I hate to drop 20-plus minutes of video on you for what I intended to be a simple unboxing and hands-on, as it were, but there’s a lot going on with Logitech’s (and my) entry into the world of Google TV. I have to admit that I wasn’t sure where to start or how to organize my coverage of the many features, which are still very new to me. But rest assured, I’m becoming acquainted with the software and have plans to shoot some more specific videos tomorrow. Well, later today. Until then, Here’s my unboxing and first look.
I need to point out that my Time Warner cable box is very slow to respond to manual channel entries/flipping, and is just plain sluggish in general. This complicates use of the Revue with television programming. My “upgraded bandwidth” broadband account shouldn’t reflect poorly on Logitech or Google either.
Overall, I’m liking Google TV and would love to try it out with Dish Network’s coming box. The software feels new, and although the menues and navigation are polished and sexy, some of the apps are minimalist or rough around the edges. Some features, like Amazon’s Video on Demand, don’t even have an app (there is a media player), leaving you with Chrome for library management. This feels a bit clunky, but works. Regardless, this is an exciting start with Google on our television.
Logitech’s Revue compatibility list (check before buying).