"Superior to Apple TV"4.5 starson by awashburn1012
Pros: Private listening is amazing
No need to point remote at box
Remote is easy to use and full of features, while still compact, but not too compact like apple's
Easy to navigate and fun customization
Search across many apps
Cons: No YouTube
Netflix not as easy to navigate
Setup is not as easy (entering codes on a computer needed)
Remote isn't backlit
Summary: I have been an avid apple user for years. I decided to make a departure from the norm and pick up the Roku 3. I have never been more pleased. The Roku superior or equal to Apple TV in almost every way. The Roku is fast and easy to use. My 2 year old son has already mastered the remote and can pull up Curious George to his heart's content. My wife and I love the private listening for that reason. My son can enjoy his shows, and my wife and I don't have to listen to them. It's pretty amazing.
The inclusion of Amazon Prime is huge. Very few devices have it, and Apple TV isn't one of them.
I was concerned that I could airplay from my mac or phone onto the Roku, but with the help of a few programs and apps, I can play Hulu from my computer on my big screen without having to pay for Hulu Plus.
The remote is much better than Apple TV. I get the whole minimilist thing, but with kids you lose you Apple TV remote every few minutes. Not to mention it isn't intuitive or easy to use. With no labels or direction, its a few slow learning curve. The Roku 3 remote is amazing. With an easy to spot lanyard, and clearly labeled and naturally place buttons it is a joy to use. My only critic is the lack of backlighting. However, the remote is intuitive and simple enough that a week or so with the remote creates enough muscle memory to make up for it.
Last Word: If you are on the fence between an Apple TV and a Roku 3. Hands down go with the Roku, and this is coming from a huge apple fan. The only reason to get an Apple TV over Roku 3 is if you can't live without YouTube directly on you TV. For most users the Roku 3 just makes sense.