Which Fire TV Streaming Devices Should I Buy? (2024)

This article is a step-by-step guide on how to identify which Fire TV Streaming device should you buy. It further discusses everything you need to know to buy a Firestick device.

It is not new that people have now moved toward streaming services and ditched their TV cable subscriptions. One of the dependable and famous streaming devices is Fire TV. 

All the Fire TV devices are affordable and portable. An Amazon streaming stick is a low-cost option to upgrade a TV without smart features.

The Fire TV Devices have a lot in common but the differences make a new FireStick variant. There are 7 variants of FireStick these are FireStick generation 1, 2, 3, FireStick 4k, FireStick 4K Max, Amazon Fire TV (Box), and Fire TV Cube.

All Fire TV Stick models have different pricing and streaming resolution, there are also HDR and sound formats that you can use.

This guide intends to provide an overview of Fire TV Stick variants so that it becomes easier for you to make the choice.

What is Amazon FireStick

Amazon FireStick is primarily a streaming service. It is a device that is connected to the TV to stream unlimited internet content. Amazon FireStick is commonly called FireStick.

You are required to connect it to a USB port of your TV device that will provide power. Every model of FireStick includes a USB cable and plug.

The Amazon FireStick uses the Android platform however it does not support the Google Play Services. Unlike other android based devices, the Firestick uses Android OS and supports Amazon App Store.

You can download several applications from Amazon App Store using FireStick a few examples are US Netflix, Hulu, Sling, etc. It lets users stream Movies, TV Shows, Games, and Live TV Channels, and it even allows you to play Games on Firestick. Furthermore, it provides a mic button on your remote to give instructions to Alexa.

Another advantage is that if you wish to download a particular application that is not available in the App Store then you can sideload it simply through a third-party app.

FireStick varients specification

I have mentioned the FireStick variants below. It contains all details including pricing, RAM, storage memory, etc that you need to know to decide which FireStick Devices should you buy.

Fire TV Stick Lite

Amongst the variants, Fire TV Stick Lite is one of the cheapest or budget-friendly streaming sticks you can buy that costs $29.99 only. The stick does comprise Alexa Voice Remote Lite but as it is an old version it is unable to control the TV or inputs with it.

There is no doubt about the short storage of the device, it has 8 GB storage with a 1.7 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 650 MHz GPU that gives a smooth video streaming experience.

Fire TV Stick Lite provides a full 1080p HD video quality however, it does not support Wi-Fi 6. Its easy installation and pocket affordability make it the user’s number one choice.

FireStick 3rd Generation

If you have an older model of FireStick then switching it to FireStick 3rd Generation is a better option. It is agreed that FireStick 3rd Generation is 50 percent more powerful than FireStick Lite. Furthermore, it is affordable with a cost of $39.99 only.

The Device is similar to FireStick Lite with the same storage of 8GB,  1.7 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 650 MHz GPU. It also contains the graphics processing unit, called IMG GE8300. 

It has a much better remote that has Alexa voice, TV volume, and TV power control. The remote further provide ease to the user by giving a shortcut button. You can use a single button for Amazon Prime Video, Sling, Netflix, and Disney+ if you have these services to watch in 1080p HD quality.

A unique feature is that it supports Dolby Atmos audio. Arguably it is a new audio format that permits the sound system to know the exact position of an object or sound it’s making.

FireStick 4K

For an upgraded video and streaming, quality FireStick 4K is the best option. The Amazon FireStick 4K contains 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+.

To be as equal as the video quality, this FireStick has Dolby Atmos audio that gives a better sound system. The price of FireStick is $49.99 however this version is seen to be on sale often that offers $10 off making it available for $39.99.

It is quite similar to the previous models that have 8 GB storage, 1.7 GHz CPU, and 650 MHz GPU. However, the difference is identified in the memory which is 1.5 GB.

We must note that it has the same remote as the third-generation variant and does not offer any shortcuts in its remote. It only permits voice and TV button controls.

FireStick 4K Max

The Max in the name of this variant says it has to be remarkable, and yes it is. FireStick 4K Max has a 40 percent more powerful processor than the previous 4K model discussed which is MT8696.

It costs $54.99 providing extra fast speed for loading and switching between apps. FireStick 4K Max consists of a 4K Ultra HD version and provides Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+ support.

With an improved version it still gives 8 GB of storage as the previous variants but the memory increases to 2 GB RAM. Furthermore, the CPU is enhanced to 1.8 GHz and the GPU to 750 MHz.

FirreStick 4K Max remote has Alexa voice control and TV control. One of the unique features it has is the live picture-in-picture. With this feature you can assign Alexa a task without leaving the TV show or movie you are watching.

It supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos however it is more expensive than other models but it is worth it.

FireTV Cube

By far, Fire TV Cube is the most expensive FireStick Device that costs $119.99. It contains the most powerful hardware among all firestick devices.

The Fire TV Cube is 2.99 inches in length and has a square base that is 3.38 inches wide in measuring. Its processor is hexa-core which has 2.2 GHz, and 800 MHz GPU. Furthermore, its storage is increased to 2GB RAM.

The Fire TV Cube further supports 4K resolutions and HDR 10 protocols. For a much richer color gamut, the  Dolby Vision protocols are included in the Fire TV Cube.

Additionally, the Fire TV Cube is not just a streaming device but it is also a full-fledged Alexa speaker. With the Alexa feature, Fire TV Cube can also operate the lights, thermostats, other devices, etc.

Conclusively, if you want an Alexa-enabled speaker as well as a streaming device then the Fire TV Cube option is for you. Although it is more expensive than other devices it is worth the cost.

The Right Stick for your TV

If you are using your FireStick device for only 3 or 4 Apps, such as Netflix, HBO, and other similar apps, then this should be sufficient for you.
However, if you are a heavy user then you should explore other options, where you can Google which FireStick is best for me or which FireStick should I buy.
Different Fire TV devices and variants have their strengths and weaknesses.  The FireStick Lite is one of the most affordable options to upgrade an old TV, as the Fire TV Stick offers up to a 4K high definition superb resolution for those televisions that do not have an inbuilt Smart TV.
The Fire TV 4K Max is also a superb choice for users that are interested in games streaming from Amazon’s Luna service. Further, the Fire TV Cube is a tempting tool for heavy users who also want Alexa integrated into their homes.
All in all, to answer which device would be best for you ultimately depends on how you intend to use the device.

FAQs – Fire TV Stick

Is there a monthly fee for Fire Stick?

No, there are no monthly charges for Amazon Fire TV Stick or any other Fire TV variants. Thus, you just need to buy the device and start streaming your favorite content.

What channels are free with the Firestick?

Amazon FireStick offers a strong lineup consisting of hundreds of channels, that includes both paid and free options.

Does Amazon Fire Stick need an Internet connection?

Yes, for FireStick to work, you need to have a good speed internet connection.

Do I need a VPN for Firestick?

No, you do not need a VPN for FireStick work, however, for those who are streaming with low free or low-cost services, it is recommended to get a good VPN for keeping your activities private.

Wrapping Up

Streaming devices have taken over TV cable subscriptions thus the question is which streaming device should you buy? The most popular opinion is Fire TV Stick.

You can select any Device of FireStick looking at your use in it since each device is developed in a unique way keeping in view the user’s demand.

The blog includes all variants of FireStick that you can select to buy for a better streaming experience.

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