What is better “Apple TV or Chromecast?

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Google has recently released its budget TV streaming service, the Chromecast, in the UK. A lot of people are now asking the question what is better “Apple TV or Chromecast?” Here’s where we try and help you decide for yourself in this Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review.

Buying a new smart TV is expensive business, and to be quite honest, it’s probably not a great idea, as once you have spent hundreds/thousands of pounds on a new TV then you are locked in to its onboard hardware for the TV’s lifetime – which may well be out of date in a year. A great option to experience the best of an internet connected TV without the expense of buying one is to opt for an external streaming TV service. Two of the best of these are Apple TV and Chromecast, here’s where we put the two up against each other in what we call an Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review.

On the face of it both the Apple TV and Chromecast do largely the same thing, and this is stream video and audio content straight to your TV. However, there are significant differences on how the two streamers go about doing this. Keep reading and we’ll cover all of this for you.

Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: price and steaming services

Perhaps the biggest difference here is the price of the two steamers. As you would expect, Apple is the more expensive of the two, coming in at £99. Chromecast is less than a third of the price at £30.

Things get a little more confusing when you look into what you can and can’t do on both streamers. The best and most concise way we can put it is: on paper you can access more apps and media files with Chromecast than you can on Apple TV, but the things that Apple TV does let you do, it does so flawlessly. Form our experience with the Chromecast, we have found there to be issues with media playback from time to time.

Local media

What do we mean by this? Well, in terms of locally stored media, Apple TV only lets you play Apple approved media file formats through channels through iOS devices or a computer iTunes installed.

Chromecast does let you do the same thing, but it is a little more confusing. If you have bought a movie, TV show or piece of music from the Google Play store, then you can stream it from your Android smartphone/tablet to your TV via Chromecast. This is a bit of a cheat though, as Chromecast is actually playing the file from Google Play’s media servers and not your Android device.

If you want to play actually media stored on your Android device, then you are going to have to buy a £2.98 Plex for Android app, and then set up a Plex Media Server account, and only then can you “fling” media from your Android smartphone/tablet to your TV via Chromecast. Far from straightforward.

The flipper is that you can play more video/audio file types with Chromecast than you can with Apple TV. So the question you need to ask yourself is what file format is most of your media, and where did you get it from? Once you’ve answered that you should be in a better position to know whether to go for Chromecast or Apple TV.

Third party content

Neither of these streamers cover themselves in glory when it comes to the compatible streaming apps on offer. From a UK point of view, the Chromecast probably edges it in terms of usefulness as it gives you access to both Netflix and BBC iPlayer, whereas the only mainstream popular on demand video player Apple TV has access to is Netflix.

There are too many options (of questionable use to the average UK user) to list here. So the best advice we can give to work out which one is best for you is to go to the official What’s On/Now Casting pages for both streamers and take a look for yourself. Here is the links for Apple TV What’s On and Chromecast’s Now Casting.

Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: controls

Controlling Apple TV is pretty easy as it comes with a remote, you can also operate it via an iOS device that is connected to the same network as Apple TV, from here you can simply mirror app/video/music content from your iPhone/iPad/iPod straight to your TV by pressing on the mirror icon.

Failing that you can also control Apple TV via iTunes on a Mac or PC providing it is connected to the same network. You can then use the provided physical remote control to navigate around your local media library and/or access the steaming apps such as Netflix.

Chromecast is a little different, there is no single physical remote that comes with it in the box. It relies on you controlling it from your Android/computer/iOS device that is connected to the same network. You then need to download the Chromecast app for the initial set up, from there you need to use a supported app – i.e. BBC iPlayer – to your device and press the Chromecast button in the app.


Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: design

Both the Apple TV and Chrome cast streamers connect to your TV via a HDMI port. The main difference is that the Chomecast is a dongle device that is key sized and slots straight into your TV where it stays – there is also a mini HDMI lead you can use if your TV is pushed up tightly to the wall. Apple TV is more of a mini set top box that will need a surface nearby to sit on.

