If you are in the market for a device to stream your favorite content, Amazon offers two great products that are sure to suit your viewing needs. This article will take a deeper look at the Fire TV vs. Fire Stick and tell you everything you need to know about both.
While all are awesome streaming devices they do have some key differences. The biggest variation you will find is price. Below are descriptions and details of the two most current versions offered by Amazon, as well as details of a 4th Fire TV device.
Fire TV vs Fire Stick – What’s the Difference?
When Amazon unveiled its new Fire TV lineup in 2017 there were some obvious changes from prior versions. The new model of Amazon’s Fire Stick offered Alexa Voice Assist which was previously unavailable for Stick users.
With the assist of Alexa Voice Remote, the Fire TV 3 and Fire Stick can sync with any Echo device to enable hands-free operation. There is also an added dongle attachment for the Fire TV 3 which keeps your device hidden. Overall, both can be considered an upgrade from Amazon’s previous version of these devices.
Now let’s take a look at the differences between the two devices. The chart below shows the main variations between the Fire TV Stick 4k & the Fire TV 3.
Fire TV 3 with 4k Ultra HD
Fire TV Stick 4k with Alexa Voice Remote
|Resolution||Up to 4K Ultra HD||Up to 4k Ultra HD|
|Processor||Quad core ARM 1.5 GHz||Quad core ARM 1.7 GHz|
|Audio||Dolby Atmos||Dolby Atmos|
|Storage||8 GB||8 GB|
|Memory||2 GB||1.5 GB|
After unveiling the new Fire TV Stick 4k in October of 2018, it was clear there are some definite advantages to this device. One of the greatest features this offers is a Volume Control button on the Alexa Voice Remote. This means no more using two separate remotes to administer your device.
However, the price of the Fire Stick 4k jumped $10 from the previous version of the Fire Stick to $49.99. If you are looking for the cheapest option, I recommend the 2nd Generation Fire Stick.
When viewing and streaming content, most of us want the best picture quality possible. That is why we purchase High Definition television sets and upgrade as soon as something better becomes available. With both Fire TV devices, resolution quality is not an issue. Both the Fire Stick 4k and Fire TV 4k have the ability to stream 4k movies and video which is the highest resolution available.
If you use a television set that only has a resolution up to 1080p, the 1st Generation Fire Stick is a great option. With some of the newer TV’s available in 4K UHD the Fire TV 3 and Fire Stick 4k pair perfectly. Overall, this is all a matter of preference. Obviously, a Fire Stick will still work just fine on a 4K resolution TV and vice versa, it is just something to consider when examining the Fire TV vs. Fire Stick.
Storage & Memory
For storage, both the Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV 3 offer 8 GB capacity. The new Fire Stick 4k also has an upgraded amount of memory almost totaling that of the Fire TV 3. Both are fitting choices for anyone looking to stream Movies and TV Shows on their device. The RAM or “Random Access Memory” is vital in helping your device’s speed. If you are looking for a high powered device, I suggest the Fire TV Cube which is explained in more detail below.
When testing both of these on various functions, the Fire TV 3 was noticeably faster. Everything from powering the device on, to opening an app, to playing a video, all work significantly faster on the Fire TV 4K UHD. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Fire Stick is slow, you will just see less buffering and lag on the Fire TV 3. Especially if you are side-loading apps such as Kodi and Cinema APK.
The Other Option – Fire TV Cube
In June of 2018, Amazon released the Fire TV Cube that allowed for completely hands-free capabilities. This combined the power of the Fire TV along with Alexa for an all-in-one streaming experience.
This device offers a bigger internal storage capacity of 16 GB compared to 8 GB in the Fire TV 3 and Fire Stick. This means you will have more space for apps, downloads, etc. With that being said, it does have a heftier price that comes with it. The Fire TV Cube costs $119.99 which is more than double that of the Fire Stick.
For those who love the Alexa technology and want to be able to control their TV and Fire TV with only their voice, the Cube is the perfect fit for you. However, if you are simply looking to stream Movies, TV Shows, and more, I suggest the Fire Stick or Fire TV 3.
In my Fire TV Cube Review, I go through all features and details of this device to help you determine if it is the right device for you.
With the current versions of Amazon Fire TV/Stick both offered at a fairly cheap price it is easy to see why these are such popular devices. In addition to their low price point, there are some great benefits of both. With the Fire Stick, you will be able to stream all your favorite apps and save a few bucks upon purchasing. However, if gaming is something you are looking to do with your Fire TV, the 3rd Generation Fire TV is the better choice.
Many who purchase the Fire TV or Fire Stick do so in hopes of jailbreaking their device. While this term is used often to describe the process of altering the device’s firmware, this is not what occurs. By “jailbreaking” you simply allow 3rd party apps not available within the Amazon App Store to be installed on your device. My Jailbreak Firestick Tutorial is one of the most popular and will show you the easiest, fastest way to get all the best applications.
If this is what you will be using your Fire TV for, TROYPOINT recommends installing a VPN for your protection. The Fire TV 3 is the better option for those of you that will use a VPN on your device as it has proven quicker download speeds. If you would like to learn how to install a VPN on Fire TV/Stick, follow the link below:
Overall, you cannot go wrong choosing either of these terrific streaming devices. With that in mind, select the device that what will work best for your needs. If you need a simple device to stream content, the Fire Stick is perfect. However if you’d like a little more bang for your buck, the Fire TV 3 is unbeatable. For more information and tutorials on both of these devices, see the links below: