Amazon customers who have purchased the Amazon TV have taken out their frustration out on the company as various software issues have plagued Amazons release. This leads to the ultimate question is the Amazon Fire TV good?
What is the Amazon Fire TV?
The Amazon Fire TV is essentially a HD media streaming device with ”voice search, Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, games and much more” according to Amazon. Below are its claim to fame:
- Massive selection—Over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, millions of songs, and over a hundred games.
- Perfect with Prime—Unlimited access to thousands of popular movies and TV shows including exclusive titles like Downton Abbeyand Under the Dome. Get a free 30-day trial
- Voice search that actually works—Simply say the name of what you want to watch and start enjoying in seconds. Show me
- Tiny box, huge specs—Fast quad-core processor, 2 GB of memory, dedicated GPU, plus 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound
- Easy to set up and use—Pre-registered to your Amazon account so you can enjoy favorite titles and personalized recommendations
- Instant streaming—Exclusive new feature ASAP predicts what movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and buffers them for playback before you hit play
- Perfect for parents—Amazon FreeTime lets you easily limit screen time and create personalized profiles just for kids (coming soon)
- Great for gaming, too—Play blockbuster titles like Minecraft-Pocket Edition, The Walking Dead, and Monsters University, plus free games and Amazon exclusives. Paid games start from just 99 cents
Who are the rivals?
Although just launching it seems that Amazon have scouted out their competition and have beat them to the punch when it comes to hardware, the Roku 3 and the Apple TV have Dual and Single core processors respectively as well as the Chromecast coming in last with a single core also.
The deciding factor for consumers between the Amazon Fire TV, Roku 3, Apple TV and the chrome cast is the ability to play games, which is the reason why Amazon have gone that route. We all know that a poor product has the ability to affect a brand as a whole so the recent acquisition of gaming studios for Amazon are no surprise if gaming is one of the main focuses of the Amazon Fire TV. The only other rival that can play games is the Roku 3 that has a custom remote that doubles as a game pad and has just under 100 games. Amazon home too overcome this buy basing their system off android, investing in skilled gaming studios as well manufacturing a separate controller for those who want it.
Why so many bad reviews?
What seems to be the issue is a combination of both hardware and software failures some claim that the device was already ‘bricked’ when it arrived whilst others could not even update the device to get started.
A lot of the bad reviews are from consumers that already have a Roku 3 or similar device that feel that the features that are set up to differentiate the Amazon Fire TV from the Roku 3 are not working well enough and therefore not worth getting. Whilst on the other hand the positive reviews praise Amazon about their new machine and all of its features, this leads me to believe that as long as you don’t have any of the rivals especially the Roku 3 you WILL be satisfied with the product.