Amazon Fire TV
The Fire TV should be impressive -- it's faster and better equipped than most of the other media streamers out there, and does it all at a decent price. Right now though, features like gaming, voice search and ASAP are barely helping it keep pace with the competition. Maybe with a few more apps (HBO Go, Vudu), some great games and an extra layer of polish it could push ahead.
- Fast performance
- Impressive list of apps, even at launch
- Voice search is convenient, fast and accurate
- Voice search doesn't work within apps
- Onscreen keyboard is offensively bad
- Inconsistent gaming experience
- Carousel UI doesn't work as well on Fire TV as it does on tablets
- Many apps and games are buggy ports from other platforms
- Critic Reviews (15)
- User Reviews (6)
- 79AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE15 ReviewsWiredNot RatedHands-On With Amazonâ€™s Fire TV, the Tiny ConsoleJust like iPhone did to the dedicated handheld gaming market, Fire TV (or something like it) could seriously disrupt consoles over the next generation. Out of the box this week, it’s not exactly setting the world on fire immediately.Engadget80Amazon Fire TV review: the set-top that tries to dThe Fire TV should be impressive -- it's faster and better equipped than most of the other media streamers out there, and does it all at a decent price. Right now though, features like gaming, voice search and ASAP are barely helping it keep pace with the competition.Sound and Vision90Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media PlayerGiven Amazon’s resources and the Fire TV’s likely commercial success despite its initial failings, it has the potential to quickly become one of the top players out there.Gizmodo80Amazon Fire TV Review: A Fast Ride That'll Cost YoLet's make one thing perfectly clear: if you pay $100 for Amazon Fire TV, you are essentially paying for the speed, voice search, and games (especially the games). If that's what you want, then fine, sure, go for it. But be sure you know what you're getting.PC Mag90Amazon Fire TVAmazon's approach to Android is overly curated, and a lot of its power will remain untapped for most users, but for a $100 media hub the Fire TV stands out.TechCrunchNot RatedHands-On With Amazonâ€™s New FireTV Media PlayerIn terms of UI, I’m still undecided. Everything new takes some getting used to, but the dual panels on the left side, for FireTV options and then the subsequent categories for each of those options, has been confusing.GizmodoNot RatedAmazon Fire TV Hands On: The Fastest Smart TV You'There's a lot of good about about Fire TV based on our brief hands on, but some bad as well. The $100 price tag isn't quite as competitive as we'd expect, in a world of $35 Chromecasts and $50 Rokus. And it lacks HBO GO, which really sucks.EngadgetNot RatedAmazon's Fire TV promises a premium set-top experiDuring our brief time with the device is was every bit as quick and impressive as it was during the on-stage demo. Voice searches were quick, if not exactly flawless thanks to the rather noisy demo area. It was less than a second from when I finished speaking to when the results popped up on screen.CNETNot RatedAmazon Fire TV: Hands-on with Amazon's new streamiThe device itself has a familiar set top box look, although its slimmer than average; Amazon says Fire TV is thinner than a dime standing on its edge. Around the back, you get all the typical connections, including HDMI, an optical audio output, Ethernet and USB.Pocket-Lint80Amazon Fire TV reviewWhile the fate of Fire TV is still to be decided, we can confirm Amazon has tried. Like, really tried. Fire TV is pretty, powerful and has cool software tricks and impressive voice capabilities.Home Theater Review90Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media PlayerThe $99 Fire TV is an impressive debut for Amazon; in a crowded market of streaming media players, its voice search, speed, content-centered interface, and gaming features help distinguish it from the pack.Reviewed.com Televisions70Amazon Fire TV Review FEATURE STORYHopefully, Fire TV's next iteration will add some much-needed content like HBO GO, USB media support, a better way to stream your own media files, and universal search. Prime fanatics are in for a treat, but everyone else should carefully weigh the options.TechHive80Fire TV review: Amazon's set-top box is cooking wiFire TV is the best set-top box for watching Prime Instant Video and other Amazon content, and it's a solid option for Netflix and Hulu Plus too.TimeNot RatedHands On with Amazonâ€™s Fire TV: 10 Things Iâ€™veA couple of days ago, there were only two viable competitors in the market for small, simple, affordable TV boxes: Roku and Apple. Now there are three–and it’ll be fun to see where Amazon, which takes categories seriously when it gets into them, goes from here.Tech AdvisorNot RatedAmazon announces Fire TV streaming box to rival ChThe Fire TV is runs on Android and as you would expect is hooked up to the firm's Prime Instant Video service for films and TV shows. However, you can also access other services from the little black box including Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, Vevo and Crackle.Pocket-LintNot RatedAmazon Fire TV streaming box and game controller pThat said, Amazon's entire Fire set-top box setup looks rather slick. Nothing is too big or bulky. It's all small and cutting-edge in appearance.HD Guru60Amazon Fire TV ReviewIt’s just… overpriced. Roku offers more content, Apple too, plus the latter’s integration with iTunes on your PC. So if you only have $100 to spend on a media streamer, there are better options.TechRadar80Amazon Fire TV review Amazon's sleek, powerful setIf you are significantly bought in to Amazon's services, it's hard to go wrong with this box. However, if you are not an Amazon customer or even an Amazon customer who doesn't have or want Amazon Prime, then you might think twice.ChipChick70Amazon Fire TV Review: Perfect for Media StreamingIf you are invested in the Amazon eco-system, a heavy Amazon Prime user, or if you’re looking for a streamer that also offers a near console-like experience on a budget – than you’ll be really happy with the Fire TV.The Verge90Amazon Fire TV reviewThanks to features such as X-Ray, voice search, photo and music integration, the Fire TV is by far the best way to watch content from Amazon’s own Instant Video service.Android CentralNot RatedAmazon Fire TV and Fire Game Controller hands-on aWith a footprint roughly half the size of a Nexus 7 sitting on a table and twice the thickness of the tablet, the Fire TV isn't exactly small. It is nicely designed to just get out of the way, though. There's no crazy shape, port layout or flashy branding.VentureBeatNot RatedHands-on with Amazonâ€™s Fire TV â€” and its funkyI may warm up to Amazon’s game controller over time, but after testing it out a bit at the media event today, I can’t imagine any hardcore gamers are going to be satisfied with it.