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Old 13-07-2021, 16:09   #1
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Roku or Amazon Fire stick?

I’ve just plugged our Amazon Fire stick into the TV at our holiday flat and found it is running interminably slowly. It has been attached to the TV in the spare room at home and I haven’t used it myself in quite some time. I’m assuming it has been updated into obsolescence by Amazon and is struggling with newer software that it can’t cope with.

Fortunately, a member of the family has left a Roku Express player down here - just the basic one, so it lacks the voice remote or 4K support but so far I’m impressed with how straightforward it is, and that it doesn’t push its own content as hard as Amazon does.

I’m resigned to having to replace the Fire stick when we get home, as it is now barely functional. While I am very tempted to get a Roku instead, I’m curious whether anyone else has any input before I buy? Are there any hidden pitfalls with the Roku that I might have missed?
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Re: Roku or Amazon Fire stick?

It is all down to what you want to use it for. If the Roku provides all the content you need then great but the Fire devices can run most standard apks meaning more content and games and so on.

Firestick tip if you tend to run a lot of different apps go into settings and stop the ones you are not using otherwise they all just keep running slowing it down

As you said they also push all things amazon but I install adguard and do not get many on tin the menus and it blocks a good few when using Silk too
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Re: Roku or Amazon Fire stick?

We have one purely for smartening dumb TVs, like the one in the spare room at home, or if we use our own holiday flat or an Airbnb. I’m not worried about the game content, side loading or any of the other crud people like doing with these things.
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We have one purely for smartening dumb TVs, like the one in the spare room at home, or if we use our own holiday flat or an Airbnb. Iím not worried about the game content, side loading or any of the other crud people like doing with these things.
Well looks like you answered the question. Seeing as the Roku does not have the bloat and you do not want the extra features
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Re: Roku or Amazon Fire stick?

I think they are both good, but Amazon has the nice new, modern user interface.
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I think they are both good, but Amazon has the nice new, modern user interface.
Words I'd use myself to describe the Roku interface.
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Re: Roku or Amazon Fire stick?

Has the Amazon interface changed? I haven’t particularly noticed a change on our Fire stick, although that might mean there has been a further update they didn’t force on it. Based on this afternoon’s use of the Roku, I’m impressed with how clean it is. Obviously it’s also a lot faster than my Fire stick but that’s because the Amazon device is so old (I do periodically check and shut down memory hogging apps - it makes no appreciable difference sadly).
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Has the Amazon interface changed? I havenít particularly noticed a change on our Fire stick, although that might mean there has been a further update they didnít force on it. Based on this afternoonís use of the Roku, Iím impressed with how clean it is. Obviously itís also a lot faster than my Fire stick but thatís because the Amazon device is so old (I do periodically check and shut down memory hogging apps - it makes no appreciable difference sadly).
guessing your stick may be out of the updated interface loop as it is old
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Words I'd use myself to describe the Roku interface.
Have they changed it recently, then? I must confess I havenít used mine for a good few months now as I can get all my apps on my Sony smart TV and the 360. The Roku stick was only about a year old last time I used it, and the interface was quite old fashioned, whereas the Amazon Fire stick reminded me of Sky Q technology.
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Have they changed it recently, then? I must confess I havenít used mine for a good few months now as I can get all my apps on my Sony smart TV and the 360. The Roku stick was only about a year old last time I used it, and the interface was quite old fashioned, whereas the Amazon Fire stick reminded me of Sky Q technology.
It hasn't changed. It's just my idea of modern.

The screenshots/vids I've seen of the Firestick interface I can't say I like. It's all sparkle, clutter and poor usability from what I've seen.

But everyone's got their own preferences.

Once you load up an app the interface changes to that of the app provider, so simple, and clean is all that is required in order to launch it.
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Re: Roku or Amazon Fire stick?

Yes, I think it’s down to personal preference. They are both good, though.
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