Having many choices can be great — except when you can’t make up your mind while you’re shopping. This can be an especially big issue when you’re looking at electronics like the many Fire TV devices on the market. Tap or click here for 10 secret Fire TV tips only the pros know.
I present to you Exhibit A: Amazon’s Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K. Which should you buy or upgrade to? Even if you have a favorite brand, it may be offering choices in the same category. It can get pretty bewildering.
There is no easy answer because it really depends on your budget. You also have to consider whether you always have to get the latest of anything or whether you’re satisfied with what you have. Here’s an overview of all three devices so you know what the differences are.
Let’s compare and contrast the different Amazon Fire TV devices you can get
Whenever you’re having trouble, we’ve got you covered. If you’re totally new to Fire TVs and you aren’t sure how they work, check out Amazon’s basic guide. But for this article, I’m assuming that you already know what streaming is.
Scroll down for a snappy breakdown of the different gadgets at your disposal. I’ll explain how they work — and what you need to keep in mind before you buy.
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1. Start with the classics
2. Upgrade with an even better stick
Plus, it supports 4K, comes with Bluetooth 5.0 (as opposed to 4.1 on the standard stick) and has 50% more buffer memory. Just remember that streaming in 4K requires more bandwidth — which often means you'll need a more expensive plan.
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