Should You Buy the New Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote?
The new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote from Amazon is the latest TV streaming device from the
company. It is the company’s attempt to find a happy medium between their existing Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Confused? The Fire device is the high end model selling for $84.99. It has voice control, supports 4K, has more processing power, more games, and expandable storage. The Amazon Stick is priced at $39.99 and is primarily used just to stream TV (in 1080p). It is small and discreet, and plugs directly into your television’s HDMI port.
Amazon’s TV Stick with Voice Remote performs all of the functions that you would expect from any streaming device. It can access Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and music streaming services such as Pandora and iHeartRadio. What makes this new model different from the original Amazon TV Stick is the Voice Remote. Instead of manually typing in a search you speak into the mic built in to the remote control. Use your voice to find that show or movie you feel like watching. Ask to see a particular genre or movies with your favorite actor or actress.
Perks of the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote
The Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote is pretty standard. Here are the main perks:
- The TV Stick with Voice Remote caters to Amazon Prime members. Some of the advantages of being owning the Amazon TV Stick and being a Prime member include: 1) Access to Prime Video. Prime Video includes thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost. 2) Prime Music offers Prime Playlists and commercial-free music streaming. 3) Free storage in the Amazon Cloud Drive for all of your photos. This means you can access your entire photo collection right to your television using your Amazon Fire device.
- The voice remote also includes Alexa, Amazon’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana . Ask Alexa for information about sports scores, trivia, or what the weather is like all right from your Fire TV Stick remote.
- The Amazon TV Stick is one of the cheaper streaming devices available. The Chromecast is $15 less, but the device offers 4 times the storage.
Where to Buy the Amazon Fire TV Stick
You can find the Amazon Fire TV Stick at various retail stores and websites. I recommend buying directly from the Amazon website where you can get free shipping on any order over $35. If you’re looking to try out the new product with the option of returning it you may want to try a local retailer that offers an open box return policy. Amazon’s return policy requires that the return is unopened.
Final Recommendation for the Amazon Fire TV Stick With Voice Remote
One of the things I’m most excited about here is how this product could pair with the Amazon Echo. As far as I know, the two do not yet function side by side. However, this feature is a no brainer. I expect Amazon to add compatibility between the two in the very near future. The new TV Stick with Voice Remote is a really cool product, no doubt. If you’re not willing to spend the money to get a higher end device then this will satisfy your need. There are a few points that I need to make, however.
For one, if you spent the money on a 4K TV, then spend the extra couple of dollars and get a streaming device that supports this format. These include the Amazon Fire and the Roku 4, among others. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Amazon TV Stick is an Amazon product, which means that its services and user interface are very Amazon-centric. If you are an Amazon Prime member then this (or other Amazon product) should be the streaming device you choose. And that last point I’d like to make is that if you want to you can actually spend $10 less and get the Amazon Fire TV Stick WITHOUT the voice remote and still have access to the voice assist feature. You can have access to all of the voice controls via the iOS and Android apps. These apps perform the voice feature perfectly, plus it actually works as a better navigation tool than the Fire TV Stick Voice Remote control in my opinion.
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick with voice remote is a fine product. The voice commands work really well and the device itself is easy to use. But I just don’t think that it’s really needed. If you don’t mind spending $50, by all means you will be getting a fine product. I don’t have any major complaints about the new product. It works and it’s inexpensive. But I recommend either saving $10 and going with the original Amazon TV Stick sans voice remote, or spending the extra $35 and getting the Fire TV, just in case you plan on upgrading to a 4K TV in the future.