So which is it? Can Amazon Cube beat Amazon FireStick?
Let’s try and find out.
The Amazon FireStick device is for people who want simplicity in their lives. The device has a 4K version and already comes with top-notch specifications. In terms of value for money, we do not know of a single streaming device that can outdo the Amazon FireStick 4K. If you purchase the Amazon FireStick 4K device you get to use features such as Dolby Vision, HDR and 4K along with the official Alexa Voice Remote. The price of the 4K version of Amazon FireStick is as compelling as the device itself. The actual price is of course going to vary depending on where you live and whether or not you have to pay a middleman. But you can have Amazon FireStick 4K for just $35 at Amazon.
Amazon FireStick Pros
- Has Alexa Voice Remote within the packages
- Doesn’t mess up a clean setup since it neatly hides behind your TV
- Good specs
- Great price
Amazon FireStick Cons
- When pitted against a device like Amazon Cube, it has an older processor
- Alexa is not hands-free. Visit https://firestickblog.com/ for more info and tips for the firestick.
Amazon Fire TV Cube
When you talk about Amazon Fire TV Cube, you basically talk about how it takes almost everything that Amazon FireStick has and upgrades it.
It indeed has the better internals and offers better performance and speed than pretty much anything else that Amazon offers in its streaming devices lineup. In addition to upgraded hardware, Amazon Fire TV Cube also comes with useful extra features such as Local Voice Control. This allows for one-device processing. The streaming device also supports Dolby Vision.
Again, the exact price that you might end up paying for Amazon Fire TV Cube will vary depending on where you live and who you get it from but generally speaking, you should expect to pay $90 for the Cube.
Amazon Fire TV Cube Pros
- Has a wider distribution. You can get it in probably any western country
- Offers some of the latest features such as Dolby Vision and Local Voice Control
- A newer and faster processor
Amazon Fire TV Cube Cons
- There is no micro USB feature. So to get any kind of external storage connected to the Amazon Fire TV Cube you are going to have to use either a micro USB port or OTG cable.
- Expensive when compared to other Amazon streaming options
Comparing Amazon FireStick and Amazon Fire TV Cube
There is little doubt about the fact that Amazon offers cord-cutters all over the world the best streaming devices. Its devices are not only good and well-marketed, but they are also very popular. So comparing two Amazon devices is a bit like comparing apples and oranges.
Compared with every other streaming device out there, Amazon streaming devices are in a league of their own in terms of the pure number of features. As mentioned before as well, for the most part, both of these streaming devices offer the same product and streaming options. But if you dig a bit deeper, you will quickly realize that both actually cater to a different segment of the market.
So in the end, the device which is most suitable for you will depend on your own streaming habits.
Amazon Fire TV Cube clearly offers a better processor. It has a Hexa-core processor while the FireStick has a Quad-core processor. The Cube offers beamforming microphones while Amazon FireStick does not. Amazon FireStick does not offer CEC Control or Local voice Control.
The Cube also has internal speakers which Amazon FireStick, obviously, does not.
Apart from that, Amazon Cube has 16 GB of storage while Amazon FireStick has 8 GB and it has 2GB of RAM compared to FireStick’s 1.5GB RAM.
Both devices offer advanced streaming features such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, and Smart Home Controls.
All in all, Amazon Fire TV Cube offers better memory, better storage, better processor when compared to FireStick 4K. In addition to that, it offers the purest Echo experience with Alexa’s hands-free controls.
People who want raw streaming power must go with Cube. People who are minimalists should go with FireStick.