The new Amazon FireTV Stick

Published November 28, 2015

My new and improved FireTV stick arrived this week. I wanted to test a few things with this $39 device (includes Voice remote) including its Wi-Fi performance, the voice remote itself, the new Alexa functionality, the new iOS app, it’s “Instant Start” capability and the ability for “anyone to install”. 
I am still very pleased with the full-on Amazon FireTV in my living room — the 4K rendering from Amazon and Netflix are gorgeous on my 78″ Samsung 4K set. 
I had my 12-year old do the install. Took him less than 5 minutes with the hardest part being the WiFi password. Simple as advertised. 
The Wi-Fi performance (now dual band) is much better than the previous stick 1080P looks great over my Apple AirPort Extreme Wifi. 
The voice remote is every bit as functional as the full FireTV version and much better than not having the voice search. 
The new iOS app is also great, including the access to voice search and Alexa. Works easily with both of my FireTV devices. 
Finally, the instant start works as advertised.
My view — much better than the previous version and frankly much better than the Apple TV. I have always been a fan of the content-oriented UI vs an App-oriented approach. 
Amazon has been running sales all weekend on both version of the FireTV…a great Christmas gift.

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