Apple TV requires as 6-watt universal power supply (from the wall plug socket), whereas Chromecast has to be powered from a USB lead (designed to work with the USB ports on your TV).
From: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/digital-home/3514054/apple-tv-vs-chromecast-comparison-review/

5 Confirmed iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Specs & Features on Q3 2014 Release Date

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It will be an earlier release date for the iPad Air 2 and the third iPad Mini version as popular Apple-focused analyst Ming-chi Kuo forecasted the next iOS slate refresh to happen in the third quarter of 2014, at the earliest.

In his latest research note, picked up last week by MacRumors, the KGI Securities analyst outlined the fresh specs and features that will get unpack with the sixth regular iPad build.

Kuo also corrected his earlier prediction about the iPad Mini – that a third generation is on its way this year and will join the iPad Air 2. Apple, he added, will unveil these devices anytime starting in July with the actual release date to take place not later than September 2014.

Coming out of the box with the Air 2 and Mini 3 are the five specs and features below that Kuo believes are virtually confirmed, pointing to his credible supply chain sources in Asia:

A8 CPU

The iPhone 6 will flex its muscles powered by the 64-bit A8 processing chip and the same powerhouse will fire up both the Air 2 and the Mini 3, Kuo reported. The jump from A7 chip architecture is almost automatic, he added, and should deliver the following benefits – better overall performance, enhanced graphic rendering and more efficient device energy use.

iOS 8

Apple devices, at least most of them, now stand on iOS 7.1 and its unimaginable that the same mobile platform will animate the 2014 batch. So Apple fans are counting on the arrival of iOS 8 with the latest iPads and according to experts, the same software will be previewed at the 2014 WWDC in June.

Working with A8 chip, iOS 8 will be responsible for high-octane mobile computing, better stability and device security in the upcoming iPads.

8MP sensor plus killer cam features

Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 will be the scaled up iPhone versions in terms of camera shooting capabilities, Kuo predicted. He expects the tablet duo to wield a killer 8MP rear cam plus the usual servings that iPhone fans have been pampered with.

The main object is to allow iPad users to produce high-quality clips and images comparable to that of the iPhone camera capabilities.

Touch ID

Touch ID fingerprint scanner makes for a tougher security protocol in the iPhone 5S and the same feature, Kuo asserts, will debut this 2014 in the two iPads. If that will be the case, Apple will again lead the way as the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will become the first tablets to feature biometric security.

Same look, design language and price

Outward, there is not much to expect from the already gorgeous looking iPads, Kuo said, adding that most of the tablet upgrades are confined within. If anything, it will be the Mini 3 that could get a bit of a revision as the analyst noted that the bulkier Mini 2 proved unattractive for many iPad fans.

So the same beautiful and solid design seen in 2013 will be pretty carried over in the 2014 builds, said the KGI expert.

And the same goes for the pricing – $400 for the basic iPad Mini 3 and $500 for the iPad Air 2. As the price mark stays the same, Kuo is upbeat of upcoming treats for tablet shoppers – cheaper 2013 iPads with the Mini 2 likely to go for only $300 soon as the Mini 3 becomes available.

It will be a simultaneous release date for the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, which Kuo said should be expected anytime in July through September 2014.

From: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/548147/20140415/ipad-air-2-mini-3-release-date.htm#.U041SBLYJyM

Kurio Kids Tablet Review

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Kurio Kids Tablet Review | Kurio Kids Tablet Pros| Kurio Kids Tablet Cons

  • Kurio Kids Tablet Quick Specs:

    Screen Size:7” inches
    OS: Android v4.0
    Touch Screen: Capacitive
    Display: LCD
    Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels
    Bluetooth: 4.0
    Ram: 1 GB
    Processor: 1.2  Ghz
    Connectivity: wi-fi
    Camera: 2 MP
    Memory: 4 GB

  • Kurio Kids Tablet Pros

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    Overall Rating of Kurio Kids Tablet: 3.5/5

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