amazon fire stick or android box?

Hi folks what's best the Amazon firestick with kodi or android box? people sell them locally for around £50 and £30 respectively but I'm unsure of the difference I understand both have 8gb

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I use raspberry pi and kodi

I have a fire stick which is brilliant, you need pretty good Internet to go with it and a half decent router, im using the best option talktalk. Can't speak for Android boxes though. AGK fire is a must have app for pushing kodi to the fire stick easily via your Android phone.

littlecoupe

I use raspberry pi and kodi



​i always thought they may be out of my league

Original Poster

thanks, I may have to see both working as ease of use/ interface is likely to be a deciding factor

I am considering upgrading to one of those "Nvidia" games consoles at £150. Their website reckons it's the best Kodi experience

fozed78

I am considering upgrading to one of those "Nvidia" games consoles at … I am considering upgrading to one of those "Nvidia" games consoles at £150. Their website reckons it's the best Kodi experience



Any more info or links pls?

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Good point I'd like to make about Fire Stick/Kodi, I recently tried to change from stereo to 5.1 in the sound settings to run through my amp, but it doesn't seem to be able to handle it.

fozed78

Good point I'd like to make about Fire Stick/Kodi, I recently tried to … Good point I'd like to make about Fire Stick/Kodi, I recently tried to change from stereo to 5.1 in the sound settings to run through my amp, but it doesn't seem to be able to handle it.


Have you tried connecting the stick straight into the amp? Worked for me after not getting any sound at all.

start of the year I bought the missus a M8S Amlogic S812 droid box
it's fantastic, does everything.
would still thoroughly recommend, especially as it's a little bit cheaper now than when I bought :-)

Ive got the Amazon Fire TV Box and a MXQ Box, both have their merits. I find the Amazon Fire TV a lot easier to sideload Android Stuff compared to the MXQ.

fozed78

I have a fire stick which is brilliant, you need pretty good Internet to … I have a fire stick which is brilliant, you need pretty good Internet to go with it and a half decent router, im using the best option talktalk. Can't speak for Android boxes though. AGK fire is a must have app for pushing kodi to the fire stick easily via your Android phone.


talk talk ? lol

FTCom

Ive got the Amazon Fire TV Box and a MXQ Box, both have their merits. I … Ive got the Amazon Fire TV Box and a MXQ Box, both have their merits. I find the Amazon Fire TV a lot easier to sideload Android Stuff compared to the MXQ.


You don't have to sideload on the MXQ, it has google play built in...
It will also install apk's directly without any messing about like the firestick, the other firestick issue is that amazon could block kodi at any point.

andybriggs03

talk talk ? lol



​And that's funny because.....?

mx box from gear best. £30. job done.

fozed78

http://shield.nvidia.co.uk/



Ty

android box!
Easier to use, easier to update

I have both and I prefer the Fire Stick, its simple to use and I really like the remote, I know you can get other remotes for the boxes but I always seemed to have problems with them.

I use it every day for Kodi and the WWE Network and also for the BBC Iplayer and it seems quicker than my box so I have put the box in the bedroom and use the fire stick as my main one now.

I have both a fire stick and a minix android box. The minix box is a far better box but costs three times the fire stick.

Original Poster

thanks, I have gone for an ott mxq box for £35 do I access pretty much everything through kodi? the guy has put me showbox app on are there any other must have apps that people would recommend?

johnnyrubberlips

thanks, I have gone for an ott mxq box for £35 do I access pretty much … thanks, I have gone for an ott mxq box for £35 do I access pretty much everything through kodi? the guy has put me showbox app on are there any other must have apps that people would recommend?



Have a browse on THIS SITE
Loads of Addons for Kodi, with install guides & reviews.
Below are the main ones i use
Genesis - Must have for TV series & Movies
Phoenix - As above, also includes some live tv & sports
Vdubt25 - Sports & Live TV
UK Turk Live Streams - Live TV & Movies
Edited by: "amis1975" 28th Oct 2015

Original Poster

that's ace, exactly what I needed thanks

coxy82

Have you tried connecting the stick straight into the amp? Worked for me … Have you tried connecting the stick straight into the amp? Worked for me after not getting any sound at all.



​yeah I have it in my amp, but if you change the settings in Kodi to 5.1, it doesn't like streaming anymore. I never restarted Kodi etc. I'll try again.

andybriggs03

talk talk ? lol



​I honestly think the talktalk super router is brilliant.

fozed78

​I honestly think the talktalk super router is brilliant.



​I had Sky before which made my Chromecast unusable. I was going to put it on EBay. Now, My phone+ Allshare cast+ Showbox+ Chromecast = Awesomeness in the Bedroom!

Cartoon HD is another good app to put on your Android box, stand alone app, not part of Kodi

So far I've had the cheap M8 quad core android boxes, the Amazon Fire TV Box and Fire Stick.
I keep going back to my Raspberry Pi 2 which runs Xbian with Kodi as it seems the best.

I found the cheap Chinese boxes rubbish and not worth bothering with.
Both the Amazon Fire box and stick can offer choppy performances at times.
The Fire Box isn't worth the money over the fire stick unless you're going to plug it into a surround sound amp via optical cable.

On the other hand, I'm toying with the idea of getting one of those Widows micro computers to act as all singing and dancing hub which the Rp2 is crap at being
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