I wouldn't suggest a ChromeCast to anyone. I wish I had done research before buying mine but the deal came with minutes to decide at a great price including a mini Google speaker with it. Which the mini we love. With that deal, I also had the option to purchase a Roku premiere, which I did. I gave the ChromeCast and mini as a Christmas gift to my teenager and opting to keep the Roku for myself believing that she was getting the better gift.
I love my Roku Premiere, it's actually my 2nd Roku as I have a much older version in our family room. I had no idea that the ChromeCast required all content to be mirrored/casted from another device, thinking it was like the Roku. And assumed since it was a Google product more high end then a Roku. Boy was I wrong. I have friends with Firesticks too and hands down Roku is the best. Tons of free streaming of movies and TV shows. The only complaint is actually that networks like A&E or CBS require a paid membership or logging into cable company. If I had cable with the overpriced monthly bill I wouldn't need any streaming device. I've opted to spend my hard earned money elsewhere than an overpriced internet or cable programming. I know of so many that pay $100's a month claiming to be getting a deal bundling cable and internet that includes home phone. Really? Deal? I pay $10/month for high speed internet and stream anything I wanna watch along with data for other devices and $60/month for unlimited cell/4G service that i can use anywhere. That's $70/month for unlimited calls/texts/data including hotspot a Google 1 account for added storage AND a Prime membership than $10 for home Wi-Fi.
I work hard and usually will research finding the best deal for my buck. With ChromeCast, Christmas had crept up on me and it was a take it or leave it deal at more than 50% off retail price that I let a brand name of Google persuade me, learning that not all big names equals best option.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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