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Amazon Fire TV review This is Amazon's sAmazon seems to have pulled off a very impressive feat here, turning in a box that's powerful under the hood, but with a simplified user experience that will click with users.The VergeNot RatedAmazon Fire TV hands-on: Prime comes to your livinIt feels faster and more intuitive than a Roku, it's easier for the average human to understand than a Chromecast, and the voice search on the remote is definitely nicer than pecking things out on the Apple TV.FlatPanelsHD80Amazon Fire TV reviewAll in all, Amazon Fire TV is an interesting new TV platform and we can see Amazon competing with Apple and Google for a place in your living room in the near future. However, the lack of "Airplay" functionality in Fire TV means that Apple TV is still a much better choice for Apple owners.HotHardware80Amazon Fire TV Review, A Competent Media StreamerWe recommend it as an affordable internet, services, gaming and movie content streaming device that competes well with some of the best connected media type set top boxes available currently.ReadWriteWeb60Review: The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind Of A MessFor the same price, you might as well buy an Apple TV right now, or, better yet, wait until Apple releases its major update to the Apple TV within the next few months.
- 85AVERAGE USER SCORE6 ReviewsEngadget Reader80June 15, 2016Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Amazon Fire TV is my favorite streaming device so far! I find it to be much better with than the Roku. The new 4k HD is fantastic to use, that is if you have the internet to handle it lol. At first I was a bit skeptical about the price however, I actually read a personal review about The Amazon Fire TV and it seemed like the person had a great time using it. The article was very helpful to me -- if you want to check it out yourself you can read it here http://www.quikrev.com/amazon-fire-tv/asteenbuck90December 11, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I use the Fire TV almost every night as long light noise to fall asleep to. The interface is simple and easy to navigate, and there is a ton of content from Amazon. The voice search on the remote is fast and accurate. I bought this on sale for $85 from Best Buy, and I'm glad. While I'm happy with it, it's mot quite worth $100, especially because you're basically paying for Amazon to sell you more stuff.The drawbacks are:- The simple interface can make it difficult to discover new things to watch, because it is very linear, and browsing categories isn't great.- While there is a ton of stuff to watch from Amazon, there isn't an easy way to see what you can watch for free with Amazon Prime. You kind of have to stumble around.- Most of the apps leave something to be desired. Roku definitely wins here.Engadget Reader100October 28, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Simply put. I love this device. The responsiveness is unparalleled by my Roku 3 or my friend's Apple TV. I just don't understand why people don't rave about it more. At launch, content was lacking but since then this has been more than fixed by adding tons of HBO content and Amazon original content to Prime. I've heard they are integrating Netflicks into voice search at which point this will be perfect!Engadget Reader50June 25, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!While I currently own the Amazon Fire Tv, looking back I should have waited. The reason I say this is because not only does it seem not quite finished, but slightly misleading in some areas. Don't get me wrong the specs of this box are very impressive, but...Menu/UI - The home screen leaves a lot to be desired. It is very cluttered and focused on Amazon. Not that it's ugly, but they try to stuff too much in there. I am a Amazon Prime member and I am very disappointed that there is not an easier way to find and search for Prime content. I'm sure this is with the hope that you will just pay for more content. I own a Roku 3 and its Amazon UI is much cleaner.USB Port - The USB port serves no purpose except to plug in a keyboard and mouse. It will NOT work with a USB port, external hard drive or thumb drive. Yes they do have a PLEX app but I would rather plug it in directly. Not being able to use an extra hard drive also is an issue because the Fire Tv only has 5.5 Gigs of internal space available (2.5 being used for the OS) to install games. Trust me, this is not nearly enough space to install larger games like GTA without having to uninstall apps. This needs to be addressed in a future update. Even the Ouya has this feature.Voice Search - Do I really need to say it? This feature only works for Amazon. They keep saying more app support is coming but I will hate this feature until it works with Netflix!App Selection - Amazon seems more concerned about Game apps then streaming apps. I bought this device to stream videos. No HBO Go, Vudu, Target Ticket, Redbox, and many more apps that should be there. There is a list of about 50+ apps for streaming. Roku kills Amazon in this department.Also, about every other day the Amazon part of the box STOPS working. Every video I click on pulls an error message. I called Amazon about this issue and they told me to restart the box. Really? It's getting pretty frustrating having to do this all the time. And its only the Amazon videos... Netflix, Youtube and all the other apps work fine.Hopefully these issues will be addressed in the next update. Come on Amazon Step it up!!!Engadget Reader100May 29, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetDan90April 10, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget