Posts tagged ‘GoogleTV’

October 9, 2010

Logitech Revue – Google TV vs Apple TV

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Logitech Revue is finally here!  The Revue is a set top box for Google TV which brings your TV to a whole new level including web browsing and video conferencing.

The Revue packs in more power in terms of hardware as compare to the Apple TV. It sports two usb  ports (as compared to one micro usb on the Apple TV), and a faster processor, specially the intel Atom 1.2 GHZ processor as compared to the A4.

The Revue comes with a lightweight keyboard  with a multi touch track pad. If you want to opt for something smaller you can download the Logitech Harmony remote app for your Android phone and yes iPhones as well 🙂

Also, there is a Logitech TV cam that you can purchase to turn your Google TV into a conferencing system.

I’m sure AppleGirl is shaking her head by now. The Revue after all is $299 as compared to the Apple TV at $99. However, does Apple TV pack this much into its system?  Remember, Google TV manages your media content as an ecosystem, it nicely integrates your cable box or DVR with the web and not to mention it can connect to your DLNA devices. My take is that Google TV has much more potential as compared to the Apple TV and it’s worth the extra  dinero.

Check it our for yourselves!

P.S The Revue is available for 179 for Dish Network customers.



BY THE APPLE GIRL  

GoogleChic, you guessed right 🙂 I am squirming at the sound of a $299 set top box which does not replace my cable. Do you really want to pay so much just to search for shows on your DVR? And do you really have so many recorded that you can’t just flip through the list.

Google TV lets you surf the internet on your TV. It’s a cool feature, but for that price, no thanks! I would rather do it on my laptop. I can hear GoogleChic, saying that you can watch free TV shows on Flash embedded websites on GoogleTV. But aren’t you already paying for those shows on your cable connection? Jeez, Androids like to over complicate things! (Is it me or do I see a new Microsoft here?)

GoogleChic, you have two USB ports?  Are you going to use that when your DLNA connection takes a hike? 😉 Apple likes it simple, especially with the seamless Airplay. Connect any of your iDevices without a USB connection.

If you want to buy the Revue, you should check out the “lightweight” keyboard that GoogleChic is referring to. Did Logitech just pick up a computer keyboard and add a track pad to it? Do you want that sticking out like a sore thumb on your coffee table? Not just that Logitech decided to go all out on remotes. They also have a palm sized remote for $129, which is not too far away in complexity. Apple’s flair for simplicity is vivid in the Apple TV remote. A slim remote with just three buttons with navigation as simple as it is on your iPod, iPad or iPhone.

You can use your Android apps to watch video content such as NBC, MSNBC and HBO. But wait don’t you pay for all that TV content on your cable bill? The Google TV box lets you play content on You Tube, NetFlix and Flickr. All of which Apple TV supports effortlessly along  with iTunes store to rent TV shows  and movies and Mobile Me, which is Apple’s integrated solution for email, calendar, files photos and much more.

Logitech gives you a TV camera for $149.99 (Boy do those costs keep piling up! I’m already at $577 and still counting!) Apple doesn’t have video conferencing features yet. But, it’s only a matter of time when Apple upgrades the Apple TV software to support Facetime, which is integrated with all your iDevices. It’s a known fact that Apple TV can support iOS Apps. I am pretty sure that’s the next big thing on Apple’s agenda. If Apple lets you run Apps on your Apple TV, for $99 you would have got yourself a new gaming device.

GoogleTV sure has potential, but all it seems to be doing is complicating our lives with unnecessary software and sucking all that dinero out of our pockets.

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October 5, 2010

Samsung Apps is here! Move out of the way Apple TV!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

So, I’m watching Monday night football and I must have seen the Samsung app commercial 10 times! I’m guessing Samsung is trying to preamp the official Logitech unveil of the Google TV line up on Wed (more to come on Google TV).

AppleGirl, don’t be left behind in the dust. Samsung is offering its own apps, Samsung Apps. They’re offering a nice suite of apps from games to news and yes it includes Netflix also. Do I have to remind you that Apple TV doesn’t offer apps? (considering that there are so MANY of them I’m surprised) 🙂

Samsung is not a newcomer to the internet TV market, in fact it adapted Yahoo TV back in 2008. With the popularity of the internet TV market, it looks like Samsung is trying to create its own niche in the market with its own apps. Apparently, Samsung decided to create its own apps so that it can be easily ported to its phones later on. I’m just saying they could have been part of the powerhouse if they partner with Google TV. Google TV will offer a integrated solution between your DVR, satellite and internet. Just wait till Wed, with all of the sneak previews already out I just can’t wait to see what is in the lineup.

AppleGirl, better get out of the way before you get mowed over holding your less superior Apple TV.

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

GoogleChic,  it’s funny that you are praising Samsung Apps. If it’s so great then don’t you think Google has to move out its way too? And worry not about Apple TV’s capabilities, Apple has quietly built in all the pieces needed to out maneuver Google or any other competitor. With an A4 processor, iOS 4.1, 8GB of flash storage and 256 MB RAM, Apple might be set to  pull another iPod on the world.

