Are you still confused about all this Google TV talk? Consider yourself not alone because I’ve sat through several hour long demos (part 1, part 2) and I still can’t grasp exactly what the real-world experience will be like, but I know enough to say it will change the way we watch TV forever.
Google describes the experience as something new and amazing. “We haven’t been this excited about TV since Saturday morning cartoons”. Even though UPS hasn’t delivered my Logitech Revue yet, I would already say I believe Google’s claim because this is a product that is going to change and improve every week that you own it (and that does excite me like Saturday mornings as a kid).
There is no possible way for me to fit every detail about Google TV into this post so head over to the official Google TV site and explore the virtual tour. For those that are really out of it, check out our quick summary below.
Logitech Google TV devices
- Logitech Revue System ($299): Includes the Logitech Revue box and Logitech Keyboard controller.
- Logitech TV Cam ($149): Make 720HD video calls from your TV to other Google TV users or anyone with a webcam and a Mac or PC. The Logitech TV Cam features a Carl Zeiss lens, 5x digital zoom, and dual-microphones for noise reduction. For more see Logitech’s promo video on YouTube.
- Logitech Keyboard controller ($99): Same keyboard that ships with the Logitech Revue system. I was told by Logitech’s CEO that this would be sold separately and work with the Sony Internet TV, but that might no longer be the case. Logitech is not allowing customers to order this device from their website right now.
- Logitech Mini Controller ($129): Same thing as the keyboard controller, but in a smaller package. It features a Li-ion battery that can go up to two weeks between charges.
Check out the official Logitech Smart TV site for even more details.
Sony Google TV devices
- Sony Internet TV ($599-1399): The Sony Internet TV is an HDTV with Google TV already built in. Multiple sizes are available including 24″, 32″, 40″, and 46″.
- Sony Internet TV Blu-ray ($399): This is Sony’s answer to the Logitech Revue, but it has a Blu-ray player built in. If you are currently lacking a Blu-ray player, this might be the smart buy over the Revue if you can afford the $100 price difference.
Check out the official Sony Internet TV site for all the goods and another cool virtual tour.
If you were one of the early adopters and went ahead and ordered one of these Google TV devices, please let me know which one you went with and why. I picked up the Logitech Revue because it was available for pre-order first, it was the cheapest option, and I preferred Logitech’s more traditional keyboard verus the odd Sony controller.
Obviously, there is a ton of info that I’m holding back on in this post so if you have any random questions about Google TV or any of these devices just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to share what I know or point you in the right direction.
My Logitech Revue arrives this weekend, so fully expect me to be sitting on the couch watching my fantasy football players and checking out the Google TV experience. If all goes well, look for my first impressions on Monday.
p.s. It is the Colt’s bye week so I need a new QB to fill in for Manning. Would you rather start Cutler, Palmer, or Cassel in week 7?