Apple TV needs no introduction because if you already own an iPhone and an iPad, you should go for it without questions.
Now, the question is should you buy a Google Chromecast or a Roku? Is the Amazon Fire TV still worth it?
First things first! The bigger war is between Roku and Chromecast but not Amazon Fire because it didn’t pick up well as the company expected it to be. The stick is purely for Amazon and if your country doesn’t support the online retailer or doesn’t have movie streaming services, you should steer clear of it. It does have a good voice search functionality and some gaming content but in terms of entertainment, it is not your best pick.
Who should go for Chromecast?
An obvious question that most people would love to have an answer to. If you own an Android smartphone like most people, you could go for Chromecast especially if your primary entertainment is all about streaming content from your device and on YouTube.
It’s cheap, seriously cheap! At Just $35, you are even going to pay much for it and you get almost all the best apps on it including Pandora, HBO Go, Plex, Netflix, Hulu and much more. It is seriously small and can easily be plugged into your HDMI port. The only drawback is that it doesn’t have a remote and you have to use your phone or tablet to control the media content. So, Chromecast is easily the best for everyone especially if you want some mirroring features.
Who should buy the Roku stick?
The Roku stick is cheap too at just $50 and is compatible with all the players released by the company including the latest Roku 3. In terms of cost, you may have to shell additional money to make the most out of this stick but it is definitely worth it. The HDMI stick comes bundled with a remote control that has an earphone plug in it for hassle free viewing. There are all the major channels associated with it and it’s seriously fast. One just can’t say no to Roku at all!
The grand finale of Google Chromecast vs Roku vs Amazon Fire TV is that you should buy both the Chromecast as well as the Roku stick. They cost just $85 together, can fit into two different televisions and you could buy them to enjoy the best of both worlds, in-home entertainment and easy mirroring capabilities.