at a time.
Conclusion: If you are ok with using two remotes, you can buy the previous version that is available at discounted price. But if you don't, then buy this without any hesitation. Either way you will have a great device for your family.
I just wish they increased the internal storage atleast in this version. So one star reduced only for that.