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Fire TV or Android BoxFire TV or Android Box?  I have received this question over 200 times within the past month from TROYPOINT subscribers who currently use a Fire TV or Stick but are curious about an Android TV Box.

The Android TV Box industry has blown up and their are hundreds of options when shopping for one of these streaming devices.  Many of these devices are capable of playing 4K video and carry a small price tag of under $50.  This is an affordable entertainment center once Kodi and all of the best addons are installed.  Very easy to cut the cable or dish cord with a setup like this.

When asking yourself whether you want to use a Fire TV or Android Box, you first need to see how each device works.

I am assuming that the majority of people who are reading this article are already using the Fire TV or Stick.

While I was reviewing the new GoStreamer G5+ Box, I thought that I would put together a video that would show exactly how these Android Boxes work and the pluses and minuses that come with them as well.

I am of the belief that if you spend most of your time within Kodi Media Center, the Android Boxes are a great option due to the low price points and powerful systems.  However, due to the cumbersome user interface and poor remotes, if the individual is not using Kodi, I would suggest sticking with the Fire TV or Stick.

Below are the items that I mention within the video where I answer the question of whether you should use a Fire TV or Android Box.

Rii I8 Mini 2.4Ghz Wireless Touchpad Keyboard

MXQ Pro 4K

GoStreamer G5+

 

Fore those of you who already own an Android Box, please post in the comment section below what you like most about Android Boxes and what you dislike most about them.  This will help our readers decide on the Fire TV or Android Box.

Fire TV or Android Box Video

2016-12-28T21:45:27+00:00 By |Android TV Box, Fire TV|21 Comments
  • Scotto

    I’ve just started using an Android TV box and I love it. The only thing that stops it from replacing the HTPC in my main setup is the inability of it to play video at 23.976 fps. It can do 24fps but introduces a jitter which annoys me.
    If they can get that implemented then it’s a no brainer, Android boxes throughout the house!
    Great video as always 🙂

    • Hey Scotto, thank you for your comment. I like my Android TV Boxes as well since I mostly use Kodi anyway. I get a little annoyed when trying to use YouTube on a box that doesn’t have an optimized version for remote but other than that, they are great.

  • Steve Mack

    After reading your review of the Android TV boxes I bought a Q-BOX 4K Amlogic S905 TV Box Android 5.1 2G/16G 2.4G+5G Dual Band WIFI 1000M LAN Bluetooth4.0. After updating the firmware and rooting it, I’m extremely pleased with it and have now relegated my FireTV Stick with Kodi to the basement TV and as my travel Kodi device.

    The Q-box runs Kodi so much smoother than the FireTV Stick and I run my VPN using the OpenVPN app while running Kodi at the same time and have no issues.

    Per your recommendation, I bought the Rii I8 Mini 2.4Ghz Wireless Touchpad Keyboard and it makes a huge difference.

    Thanks for your recommendations. I’m very pleased with my current set up thanks to you. We appreciate all your guidance and help.

    • Steve, great job on the Q-Box. If you don’t mind me asking, why did you root your Q-Box? I am curious to hear about the features that you are using with this device being rooted. Thanks again for your comments!

      • Steve Mack

        Thanks, Troy. I owe my beginning to venture out and start using Android TV boxes and the Q-Box to you.

        As for why I rooted, I’ve always rooted my Android devices, mainly phones. Specifically, I installed Titanium Backup (TiBu), which requires root, so I could remove or freeze system apps that had been installed on the Q-Box previously. I froze gmail and several other apps, so all that remains installed are the apps I need (Kodi, OpenVPN, Speed Test, etc.). I also made backups of the apps using TiBu and that allowed me to more easily install those same apps on the Q-Box I bought for my friend and sister.

        The Q-Box now find smoother and leaner with less bloatware installed.

        • Awesome, Steve. Thanks for your reply on that!

  • Ron Winchester

    Hi Troy,
    I splurged for the Matricom G-Box Q2 for 94 bucks. I couldn’t be happier. With 16GB memory I was able to increase my cacemembuffersize 6x what it was ob Kodi. This was after adding all the apps and games I and Wifey use. Buffering is pretty much nonexistent now. I don’t see how anyone can do withoout the play store on Google. Updating Kodi is only a matter of pulling it up and clicking ‘Update’.

    What I don’t like is the remote. It works as well as the Firestick remote on Kodi, but is pretty much useless on Youtube and Chrome. A mouse is a must, and a keyboard is even better.

