Amazon Fire TV Stick with voice remote vs Google Chromecast 2

Amazon Fire TV Stick with voice remote vs Google Chromecast 2: SMART TV’s and streaming sticks such as Google Chromecast have made it incredibly easy for people to consume online content straight on their televisions.

amazon-fire-stickAmazon launched the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote in India on Wednesday. The Fire TV Stick comes with a quad-core processor and fast Wi-Fi for great picture quality. The TV Stick is priced at Rs 3,999, and is available for purchase on www.amazon.in/firetvstick. “Fire TV Stick is the powerful streaming media device that plugs into an HDTV and lets customers access thousands of movies, TV shows, apps, and games,” claims Amazon in a press release.

google_chromecast_2The Google Chromecast 2 and Amazon Fire TV Stick, which one is a best buy? what would you choose
The Amazon Prime Video stick allows you to watch content from almost all major video streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, YouTube, Eros Now and Gaana. What is incredibly interesting is the fact that you can also consume content from Netflix – Amazon Prime Video’s most formidable competitor.

The Google Chromecast can be used to consume content from Netflix, YouTube, Hotstar, Eros Now, Gaana and more. Where the Chromecast gains a leg up over the Prime Video Stick is the fact that you can mirror your mobile (Android), laptop or desktop’s screen on to the television, thereby allowing you to watch almost anything on the big screen. You can also cast your locally stored content on the TV.

The Fire TV Stick makes it easy for the users to easily search Amazon Video content using the available voice.  It comes with spoken language support for Indian customers in Hindi and English. “Fire TV Stick offers access to a vast selection of movies and TV shows, popular apps, and features designed specifically for customers in India including powerful voice search for Amazon Video titles in Hindi and English,” says Marc Whitten, Vice President of Amazon Fire TV.

“With Amazon Prime, customers have access to free and fast delivery on eligible items, and access to Amazon Prime Video, which has the largest selection of latest and exclusive movies and TV shows, ad-free across Indian and Hollywood movies, US TV shows, popular Indian and international kids’ shows, award-winning Amazon Original shows and, coming soon, original Indian shows with top talent and filmmakers,” notes Amazon India.

“We started Prime with unlimited fast delivery and then added unlimited access to Prime Video at no additional cost. Now, Fire TV Stick transforms TV viewing and makes the Prime experience even better,” said Amit Agarwal, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of Amazon India. “Customers can now instantly stream their favourite movies and TV shows right from an HDTV, and easily find new content using just their voice,” he continues.

Hardware comparison:

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.

How can you use each of these:

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.

The google Chromecast 2 allows you to mirror your mobile, laptop or desktop’s screen on to the television, thereby allowing you to watch almost anything on the big screen”

Pricing:

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.

So, What would you choose out these two ?? 🙂

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