Chromecast or Fire Stick: What’s the ideal choice?

by April 26, 2017
Chromecast vs Firestick

Streaming content on the TV just became easier and more fantastic for TV fanatics! Amazon launched its Fire Stick in India, selling it at the price of Rs. 3,999. But it does have to compete with Google Chromecast, which has already become a trusted product in Indian market. As they are already cheaper than Amazon Fire Stick, they would have to compete purely on the basis of performance. If you are looking at buying one of these products but need help, here we are! We have created a comparison list with detailed description for both products, which will help you select the best product for you.

Design

The Amazon Fire Stick isn’t really innovative in the design section. It looks like old-fashioned, solid pen drives or USBs. However, Google Chromecast has a circular design, mimicking the Logo of Google Chrome. The design is creative and keeps up the brand identity of Google.

Streaming

Netflix, Spotify, etc., all work fine on both the devices.

However, a lot of Indian origin streaming sites like Hotstar, Hungama, etc. are supported by Amazon, being Android based. Chromecast doesn’t support those sites. So if you are not a huge fan of Indian origin streaming apps, you can go for Chromecast. But if you are, then Amazon works best for you.

How do they work?

Both the devices are plugged into the TV and powered through the TV’s USB port. However, to use the Chromecast, you need to open the app you want to stream on your phone and select its connectivity and then work through the device to watch what you want. In Amazon Fire stick though, you can use a handy remote control to control the streaming. You can use your phone as well to operate the fire stick. You just need to download an app to do so. YouTube can be accessed without the app though, directly through the YouTube app on your phone. For those who want a larger-than-life experience, check out Television offers on Amazon to make the most of your Chromecast or Fire Stick!

Functionality

When compared, reports do suggest that content was easier to stream and through Amazon Fire Stick faster than Google Chromecast. There was no problem of lags or distorting of image or video resolution. However, in the case of Google Chromecast, several users have complained about the device being too slow or sometimes crashing during the process.

So when it comes to performance, Amazon does have the upper hand in the competition. It’s more user-friendly, compatible and has good performance. Chrome is also not a bad choice, especially at the price it is available in. So calculate your budget, figure out what performance factors you want, and buy the product more suitable for you.





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