Fire Stick 2 vs Fire Stick – User Speed Test

For our full review of the Fire TV Stick 2 and a  head to head look at the old Fire TV stick vs the new one please watch the YouTube video at the top of this post.

The new Fire Stick has:

  • Quad MediaTek 1.3ghz Processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB storage

New Fire TV & Fire Stick OS 

Coming later this year, a free software update for Fire TV will give customers a new OS. Fire TV will present a cinematic experience, offering video trailers and content screenshots to help customers access the content they want more quickly – without the need to open and close multiple apps. Finding and enjoying apps and games will be simplified with support for a customizable apps list on the home screen. Accessibility improvements will also be included, allowing customers to use Fire TV and any compatible apps with the VoiceView screen reader. These features will be available for all Fire TV customers as a free, over-the-air update, starting with the new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and latest generation Fire TV later this year.

From Amazon:

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote features:

  • Great content selection – With over 7,000 channels, apps, and Alexa skills and access to more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes, it’s easy to find great content on Fire TV. Choose from popular providers like Netflix, NBC, HBO, Fox, ESPN, Disney Channel, Prime Video and CBS All Access – and watch live TV and video on Sling TV, Twitter and more.
  • Instant and accurate voice search powered by Alexa – With the most accurate voice search of any streaming media stick, Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote responds instantly and lets you easily search across more than 90 apps and channels. Just say “find suspense thrillers” or “launch Hulu” and Alexa will respond. Fire TV will also show you the best viewing options – watch, stream, rent, or buy – to help you choose apps and channels based on convenience and value. For Amazon Video content, you can also control playback with just your voice; just ask Alexa to “go back 30 seconds” or “jump ahead 2 minutes.”
  • Just ask Alexa – With Alexa and the included Alexa Voice Remote, customers can easily ask Alexa to check local movie times, create shopping lists, play music, get the news and weather, order a pizza or a ride, and much more. With thousands of Alexa skills available, and tens of thousands of developers building skills for Alexa, she’s getting smarter every day.
  • Stunning video quality – With an ultra-fast quad-core processor, 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi and Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) for Amazon Video, you can rely on fast, fluid performance without buffering. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote also offers support for High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC), giving customers more 1080p HD streams from their existing internet connection.
  • Effortless setup – Plug the Fire TV Stick into an HDTV, attach the power adapter, connect to Wi-Fi, and start streaming in minutes. Find your favorite content using the included Alexa Voice Remote, or discover more to watch with personalized recommendations right from the home screen. The Fire TV Stick is also portable, making it easy to take it almost anywhere and watch all your favorite content away from home.

The all-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is available for pre-order beginning today for $39.99 at and will start shipping to customers on October 20.

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20 Responses to Fire Stick 2 vs Fire Stick – User Speed Test

  1. NeedACleverName October 20, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    Hi, minor correction. The power cord is 59″ and the adapter gives you another 1.5″, so it ends up being just over 5′ long. Just wanted to mention in case anyone was counting on it being 6′.

  2. Don K October 20, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    I just ordered my new Fire TV Stick today. I can’t wait to try it with the SlingTV app. Sling works on the old stick but it is painfully slow. By the time it starts up, fills the buffer, and starts the stream, it is usually 20-30 behind the same channel on a Fire TV box.

    • lance October 21, 2016 at 9:46 am #

      I got it in yesterday. I use Playstation Vue, which is painfully slow at times on the old stick. It’s certainly much more snappy on the new stick.

    • Don K October 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

      Wow. SlingTV is way faster with the new stick. The guide scrolls smoothly and channels change quickly. Everything is much snappier. It performs pretty much the same as on my FireTV boxes.

  3. Chris “Wolfman” Cuthbertson October 21, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    Is the new stick as fast if not faster than the Gen 1 Fire TV box?

    • Don K October 23, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      All of my Fire TV boxes are 2nd generation so I’m not sure. The speed of the new stick seems pretty close to that of the 2nd generation boxes. Which means that the new stick is it’s probably faster than the 1st generation boxes.

  4. cwallace October 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    One thing to note, it does NOT support KODI, therefore a no go in my book!

    • Don K October 21, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

      Why not? I run Kodi on all my Fire TV devices, including two sticks. It’s easy to side load it.

      • cwallace October 22, 2016 at 10:18 am #

        Let me know if you are able to get it installed, they seem to have locked it down… I returned mine already, if you are able to install please do let me know, I am looking for another cheap device so I can install Kodi with Ruya on another tv.

        • Don K October 22, 2016 at 10:28 am #

          Have you had trouble loading Kodi on just the new stick, or do you mean any Fire TV device? I should be getting my new stick today so I’ll try it later.

          • cwallace October 22, 2016 at 10:43 am #

            I hope I did something wrong 🙂 I did preorder the new Firestick, which came out this week. After trying to install (ES File, It will not let me download the ARM package, spoke to Amazon and tech said they closed support for legal reasons… therefore I installation not possible. Also I went yesterday to buy an old version at best buy before they get rid of that version, and the software update kills the install on the old version. I just hope they don’t lock my current device, I’ve turned off automatic updates.

          • Don K October 22, 2016 at 11:50 am #

            Amazon isn’t going to help you install anything that’s not from the Amazon store. I currently have Kodi running on 5 Fire TV devices. My new stick should come later today. I’ll try installing Kodi on it and let you know.

          • cwallace October 22, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

            Yes, I do have Kodi installed onto another Firestick and use RuyaTV. I’ve already sent it back, but I wished I did try “adding” the entire url for the ARM apk(ES FILE), thinking the direct link might install. When I was clicking on the ARM link, nothing would happen, I could not initiate a download, thus install. Yes, you are right Amazon is not going to help, but the person seemed familiar with the issue and said they were working with KODI to re-enable in the future, and the problem was in “legal” I am hoping you are successful, I’ll go out an buy another one and try again if you get it! 😀

          • Don K October 22, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

            @cwallace: I just installed Kodi on the new FireTV Stick with no problems. I’ve always sideloaded Android apps with ADB (Android Debugging Bridge). Once you’ve done it a couple of times, it’s easy. There are pretty good instructions here:


            The first part of the instructions are about using ADB. You need a computer that is connected to the same network as the FireTV. I’ve loaded several Android apps on FireTV’s this way. Most work fine.

          • cwallace October 22, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

            Thanks for the info, I will buy and try again!

          • SomeSubjectiveSomeObjective December 25, 2016 at 7:53 am #

            Good job, Don!

            I also just last night installed Kodi onto a “new” fire tv stick using ES File Explorer. I didn’t use this app to download from the kodi tv site; rather, I downloaded the .apk file myself, on my PC, from the site, and then hosted that file on a local network share. Then used ES File Explorer to navigate to that local share and install from that. This meant I did not even have to sideload the app. I did have to turn on the developer options on the fire tv under System, though.

    • D Beaudry December 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

      umm Yes it does. I use it on my New firestick, old FS, and my Firetab

      • D Beaudry December 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

        They have removed it from there Amazon Store Device wide, doesn’t mean you can’t use it. There are MANY MANY methods that make it super easy.. IE:ES File Explorer

      • cwallace December 15, 2016 at 10:43 am #

        Yes, I tried a different method and it worked… sorry I thought I posted back that it worked.

  5. SomeSubjectiveSomeObjective December 25, 2016 at 7:59 am #

    Wish you had loaded something like netflix but otherwise a good review. I have two of the original sticks and got a new one going yesterday (bought on black friday readily for $30). It’s appreciably fast enough that I’m going to replace the other one, too, and ebay both of the originals.