Amazon and Apple both have carved a name for themselves in the tech market. Known for latest technology and innovation, the two tech giants have never stayed away from exploring different segments. Both Apple TV and Amazon Fire Stick deliver streaming content such as Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, and Hulu to Smart TVs across the globe. Both media streaming devices even allow users to download apps and games to supplement the overall experience. So, which one is better? In this article, we will debate Apple TV Vs. Amazon Fire Stick 2021, and which one’s better for your Smart TV.
Apple TV Vs. Amazon Fire Stick: User Interface
Both Apple TV and Amazon Fire Stick are known for their clean interfaces. Both the media devices allow users to view their favourite content quickly, without giving the pain of browsing through endless menus.
Apple TV comes with a standard Home Screen filled with rectangle-shaped apps that can be arranged as per personal taste. Amazon, on the other hand, has a tile system that changes as per most recently used apps and its recommendation engine. For those who do not like to move away from order, then Apple TV is the preferred choice as it offers a more personalized experience.
Apple TV Vs. Amazon Fire Stick: Navigation
Both media streaming devices come with their respective voice assistants, Siri and Alexa. All one needs to do is call up the voice assistant to begin your search. While both are good, Amazon has several advertisements throughout its home menus, thus making the experience not as intrusive as Apple’s.
Apple TV Vs. Amazon Fire Stick: Remote control
Apple TV comes with its touch-sensitive Siri Remote, which has not gained great reviews. Apple employs touch surface, which allows users to scroll and flick through the entire menus. However, unlike Amazon, the sensitivity and overall design makes it quite challenging to use. Amazon’s remote control bears a tactical design which is easier and convenient to use.
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Apple TV Vs. Amazon Fire Stick: Streaming Quality
Both the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and Apple TV 4K support some of the top video and audio formats. both support Dolby Vision and HDR 10, thus promising richer colours. The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K also supports HDR10+, which is known for offering image brightness that’s 4x as bright. HDR10+ uses dynamic metadata, as opposed to static metadata.
Apple TV Vs. Amazon Fire Stick: Apps & Games
Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick both offer dedicated stores to allow their users to add on new features and experiences with just a few simple clicks. Both Apple TV App Store and Fire TV App and Games section offer the basics, including Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, YouTube, Disney+, and Sling TV. The main difference is that the HBO Max app is not available on any Fire TV devices owing to the disagreement between HBO and Amazon.
When discussing games, Apple does win a point here as it offers better quality games. Also, games run way smoother on Apple TV – all thanks to its internal Apple A8 chip. Fire TV Stick loses here due to its lower-powered quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz offering.
Apple TV Vs. Amazon Fire Stick: Price
The Apple TV 4K price in India is ₹19,480. The Amazon Fire Stick 4K, on the other hand, only costs ₹5,999, thus making it more than 3 times cheaper than its competitor. And in case you lose the Siri remote, you will have to shell out another ₹5,000 to buy the same.
The best choice will be based on the type of smart home one owns and whether or not one lives in the Android ecosystem, best suited for the Apple ecosystem, or Amazon Fire Stick 2021.