We’ve all heard about Android boxes but have you heard about android TV sticks? Well, if you haven’t let me explain exactly what they are. Basically an android tv stick is a little computer that you plug into the HDMI port on the back of your TV. This computer runs android as it’s operating software and basically lets you do anything that a Chromebook could do.
There are other android TV sticks out there that you probably haven’t realized are actually android Tv Sticks. Amazon makes a device called the Amazon Fire TV stick, which has its own forked version of Android as its operating system. Another very popular device is the Roku Streaming Stick. Although Roku doesn’t run android and runs it’s own software-based off Linux. The operating software is essentially considered the same even though apks can’t be run on Roku.
So now that you know what an Android TV stick is. let’s get on to reviewing the top three on my list.
Please keep in mind that android TV sticks aren’t the only type of stick computer out there that can be used for streaming. You can get PC sticks with Windows 10 and other software. I didn’t include them in this review only because I am reviewing Android TV sticks and not Pc Sticks!
H96 Pro Plus Android TV Stick
The H96 Pro plus android tv stick is capable of doing everything an android box is able to do while saving you some space. This device also comes in the android box form so you can pick or choose which device you would like to have for this brand. If you would like to read my review on the H96 Pro Plus Android Box you can click here.
The H96 Pro android TV stick comes with 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of ram. This is more than enough to stream any media software on your device. If we compare these specs to the amazon fire tv stick, this device has more storage and ram. It is definitely more powerful than the amazon fire tv stick and costs just about the same so you get more bang for your buck. Its storage can also be extended up to 32 GB by using the external USB ports.
What Does It Come With?
This android tv stick comes with a power adapter and an HDMI extender. The HDMI extender is included in case your HDMI ports are obstructed by other cords. This allows you to still easily use your device without having to remove anything.
Unfortunately and the h96 pro doesn’t come with a remote control. You can use a wireless mouse to navigate and to use the device.
I like this device for its minimal design, size, and weight. Also, the specs are very good for the size of the device and I think anyone looking to get into Kodi or streaming devices so include this device in their arsenal.
The x96s packs quite a punch with 4 GB of DDR4 ram and 32 GB of storage. This is twice as powerful as the H96 pro plus and is actually quite smaller. It comes with dual Wifi and 4.2 Bluetooth as well as a single USB port for either plugging your wireless mouse or USB stick into. They’ve really outdone themselves with these specs for the device, when you look at the size it’s a wonder how they got it all in there!
What Does It Come with?
The X96S comes with an HDMI dongle so you can extend and avoid any obstructing wires. It also comes with a power adapter that is USB C which means the cord is readily available if the OEM fails. ( it’s always good to have a back up) This android Tv Stick also comes with a remote control which is great because I believe this is what all android tv sticks should come with because streaming is there purpose!
The amazon fire TV stick is probably one of the more popular and well know android tv sticks out there to date. I felt like I should add this device to my list solely because of this. Amazon is a reliable company and tends to favor the customer when there are any mishaps what so ever. For the price and if you’re on a budget I would definitely recommend checking out this device.
The fire stick comes with 1.5 GB of DDR4 Ram and 8 Gb of storage. Unfortunately, this is lackluster compared to the other devices but for the price and reliability of the product, it is definitely worth it. Another downside to this device is that you cannot add any external storage. So you are basically forced to only use this device for streaming which isn’t really a big deal. Amazon’s intentions with the Amazon Fire TV stick was for it only to be used as a streaming device.
What Does It Come With?
The amazon fire tv stick comes with an Alexa voice control remote which is great for browsing. It also comes with a USB power adapter/ charger which is great because you have the means to replace it if it ever dies. Just like the other android tv sticks this device comes with an HDMI extender in case you have anything obstructing your ports.
And there you have it! These android tv sticks are my top three picks for streaming your movies and tv shows on Kodi or with other software. They are on par with other android boxes and do the exact same thing while saving you some space. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you next time!