New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is a big improvement over the previous model

We have Apple TV, Roku, and TiVo but I haven't used them in months. We use our Fire TV Stick for everything, because it just seems to work more smoothly (the Apple TV is the worst of the bunch), also we are Amazon Prime subscribers, so we get a lot of free shows (like the excellent Z, about Zelda Fitzgerald, starring Christina Ricci).

Recently Amazon introduced the new Fire TV Stick, which is better in many ways than the old version. It has Alexa voice control built into the remote, so you can just ask it to play or search for a show. The new processor makes it run faster that the old version. It also has better WiFi.

I'm going to bring the old one with me when I travel.

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  1. The first gen Fire TV Stick could be purchased with the Alexa remote as well. The GPU on the second gen is actually weaker than the first gen as are the indivudual CPU cores. A 1.2GHz A9 beats a 1.3GHz A7 by a good margin. So, unless the task parallels well, that's a step back as well.

    The move to dual band AC is a very big improvement which might make a difference for some people in poor wireless situations. But, if your router is nearby, you might just want to stick with the old, err, Stick.

    Also, Amazon says it's out of stock until 2017/3/2.

  2. Voice control: for when pushing those buttons is just too much exercise.

  3. jerwin says:

    Ever tried to to "type" with just a cursor pad and an enter key?

  4. pepik says:

    I have two Fire TV boxes, not the sticks.I went with the boxes instead of the sticks for two reasons: 4k, and ethernet ports. I have ethernet connections behind my TVs, and using them reduces the number of things that can go wrong with streaming video.

  5. They're not very similar. The Chromecasts are basically screen sharing devices. They require some other device to tell them what to do. While the Fire TV devices are standa alone video playback devices. They can also do some limited screen sharing--I think they support miracast or similar.

    Android TV devices are a more apt comparison to the Fire TV devices.

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