Fire TV Stick Vs Android TV Box- Which Is Better?

The technology has been so advanced that, we can enjoy smart tv interface on a non-smart tv. It means if you love to watch internet based contents aka IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) then it's not necessary that you must have a Smart TV. There are a bunch of media streaming devices available which can convert any non-smart television into a smart television.

Some popular media streaming devices are- Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast, Android TV Box, Roku Stick, Apple TV Box, Nvidia Sheild, etc. Now, these devices create confusion in customers mind while picking. When customers give a quick internet search, then find lot's of option but unable to decide which is better?

You probably into the same dilemma that which is better- Android TV Box or Amazon Fire TV Stick?

So, this guide, I'm going to clear all the confusions shaking in your mind. Though, here I'm going to compare Fire TV Stick Vs Android TV Box. It means I'll talk about these two devices only. However, you can anytime read our comparison list from here. If you are unable to decide between Fire TV Stick Vs Chromecast, Fire TV Stick Vs Roku Stick, Fire TV Stick Vs Apple TV Box, etc… then feel free to check the above list.

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Amazon's Fire TV Stick Vs Android TV Box

Note- This is not a paid comparison (unlike other comparison sites does). I'm going to share my personal experience with both the devices. Also, I'm not criticizing other devices because both have a different perspective for use. All the devices are best in their field, every streaming devices have different unique features.

Before going to the comparison part, I want to give a little introduction to both the devices. If you don't want to read this, skip to the next paragraph. This introduction is for the first time buyer who is willing to buy his/her first media streaming device.

Amazon's Fire TV Stick:

Everyone knows about Amazon. It's world one of the largest e-commerce company. But, in 2014 Amazon involved in the streaming devices manufacturing too. The very first media streaming device was launched in April 2014, by Amazon. They named it as Fire TV Stick and the first generation of Fire TV Stick was running on Fire OS it was available in the United States only. The first generation Fire TV Stick was running on Broadcom BCM28155 dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB RAM.

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Later, the second generation of Fire TV Stick was launched with improved processor and optimized UI. The second generation of Fire TV Stick was running on MediaTek MT8127D Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz processor and Mali-450 MP4 GPU.

In October 2018, Amazon announced it's third generation Fire TV Stick which supports 4K video quality and Dolby Atmos 7.1 surround sound. This device is improved in speed because it has got an Amlogic S905Z processor and 2GB RAM. The new Fire TV Stick 4K supports HDR protocols.

That's all about Amazon Fire TV Stick. You can see the comparison between second generation Fire TV Stick vs third generation Fire TV Stick 4K here. Now, let's have a look at Android TV Box.

Android TV Box:

As we all know, Android is an open-source mobile operating system from Google. So, there are lots of manufacturer selling Android TV Box running on Android OS. Here is something you should take cares while making a purchase through Amazon. Lot's of shady manufacturers selling cheap quality Android TV Box.

Android TV Box has not gained much popularity like Amazon's Fire TV Stick. There could be many reasons which I discuss in later paragraphs. It requires an HDMI port to run the Android interface on your non-smart television. As I mentioned above, there are lots of manufacturers providing Android TV Box. So, we cannot give certain hardware details.

Let's jump to the comparison…

Which is better- Android TV Box or Fire TV Stick?

Note- I'm comparing Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Mi Box. There are lots of shitty manufacturers of Android TV Box which provides cheap quality.

1- Shape and Size:

When it comes to the shape and size than both the devices are very different from each other. Android TV Box is a bulky device while Amazon Fire TV Stick is quite small and handy.

Fire TV Stick Vs Android TV Box
Fire TV Stick 4K Vs Android TV Box

2- Features:

When it comes to the features comparison between Android TV Box and Fire TV Stick 4K then following differences you'll experience…

Display:

Both Android TV Box and Amazon Fire TV Stick has got 4K quality. Amazon Fire TV Stick supporting HDR protocols while Android TV Box is dependent on the manufacturer.

In terms of video quality, Amazon Fire TV Stick (4K) is winning this battle.

Operating System:

Fire TV Stick is running on Fire OS 6 which is equivalent to Android 7.1 (Nougat). But, Android TV Box is again dependent on the manufacturers. Many Android TV Boxes running on Android 8.1 (Oreo).

So, in terms of operating system, Android TV Box is the winner.

RAM:

The third generation of Fire TV Stick has 2GB RAM while many Android TV Boxes has a minimum of 3GB RAM. When it comes to running Kodi and other streaming apps, Android TV Box is fast and smooth.

Price:

There is a big difference in the price of Android TV Box and Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. The Fire TV Stick is costing around $49 while Android TV Box price is high. The price of Android TV Box is ranging between $100 to $200.

Final Thoughts:

So, here I can say that Fire TV Stick is providing the best quality streaming experience at a cheaper price. However, the budget is not a problem at all and you want good hardware then I recommend you to go with Android TV Box. But, if you want a compact device with outstanding quality then go for Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K HDR with all-new Alexa voice control remote.

13 thoughts on “Fire TV Stick Vs Android TV Box- Which Is Better?”

    • But, you need good configuration for smoother streaming experience and that is cost you more than $100.
      However, Fire TV is optimized for smoother streaming.

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    • I just got the T9 tv box for only $32.99 with 2 gig ram, 16 gig rom, 2.4G/5G wifi, RK3318 quad core BT4.0 support. It runs android 9.0 has a USB 3.0, 4 core processor, has ultra HD 4k resolution, it has 2 USB ports and has a micro sd memory card slot for extra storage capacity. That’s cheap as hell right

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  1. Thank Mike for information.
    Is Android box is IPTV. I heard people use Something called IPTV in Canada which has some subscription like 15 $ per month

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  2. you dont even need to pay for IPTV any more there is an addon for that and you can stream all your live tv shows for free well in Canada you can anayway

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  3. I just got the T9 tv box for only $32.99 with 2 gig ram, 16 gig rom, 2.4G/5G wifi, RK3318 quad core BT4.0 support. It runs android 9.0 has a USB 3.0, 4 core processor, has ultra HD 4k resolution, it has 2 USB ports and has a micro sd memory card slot for extra storage capacity. That’s cheap as hell right

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    and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head.
    The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about.

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  5. I been having fun with my Android Boxes ! Take your time read up on the specs . I look for few important features right of the hop ! Most up to date OS system / RAM / DDR 3 is ok if it’s 4 that’s even better , processing speed etc . Mostly the rest is quite up to date for my liking . Bottom line if this is your first time getting into this Research , read , look at videos , It’s nice to get a deal but if it’s going to lag or pixelate , and cause grief then that’s money well waisted ! One other point , your internet speed should be par with the rest , faster better but PAR is good . Ok have fun , and good luck !

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