Well, even in my case, I always find it difficult to choose between two, especially when both are the best. So I’ve come with the comparison of both the latest of Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. This way you would get to know the pros and cons of both and know which one to opt for. Let’s start,
Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV have set-top boxes and wireless remote controls. The design varies a little with Amazon going for squared edges and Apple going for rounded edges. Apple has a navigational wheel inclusive of other buttons in its controller. While Amazon Fire TV has an added advantage as they have a black navigational wheel, then a microphone button inclusive of other buttons. They come with a microSD port also.
Well, if you are into gaming then definitely opt for Amazon Fire TV as it has a game controller, which you have to buy for an extra cost.
Size and resolution
Amazon Fire TV
98 x 98 x 35 (mm)
115 × 115 × 17.5 (mm)
1080p x 720p
2160p x 1080p
Both are small in size, but Apple TV is smallest of the two and is on the heavier side. Amazon Fire TV takes up more space in your room. Even when Apple has an HDMI video output at a resolution of 1080p, Amazon Fire TV tops it with a 4K video playback at 2160p.
Both the processors are really good, even when features vary a bit, you would not find much difference when you are trying to navigate in both.
Apple TV comes with a 64-bit A8 processor and a storage space of 32GB. In the case of Amazon Fire TV, there is a 2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and a Power VR GX6250 600MHz graphics. But they have come down in the internal storage with storage space of only 8GB and a microSD up to 128GB.
Amazon’s Fire TV tops in this also with its extra features like a 4K video playback and higher resolution.
Apple TV comes with an 802.11ac Wi‑Fi along with MIMO while Amazon supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Both supports Bluetooth with Bluetooth 4.0.
The ports that Apple has are HDMI 1.43 out, Ethernet, and USB‑C, while Fire TV has an HDCP 2.2-compatible HDMI port.
Well, none can be compared to that of Apple TV’s OS as it has come with loads of features like the app store for TV, Siri voice control, and screensavers which you can use either for day or night. And a mind-blowing split-screen viewing.
Amazon Fire TV has Amazon Fire OS 5.0 Bellini. The features included are movie and TV section for 4K video alone.
Since Apple TV has its very own App Store, you can choose from a wide range of apps like that of Beats Music, iTunes Radio, Crackle,Netflix, Sky News, Flickr, HBO GO, Disney Channel, Hulu Plus, Vimeo, WatchESPN, and YouTube.
Amazon Fire TV has this on its Home screen: Search, Home, Movies, TV, Watchlist, Video Library, Games, Apps, Music, Photos, Settings, and FreeTime for the US.
Also apps like Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Crackle, Bloomberg TV, Vevo, and iHeart Radio, with lots more to offer for Prime subscribers.
Apple TV (2015) is $149 with 32GB storage and the Amazon Fire TV would cost you $99.
Well, choosing one out of the two is the trickiest part in this. Apple OS is seamless and runs smooth and faster. And if you want your TV for watching movies, you should opt for Apple with its Siri voice command. It also has the most video and media content.
But if you also want to include gaming in your device, go for Amazon as it also lets you connect your TV to your smartphone allowing you to access Amazon Cloud Drive and also has a voice search feature. The price is also comparatively lesser than Apple. In my option comparing the features and Amazon Fire TV is a good bet to make.