While my Roku review is something I’m sure a lot of you might have found controversial and unbelievable, the Fire TV review is equally as concerning to me to write. So let me get to the meat and potatoes.
First, the Toshiba Fire TV Edition I own. The first thing to notice is that Ivona is used in the voice view screen reader, and Sally is much more discernible than the crappy flight voice in the Roku. The price is $359 plus depending on your country, and VoiceView is available in all parts of the world, especially U.S. and Canada. The fire TV does not, however, do free channels the way Roku does. A point off.
The one thing I like about my fire TV remote is how slim and beautiful it is. Yes, I know, you’re probably thinking, but what about the Roku? It’s the same thing, slim and beautiful, but the Fire OS Alexa remote has some beautiful features to it such as the distinguishable microphone button so you can talk to Alexa, the Amazon assistant. I could find no such button on the Roku. But the weird thing is that the roku remote has an app companion for smartphones which is more to say than the Fire TV remote. No points off for this one though because to each their own.
Is it possible to do cord cutting? With the Fire TV, it probably is. The Roku has more free options, however, but you can get more out of Fire’s voiceview. The overall rating should be 9 out of 10, which is more than the Roku got on my scale. I’ll talk about cord cutting challenges for blind people next entry.