Google TV vs. Apple TV – A Side-By-Side Comparison – What’s What?

Google TV vs. Apple TV – A Side By Side Comparison – What’s What?

Mark thought it would be cool to have a resource article about Google TV. I thought it would be cool to have one about the Apple TV (no, not really). So we compromised (or rather, I snuck off and wrote this instead). Instead of just limiting the scope of the article to one new TV product, I thought I would make it two in one since both Apple and Google are expected to announce new TV products soon. Of course, I can't write anything thing without putting my own thoughts in.

Google TV and Apple TV - Coming Soon

The upcoming iteration of Apple's TV is rumored to be $99 with 99 cent content available from iTunes. Google TV is taking the web to your television screen either pre-installed on new Sony TVs later this year or via a new settop box from Logitech (no pricing yet). It'll pretty much let you get any video you want from television or web.

Google TV vs. Apple TV - Which Will Be Better?

Well, they're quite different products, so to remove any potential confusion, here's a side-by-side comparison for you to decide which is best for you. Hopefully, over time Google TV will get incorporated into every satellite and cable box, because it's just that damned cool. There, I said it.

Features

Google TV

Apple TV

Set-top BoxWill be available but also will be pre-installed on some new Sony TVs and Blu-Ray Players. Probably more deals in the future. Will be available at Best Buy.It is only a settop box with several jacks on the back. Only available from Apple
Web BrowsingThat's the whole purpose via built-in Google Chrome and integration of web and TV.You would need to hack it and then not do software upgrades. Could void warranty.
Program DiscoveryYou can search for and find individual shows and channels on broadcast TV as well as web. Google Listen & Watch also features Explore for video podcasts.Movie browsing by actor and director rented or purchased via iTunes.
Personal Video RecordingCan find a show, record it and then browse them later.Not unless you hook the unit up to a computer and do all your scheduling, recording there and then import it to iTunes.
Content PurchasingIf it's web-accessible, like Amazon, Shoutcast, Rhapsody, Hulu, Vevo, whatever, it's accessible on Google TV. YouTube is also going to offer pay-per-view films if Google has its way.Well, you've got iTunes. iTunes U and audible.com are not compatible even. YouTube is, but I wonder for how long.
SubtitlesSubtitles, Closed captioning and (as mentioned below) closed caption Google Translations (uber-cool!).Close captioning is supported. Subtitles are not supported for most Apple TV or iTunes content. Would probably have to merge the subtitles with the video to view.
Non-video contentPhotos, music, websites, games and Google Android Apps oh, and FLASH.Audio in AIFF or WAV, Photos (JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG).
Video formatsIf you can play it in a browser or Flash, it can be played on your Google TV. Bet it will do Silverlight eventually also.H.264 but not H.264 Sample Aspect Ratio (at present). Up to 720p (1080i and 1080p support is removed in the new version). Not strong enough to do Silverlight.
Video ResolutionFully HD compatible, if your TV supports it (the new ones with Google TV built-in surely will).Max resolution is 720p at 24 frames per second or MPEG-4 at 432p and 30 frames/sec. Audio encoded in AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, AIFF or WAV.
Video OutputHDMI and other options to be available when necessary.HDMI, Component video, (cables not included)
User InterfacePersonalized TV experience via the home screen which can be setup how you like. Edit and access favorite channels, shows and websites.Front Row software for Max OS X 10.5. Organized in six groups - Movies, TV Shows, Music, YouTube, Podcasts, and Photos
TV compatibilityNo word yet on backward compatibility.Cannot be used with older televisions unless 480i is supported with component video capabilities. RCA/composite and F/RF connectors are not included.
Hardware PartnersSony (TV and Blu-Ray), Logitech (Universal Remotes, companion boxes), Intel (CPU power)N/A
Hardware SpecificationsWi-Fi,Ethernet, HDMI from cable/satellite box, special DishTV integration, Strong CPU and separate GPU and dedicated DSP, keyboard and pointing device. No word on storage capacity yet.802.11 b/g/n, Airport, 10/100 Ethernet - New Apple TV rumored to only have 16GB internal solid state memory.
Flash CompatibilityFull (as seen at the Google I/O announcement).None. [chuckles to self]
Remote ControlRemote, Android Smartphone (can push web page from phone to TV), IP remote control protocol will be open sourced for apps on multiple platforms. [laughs at the thought of a Google TV remote app on an iPhone]Standard Remote Control - volume control for music only. Standard infrared remotes can be paired to device. Remote App Wi-fi-based on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad.
SoftwareAndroid 2.1 (upgradeable), Google Chrome, Flash 10.1 plugin, Android Apps (can push from Web to TV). Android market and Google TV SDK to follow launch. Web and TV APIs that will let you access TV content from Web. Youtube Leanback, Google Listen and WatchiTunes syncing capabilities and iPhone Remote app.
SubtitlesMerged Google Translate with closed captioning feed on TV for multi-language subtitles [totally awesome!]It has a closed Caption Option but subtitles aren't available for most iTunes content.
Developer FriendlinessWill be Open Sourced to both Android and Chrome Dev trees.App creation and usage? Coming soon they say.
AudioWhatever the hardware can handle and the video offers. Depends on your home theater setup.The chipset supports 7.1 Surround and some rentals have Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. Digital optical audio, RCA analog.
Chris' Coolosity MeterI need a Google Engineer to come expand my meter so I can rate it properly, or I'll just scratch the 13 over the 10.Hmmm...3 out of 10?

Google TV devices

Three will be available later this year. A full line of Sony TVs and Blu-Ray Players. Logitech is building a Companion box probably with keyboards and mice. Intel's Atom will power everything. Dish Network also partnered with them and will have an enhanced Google TV experience with seamless integration. Best Buy will have all the products available later this year.

