Android Guys think the Smartstick is Smarter than the average “smart TV”.
The desktop experience allows for widgets, which is nice for those who like to have weather or email notifications close at hand. In terms of apps that work well, think Roku and you’ll be on the right track. Netflix, Hulu+, HBO Go, Facebook, Pandora, Slacker Radio, and Flixter work great. Try playing a game, however, and you’ll come away upset. Another way the FAVI device works great is in using Google Play movie and TV show rentals and purchases.
Where I found the SmartStick to be convenient was in notifications and quick text replies (Google Voice). I like being able to tap out a message, reply to emails, clean up the inbox, and other things of the sort. The entire Google Play Store is available but your results with vary depending on the type of apps you want to use.