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Should I Get the Chromecast 2?

arjun90 1,214 105 October 15, 2015 at 08:21 AM
I currently have the first Chromecast. I haven't had much of an issue in terms of connectivity, and the recent updates made to the Chromecast app are compatible with both 1st gen and 2nd gen Chromecasts. I have over $35 Google Play Credit (thanks to Google Opinion Rewards) and was wondering if I should spend those credits on the Chromecast 2, provided there were significant differences in terms of performance and features. However, I can't think of any differences, other than the Chromecast having a slightly beefier processor as well as dual band AC wireless capability and DNLA compatibility.

Would greatly appreciate feedback. Thanks

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I have the Roku 3 as well, but don't use it much because I am not subscribed to any streaming service thanks to Verizon's Fios service. Also, I like casting my devices to the big screen via Google Chromecast instead of Roku 3, I believe thanks to the flexibility via Google Chrome (which I know is slightly buggy).
I'm not sure if need the latest and greatest, because the Roku 4 is available, but at a slightly hefty cost, and doesn't seem to offer much of an advantage over its predecessor.

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The reviews I have read say if you have a 1st generation and don't need the AC then it's not worth it. If your buying new then get the 2nd gen.

I know spotify put out compatibility with the 2nd gen but not 1st gen yet. I imagine that will change over time. Only reason I would personally upgrade is if apps started to divide more with apps saying CC2 exclusive and I wanted them. I most often use Google apps anyways.

I know staples has the CC2 on sale here and I thought about upgrading if I could get a family member to buy my 1st gen but no one really wanted it who needed it. I use my Roku a decent amount mostly streaming plex and some sports.
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Thanks, everything you mentioned is 101% true. That's why I'm not sure what to do with my Google Play Credit now, it's no use.

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The reviews I have read say if you have a 1st generation and don't need the AC then it's not worth it. If your buying new then get the 2nd gen.

I know spotify put out compatibility with the 2nd gen but not 1st gen yet. I imagine that will change over time. Only reason I would personally upgrade is if apps started to divide more with apps saying CC2 exclusive and I wanted them. I most often use Google apps anyways.

I know staples has the CC2 on sale here and I thought about upgrading if I could get a family member to buy my 1st gen but no one really wanted it who needed it. I use my Roku a decent amount mostly streaming plex and some sports.
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Thanks, everything you mentioned is 101% true. That's why I'm not sure what to do with my Google Play Credit now, it's no use.
Buy music, books, or movies? I'm a pretty big fan of play music all access (their Spotify), which you can also pay for in play credit.

FWIW, I don't think play store credit if good for devices anyway.
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Apparently it is, also free shipping is included as well.

Google used to offer a 90-day all music access to their play store as a trial period. I wouldn't waste a single penny from my credit just to get 3 months free. Is there a way to get a prepaid Visa card from the Google Play Credit?

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Buy music, books, or movies? I'm a pretty big fan of play music all access (their Spotify), which you can also pay for in play credit.

FWIW, I don't think play store credit if good for devices anyway.
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Buy apps or movies. I don't think you can even give it away.
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Thanks, everything you mentioned is 101% true. That's why I'm not sure what to do with my Google Play Credit now, it's no use.
I have about $21 in credit myself. I need to buy some music probably. I have bought all the apps I use that I could and I don't play that many games but maybe I should play a few more. Smilie
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You all gave me some homework to do Big Grin May be I should buy apps with those premium features enabled. I could never stand the ads in Speedtest.net's app. There goes my 99 cents.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Chromecast 2 goes for half-price off during this year's Black Friday. I keep getting surveys from Google to complete. Best of all, the credit is non-expiring. Hopefully, I don't go for the all new Nexus phones.
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Actually the credits do expire; mine says expires in Feb 2017.
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Thanks for bringing this to my attention. How would I be able to check?

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Actually the credits do expire; mine says expires in Feb 2017.
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Apparently it is, also free shipping is included as well.

Google used to offer a 90-day all music access to their play store as a trial period. I wouldn't waste a single penny from my credit just to get 3 months free. Is there a way to get a prepaid Visa card from the Google Play Credit?

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Wow, you're right. Play store credits used to not work on devices. I'll have to remember that if I ever stop dumping my credits into all access.

If you can get the free three month promo, definitely do that first. There comes a point though when the free promos dry up and you have to give them money. Anyway, that was just one idea, looks like you've got quite a few choices.
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Thanks for bringing this to my attention. How would I be able to check?
https://payments.google.com


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Thanks for the link Smilie Looks like I still have some time to make a wise choice,
$35.16 expiring on Feb 4, 2017 Cheers


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The last time I remember that three month promo was during the holiday season last year. I wouldn't surprised if something similar rolls out this year. That's why we have Slickdeals.net. Haha

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Wow, you're right. Play store credits used to not work on devices. I'll have to remember that if I ever stop dumping my credits into all access.

If you can get the free three month promo, definitely do that first. There comes a point though when the free promos dry up and you have to give them money. Anyway, that was just one idea, looks like you've got quite a few choices.
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