Great Amazon Fire TV Stick review
Great Amazon Fire TV Stick review

Perhaps the Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of the best content streaming devices available on the market today, and if you seek any device from this specialty and this category in particular,

it will undoubtedly be your choice worth looking at,

it represented a very successful blow in this The field,

being a combination of voice control features with the Alexa voice assistant on the one hand,

and its support for the most prominent streaming content services on the scene on the other hand.

Amazon followed this device with a newer version a year later that is the Fire TV Stick 4K,

which allowed 4K display resolution with HDR support in addition to providing it with a quad-core processor with an improved frequency of 1.7GHz,

and in general,

the fundamental difference between the Amazon Fire device reviewed here and that subsequent brother And its predecessor,

which stopped its manufacture,

Amazon Fire TV,

that these latter supports 4K UHD while the former is not.

With a very reasonable price

– if not a low transfer –

at $ 39.99, this device provides a very distinctive interface,

combining speed and smoothness,

supported by voice search functions to access the most important features and functions of the applications installed in the device.

However,

despite the fact that this latest and latest version of the Amazon has carried unique improvements since the first version was launched years ago,

there are some disadvantages that may spoil the user experience;

for example,

a large number of supported applications available for the device did not guarantee that it would succeed Due to its lack of major content broadcasting services

such as in many countries such as Now TV,

and its extensive experience concluded that voice search features do not fully cover the major content streaming services most of the time.

The content of our previous talk is that if you do decide to go ahead with the regular Amazon Fire (without 4K),

you will undoubtedly enjoy the enjoyment of its use and its elegant features, and this, of course,

considering its low cost is an encouraging factor.

But on the other hand,

if you are a fan of TV shows and movies,

and don’t accept that your experience is restricted to a handful of streaming services, you might find it on Roku devices, or even Google Chromecast,

a worthy choice.

Design and delivery


If you have already used the previous generation Amazon Fire TV Stick, you notice that the design of the new version is very familiar,

as the dimensions of the main device block are limited to 85.9mm length, 30.0mm width, and 12.6mm thickness,

and are designed to directly connect to the HDMI port on the back To the TV screen.

When connecting an Amazon Fire device you will immediately notice that it will occupy a little more volume than any other regular HDMI cable connected to your TV,

but fortunately, to avoid these common obstacles, Amazon has included a short (Male-to-Female) connection cable or A female reminder) will do the trick,

and help fit the device.

On the side of the device,

there is a micro USB port for powering up, and if your TV screen is a fairly recent model, it is likely that there is at least one USB port somewhere on the back, but you may not need to think too much about this part, as Amazon provided a power adapter Especially in the device tray, with a long enough USB cable, often.

New improvements


As we mentioned earlier, you may not distinguish any significant difference between the old generation and the new generation of the device,

whether you have already acquired the old or examined it somewhere,

but the content tells another story altogether,

as the new device provided a concrete upgrade from its former brother,

and perhaps the first thing worth mentioning in this It’s an upgrade to the Wi-Fi standard from 802.11n to the fastest speeds of 802.11ac,

which helps make content faster in the sync or buffer process. Also, the CPU of the new device jumped from being dual to quad-core,

Dolby support was upgraded to 5.1,

and Bluetooth 4.1 was adopted instead of earlier 3.0.

Unfortunately,

the advantage that most users have become indifferent

(may soon become the same standard) is the accuracy of the display,

the potential of Amazon Fire has not seen any upgrade in this regard from the previous generation and is still limited to 1080p only,

and without HDR support,

although Google She managed to get her Chromecast Ultra devices ready to handle 4K content directly,

so if you want a streaming media device capable of handling 4K content,

and also from Amazon,

at the price of the device mentioned today,

you might consider buying the Amazon Fire TV model 2017 and check out the best available offers.

remote control


Speaking of the biggest ‘noticeable’ change in the Amazon Fire with its new generation, we have the controller. Initially,

the six lower buttons are still in place exactly as in the old controller, as is the case of a circle

or the navigation panel on the four sides of the menus within the device’s applications and operating system, and the change made was adding a button for voice control,

which once merely long pressed,

will enable you to Call Alexa Voice Assistant,

in a step that aims primarily to simplify searches and find the user for the desired TV show accurately,

and independently of his having to type letters and search words via an on-screen keyboard,

but it is worth noting here that the effectiveness of this function is limited on the ground, and The experiment, of course,

confirms this claim,

which we will discuss later in this review.

While the application does not provide a private listening feature, as in the Roku application,

which allows audio streaming to the speakers of the smart device that includes the application in order to allow the use of headphones or speakers connected directly to the phone,

it can be compensated by any headphones or a group of speakers that support Bluetooth technology already available with Amazon Fire version 4.1.

Fire TV OS


Amazon uses its highly modified custom Android operating system to run on this device, as is the case with other Fire TV devices,

and this operating system is somewhat similar to Google Android TV, with an interface that includes large rows of icons displaying apps and content categorized into categories. several.

Of course,

Amazon Fire uses a limited custom version of the Amazon store apps instead of Google Play, and through it,

you will enjoy the applications of most major and major content broadcasting services,

including Amazon (definitely!), Crunchyroll, HBO NOW, Hulu, Netflix, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV,

Spotify, and also Youtube,

noting that it lacks services like Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music,

and Vudu, all of which are available on Roku by the way.

