Amazon Australia never used to offer the “better” Firesticks in Australia. I don’t know why, but they didn’t. Instead, the previous version was an older, obsolete version in North America that I don’t believe was even sold anymore. Anyway, when the newer 4K Firestick was released, I really wanted it, but was reluctant to spend more money to buy one for no reason.
However, our original Firestick stopped functioning, so I went for this one, and it has been a huge improvement for a number of reasons.
1. It responds much faster. Navigating the GUI, loading times, etc, all feels snappier. 2. The new remote controls the TV’s volume now, and it also comes with a Power button!
The only thing I dislike are the 4 “quick access” buttons at the bottom to access Netflix, Disney+, etc. We don’t need 3 of the 4, and when we accidentally press them, it’s frustrating. This is especially true for my kids.