Amazon Fire TV Stick - First part

There are many things you have to take into consideration when choosing the best streaming media device for your home. And of course, with all the ones you can currently find on the market, there are many pros and cons for each one of them, you just have to find the best for you, that it fulfills all your needs.

When it comes to the Amazon Fire TV it is safe to say that it supports both videos, apps and games, it has a very powerful hardware, it comes with a simple yet elegant UI and with a great gaming performance by the Fire TV Controller.

Nevertheless, there are downsides to everything, for the Amazon Fire TV as well. The Fire TV requires a subscription and membership to the Amazon Prime Instant Video for it to really function, it doesn't have the voice search option for the third-party apps, and it doesn't explore at a maximum the benefits of the third-party apps.

The manufacturer of the device is obviously Amazon, and it comes with a Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core to 1.6 Ghz, Adreno 320 GPU, 8 GB storage, 2GB RAM, Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Free storage on the Amazon cloud, 720p and 1080p up to 60fps.

The Amazon Fire TV is a kit from Amazon, that is actually a streaming box. It has the shape of a small black box that is similar to other ones from competitors such as Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku or even the new Google Nexus Player.

The Amazon Fire TV can be found on the market and it costs slightly less than other ones, that is £79. Additionally, it has the advantage of supporting Android games that you can play on your large screen.

Design and Hardware

It is standing out the minimalist design that Amazon brought to its device, an advantage compared to other ones because it would fit in almost any environment. Also, considering that it is just 17.5mm thick, won't distract your attention from the TV. The Amazon Fire TV isn't larger than a CD case, and it comes with a perfectly matte black plastic on top, with the Amazon logo on it.

The device won't light up your room when functioning, it only has one blue LED on it, which shows you that the device is turned on and functioning.

With the Bluetooth function, you can go even further with hiding it, considering that you won't need direct access to it.

The device has a HDMI port, an optical audio, Ethernet and A/C power ports but also a USB port. However, it seems that you don't have much to do with the USB port considering that you can't place any external device. There will probably be in the nearest future some kind of upgrade that will provide you access to that. The only issue you might encounter is the lack of buttons which is a problem only for the ones that need to make sure their device is on stand-by or not.

When buying the device, you will also receive a remote, the Fire TV box, two AA batteries and a power cable. And this is all you need to set it up.