Amazon Fire TV 3rd Generation 4K Ultra HD - best android tv box
nlike the last three TV boxes, Fire TV runs off the Amazon Fire OS rather than Android’s Lollipop. Fire TV offers several major improvements over the Fire TV stick, including 4K Ultra HD at 60 FPS, HDR-10 support and a faster processor.
There are certain things the Fire TV does very well. It delivers brilliant 4K resolution, and the video quality is noticeably better than less expensive Android TV boxes. It offers pairs beautifully with Amazon Alexa, providing a visual hub that lets you monitor the status of all of your smart home devices.
As I mentioned earlier, some boxes excel in certain areas but fall behind in others. Unfortunately, the Fire TV is one of them. The Fire TV has good hardware, with a quad0core 1.5 GHz CPU and 8 GB of storage. Unlike most Android TV boxes, however – or, indeed, earlier models of the Fire TV – the storage space cannot be upgraded past 8 GB. This makes it all too easy to run out of room for more apps.
The other problem I have with the Fire TV is that its design seems to be angled towards you buying more products. To get the most out of your Fire TV, you will have to buy an Ethernet adaptor ($14.99) and an HDMI extender ($7.49). Fire TV won’t receive a wireless signal without the Ethernet adaptor, and the included HDMI cable is a measly two feet long. Adding these two products prices the Fire TV at just under $100, which is a considerable mark-up.
That said, there are still quite a few things to recommend the Fire TV, including its HD antennas, which have a range of up to 35 miles, bringing in more channels for more programming. If you’re running Alexa through your home, Fire TV is definitely the way to go. But if you’re looking for something with customization, there are better options.