With both Roku and Apple revealing their new generation of streaming boxes, buyers find themselves in a predicament. Is Apple TV a better choice or Roku 4? What sets these two apart? To find out the answers to these questions, scroll down.
Size and Resolution
Roku 4 has the following measurements: 6.5×6.5×0.8 inches whereas the Apple TV measures 3.9×3.9×1.4 inches. So if size is a major factor for you, we recommend the Apple TV because it is smaller. However, do not disregard thee fact that Roku 4 is a lot thinner even if it is bigger in size.
Resolution does matter, so based on a report issued by Cult of Mac, the Roku 4 streaming box has 3840×2160 resolution (only if your TV is linked to 4K or Ultra HD) and it will also perform the necessary upgrades to regular HD movies or even TV shows. The Apple TV has only 1080p making Roku 4 the number one choice.
The Roku 4 remote controller contains two AA batteries that fire it up and plus an earphone jack. You can also set-up your tablet/smartphone with their application, so it works even if you do not have the remote.
Apple TV has the Siri remote which contains a rechargeable battery. Both streaming devices have voice commands included, but Siri is more popular in this case.
Available channels and costs
When investing in a streaming device, you should look into the type of content that is at your disposal. Thus Roku 4 contains more than 2,500 channels and 300,000 TV shows and films whereas Apple TV has the iTunes Movies and TV shows as well as HBO, Netflix, and Hulu,
The ultimate factor that will help you decide is the overall price, Rolu 4 retails for $129.99 and you can pre-order it now while Apple TV comes out in two variants, there is the 32GB version that costs $149 and the 64GB that can be bought for $199.