When I came home from running errands the day before Thanksgiving, there it was on my doorstep, the Amazon Firestick. As you may have read, I've been playing with the Google Chromecast units and have had lots of fun messing with them. When the Firestick was announced a few weeks ago at $19.99 USD I couldn't pass it up, since my wife has an Amazon Prime addiction. As I type this I'm watching an Amazon Prime HD movie and it has yet to hiccup. Here are some of my thoughts:
- The UI is fast compared to the Amazon Prime app on my Panasonic BluRay player
- The same BluRay player above has network stutters, so I assume the Firestick has more buffer memory
- The unit was preconfigured at the factory to hook into my wife's account. Sorta cool or sorta creepy depending on if you were buying it for yourself or for a gift.
- The Wi-Fi also does 5.8Ghz, which is pretty awesome.
- It has Miracast built in. That's cool to have, but I never use it.
We've been playing with this thing for a little over a week now and it is pretty awesome. It doesn't seem to stutter on 1080P content, which is pretty awesome. If you have Amazon prime, this thing is something that you want to have, but if you are buying your content from random sources, a Roku might be a better choice.