Apple Tv is slimer than Android TV like Google Nexus Player. The Apple TV is a tiny bit thicker at 23mm, but smaller overall at 98mm x 98mm. It’s slightly heavier though, at 270g. The Nexus Player is 120mm x 120mm and 20mm thick, and weighs 235g
Score –> Apple Tv : 1 vs Android Tv : 0
Both of these streaming set-top boxes make your TV smart. You’ll get access to services such as Netflix (though the subscription fee is not included, of course), Amazon Prime Instant Video, YouTube, Vevo and more.
With the Nexus Player, you’ll get more flexibility, as it’s not just Android devices that are supported. You can Cast from iOS, Mac, Windows laptop or Chromebook, too.
The Apple TV is limited to AirPlay, so only works with iOS devices and Macs.
In addition, AirPlay lets you stream any other content displayed on your iOS device or Mac straight onto the bigger screen of your HDTV, including games.
Score –> Apple Tv : 1 vs Android Tv : 1
While the Nexus Player and Apple TV are really all about the services available and the features offered by the Nexus Player and Apple TV, the internal specs can be important too, particularly when it comes to connectivity.
The Apple TV has a HDMI port, so you’ll be able to connect it to a HDTV. There’s a built-on IR receiver to work with the remote control, Bluetooth support for the Apple Wireless Keyboard, and WiFi, though not the faster 802.11ac standard (likely because the Apple TV is more than two years old).
The Nexus Player also offers HDMI out, but unlike the Apple TV it has 802.11ac WiFi.
The Apple TV is powered by a single-core A5 processor, while the Nexus Player has an 1.8GHz Quad Core Intel Atom chip.