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Best firestick alternative?

3,259 302 March 1, 2017 at 07:42 PM
These things are out of stock and have been for over a month. What's the best alternative? Around $40-50 I would like it to run Android. I've had Roku before and it sucks.

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What are you wanting to do with it? Some things are better suited then others.

I personally have a roku and use it with plex. It works great and I have it hardwired.
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What are you wanting to do with it? Some things are better suited then others.

I personally have a roku and use it with plex. It works great and I have it hardwired.
I want to use android apps and games. I understand that games on the cheap devices may not be the best experience, but I also want to use old game emulators for NES and they don't require much power.
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Chromecast Ultra [google.com], but the games on that don't look all that great.
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Chromecast Ultra [google.com], but the games on that don't look all that great.
Great for streaming, but not for android gaming. My guess is he wants one of the many android TV like boxes.
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Yes, I want something with the Android OS for android apps.
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nvidia shield or wait two weeks for the new model of fire stick
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I just received 2 Firesticks yesterday. Ordered on the 19th. So, the wait isn't too bad. Loaded Kodi using ES Explorer. Very painless.
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So why can't you get a Raspberry Pi and install android OS [bing.com]

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So why can't you get a Raspberry Pi and install android OS [bing.com]

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This generally won't work for DRM'd content from sources like Netflix and Amazon.
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This generally won't work for DRM'd content from sources like Netflix and Amazon.
Yes but the OP is historically interested in Kodi. I assumed [always a mistake to do thisRoll Eyes (Sarcastic)] that this hasn't changed.
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Yes but the OP is historically interested in Kodi. I assumed [always a mistake to do thisRoll Eyes (Sarcastic)] that this hasn't changed.
Plenty of people run Kodi AND other apps like Netflix if you choose the right hardware they don't have to be mutually exclusive.
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Well, without a lot of good options that fit what you want from a Fire Stick as is, my best recommendation is to just wait for a Fire Stick. You could hastily purchase something else and may have buyer's remorse later and still end up buying a Fire Stick. I'd just keep waiting at this point.
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I have the opposite experience... My Fire stick is useless, it's slow and freezes... I got a Roku Premiere plus, and it's lightning quick... The only problem with it is hanging if I leave it on a news station all day... It's easy to fix, just hitting the home button...
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