If the remote to the right and the following review are to be the standard for Google TV, Google have missed the mark set by Apple in 2007 by a long way. Even Microsoft Media Centres remote was much better, it looks like the early webTVs and we all remember how successful they where!
AppleTV 2.0 has got the idea completely right, no one wants content to sit on the TV, they want it on their PC / Mac, the thing with the backed-up disk space investment and number crunching power. Also the ability to take it to, say there friends and show that movie you’ve been raving about.
The below review has convinced me not to buy a Google TV device, yet anyway!
Re: Sony NSX-46GT1 (Google TV)
Pros: more than i even know, there are so many crazy short cuts and cool things this tv can do. if you want a tv that can also act as a computer (for entertainment purposes) this is for you. the amount of free movies, vids, and media is never ending 😉
Cons: i’m a techie IT guy and this tv makes me feel like my grandma trying to program her vcr, but i’ve only had 1 day so give me a few more and i’ll get better hopefully. tv is very easy to setup but very complicated to use to its full potential so far.
Summary: i love it so far but before i knew it i had wasted about 5 hours of my awesome life just playing around with this tv trying to figure out all the awesome things it can do. it will definitely take me a while to learn how to use some of the more cooler features of this tv. originally i was pushing for the tv and my wife was like “do we have to, why” and after she got her crack at it she told me this morning how addicted she already is to it. if you watch any sort of videos on your computer throughout your day this tv is for you.
WebTV (1995): Getting the Web to display on a typical TV in 1995 was like watching an elephant tap-dance–you were amazed not that it could do it well but that it could do it at all. With the WebTV, Web pages looked horsey, some media formats didn’t work at all, and using the remote control to hop from link to link was excruciating.
Dan Tynan, PCWorld