Check out the Samsung PN63C8000 review by CNET. Hear him complaining about the sluggishness?  Do all those Yahoo widgets remind you of the Android phone? I don’t think I want to watch my TV shows with  Yahoo weather, finance  and the most unrelated stuff streaming past. Although I think as an Android user, you might like the sub-par Apps that Samsung has to offer? 😉

Given that Apple TV is running on iOS, an iPhone App Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has found that one can easily install applications on the Apple TV (all we need is Apple  to provide us with the App Launcher). He has also noticed a Cocoa-like UI kit to allow developers build Apps for Apple TV. It’s only a matter of time before Apple opens the floodgates and lets you launch Apps. Apps on Apple TV combined with Airplay, iTunes and Game Center, do you think Apple would move and give way to Samsung or Google? You must be joking 🙂

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September 12, 2010

Apple hits it out of the park with iOS 4.1!

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

iOS 4.1 brings some cool iPhone updates to the table.

1. HDR  Photos and HD videos: Apple just raised the photography bar on smart phones with HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. Shutterbugs, this is another reason for you to snatch up the iPhone 4! I have played around a little bit with it, and I think the iPhone pictures are now super sweet in frames with a lot of light or a lot of shadow. GoogleChic, you are missing out on HDR paired with the Retina display (Yes, I cannot stop raving about the retina display!),  want to borrow my iPhone now? 🙂

2. Game Center: If you think Ping won’t make a big hit, with Game Center Apple’s got another social network on it’s hands. You can invite friends to games and even brag your achievements. The interface is gorgeous and with more games being added every day, I can totally see myself using the iPhone as my primary gaming device.  With iOS as the new gaming platform, Apple has thrown down the gauntlet at Sony and XBOX. Oh and don’t hold your breath waiting for the “Sony PSP phone”! Even if the rumor is true, we all know that the Android interface sucks and is way off from trumping the iOS. Right, GoogleChic? 😉

3. TV Show Rentals: You can now rent TV shows directly on your iPhone. At 99 cents you’ve got 48 hours to watch your TV show without advertisements.   Now, if you get the new Apple TV, you can watch these TV shows directly on your HD TV. Cable networks, it’s time you stop milking us dry with your roof high subscriptions, and get those prices down!

GoogleChic, will GoogleTV bring in a media store to compete with Apple?  Unless they want to be beaten to shreds, Google should just stick to improving its Google Instant search(which apparently a Stanford kid can outdo)!

Apple has also fixed the most popular proximity sensor bug and 3G performance issues in the new update.   iOS 4.1 success ? Check!

With so many new features in 4.1, Apple will keep the media buzzing until November, when iOS 4.2 is to be released. Oooo I can’t wait for Airplay on 4.2! GoogleChic, Apple gives us awesome new features with every update; I’m challenging you to list all the eye-catching features on Android 2.2!


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

1. HDR Photos – Like I said previously, the HDR photos feature is pretty neat! However, this is just a software feature, I’m sure Google can whip this up in no time. Also, it looks like we already have some HDR options on Android. Camera 360 Pro is able to mimic the HDR feature pretty well, of course it does it without taking multiple exposures but looks pretty good to me.

2. Game Center – Don’t hold your breath on Game Center AppleGirl. It looks like it’s sounding to be a flop just like Ping. PC World called it lifeless! Need I say more? AppleGirl, you’re complaining about the Android interface, but apparently in Game Center the “Find Game Center Games” button just brings you to the Game Center page which is really an advertisement page. Ouch, who’s interface has issues now?

3. TV Shows Rentals – Seriously, you want to pay 99 cents to watch a TV show? I can do that right now without paying a cent, thanks to the Adobe Flash support 🙂 Who cares about a 20 sec commercial, I’m not going to loose sleep over that!

As for GoogleTV, I don’t think you can compare GoogleTV and AppleTV. The two have different concepts, Google TV is about integrating the web with your DVR and your TV. In my opinion, Google will probably not operate a media store since GoogleTV is connected to the web. You can directly go online to get the products you need. Let’s see how this one plays out.

AppleGirl, if you that that the iOS 4.1 features are awesome, does that mean you consider the Froyo 2.2 features mind blowing :)? Here’s all of the eye-catching features that Froyo brought us.

Android 2.2 features iOS 4.1 does not have!

1) Speed – With the Dalvik VM (JIT complier) we noticed improvements in the speed, 2-5X faster with the same hardware! This means less battery consumption as well 🙂

2) Cloud to device messaging – If I was looking up an address for a restaurant on my laptop, I simply have to hit the “Google Chrome to Phone” button and the address will be sent to my phone and it’ll automatically pull up my maps application. This works for webpages as well.

3) Storing apps on the SD card – Wait, iPhone doesn’t have an external storage. So I guess you’ll have to slowly sync all of your settings from iTunes. If I were to switch phones for whatever reasons, all of my apps will be loaded once I pop the SD card into the new phone.

4) Portable Hot spot – I’m able to turn my device into a portable hot spot. AppleGirl, I know you think this is pretty cool, you’ve experienced this first hand 🙂 Remember, how you were able to tether off of my adorable Nexus? Apple Fanboys, don’t hold your breathe on this one, you’re only allow to Facetime over WiFi, I don’t think AT&T will agree to turning the iPhone into a hotspot.

Catch the video below to check out all of the awesome features! I do have to say if this is what 2.2 brings us, I can’t wait for 3.0 (Gingerbread).


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