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on 8 December 2012
I'm half way between the Apple and Google eco systems, I a have house full of devices that speak to certain accessories connected to TV's and stereo systems. With the recent launch of Google Nexus products I bought this Google TV out of curiosity to see how it connects up and compare it to Apples's connectivity between its various iOS devices and Apple TV.
Overall I'm left wanting, it really isn't fair to try and compare this unit. The version of Android it is using feels clunky and broken. The play store feels like an after thought and I'm a victim of constant force closes. I was hoping that Plex would do a good job of streaming my media but it stutters and limps along. The Netflix app seems to get stuck in a loop and the only way to get out of that loop is to force close it manually.
The system update I received recently after purchase does make it feel more responsive but it's along way off being good to use. It could just be my controller but it creaks when using it because of the way the battery compartment is designed and I noticed missed navigation and key presses. Maybe I have a faulty unit but after some of the other reviews here and online and elsewhere, I'm not so sure.
Having just trashed this device with my opinion I can't help but want to like it. I sat in on a Google TV hangout on Google+ recently where the developers were previewing new features they were releasing to the American market and it all looks pretty impressive, just not right now.
I have a feeling that Google TV will be worth looking at again once the third or fourth generation devices come out. Word is that Google is looking to add AirPlay like functionality into its devices very soon, it already has a similar function for its YouTube apps, so the future looks bright. I just can't recommend Google TV in its current state.
My advice would be to save your money and watch how this develops.