What do you do when you already have a saturated market filled with set boxes? Why not Add the Amazon Fire TV to the mix to an already crowded very competitive market. You have the likes of Roku,Apple TV and hey why not throw in the Xbox One and PS4 to the mix as well since they have the same viewing content. So what sets the Amazon Fire TV apart from the others?Lets break it all down so you can be the judge for yourself,here's what you need to know about the Amazon Fire TV.
The actual device itself is very similar to the Apple TV, it has a matte black finish above the device yet a gloss finish around its perimeter. Unlike Apple TV'S design which has a more rounded corner,Fire TV is perfectly squared off at 90 degrees on all sides , the device measures at 4"5 x 4"5 x 0.7" and weighs approximately 9.9 oz which is much bigger than the Apple TV.
Out of all the set top boxes around (not including the Xbox One and PS4) the Amazon Fire TV packs a punch when it comes to its hardware,it has a 1.75GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait 300 processor, a Qualcomm Adreno Graphic processor unit (GPU),with 2GB of RAM, Apple TV and Roku only have 512 MB of dedicated memory, it has 8GB of internal storage.
The wireless hardware within the Fire TV contains a Dual-band, dual-antenna WiFi (MIMO), 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless standard with WEP WPA and WPA2 security encryption. If you don't want to use wireless connection then you can resort to using the 10/100 wired Ethernet connection.
The Amazon Fire TV supports 720p and 1080p resolution,your actual home setup if you're using an HDMI cable or a Optical -Audio cable,then you'll have the 1080p visual.The Fire TV supports the following video codecs, H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP, and VC1. On the audio side,the Fire TV supports ACC, AC-3, E-AC, HE-A, PCM, MP3 .
Just like the Apple TV the Fire TV has the same back ports on the device starting with USB 2.0 port,HDMI,10/100 Ethernet, TOSLINK Optical Audio, 5.5mmDC .
Gaming and Voice Command Remote
You think it stops right there with hardware,nope,the star of the show with the Amazon Fire TV is its voice command remote and set top box ability to play games,yes the Fire TV plays games. First off lets take a quick look at the remote itself as it is very similar to Apple TV and Roku remote,it's seems a tad bigger and thicker in size but it has one thing that the other remotes lack,it has voice search,the microphone is located on the very top of the remote. Simply speak right into the mic your search term and your content will appear on the screen. On the gaming side of things,the Fire TV surprisingly has a large sum of gaming titles under their belt right out of the gate and yet another surprise to me is the gaming content looks pretty impressive. I want to add that you need the gaming controller which is an added accessory you can purchase for the Fire TV at a $39.99 price point.
Other than Google Chromecast which is dirt cheap at $35,the Fire TV matches price point with the other set top boxes at $99, I want add that you can now order the Fire TV which is now available for sell on Amazon's website in the US only.