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Google and Apple are two well known companies that always bring new features and options to their devices. Today we’re going to compare two popular streaming TV devices: Chromecast 2 and Apple TV 4th gen and we’ll focus on their specifications and capabilities.

Specifications

The Chromecast 2 streaming device comes with the following specifications:

– Output: HDMI;
– CPU: a dual-core Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.2GHz;
– RAM: 512MB of RAM;
– Storage: 256MB flash;
– Video output max resolution: 1080p;
– Measurements: 51.9×13.49mm;
– Weight: 39.1 grams;
– Connectivity: 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz).

On the other hand, the Apple TV 4th gen comes with the following specifications:

– Output: HDMI;
– Processor: A dual-core A8 processor;
– RAM: 2GB of RAM;
– Storage: 32GB or 64GB;
– Video output max resolution: 1080p;
– Measurements: 98x98x33mm;
– Weight: 425 grams;
– Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100BASE‑T Ethernet.



As you can see, both devices are able to stream content at a maximum resolution of 1080p. We agree that they are not able to stream at 4K like Amazon Fire or Roku, but the lack of the 4K streaming is not a big deal yet, because. However, by the end of this year, if this feature will not be brought to the Chromecast or Apple TV, it will make many users to migrate to either Amazon Fire or Roku.

Operating System and User Interface

Chromecast 2 is just a “bridge” between your mobile device and your TV, which means that it doesn’t actually come with a user interface, as everything is handled via your mobile device. On the other hand, the Apple TV comes with a new operating system named tvOS, which allows you to add games and applications to your Apple TV device via a dedicate app store. The Apple TV also comes with a revamped user interface, which displays available content, including apps, games, TV shows and more.

Remote Control

When it comes to the remote control department, we can clearly see a huge difference between these two devices. First of all, the Chromecast 2 device doesn’t come with a physical remote control. With other words, your mobile device and the dedicated Chromecast 2 app are the only “remotes” you’ll get.

The Appe Tv 4th gen comes with a physical remote control, which allows you to surf around the Apple TV’s interface without any problems. In addition, the remote control comes with Siri built-in, which allows you to control the Apple TV via some voice commands, including universal search to find content based on director, actor or title. You can also give voice commands to the remote control in order to play a video by saying “rewind” or even ask for weather info by saying “what’s the weather?”.

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