Apple and Amazon are known for their high quality products, no matter what they serve for. Both companies have released set-top boxes for people who want to get rid of their cable operators and stream movies or TV shows directly from a mobile device, to their TV screens. In this article we’ll compare the Apple TV 2015 with the Amazon Fire TV 4K and you’ll figure out which device is faster or more powerful.

Design

Both devices look like black boxes, but while the Apple TV has rounded corners, the Amazon Fire TV is square and its edges are sharp. In addition, the remote control of the Apple TV has a black navigational wheel and a few buttons, but the Amazon Fire TV offers in addition a microphone button and a microSD port, as well as an optional game controller.

Dimensions and Weights

The Apple TV measures 98 x 98 x 35 mm and weights 425 grams, being thicker and heavier than the Amazon Fire TV, which weights 281 grams and measures 115 x 115 x 17.5 mm.

Supported Resolution

While the Apple TV offers HDMI video output and the maximum resolution is 1080p, the Amazon Fire TV supports 4K video playback at 2160p.

Hardware



The Apple TV is powered by a 64-bit A8 processor created by Apple and has an internal memory of 32GB, while the Amazon Fire TV is powered by a 2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor that is backed by a Power VR GX6250 600MHz GPU and its internal memory has a capacity of 8GB, but it’s expandable up to 128GB using a microSD. On paper, the Amazon Fire TV seems more powerful, but in reality there’s a small difference between their performances.

Connectivity

Both devices support 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with Bluetooth 4.0, but the available ports on the Apple TV are for Ethernet, USB‑C and HDMI 1.43 out, while the Amazon Fire TV uses a HDCP 2.2-compatible HDMI port.

Operating system

The Apple TV runs on Apple’s proprietary tvOS, which has an app store from where users can download content for TV. Apple has changed the background, making it white and users can give voice commands to Siri, interacting better with the device. Sports fans are able to watch two different games in split-screen viewing and also get notifications. On the other hand, the Amazon Fire TV runs on Amazon’s FireOS 5.0 Bellini and it offers a section for movies and TV shows in 4K.

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