The Fire TV was launched last year, in April, and the fans loved it for the multitude of options it offers. The device looking like a black box with flat sides and sharp corners connects to a HDTV and has a voice search feature which allows you to find your favorite show, to play it immediately. In 2015, Roku released the 4230R model with a new remote control, which allows supports the voice search feature. The Roku 3 set-up box has a more awkward design. It has also the shape of a black box, but the edges are rounded. Below, you’ll find a comparison between the two products.
The video media streamer has a simple interface and a feature called Advanced Streaming and Prediction, which allows the video streaming to be faster. You can search for movies and TV shows and add them to a list, to watch them later, and if you want to watch a certain movie, there’s the voice search feature which is integrated directly into the box, not needing a remote control for that.
The streamer supports 1080 pixel HD video output and Dolby Audio, to deliver an extraordinary cinematic sound experience, it’s powered by a quad core 1.7GHz Krait 300 processor based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, which is coupled with 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM and Adreno 320 graphics. It has an internal memory of 8GB and it runs on Fire OS 3.0 Mojito.
The box measures 115x115x17.5 mm, it weights 281grams and supports a 5.5 mm DC (6.25 V 2.5 A power adapter), while the connectivity options include USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and 10/100 Ethernet. In addition, the Fire TV comes with a game controller.
The Roku 3 2015 measures 225x89x89 mm, it weights 142grams and comes with a proprietary remote control with which you can operate it. Besides, the Roku 3 can be controlled using a smartphone, but you must install a Roku app on it. The remote allows you to play games with it, as it’s motion sensitive.
The Roku 3 is powered by a Dual-core Broadcom Merlyn 900 MHz processor which is backed by 512MB of RAM and it offers a 256MB Compact Flash Card, whose capacity can be expanded. The device has an HDMI output, similar WiFi (running with dual band/dual antenna) and a remote control with voice search capabilities.
There are a bunch of cover services supported by both streamers, and the most common ones are Netflix, Pandora and Hulu Plus. The good news is that the Roku 3 comes with 100 games, while its rival offers only 70.