The $39.99 Amazon Fire TV Stick 2020 Edition is actually an upgrade to the Alexa Voice Remote Fire TV Stick. It is almost the same as the previous media streamer, but has a faster processor and supports Dolby Atmos audio and 1080p video with HDR.
Design and Remote
The joystick itself looks exactly the same as the previous model, with just a 3.4-inch x 1.1-inch x 0.5-inch (HWD) black rectangular body that can be inserted directly into the back of the TV. The micro USB port is located on the side and is powered by the included USB cable and wall adapter.
The remote is the same as the one included in the $ 49.99 Fire TV Stick 4K and the $ 119.99 Fire TV Cube. It’s a simple 5.6-inch long black bar, controlled by a circular navigation board, with a microphone button and hole at the top, and play and menu buttons at the bottom.
It has an infrared transmitter that can be used with power on, volume up / down and a mute button to control the TV. This is the biggest difference between the Fire TV Stick and the $ 29.99 Fire TV Stick Lite, which has an even simpler remote and lacks TV controls (but still has a microphone).
The Fire TV Stick outputs video in 1080p instead of 4K. It also supports high dynamic range (HDR) content in HDR10 and HLG, and Dolby Atmos audio. You can hook it up to a 4K TV, but rely on the TV’s upconversion process, which isn’t as good as the original resolution. This joystick is the best for 1080p TVs, and the Fire TV Stick 4K is a better option for 4K panels.
Amazon said that the Fire TV Stick is equipped with a new quad-core processor, which is 50% faster than the previous model. We will let you know how quickly we take the exam.
Amazon’s Fire TV platform has a powerful streaming media ecosystem and an easy-to-access interface. Most of the major streaming services are here, including Apple TV, Disney +, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, Twitch, and YouTube. Amazon’s Fire TV app store offers thousands of apps. Fire TV is based on Android, but it cannot access Google Play services, nor can it access Google Play video content. Otherwise, all large streaming media names will be overwritten.
Fire TV also has Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, which can answer common questions, search for content, open apps, change media playback, and even control your smart home devices. It’s a powerful voice assistant, but compared to the Google Assistant on Chromecast with Google TV, its grammar is somewhat limited.
For 1080p TV
Once tested, we will carefully study the new Fire TV Stick. Currently, it appears to be an iterative update of the previous model. As a 1080p media streamer, it’s better for older TVs rather than newer 4K models, but it still has a place. Check out the full review later.