Amazon Review by Lucy
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Great choice if you want cheaper movie rentals ...
INTRODUCTION The new Roku 3 is very easy to setup and use. The processor is extremely fast. The user interface makes accessing countless shows and movies simple and intuitive. Rokus best feature is that it helps you find the cheapest source for each movie.
MAIN NEW FEATURES
Voice search The voice recognition is not perfect, but it definitely beats trying to scroll to type one letter at a time! While its great to have voice search built into the remote, you can just download the app for your phone to use voice search with older Rokus. (As a result, you dont need to buy a new Roku 3 to get voice search, but the Roku 3 remotes voice search doesnt have reliability issues like the app.)
Other new features Well, in my opinion, there are not many other substantial new features. That being said, the new Roku 3 is still an amazing player (because it has the same great features as the old Roku 3). I cannot tell any difference in processor speed between the old Roku 3 and the new Roku 3.
WHATS NOT INCLUDED
Roku 3 actually includes almost everything youll need. Here are a few other things youll need:
- Credit card (to pay for movies and shows)
- HDMI cable
- Mount (If you have a WALL-MOUNTED TV, youll need a mount to attach Roku to your TV.)
The main reason to buy a Roku is that Roku is not trying to push you towards certain content providers. Apple TV, for example, does not allow you to access shows and movies from many sources. Fire TV tries to encourage you to buy content from Amazon (although a few other content providers are available if you look for them). Unlike Apple TV and Fire TV, Roku makes it easy to search for shows and movies from many sources AND lets you see how much different providers charge for shows and movies. This difference is IMPORTANT If you want to watch a certain movie, youll love instantly seeing which source rents the movie for lowest price! Bottom line Youll probably save money in the future by renting shows and movies via Roku 3.
DIFFERENCE FROM OLD ROKU 3
The most important thing to note is that the new Roku 3 is very similar to the old Roku 3. I bought the new Roku 3 because I love having the latest tech. After comparing the two devices, I would not recommend buying a new Roku 3 if you already have an old Roku 3. However, if you have any other old Roku player, then the new Roku 3 is a great upgrade (mainly due to the faster processor).
DIFFERENCE FROM APPLE TV
Roku 3 will enable you to access shows and movies from many more sources (often with lower rental prices). The Roku 3 interface might not be quite as simple as the Apple TV interface, but Roku 3s interface is still easy to use. Unlike Apple TV, Roku 3 includes voice search, headphones that attach to the remote, and a few marginal games.
DIFFERENCE FROM FIRE TV
Fire TV provides access to several sources of shows and movies, but Roku 3 provides access to more sources of shows and movies (perhaps more sources than youll ever need). Roku also makes finding the cheapest price much easier (by instantly showing you prices from different sources). Fire TV has much better games. Both Fire TV and Roku 3 include voice search. Unlike Fire TV, Roku 3 includes headphones that attach to the remote.
DIFFERENCE FROM OTHER ROKU PLAYERS
Both the new Roku 2 and the new Roku 3 include the same fast processor and 1080p (HD) resolution. Buy Roku 3 if you want voice search on your remote (rather than by downloading an app on your phone), you want headphones, or you want to pick from a few simple games. Otherwise, buy Roku 2. Roku 1 also has 1080p (HD) resolution, but the processor is much slower. Only buy Roku 1 if you dont mind a slower user interface and other delays. Dont buy the Roku stick you deserve better.