Most of the major names in set-top boxes have been busy upgrading their devices this year, and that means you might well be in need of a refresher in terms of which 4K streamer is going to be the best buy for you. Here’s our (relatively) brief, point-by-point guide to the top devices on the market, and how you can tell the differences between them. For the sake of brevity we’re not going to give you an exhaustive list of every single app you can run on these devices—assume that you can get Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Plex, HBO, Showtime and all the other common video-playing apps up on these devices unless we tell you otherwise. Instead, we’ll focus on a handful of key differences in the software and app selections for each gadget. We’re also going to stick to the top-end device in each line (Fire TV, Roku), with a brief mention of the others. More than ever before, your choice of set-top box is less about the box itself and more about the other kit you use, … [Read more...] about Battle of the TV Boxes 2018: Roku vs Amazon Fire TV vs Apple TV vs the Rest
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Pricey Quality Great value The Apple TV 4K is the best version of this product that Apple's ever made. It's fast, offers excellent video capability, and has nearly every app you can think of, including every live TV streaming service for you cord cutters out there. At the end of the day, its biggest problem is price and a (current) lack of Dolby Atmos support. $179+ at Apple Pros HDR10 and Dolby Vision support Great lineup of 4K titles in the iTunes Store Speedy Superb integration with your other Apple devices Support from nearly every streaming service Cons Pricey Siri Remote can be unintuitive No Dolby Atmos support…yet For such a tiny box, the Fire TV 4K Ultra HD sure packs a punch. With support not only for 4K but also HDR10, the Fire TV is great for those looking for more than just some additional pixels on screen. It's not all great, though. Those seeking Dolby Vision support are out of luck, while performance might be an issue for some. Still, for the price, … [Read more...] about Apple TV 4K vs. Fire TV 4K Ultra HD: Which should you buy?
We knew the Xiaomi Mi A2 was coming for months now, and the Chinese manufacturer made the news official this week by revealing the phone in Spain. It’s a clear statement that Xiaomi wants to focus on Europe, but the brand will also need to look out for a resurgent Nokia/HMD Global in the region. HMD Global saw plenty of European growth recently owing to its Nokia devices, and the Nokia 7 Plus might be its most impressive proposition yet. In fact, the phone has plenty in common with the Xiaomi Mi A2. We compare the spec sheets to figure out a winner.Identical software and horsepower Both phones are Android One devices (running Android 8.1), which means they’ve got stock Android and should receive super-fast updates from Google. The last few HMD phones have seen relatively speedy updates, while Xiaomi’s sole Android One phone at the time (the Mi A1) saw a delayed Android 8.1 update due to a bug. Nevertheless, you should be getting updates for 18 months with Android … [Read more...] about Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus specs: Battle of the Snapdragon 660, Android One phones