    Thanks for your tutorials,

    Ron

  • Virgo Lady2828

    Hi Troy,
    I have the Android TV box my question is, my box is not playing any movie video or any sound anymore it was when I got it last month but I did put some add-ons but not sure if they where just for Amazon Fire TV Stick add-ons and doesn’t work on my Android box could be the problem help please….
    Thanks Linda Q

    • I would suggest trying to do a factory reset. You should be able to find that within your settings. Or, it will say Factory Restore.

      • Frank Rizo

        Send it back and get yourself a FireTv Stick. Why pay for problems?

  • Vanessa Toussaint

    I have had the android tv box and on Teen Wolf 5 out of the 16 episodes for Season 1 are ALL EPISODE 1. The hell is up with that. On movies it BUFFERS like a mo fo. But never Youtube or TV shows. Im paying over $100 for the fastest internet possible, so it couldnt be me. Newer movies always has subtitles in a different language. Rise of the Planet Of The Apes is SUPPOSE to have subtitles when the apes talk! With all these issues lead me to return the box. Any suggestions for something else?

    • mark

      it’s because you’re watching “illegal” streams of movies, usually from india. and a lot of the buffering is to do with the p2p traffic used to stream a lot of those movies. it could also be THEIR internet which is causing the slowness, not yours or the box’s problems.

    • Ricky Paschall

      I don’t know that series or which “channel” you’re watching on…but I’ll try to piggyback on what Mark said. I’ve run into that say on The Big Bang Theory. Need to set preferences in subtitle to your prefered language.(won’t totally cure). Clean cache,etc. Ares and Eco wizards are two that’ll do it for you. Go to an ‘legal’ stream. Watch YouTube videos that will show you how to ‘tweak’ your memory settings. Disengage the 1st hardware acceleration in your skin (can only do in expert/advanced). If the subtitles were not downloaded by you, and they appear on screen…that is a downside of ‘free’ streaming….seems Korea and India ‘provide’ newer movies first. Wait a few weeks, and if it’s popular an English language version will appear.

  • Ben Blackman

    I have the 95z plus and couldn’t be more happier. I installed the easy kodi installer from Play and updated a community build called Royton. This had given me a lovely interface with even picking out the links to the current playing sky films.

    I find the waiting on exodus long sometimes while it searches through different providers and can be annoying if doesn’t find one, but that’s cake and eat it thinking.

    The lil remote is not great, and you wish you had a linked phone (which I’m hoping to find how?) but I managed to link my ps3 controller which the sticks act as a great mouse.

    Friends always say the football streams lag with firestick and not good at HD. I subscribe to sportsmaina and can’t believe the quality of the streams.

    V happy bunny, just trying work out how to install kodi17, as wasn’t installed via Google play, so has not got the update option.

  • Antonio Botello

    I would like to get an Android box (H96 Pro Plus looks promising), as a second stream box (I have an Amazon Fire TV 2) and while I use Kodi mostly for my offline collection (I don’t do Genesis, Exodus, or those other “unofficial” streaming services), I want to be able to use a good remote (the Amazon Fire TV remote is great), and also be able to use Android TV apps, since they work great with a remote.

    Can I do that?

  • Christie Moore

    I don’t have Fire stick or Android box. Can somebody tell me which is the best to get?

  • ? Sue Cooper ?

    I’ve got a Fire Stick and the downside is navigation which is cumbersome especially if you want to install apps etc or use the Internet as there is no keypad

  • Nate

    We have 3 android TV. boxes and 2 fire sticks of which we only use one.Because friends ask for android box recommendations but are leery to buy on the internet, We just recently ordered a number of boxes after we learn/compare the ease of operation., they are sold to friends. For people who find side loading difficult or those who just dont want to do the programming or updating TV boxes are great as there are. a number of companies that provide continuous updating service. In fact we are quite surprised on the ease of setup and use, older non tech folks who don’t/won’t purchase online will stand in-line to get a demo before purchasing. A wireless keyboard or air-mouse is a must with the android units. Happy viewing!

  • Kazik Kowalski

    Troy, I presume that amazons version of Android is basedon version 4.x and not 5.x r 6.x? This would make is incompatible with Krypton as in some of the Exodus stream for example, any views?

    I found this which means that the Fire Box has to be Android 5.1 at least

    For those with technical knowledge who want more info, file hosts are now using TLSv1.1 or TLSv2 which is
    introduced in python 2.7.9 and the python interpreter that Kodi 16.1 uses only supports TLSv1.

    Remember, Kodi 17 is not supported on Android 4.4

  • John Amici

    Is altering the firestick with kodi illegal?

  • LG MAJESTYK

    Sounds like you got a stick with a generic wizard installation!!!