If you have an old TV lying around and want to make better use of it, then buying a casting device or a TV Stick/Box could breathe new life into it. A casting device will let you stream content from your phone/PC onto your TV. And a TV Stick/Box will turn your TV into a smart TV.
The best part is that these devices are cheap and can give you all the features of a new smart TV. Google Chromecast has been one of the most popular casting devices since its introduction, and Xiaomi makes some of the best Android TV Stick/Boxes.
This article will pit the new Google Chromecast with Google TV against the Mi TV Stick. Read on to know more about both products and choose the one that you prefer.
Xiaomi vs Chromecast
Inside the Box
Both the products come with similar stuff inside the box. The Mi TV Stick comes with the device itself, a remote control, a user manual, and a power adapter. It lacks a charging cable or batteries for the remote which is a bummer.
The Chromecast with google TV comes with the Chromecast, a power cable, a power adapter, a remote, and a pair of AAA batteries for the remote. This makes it a better package as you don’t have to hunt for AAA batteries or extra charging cable.
Like a phone or a laptop, the internal specs are what determines the performance of these devices. Without further ado, here’s how the Mi TV Stick and Chromecast with Google TV compare against each other.
|Mi TV Stick||Chromecast with Google TV|
|ProcessorGPU||Quad-core Cortex-A53ARM Mali-450||–|
|Operating System (OS)||Android 9.0||Google TV OS|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||HDMI outputMicro-USB||HDMI outputMicro-USB|
Looking at the specs, you may think that the Mi TV Stick will easily trounce the Chromecast with Google TV, as it has no processor, RAM, or ROM. But it isn’t the case, the Chromecast with Google TV runs differently and has a few tricks up its sleeve.
The Xiaomi Mi TV stick looks like an enlarged pen drive on the design side of things, while the Google Chromecast 3 looks like a small oval disk. The Google Chromecast with Google TV has a unique design, unlike the Mi TV Stick, which looks similar to most other TV Sticks. The Mi TV stick has an HDMI connector while the Chromecast 3 has a small cable that terminates with an HDMI connector. Both devices have a micro USB port used to power them up.
The design of the TV Sticks themselves doesn’t matter much as they go on the back of our TV. But the design and build quality of the remote control can make or break these products. Both devices come with a good quality remote control.
The Mi TV Stick comes with a larger remote control with a power button, a Google Assistant button, directional control followed by a menu, back, and home button. You also get hotkeys to Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, below which you have volume control buttons.
On the other hand, the Chromecast with Google TV comes with a tiny remote that looks dare I say, cute. It comes with directional control buttons, followed by a back and a Google Assistant button. You will also find buttons for Home, mute, YouTube, Netflix, power, and exit.
I prefer both the design of the device and the remote of Chromecast with Google TV over the Mi TV Stick. They are much more compact than the Mi TV Stick. The color options of the Chromecast with Google TV also make it look better. The Mi TV Stick or its remote don’t have a bad design, it’s just the Chromecast with Google TV looks and feels better in hand.
Performance and Connectivity
The Mi TV Stick has internals that make it a standalone android device, but the Chromecast needs an external device like a smartphone or a PC with a chrome browser. So, the performance of the Mi TV Stick is determined by its internals while for the Chromecast with Google TV, it is determined by the smartphone or PC you use.
The Mi TV Stick uses a quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, this makes it capable enough for 1080p video at 60 FPS. On the other hand, the new Chromecast with Google TV can stream content to your TV at 4K 60 FPS but again it depends on if your smartphone or PC can do 4K 60 FPS.
The Mi TV Stick uses Bluetooth 4.2 in comparison to the Bluetooth 5.0 found on Chromecast with Google TV. This means you’ll get better connectivity performance when connecting Bluetooth devices to the Chromecast. Both devices feature the same dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi modules, so that’s a draw.
Overall, when it comes to performance and connectivity, I would choose the Chromecast unless you have a very low-end smartphone or PC. If you have a 1080p TV then I would choose the Mi TV Stick as it allows you to run android natively and you even get the option to cast your smartphone or PC.
The Mi TV Stick uses an Android TV interface which feels a bit dated now. It works but it could be better and that what the Google TV OS does. The Chromecast with Google TV as the name suggests uses Google TV OS interface, and it is much better, easier, and intuitive to use. Can wait for the same to arrive in upcoming smart TVs. So, here the clear winner is Chromecast with Google TV.
Mi TV Stick UI
Google TV UI
Both the Mi TV Stick and the Chromecast with Google TV turn your TVs into Smart TVs and so both devices come with smart assistant support too. And both devices come with the same smart assistant, the Google Assistant. You can use the remote of both devices to summon Google Assistant and control your TV and even some smart devices like light bulbs, speakers, and more.
Chromecast with Google Tv is essentially a casting device with which you can cast your smartphone or PC to your TV. The Mi TV Stick also supports casting of smartphone/PC to your TV. Both devices use the same method and so their experience is similar. They are seamless and require your device to be connected to the same network as the casting device.
When it comes to additional features, the Mi TV Stick allows you to run apps and some games on your TV natively. The Chromecast with Google TV also supports gaming but it uses the Google Stadia platform to stream games.
Google Stadia on Chromecast with Google TV
The Mi TV Stick supports Dolby Audio DTS 2.0, while the new Chromecast takes it to the next level by supporting Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos too. Both devices are powered by a micro-USB port on their sides. And while this USB port only powers the Mi TV Stick, the Chromecast with Google TV supports OTG. OTG support allows you to attach other USB devices as pen drives watch right from them.
These products are aimed at budget buyers, who can easily convert their non-smart TVs to smart TVs. So, the cost is a very important factor when comparing budget products as even a few dollars could change the perspective of potential buyers.
Luckily, both products are very inexpensive. The Mi TV Stick is priced at $39.99 while the Chromecast with Google TV costs $49.99. Get the Chromecast with Google TV unless you are strapped for cash.
People Also Ask
Is Chromecast 3 discontinued?
No, it has not been, you can still pick up the old Chromecast 3 from the Google Store. It is available for $29.99, though I would advise you to invest in the new Chromecast with Google TV as it is much better and costs only $20 more.
Which is better, Android TV Stick/Box or Chromecast?
Each has its advantages and disadvantages, the Android TV Stick/Box are full-fledged devices, while Chromecasts are casting devices. This makes Chromecasts cheaper and smaller, while you will need to spend much higher for a good Android TV Stick/Box.
How do I know if my TV has Chromecast built-in?
If you own a recent smart TV, then chances are very high that it has Chromecast built-in too. To check it for yourself, go to Settings, and then Apps. Here, if your TV has Chromecast, there will be an option to enable or disable the same.
Both products in this comparison have their strengths and weaknesses. While I believe that the Chromecast with Google TV is the better product, it also costs more and it requires a device from which you can cast. The Mi TV Stick on the other hand is a standalone product that can run Android TV and apps natively onto a TV but it is not as feature-rich as the Chromecast with Google TV.
So, my recommendation would be to buy the Mi TV Stick if you have a 1080p TV and are strapped to cash. Choose Chromecast with Google TV if you have a 4K TV and a powerful phone/PC. So in the end, it comes down to your preferences and needs.
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