Entertainment is supposed to be easily accessible by anybody and anytime at the touch of a button. To achieve this task, various brands have come up with devices to give you access to video entertainment on demand. Two of the leading devices in this segment are the Chromecast by Google and the Amazon Firestick.
The Chromecast is a device that merely allows you to connect your Android or iOS devices through the cast option to your TV setup. This allows you to play or stream content from Netflix or YouTube directly onto your TV screen instead of viewing it on the small screen. The Amazon Firestick, on the other hand, is a fully-fledged device that not just allows you to mirror your screens but has inbuilt apps like Netflix, Hotstar, YouTube, etc. that you can use to stream video content directly.
- Though the Chromecast came first in the market, the Amazon Firestick is the current market leader in terms of video streaming devices. Though both of these devices connect to your TV set via the HDMI port, the Firestick is capable of supposed streaming content in 4K video quality.
- The ability to allow the mirroring of your device onto the TV screen restricts the users of the Chromecast who might be looking for a multipurpose streaming device. The Firestick, on the other hand, gives you access to the various video ok demand apps along with the add on benefit mirroring your equipment on the screen.
- The Firestick also allows the users to play certain games that have been preinstalled on the device with the help of the inbox Bluetooth remote.
- The UI of the Amazon Firestick is simple for the user to understand and access multiple contents at the same time by just logging into the application of the various streaming platforms. Some of these applications may require you to take memberships to be able to stream the content, but it is worth it. The UI of the Chromecast is also easy to use since it doesn’t have any inbuilt applications and only casts the screen of your device onto the TV.
- To use the Chromecast, it is necessary to have your phone around with a Wi-Fi connection. But with the Firestick, you just need to have the Firestick dongle, its remote, and a working network connection.
- With the Chromecast, to perform any task, you need to locate your phone or tablet. Even to forward, pause or rewind the video, you will have to first locate your device and then do so. With the Amazon Firestick, on the other hand, all the above-mentioned tasks, along with many more, can be performed using the remote.
- Looking up content by typing the details on your device can, at times, become tedious; to make it easier, there’s no option present on the Chromecast. But if you are an Amazon Firestick user, the remote has an inbuilt microphone using which you can utilize the voice search feature on the Firestick to look up various shows, movies, or even music.
So, if, in general, you had to make a choice between which streaming device should you buy, a simple decision can be made based on the purpose you require it for. If you want a device that only mirrors your phone onto the TV screen, then the Chromecast is your go-to choice. But If you want a device that does that as well as allows you to do much more like streaming using multiple apps, then Firestick is the device you should opt for.