I really don’t see why people are arguing over which platform is better, GoogleTV or AppleTV. I don’t care, I’m getting both. AppleTV costs less than a month of cable service and a Logitech Revue GoogleTV is about the same price as a 32GB iPod ($299 ish?). I’m not one to throw away money but I like both of these platforms and even though they overlap, they perform a lot of separate functions. Heck, I might get a $59 Roku box just to piss off my wife with more wires…and I’m still not at $500, the price of a base model iPad yet.
I’ll probably use AppleTV for Netflix and playing content from the iTunes shares around the house.
I think my AppleTV will be the one in my living room on by default, but when I really want to search web content, I’ll flip over to the GoogleTV. If GoogleTV can browse Hulu TV shows and Comedy Central, I’m pretty happy. It plays my 1080P videos? Bonus. Can I ‘Fling’ ESPN videos? What else can I ask for?
There’s a lot of stuff about GoogleTV I don’t want. I don’t anticipate needing to update my Twitter or Facebook status from my TV for instance (call me old fashioned but I’ll do that on a laptop or iOS device. I’m not going to browse the web on my TV either. iPhone, iPad or MacBook.
In fact, I don’t see the need to use that full sized keyboard at all. Controlling via the iPhone or maybe even a little diNovo mini keyboard is all I want. I’ve gotten by with an Mac Mini and a diNovo keyboard for years, why would I start using a full sized keyboard now?
As far as platforms, I know what I want from a TV connected device and Google and Apple are both delivering it.