Performance and quality of use


There is no doubt that Amazon Fire TV Stick is a device that flies away in terms of speed, and this will be evident when scrolling through and browsing menus,

whether in its operational interface or within applications and as long as your internet connection meets the purpose,

the content you want will be played directly as soon as it is chosen.

Speaking of the user interface,

I have prepared in an explicit direction to suit primarily the limited experience in working with this type of technology,

so we see a list of the latest applications and offers open or accessed within the home screen,

with the possibility of scrolling up and down,

or right It is easy to find and review different types of content and applications.

But things are not very idealistic either,

as it may annoy your inability to access the content of some applications directly from the main panel or screen, i.e. you often have to access the application,

then select the content,

and as a more accurate description,

the matter may take advantage of you from some of you. The time to be able to open the content that you desire within some applications, and not others,

especially if you mainly rely on the search function within the device’s operating interface.

Let’s talk now about the content platforms supported on Amazon Fire in general, and if it is limited to the services supported in the global search service from Amazon

(the Amazon Prime and Netflix platforms are the biggest names in this regard),

you will have an ideal experience with the videos on this device,

as most of your efforts To do is either go up and make the main menu easier to access the search box and type the display name that you want via the Amazon keyboard on the screen via the controller or simply,

press and hold the Voice Search button on the controller,

then pronounce the name of the content that you would like,

if I had previously used any of the series Amazon Echo smart headsets or amplifiers, you will realize the degree of accuracy

that is recognized in the company’s product recognition system,

and of course,

the Amazon Fire TV Stick is no exception to this (to a reasonable extent), if the system does not propose

to you the content that we have spoken accurately

– which is It is rarely encountered – it will give you more than one related option.

While the application does not provide a private listening feature,

as in the Roku application,

which allows audio streaming to the speakers of the smart device that includes the application

in order to allow the use of headphones or speakers connected directly to the phone,

it can be compensated by any headphones or a group of speakers

that support Bluetooth technology already available with Amazon Fire version 4.1.

Fire TV OS


Amazon uses its highly modified custom Android operating system to run on this device, as is the case with other Fire TV devices,

and this operating system is somewhat similar to Google Android TV,

with an interface that includes large rows of icons displaying apps and content categorized into categories. several.

Of course,

Amazon Fire uses a limited custom version of the Amazon store apps instead of Google Play and through it,

you will enjoy the applications of most major and major content broadcasting services,

including Amazon (definitely!),

Crunchyroll,

HBO NOW,

Hulu,

Netflix,

PlayStation Vue,

and Sling TV,

Spotify, and also Youtube,

noting that it lacks services like Google Play Movies & TV,

Google Play Music,

and Vudu,

all of which are available on Roku by the way.

Performance and quality of use


There is no doubt that Amazon Fire TV Stick is a device that flies away in speed,

and this will be evident when scrolling through and browsing menus,

whether in its operational interface or within applications

and as long as your internet connection is sufficient,

the content you want will be played directly as soon as it is chosen.

Speaking of the user interface,

I have prepared in an explicit direction to suit primarily the limited experience in working with this type of technology,

so we see a list of the latest applications and offers open or accessed within the home screen,

with the possibility of scrolling up and down,

or right It is easy to find and review different types of content and applications.

However,

things are not very idealistic either,

as it may annoy your inability to access the content of some applications directly from the main panel or screen, i.e. you often have to access the application,

and then select the content and as a more accurate description,

the matter may take advantage of you from some of you.

The time to be able to open the content that you desire within some applications,

and not others,

especially if you mainly rely on the search function within the device’s operating interface.

Let’s talk now about the content platforms supported on Amazon Fire in general,

and if it is limited to the services supported in the global search service

from Amazon (the Amazon Prime and Netflix platforms are the biggest names in this regard),

you will have an ideal experience with the videos on this device,

as most of your efforts To do is either go up and make the main menu easier to access the search box and type the display name

that you want via the Amazon keyboard on the screen via the controller,

or simply,

press and hold the Voice Search button on the controller,

then pronounce the name of the content that you would like,

if you I had previously used any of the series Amazon Echo smart headsets or amplifiers, you will realize the degree of accuracy

that is recognized in the company’s product recognition system,

and of course, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is no exception to this (to a reasonable extent), if the system does not propose

to you the content that we have spoken accurately –

which is It is rarely encountered – it will give you more than one related option.

last word


Frankly, it seems as though Amazon has somewhat missed the opportunity with the new generation of Amazon Fire (especially in the 1080p version),

it is true that there is a wide range of functions that are supposed to facilitate and enrich the user experience,

but at the same time,

it only gives crumbs to those They are far from the company’s own service,

but it can be said – simply –

that the device is excellent and more than enough for Amazon fans and sponsors of its services as well as for Netflix offers,

and this is not the case for other categories in any way.

The interface with the supported Amazon services is closer to dreaming about its beauty, strength, and speed,

but just going into bit by bit in other services will bring you symptoms of device shortages,

which often make it just a superficial middleman effect and features to cross over to other apps interface.

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