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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

2017-06-26T20:25:48-05:00 By |Android TV Box, Fire TV|47 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!

          • Stephen Keller

            Another reason to root is to have the ability to use the app called adaway, which blocks all ads on the device. And to have the ability to install custom roms.

  • 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.

    • mvf002

      Choose another site to stream from, usually all “Gvideo” or use the
      “openload” if you have another device close to plug in the info

    • Stephen Keller

      Download easyadvanced setting addon and write the xml file to allow faster buffering. (google it)

  • 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?

    • Jim

      Depends on you, best thing to do is search, (all claim to be better than the other), I can tell you this, if you travel a lot or want one streaming device for multiple TV’s (one view at a time) then the stick is for you, if load time is a factor, the stick is not for you, the fire box is very good, but you have to learn to install kodi,, same as stick (its not hard, youtube it), then there is the android boxes, look for space and ram, read reviews, you want fully set up with an updater and can play 4k, even if your tv doesn’t, I know so many people that bought fully loaded boxes that weren’t fully loaded, take some time and look around, what’s good for me may not be good for you

      • Jim

        I use skystreamx one, also have a firetv box

  • ? 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

    • Nell Darling

      My android box won’t take kodi 17.1 or I jus can’t figure our how to do it. So I reloaded 16.1 back on my box

      • Keep in mind that Kodi 17 now requires that you are on Android 5.0 or higher so that could be the problem.

        • Nell Darling

          Oh OK maybe , I was able to gt kodi 17.1 on my phone with no problem

      • Stephen Keller

        Download FTMC instead of kodi 16.1. Downfall about using kodi 16.1 is you won’t be able to watch content in HD. FTMC is based off of kodi 16 jarvis but has been tweaked to play HD (html5).

  • John Amici

    Is altering the firestick with kodi illegal?

    • Patrick Howard

      yes

      • Jim

        no it isn’t, you have to allow 3rd party software for your individual box, stick whatever, now if you sell a stick, box for profit with 3rd party software installed, then you are stealing and is illegal

        • Matt Clara

          It’s not stealing, it’s copyright infringement.

    • Jim

      no

    • Danny Hall

      It depends on the add-on

  • LG MAJESTYK

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

  • George Hobson

    Is there an app to use on my smartphone that will act as a remote control for a android box?

  • Nell Darling

    I have an android box, have never used fire stick before. On my android box I only use modi n I added a mouse n keyboard to me system. If kodi is acting up I use showbox to watch movies

    • Race Walters

      If using showbox be sure to be running your vpn they shut my internet off for copy infridge because of my ip so USE A VPN!

      • Stephen Keller

        You only need a vpn when watching videos from the torrent section of showbox. If you are streaming from their servers you don’t need a vpn cause you only get flagged when uploading.

  • robert

    hello, i use xcody 4k android box and it works great with kodi and other apps, my only problem is when i use an app to watch movies or tv shows i have very low light in scenes where it has dark background, i know thats to be expected but i mean it’s really dark it’s hard to see whats going on, i have tried adjusting the brightness on my tv and in kodi but it’s still the same, i don’t just get this using kodi i get it using any app i use on my android box so i googled this problem and it seems many have the same problem so i am thinking to buy an amazon fire tv but the question is while it be the same as on the android box the low light

    • Race Walters

      Darkness is a problem here to i think its just a low quality sream. So for the rice ill live with it.

      • Stephen Keller

        Replace Kodi with the FTMC app (kodi clone) from freaktab. Fixes the low light problem and also fixss the HD problems that the older android boxes have.

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  • gary

    i have a mi box 3 android box. the chromecast on it works great. Kodi can be download from google play. Kodi works really well. It has a remote the looks like a fire remote and has a nice screen lay out. the only thing i dislike is the mouse toggle works

  • CHAMP

    WHICH ONE IS THE BEST ONE TO BUY AMAZON FRIE TV JAILBROKEN OR THE ANDROD TV BOX

  • Question

    This is all way too much info and too many different opinions. I want to buy either the fire box or android but I want to be able to watch live tv as if I am using TWC or any other cable service. I would also like HBO and other premium channels and movies are a plus. In lemans terms, please tell me which is best to buy. I am not technically saavy, so I don’t know when you start talking about all of the technical stuff. I see the fire box is $89.99 and the Android is $39 so if they do the same thing then I’d go w/ cheaper of course. I also plan to get two fire sticks for my kids, would that be the best route?

  • GooeyGUI

    Depending on your tech savviness.. I’d say Fire TV for inexperienced users and for people who like what Fire TV/Stick already has to offer, or go with a brand name Android TV box or, setup a micro board PC (ODROID, OrangePi, Raspberry Pi 3, etc.) and install Android TV in as little as a few steps. Fire TV is a solid buy on it’s own, and unless you are installing Android TV on a customizable micro board, then buying a cheap or overseas off-brand box is a risky, risky buy, for many reasons…

    I am using an ODROID-XU4, which can run you up to $100+ depending on the accessories, but its an 8 core monster that powers through games and multiple applications providing an outstanding experience. You just need to download the Android TV image, use a program to install it to an SD card, put that card in your ODROID, and it will just install as soon as you power it on. After about 20 minutes, you unplug, flip a small switch, and you’re running the latest Android TV (Android TV 7.1.2 as of writing) that is rooted, untucked, able to run phone versions of Android apps if you want, and much more! And if that sounded like too much for you, go with a premium Android TV box, Android based TV set, of simply a fire TV or Stick. Just try and avoid cheap Android TV boxes. 🙂