So quiet back here....

Discussion in 'Amazon Android Phones & Tablets' started by Sydman, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Sydman

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    Well, since there is not much activity back here, thought I would post something.

    I went ahead and pre-ordered two of these guys, $41 for two of them with free Prime shipping.

    Fire TV Stick - Official Site - Shop Now

    I have two of the Fire TVs and love them greatly. I rooted both of them and put XBMC on them, they are fantastic media devices.

    There will be some performance loss with the stick I am sure, but I figured I can give one to my mom who just signed up for Amazon Prime, and then tinker with the other one.
     
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    Do you have a smart TV?
     
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    Yeah, Sony Bravia XBR 55 inch, from 2010 though.
     
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    I was curious as to what one of these would offer that a smart TV doesn't have. I've wondered about Chromecast and Apple TV as well.
     
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    I have 3 Chromecast devices as well, love those too! Smart TVs are okay, at least for me, the UI is terrible and slow. That could be because mine is 4+ years old now, but it was never a viable option for me.

    I use Chromecast for watching YouTube videos and listening to Google Music and Pandora through the surround sound. I love the Fire TV because they can run XBMC, and run it very well. I have my FTP server hooked into XBMC with all my TV Show and Movie files on it. I don't have live TV, I just use this to watch what I want, commercial free.

    The FireTV was a great way to watch Prime videos without having to use my PS4, which was my only device that supported it before. This way I get to save life on my PS4 along with all the other added benefits.

    Apple TV will do more of the same as the Fire TV does, just at a greater cost with less performance. Not hating on Apple, they make good products, but they make you pay for that. I paid $84 for one Fire TV, and $64 for the other since Amazon had a coupon for Students Day.

    Well worth either price, even at the full $99, they are cheaper, and better IMO, than the Apple TV.
     
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