Got home from work tonight and found a GoogleTV at my doorstep. Thanks to Google for sending out a Logitech Revue for me to start working on some development with.
Initial thoughts on Google TV are positive. I have only had a few hours to check it out, but it has a few things I am excited about. There were some people discrediting Google’s approach to taking over input 1 on your TV i.e. – the input connected to your cable box, or antenna. I really have to disagree with this, I think this is the number one reason it beats an Apple TV. Currently with my Apple TV if I want to check a score in a NFL game I have to grab the remote switch the TV to HDMI 1, or is it HDMI 2?? I never remember, and the TV takes forever, like 1 – 2 seconds to switch. With the GoogleTV I simply press the search button on the keyboard and can ‘Google’ the score or have the device find the channel and switch it for me.
So far GoogleTV has a slight lead, but its Netflix interface may give AppleTV the lead since its interface is archaic.
The real important thing will be who can deliver a great SDK to developers to really take advantage of all the opportunities here. Currently GoogleTV is only web apps, and AppleTV has nothing that I am aware of yet.
Pictures of the unboxing and setup:
[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“400” caption=“A letter from the GoogleTV team.”][/caption]
[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“400” caption=“The keyboard.”][/caption]
[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“400” caption=“GoogleTV Inputs/Outputs.”][/caption]