Amazon Fire TV - 1st Generation
- Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box you connect to your HDTV. It's the easiest way to enjoy over 250,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and HBO NOW, plus games, music, and more.
- With voice search, simply say the name of what you want to watch and start enjoying in seconds
- 2 GB of memory, dedicated GPU, 1080p HD video, Dolby Audio surround sound, and Android-based Fire OS
- Fast quad-core processor and expandable USB storage for playing best-selling games like Minecraft, Game of Thrones, Crossy Roads, and more
- No more waiting for your movies and shows to buffer, ASAP learns what movies and shows you like so they start instantly
- Fire TV lets you fling your favorite apps to your TV to free up your small screen for other uses. Or mirror your phone or tablet to your TV.
- Amazon Prime customers get unlimited access to popular movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, including The HBO Collection and original shows like Transparent, plus Prime Music
Top Customer Reviews
First is Apple TV which is easy to use (interface) but Apple limits the content you can get greatly (including no Prime Streaming built in) and it lacks a lot in features as well and is slow. The reason for selecting Apple TV is if you have other apple products that unlock features (like Amazon's content).
The second option you could consider was Roku--which really means a Roku 3 box since it is heads and tails better than past Roku boxes in terms of remote and speed. Now Roku stands out with the most content and the most features of any box with the Roku 3. It is for that reason you will see me address the Roku 3 so often in this review.
I have added quick summaries of other options to make sure everyone knows about the other options out there.
WDTV: Are great for streaming your own content but not very user friendly.
Chromecast: Is very cheap at $35 but requires other items to use (no remote included!), is limited to 16 channels according to their own site with other content broadcast via Chrome's browser not at the same quality level. This does allow you to browse the internet on your tv and is amazing for the cost but is more of a niche market than FireTV/Roku/Apple TV. But if you can live with the short comings, it is worth a look at 1/3 the price of these devices.
Smart TVs: Most of these are FINE for occasional use but not nearly as pleasant to use daily like separate boxes.Read more ›
Setup was a no brainer. It required an update immediately so it did take about 15 minutes to have it in action but the process was very simple.
The image quality (movies and games) is excellent. I've tried several movies from Amazon Prime and they look and sound nearly Blu Ray quality as far as I can tell.
Navigation is very straightforward and it's generally easy to find anything you're looking for. Installation of games and apps goes very smoothly and generally pretty quickly.
The remote works very well. I haven't played with the voice search feature much yet, but when I have tried it, it worked well. The buttons on the remote are well thought out and I prefer it to the Apple TV remote.
I only have one gripe. As far as I can tell, there's no way to limit the list of movies and tv shows to what is available for Amazon Prime members. This makes it very inconvenient to find things that are free to watch. There are some categories that are limited to Prime (Most Popular on Prime, For Kids on Prime) I want to be able to just see what's available for Prime or at least be able to see by category what's available for Prime. I'm sure this isn't an oversight. I suspect Amazon wants to force us to look at everything and be tempted to buy/rent things but if they really want to compete with Netflix, they'll understand that we pay for our Prime membership to be able to watch free movies conveniently. A workaround is to do your searching on the web and then search specifically on the device.
Perhaps I just haven't found the way to search for Prime available content. I hope that's the case or I will really be disappointed.Read more ›
Amazon, please give us a CLEAR way to view "Prime Only" if that's what we want. I know we can voice search for anything... and that's great, but sometimes we just want to "Go Fishing" and would like to fish in the "Prime" pond only. This is a pretty big deal when you compare this to competing (Think ROKU) products that let you do just that.
Hard to believe your competition does a better job with presenting your own content than you do. Maybe an update in the near future will "Fix" this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hard to integrate into a surround sound home entertainment system because of various incompatibilities in the surround sound formats and cable types supported by the Fire TV and by... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Joel Clinkenbeard
This is a terrible product! It was effective for less than two years. When I called to get help with the device and advise amazon on the glitches I was experiencing with the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mely
It was ok while it worked. But then went to the amazon logo and I cannot reset it. I've looked up everything I can. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Chad Bretoman
I love my Fire TV. It's doesn't shut off or restart randomly like my apple TV did constantly and has most of the same apps plus a good selection of prime content to view. Read morePublished 12 days ago by D from Arkansas
I have had this product since November (it's now June),and progressively, the box is having more and more issues! It pauses and stops during the viewing of all apps. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer