sorry...4 days worth of thoughts...
IR Blaster... worth mentioning this seperatly, as it is again, one of those really nice capabilities you get...with us having kids, and all the crap in the living room that comes with them...even with the harmony remote, it was a pain lately to get everything turned on without some kid toy blocking the IR signal to one of the devices. the nice thing with the IR blaster in the GTV device sitting by all the other devices, I don't have to worry about line of site...and to boot...if you're in another room...like we find when we're putting the kids to sleep...you can turn things off or turn down the volume from any other room in the house...
Send to TV...this is another one of my favorite features... if you're surfing the web, or rss feeds or anything web related where you have the android share feature, you can just tell it to share with the google tv...and it displays the same content on the TV...so if you want to share something with your spouse...or just read something on a larger screen..it's incredibly simple to just send it to the tv...sadly there's not way I've found to go the other direction...
TV show aggregation...while it's far from perfect, and I was looking at this device more to get rid of cable, the GTV's search capabilities are great for finding shows. you tell it what show you want to find...and it'll show you web results, youtube results and even stuff from your guide. they seemed to have tried to add the ability to search your dlna and local video sources as well, but while it showed playon had results, it didn't take me straight to any content. It also has a nice what's on area that shows you various categories, like movies, news, etc...from you guide, so if you're just browsing around for something to watch..it comes in pretty handy. We've also found it quite handy to look up educational stuff for our daughter.
Stability so far...only one more lock up since day one...that required I unplug the unit. it was when I went to one of my tech subscriptions on youtube...apparently there was a bit much going on with the page, and as happens with the android phone, things sometimes are too much for the device...usually more so on those sites that haven't been optimized for mobile device...which frankly is a little odd that youtube would do thiw on an android device...and that google didn't add a specific GTV youtube app to handle the content, like the android phone has.
Apps...as mentioned with the youtube thing, there really aren't many great apps on this thing...and a lot of "features" seem to point to websites that have been optimized for GTV, like CNN, and oddly, some that are not...like Amazon VOD. I'm hoping, as with a lot of my issues with the unit so far, the honeycomb update will address the app issue.
That's about all I can think of for now...if anyone wants to know anything specific let me know. I still think a lot of things will get fixed with honeycomb...the big ??? is still whether Logitech will step up and add the missing harmony remote type features, like more device control and activites...but I'm still liking it so far.
Still putting Crapware on their phones that users can't remove without rooting, which has the potential of voiding your warranty and possibly killing your phone, and now blocking wallet in favor of their own product..
If your going to claim you're not like the other carriers.. How about you make your apps and services something people want to use rather than trying to force them to do so...
Well, things are looking up somewhat.
DLNA...turns out the unit does support DLNA via the media player...which is great...the downside is it apparently is very limited in it's support of formats...so while I can browse my playon menu structure and even the windows media sharing content...that I turned on for the GTV device...really can't play any videos. through the WM sharing, I can open photos and music though..though it doesn't recognize my WM playlists. oddly..the media player still...what a year this has been out...says it's beta...all in all right now the xbox handles this much better, so I really don't get any benefit using the GTV.
Netflix...while it works, again is one of those things that doesn't hold a candle to the much nicer xbox netflix app. basically is a lot like the menu system on my bluray player. quality wise it seems about the same as the xbox, though while I was able to successfully watch a 56min comedy show, when I watched a standard length movie, the thing decided to konk out at about 15 min left in the movie...and I couldn't get it to play reliably after that to finish the movie...though I went straight to the comedy show after that without rebooting or anything, and that worked without issue.
PlayOn...while my initial try with this was a bit problematic, the second time around I didn't have the live tv window going, and while the web based menu system was clunky...I was able to browse through, and watch some shows. again, still much easier than the xbox...though the dlna interface is much better, so if they got the video format issues worked out, the playon interface would be equivalent to the xbox.
Device Control - this is for me one of the standout out features right now...after day one, of playing with the keyboard they include with the GTV, I put the thing behind the TV so the 3 year old couldn't get to it and used the android phones to control everything. The nice thing here is you can pair up a bunch of android devices with the GTV, and basically use any one of them to control the device at any time. and there's just something about controlling the whole thing with my android phone that hits the geek nerve...still trying to train the wife to use it but on the plus side, the 3 year old is already trained to not touch our phones. The down side where it again seems like an unfinished device let down, is that neither the GTV or Logitech android apps are 100% what you need to control things. the GTV apps is the one we're using most of the time right now, as it simply opens a remote window to control things, but you still have to use the harmony or something to turn it all on. that and a few missing functions make it less than ideal. the Logitech app on the other hand has most of the functions you need...though not as well laid out, imo, as the GTV app, but it does allow you to turn off the few deice the GTV supports...tv, stereo and cable box. but if you have the harmony remote around...which you still kinda need since the GTV doesn't' completely replace it, it can get confusing if someone turns everything on with the harmony, and then you want to control things with the Logitech app, cause as with the harmony, the app requires you to select the GTV activity before if shows you the remote functions...which then turns everything off. Sadly, this has the potential and capabilities to be an awesome harmony setup if they'd only finish the device and app.
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