The Nokia Streaming Stick 800 is an alternative to the Chromecast and has a number of interesting features. Read more about the streaming device here.
Nokia Streaming Stick 800
The Streaming Stick 800 is made by StreamView, which holds the Nokia brand license for smart televisions and streaming devices. The device resembles recent Chromecasts in many ways, runs on Android TV and comes with a remote control.
In addition to the usual control buttons, the remote also has buttons to start YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus. There is also a Google Assistant button to activate the digital assistant and you can go to the Play Store with one press. There you will find the apps available for Android TV.
A nice detail is that the buttons of the remote control are illuminated. If you like to watch movies and series in the dark, then the Nokia Streaming Stick 800 is easier to operate. Furthermore, the stick works exactly as you would expect: you plug it into an HDMI port of your television, connect the power cable and you can get started.
The Nokia Streaming Stick 800 has a suggested retail price of 59.90 euros. This puts it between the HD version of the Chromecast with Google TV (39.99 euros) and 4K Chromecast with Google TV (69 euros). The Nokia device streams in full HD quality and is therefore more aimed at older televisions. You also get Android TV instead of Google TV, although the differences between the two platforms are not huge.
Recently in the Netherlands: the Chromecast (HD)
An important competitor for the Nokia Streaming Stick 800 is the Chromecast with Google TV (HD). This cheaper streaming dongle was released in the Netherlands about a month ago. The Chromecast is very similar to its more expensive 4K brother, but streams at maximum in full HD.
Furthermore, the Chromecast works exactly the same with Google TV (HD), runs on the new Android 12 software and you get the same handy remote control. The internal hardware is less powerful on paper, but you hardly notice it in practice. We tell you more about this in the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) review. You can read the conclusion below.
All in all, the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is a good and fine media player. It offers a lot for little and is ideal for older televisions without 4K resolution. You can also use it on new TVs, because the image still looks sharp enough.
That’s nice if you don’t care much about 4K or if you think the 4K Chromecast is too expensive. Then you can opt for the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) to save a few tens. But, if you really want the most beautiful image, then you better ignore this new Chromecast.