What's up prize fighter's?
Brian Tong here for a big time battle between [INAUDIBLE] Dongles?
It's a prize fight punch out between the new streaming Roku stick and Google's latest Chromecast.
This prize fight will be decided by the committee of one, Can't Go Wrong Tong.
So let's get it on.
Round one is design.
Roku and Google bring simple and sweet designs for streaming.
Roku's new stick is almost the size of a stick of gum.
The Chromecast is a circular dongle, and they'll both hide behind your TV set powered by a USB port or a plugin adaptor.
Both can fit in your pocket, and we're calling this a tie.
Next round is user interface and navigation.
The biggest difference out of the box is that Roku includes a remote control but you won't find Roku's signature headphone jack.
Now their universal search allows you type in a title, actor or director and shows you where you can watch that content across all its apps.
Roku's interface is still the best in class and using it's remote is easier compared to the Chromecast that has no real interface.
But relies on apps on your phone, tablet, or your computer to throw content to your TV.
It's biggest advantage, it's easy to throw content quickly to your TV, but it's not enough, as Roku takes this round.
Round 3 is content.
Content will always be king, and no one can compete with Roku's deep, deep library of over 3,000 channels.
Google's Chromecast has all the key apps like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and HBO and it has a better variety of games that you can take to the big screen.
Chromecast mirroring from your laptop makes up for some of the lack of content but it's still laggy and just not good enough.
Roku brings the most content you can find and takes another round Round four is performance.
Content is important but so is the amount of time it takes to get to it.
The biggest issue we found were the longer boot times for the Netflix and YouTube apps on the Roku.
On the CNET test it took Netflix 18 Seconds to launch on the Roku Stick and only four seconds on the Chromecast, the YouTube app took 15 seconds on the Roku and 10 seconds in a Chromecast, now the Chromecast have the luxury of using your phone or tablet to load the app first but result is result and it takes this round.
The final round is?
Roku Streaming Stick is $50 and that's a deal with a remote control in every streaming service you can think of.
The Chromecast is even more wallet friendly at $35 if you're okay with using your smart phone as a remote which a lot of you are.
But Roku is still the best streaming platform, with an experience you're getting, that's well worth the price.
So let's break it down.
We had a tie in round one, but then Roku took three of the next four rounds, and reigned supreme as this prize fight king.
I'm Bryan Tong, thanks for watching and we'll catch you all next time for another Prizefight.
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