Roku vs Android TV: Which Streaming Device is Right for You? We Take a Look…





Watching tv and using remote control

Watching tv and using remote controlWhen looking at streaming devices to create your cord cutting setup, you’ll find a wide variety of options. In these posts, we’re comparing those options to help you choose the right device to meet your streaming needs.

In this post, we’re looking at Roku devices and Android TV devices.


Roku has a strong lineup of devices in a range of price points. They’re easy to find online and in stores and are user friendly. You’ll also find Roku TVs from a variety of companies including TCL and Sony, again ranging in prices with plenty of affordable options.

Roku’s interface focuses on simplicity and personalization. You’ll find an easy to navigate menu where you can organize your apps, search movies and TV shows, and adjust your settings.

A major benefit to using a Roku device is access to the Roku Channel. With over 10,000 free movies and TV episodes, along with the ability to sign up for premium content, this channel is an excellent addition to your streaming subscription collection.

The newer Roku remotes include a voice command option. By pushing a button on the remote, you can search for content, open apps, and control playback options.

Android TV

Android TVs include those devices that use Google’s operating system. There are several companies making streaming devices for Android TV. Those devices include the well-known (and a reader favorite) NVIDIA Shield, Mi Box, and Razer Forge TV. Sony has a decent collection of Android TVs, but you’ll likely only find pricier options for TVs with the Android TV built in.

For those that are used to Google menus, an Android TV will be easy to get used to. A simple menu keeps your favorite apps front and center and allows for easy navigation to get to the content you want.

Recently, Android TV made it easier to sign up for streaming services. With the update, you can use your Google account to quickly and easily sign up for services and use PINs to sign in, rather than typing out a password every time.

Android TVs have the advantage of being compatible with Google Assistant. Use voice commands with Google Assistant to control your media, along with other tasks like checking the weather, keeping up with sports scores, and opening up your Google photos.

Both Roku and Android TV devices are great options with their own unique benefits. This choice really comes down to a personal preference between Rokus and the Google OS.

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