Jailbroken Amazon fire tv Stick vs. Jailbroken Amazon fire tv Box vs. 2017 Jailbroken Amazon fire tv Comparison
One of the most common questions we're being asked now is, What Amazon fire tv device is better? Why its better? Which Amazon unit do you recommend? Which Amazon unit is the best value?
We will do our best to compare the Amazon fire tv box to the Amazon fire tv Stick to the Latest version of Amazon fire tv here. We are adding Our Octacore Android tv box for completeness.
Comparing the Amazon fire tv units
The most important thing to look at when comparing Amazon fire tv units is their hardware, because All amazon units will be running on the same Amazon fire Operating system, and they all come with a Voice Remote with access to Alexa (Amazon's version of Siri). All of our units are programmed the same way with Kodi, video addons, programs and Android Apks. So lets look at the hardware.
So what Amazon fire tv unit is the best?
It really depends on how much, how often and what purpose you plan to use the device for. But ultimately, this is one of the situations where you get what you pay for.
Jailbroken Amazon fire tv stick is more than enough to handle your daily streaming needs, so long as you have it located in an area where wifi reception is strong, and the primary purpose of the stick is not to stream live tv or live sports. Live content will work but when you stream sometime live, it's a continuous stream so there isn't any lag time for the video to buffer. So if live tv or live sports is a main reason for purchasing this unit, it is highly recommended to spends a little extra and invest in a unit with better hardware. Otherwise for movies, tv shows etc, it's a perfectly good working unit.
New Jailbroken Amazon fire tv is the new kid on the block, it has not gone through heavy testing just yet, but based on our initial tests and information currently available, it has a faster processor than the Amazon fire stick, with better hardware over all. It's definitely an improvement from the fire stick. It is 4k capable and had HDR support for better resolution video experience. One drawback of this new Amazon fire device is that it does not have a MicroSd card slot, or an ethernet port, which are available on the Fire tv box and Android tv box.
Jailbroken Amazon fire tv box is a tried and true device, but it is no longer available for sale because of the new Amazon fire tv unit release, which is meant to replace it. Personally i believe the Amazon fire tv box is the best Amazon fire tv unit ever released. Even though it is older, it has a faster processor, superior hardware in my opinion, and an ethernet port built in, so there is no need to buy it separately.
Rooted Octacore Android Tv Box- After extensive research and communication with our chinese manufacturing team, we were able to have a customized h96 Pro Plus unit created that is most suitable for Kodi. This unit is rooted so the android operating system will not update without your permission, which is a huge problem with all other android units on the market. When the android firmware updates, it erases anything that was installed on the device. It's as if a factory reset was done on the device. One benefit of our unit is that you will not have that problem arise. Also we have our manufacturer install the latest and best hardware available on the market. Other sellers may have the same shell, but internally our unit is completely unique.
Video Resolution- Whether the Amazon unit is 4k capable, or only 1080p capable, you have to keep in mind that most of the content available through kodi addons, android programs and apps, or even amazon prime and Netflix are not 4k quality. Most content is 1080p or lower because higher quality is much more demanding of your internet service and bandwidth.
Buffering- As a general rule, the better your hardware is on your unit, the less buffering issues you will experience. But this is only true when your hardware is the bottleneck in the equation. Meaning, the problem is not that your unit is in a location where its getting poor wifi reception, or your the problem is not your internet speed. Our troubleshoot page explains buffering in more detail.
Amazon Prime- If you have an Amazon prime membership, we recommend investing in an amazon fire tv unit over a Jailbroken Android Tv Box, simply because you should take full advantage of your Prime membership and the Alexa voice control features. Of course, you don't need an Amazon Prime membership to use any of our devices, and there is extensive content in Kodi so a prime membership is a matter of preference.
Ethernet Adapter for Amazon fire tv and Amazon fire tv stick- Having your Amazon fire tv, or Android tv box connected to the internet via an ethernet cable, is ALWAYS is a good idea. Amazon and android tv boxes will always run better on an ethernet connection because it gets a strong internet connection, and there is no issue of wifi reception degradation. Therefore if you own an amazon fire tv stick, or plan on buying the New amazon fire tv, and are able to connect it to your modem or router via a direct ethernet connection, we highly recommend it. That being said, if you're looking to buy this adapter and the new amazon fire tv, it's essentially the same thing as buying the Amazon fire tv box.
As we do more testing of the new Amazon fire tv device, we will add to this blog post. Please feel free to comment below. We would love to hear your thoughts.