Most televisions sold today with a certain number of inches are “smart”, that is, they offer users the possibility to access applications or services that require an Internet connection to work, such as the well-known Netflix, and not just watch Digital Terrestrial Television.
Each manufacturer of Smart TV offers its own operating system on its televisions (see Samsung with Tizen or LG with webOS) or integrates one such as Google’s Android TV. However, there are brands whose platforms have few options or are quite basic , without the possibility of installing new or low quality apps.
For these cases, it is best to purchase an external media center or Chromecast-type dongle. In the market, beyond the Google option, there are other proposals. Nvidia has its Shield TV, Amazon the Fire TV Stick, and Apple the Apple TV. Although the Cupertino alternative is better used if you have more of the brand’s products, there are several reasons why is one of the most recommended set-top boxes .
Why choose the Apple TV
In Cupertino’s catalog we find two models of Apple TV: HD and 4K . As their names suggest, each one achieves maximum picture quality: The HD allows content up to Full HD (1080p), while the 4K can with series and movies in Ultra HD 4K. However, the latter can only be used if the TV panel or monitor supports that resolution.
However, even if you do not have a 4K screen, it is still a better idea the Apple TV 4K compared to HD because the first is significantly more powerful , which will help to continue receiving updates in the future and the use of video games on services such as Apple Arcade or downloaded from the App Store.
Since the Apple TV 4 (HD), the media center of the Californians has a new operating system, tvOS, with its own app store . In it we can find the typical subscription video services in streaming on demand, but also other utilities related to health or physical exercise and video games. This is why if we plan to download many of them it is advisable to choose a model with enough capacity.
There are two different versions depending on the internal storage: 32 GB or 64 GB. The first one is more than enough for most users , because the Apple TV is not designed to store movies, photos or other files locally, but is based on streaming. If you have a subscription to Apple Arcade or are interested in trying out the service and downloading quite a few games, the 64GB is recommended.
Which Apple TV to buy
Apple TV HD
The fourth generation of Apple TV was a leap in quality from previous versions of the Bite Apple media center. With dimensions of 3.5 cm high by 9.8 cm wide, 9.8 cm deep and 425 grams of weight, the Apple TV HD is one of the best options for those who have a Full HD TV .
It has the Apple A8 processor and 2 GB of RAM . It has an HDMI 1.4 port, Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO, Ethernet 10100Base-T, Bluetooth 4.0, infrared receiver and USB-C (but only for technical service). The power supply is integrated.
It is controlled by the Siri Remote , a remote control with accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope whose battery is recharged by a Lightning connector and has an autonomy of months on a single charge. It features a touch panel for scrolling through menus and apps.
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Apple TV 4K
The latest version of Apple’s media center available on the market. Its design is exactly the same as the previous generation, even its dimensions coincide. The way to differentiate one model from another is that in the 4K Siri Remote there is a white circle around the Menu button.
The novelties are inside. We found a much more powerful processor, the Apple A10X Fusion , which along with 3 GB of RAM is more solvent than its predecessor. It has an HDMI 2.0a port, Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO and simultaneous dual-band, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 5.0. The Siri Remote is unchanged.
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