In recent years, streaming devices have grown in popularity, mainly because of the increase in online streaming subscriptions. Many people these days now prefer to stream their favourite TV shows or movies online, rather than subscribe to traditional cable or satellite TV providers – which are usually very expensive. This kind of technological shift has led to the creation of many streaming devices such as Amazon’s Fire Stick, Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku TV and many smart TVs. Now although many of these streaming devices have numerous benefits, Amazon’s Fire Stick however seems to have a slight edge over many of them. That’s why today we would be looking at “7 Reasons Why You Should Get a Fire Stick”.
Costing only between $48 and $70, Amazon’s Fire Stick is one of the cheapest streaming devices on the market, even though it shares features with some of the most expensive streaming devices such as Apple TV and Fire TV cube. So in case you’re looking for a budget-friendly streaming device, Amazon’s Fire Stick is the right one for you.
Weighing only 1.1 ounces and the size of a flash drive, Amazon’s Fire Stick can easily be carried around and even placed in pockets for on-the-go entertainment. Many streaming devices can be carried around easily, but not many of them can be carried around in a pocket.
- Supports VPN
Unlike other streaming devices such as Apple TV, Roku TV and many smart TVs on the market, Amazon’s Fire Stick supports VPNs which allow you to access geo-restricted content blocked in your region or if you just want to change your IP address for security.
- Alexa Voice Control
Amazon Fire Sticks also come with Alexa Voice Control which can be used to control and launch content, control TV power and volume, set alarms and switch input/devices. To use Alexa on a Fire Stick, you just need to press and hold the voice control button on the remote whiles giving the command and then release the button when done giving the command.
- HDMI Extender
Amazon Fire Sticks also come with an HDMI extender which makes it easier to connect Fire Sticks to TVs in situations where Fire Sticks can’t be directly slotted into HDMI ports, usually because of closely packed HDMI slots. Many of you might think this isn’t such a big deal, but having an HDMI extender in hand when first setting up your Fire Stick could end up saving you money and time.
- 4K Resolution
Newer generations of Fire Sticks can also play videos in 4K resolution – a step-up from 1080p resolutions which previous generations had. This means, you could watch videos and feel like objects are much closer to you because of the clear picture quality. And you can get them only for a fraction of the price other streaming devices with this feature go for.
7. User Interface
Fire Sticks also have a wonderful User Interface that arranges apps in rows of different categories on the bottom half of the screen. Also, anytime you hover over an app, a horizontal picture covers the top half of the screen to give you an insight to what the app looks like or is about. The top half of the screen is also filled with timely ads of new releases, trending movies or shows and upcoming releases.