There’s usually only one question left by this point: What should I buy?

Well, that depends on you.

Streaming devices like the Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV are great. I have nothing against them…well, maybe against the Apple TV, but that’s understandable, right?

Anyway, they’re extremely easy to use. I gave my eighty-year-old mother a Roku 3 and she was able to learn how to use it in a few minutes. Does it do everything that my NVIDIA Shield does? Absolutely not. Can it run every app like my MINIX Android TV box can? Nope.

ANDROID TV BOXES GIVE YOU FLEXIBILITY

With a streaming device like Roku, you have to live in their world, their ecosystem, and run their apps. You don’t have much of a choice if the app you want isn’t available.

Thankfully, Plex is available on most systems. But, if you want to run Kodi on your Roku, tough luck. Same goes for your Apple TV. If you want to install it on your Fire TV, you’re going to have to jump through some hoops and sideload the app manually.

If I want to install Kodi on an Android TV box, all I have to do is go to the Google Play Store and click install.

That goes for hundreds of other apps as well.

Android TV boxes may have their drawbacks. They can be time-consuming to set up correctly, and they may need to be tweaked on a regular basis as new firmware comes out.

But if you’re the type of person who loves having the option to install whatever you want and tweak your system to really make it yours, then you’re just the person who should get an Android TV box. If you’ve just bought your first box, then you’re going to want to see our Android TV box setup guide to get you up and running fast.