The Fire TV Stick is petite and powerful and fits with most TV’s HDMI ports and comes with a fairly decent remote. In terms of content, you’ll find just about everything here. Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Showtime Anytime, HBO Go and more have already joined the party, while Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to Prime Videos, including original programming like Transparent, plus over 1 million songs with Prime Music.
After you’ve got the stick firmly seated in an HDMI port you’ve got to provide a power solution. You’ll need to connect the micro-USB powered stick to either a USB port on the TV or, attach the adapter and plug it into the wall.
Where the full-size set-top boxes like the Nexus Player and Apple TV struggle with too little content to choose from on their platforms, Amazon Fire TV has an abundance of apps at your disposal.
One of the biggest advantages of buying the Amazon Fire TV Stick over the other sticks is the remote. It weighs next to nothing and errs on the cheap side, but on it you’ll find a few sparse, but powerful, buttons: back, home, menu, rewind, play/pause and fast forward. At the top you’ll find a circular directional pad and a central button that does just about everything else. However, the remote doesn’t come with the built-in mic and voice-search button, unlike Fire TV.
The remote also works over Bluetooth, which means it won’t need direct line of sight to the Stick itself – a handy feature considering 95% of users will want to keep the Fire TV out of sight behind the television.