The television set of today bears little resemblance to its older versions and we can expect that TV will continue to upgrade as technology advances. These days, consumers are looking for greater connectivity. How, for example, do you get all the media that lives on your handheld devices to the tube? Apple and Google present their respective casting devices: the Google Chromecast and the Apple TV. Sitting on opposite sides of the price spectrum (the Chromecast retails for $35 while you can get the Apple TV for $99), each device has its own pros and cons.
You might mistake Chromecast for a USB device; it’s small and lightweight, with a minimalist design. Chromecast can plug into the USB port and the HDMI port of your television. A USB power adapter comes with Chromecast, just in case your TV can’t supply the power it needs or it lacks a USB port. The gadget is compatible with mobile devices that run on Google software or operating systems from partners. As long as the software supports Chromecast then it’s good to go.
Casting from an app on your mobile device is possible as long as the app is supported by Chromecast. Google Apps, regardless of whether you’re streaming from an Android or iOS device, will work. Stream your favorite apps such as HBO Go, Showtime, and Netflix; Android devices running on the latest Android versions have the ability to screencast. You’ll also be able to view videos sent to the Chromecast as long as you viewed it first through the Chrome browser.
Unlike the Chromecaster, the Apple TV runs on its own processor and plug-in power supply. It’s a puck-shaped box that connects to your TV via its HDMI port and can stream from various apps such as Hulu and Netflix on its own. The thing about the Apple TV that differs greatly from the Chromecaster is that it has its own Airplay protocol. You can stream both audio and video from your mobile device as long as it’s compatible with AirPlay. If you use an Apple device then it’s no problem. Almost every app that you have in your Apple device can be casted via AirPlay to your television. The downside is, if you’re an Android device user, then getting an Apple TV might not be the best idea.
Both gadgets are promising and offer various quirks. The best way to decide on which device to get is to consider your mobile devices. Are you using a device that runs on Google software? Or are you a true-blue Apple loyalist? Chromecast works best with Android devices, and the Apple TV’s features are best enjoyed using an Apple device.