Most people aren’t aware, but the Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote come with slightly different remotes. Well, at least they used to. It turns out that some, or possibly all, newer Fire TV shipments are arriving with the slightly less expensive voice remote which was originally only shipping with the Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV I ordered during the Black Friday sale included the “cheaper” remote, whereas the one I ordered at launch arrived with the “better” remote.
The two remotes are functionally identical, with the only difference being slightly different build materials. You can read my detailed overview of the differences, but the main difference is that the “better” remote is made of soft rubbery plastic with hard buttons, whereas the “cheaper” remote is made of a hard plastic with rubber buttons. I call one “better” and one “cheaper” because I was told by a source at Amazon that the “cheaper” one costs less to manufacture, but it’s really up to one’s own preference which is the slightly better remote. I personally prefer the soft plastic body of the “better” remote, but like the rubbery buttons of the “cheaper” remote better.
If you’re still not sure which remote you have, the sure fire way to tell is to look at the model number behind the battery cover. The “better” remote will have a G after the model number, and the “cheaper” remote will have a B. The letters represent each remote’s code name: Gelato and Bane. Let me know in the comments which remote you have and when you ordered your Fire TV.