In early 2011 the Google TV SDK, TV WEB API and Android Market will be available for developers. Summer 2011 it will be open source for Chrome and Android.

Apple's TV

Apple's TV has a lively hacking community that have done both software and hardware hacks to extend the usability of the system. For example, the USB 2.0 port is made for diagnostic purposes only but has been hacked to allow for connection of external storage devices. Operating system hacks have also been made available as the community has been fairly unhappy with the Front Row implementation. XBMC Media Center and Boxee also have been made available through hacks.

It has a 160GB internal hard drive that some have replaced with larger versions. However, the box is not strong enough to power Silverlight so Netflix Watch Instantly is not supported. 1080 content could be also played through a hardware hack that includes adding a PCI-e card to the unit. There's no PVR support in the unit itself as well as no TV Tuner. Search only covers iTunes, not even local videos (My Movies) and does not even supply daily new releases. All content must be on the local/ drive in order to be played by Apple TV.

Here's What I Think

If you were asking me to decide what I wanted, I would have to say I want Google TV. No more pulling out the laptop to check something while the TV just plays the show. No more running to get more information from the web on the computer when I can do it right from where I am. Those oh so cool little pop-up web-like banners that broadcast TV has taken to using can suddenly be made interactive and you can picture-in-picture the web and the show you're watching, or have it auto-pause the show you're watching as you go surf the web...oh hell yes! Fantasy sports leagues are going to go gangbusters. Or imagine this...you're watching the latest episode of your favorite NBC show and you realize, "Oh Crap! I didn't see last week's show." Quick! Pause thisGoogle TV vs. Apple TV – A Side By Side Comparison – What’s What? one, hop on Hulu (if you're in their rather small service area), pull up last week's episode, watch it, then unpause this week's and bingo-bango-bongo, you're all caught up. Come on, that's pretty friggin' cool, ain't it?!

In fact, it's almost the future we've been eagerly awaiting with the super smart televisions that can do all sorts of things. I hope someone makes a voice control plugin for it so we can do things like we've seen in film. I'd name mine R2 and give it commands like "R2, today's weather," and "R2, calendar." After all, if you've got a Google Chrome browser, you will most assuredly be able to see your Google Calendar right? That also means checking your email on your monster TV while sipping your coffee or playing the latest Flash game, on your monster TV or doing just about anything...on your monster TV. I believe a hot diggity is appropriate right there!

R2, end program.

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Christophor Rick is a freelance writer specializing in technology, new media, video games, IPTV, online video advertising and consumer electronics. His past work has included press releases, copy-writing, travel writing and journalism. He also writes novel-length and short fiction as part of Three-Faced Media . View All Posts By -

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  • http://www.VideoLeadsOnline.com/ Ronnie Bincer

    You mention "hot diggity" as your summary of the super cool GoogleTV... but I feel compelled to add to the fullness of the expression. It should be Hot Diggity DOG!Tripple Woof for Google TV (even though I like Macs, I do Droid phone now - and I bet I do GTV when I can) "Bark" commands to the TV... yeah baby!

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/StarMonkey StarMonkey

    Any word on Google TV being a downloadable app for the computer I already have connected to my HDTV? I'm also curious about accessories - searching for content is MUCH easier with a full keyboard (I use a Logitech mini diNovo) then using a remote. What about Google TV being able to pull media from my home network (I'm sure it's a given)? Also, I'd like to see a third app included in this comparison: Boxee.

  • Airsurfer

    Pretty one sided review. I detest apple products but your google-philea is obnoxcious

    • Kevin Stacy

      Seriously, this is so one sided it's not even funny or a true comparision. Poor, poor writting and review skills. Did you even use an AppleTV or just read what others have said about it online?

      With 200 movies in my iTunes library, I am thinking there will be no need for DVD/BluRay player at all and at $99 I can put one in each room of the house and watch whatever at anytime as well Netflix.

      GoogleTV is a novel ideal, it will do as well as the MS web thingy they had awhile, it did so poorly I don't even remember the name.

  • Vic

    Youre forgetting to add a column for wireless music! I'd say that 90% of Apple TV's coolness factor is the fact that you can control your whole music collection wirelessly through an iPod or iPhone throughout the entire house, or in seperate rooms if need be. With AirPlay and a couple of Airport Express's you have now turned your whole house into a wireless music smart house. Can Google TV do this? Sure Google TV is better if you surf the web alot or if you don't already have TV with a PVR, but what I'll mainly be using one of these systems for is musci and movies.....if that's the case then Google TV doesn't shine so bright anymore. Anyone disagree?

    • Christophor Rick

      A whole column just for one thing? Wait, 90% of "Apple TV's coolness factor" is music? Then shouldn't it be called Apple Jukebox instead of TV?

  • TomAikins

    Google TV is definitely the future. Anything else that doesn't do what Google TV is doing will never survive. Surfing the web on TV is the ultimate web experience -- for now.

  • Gaz

    Pretty unfair one sided comparison if you ask me, I think you're missing the point of Apple TV somewhat - it's not meant to be for surfing the web, that's what you use your iPad (or other generic tablet device) for.

    I also totally disagree with the notion that people WANT to surf the web on the TV, everytime I've tried to do this it's been a really frsutrating experience, no matter how big the screen, it never feels like I'm close enough, and the whole idea falls over as soon as there are other people in the room trying to watch the TV.

    I think that's were the tablet fits that niche of having a device that you can lob about the living room for casual surfing.

    And finally, do you really think Google will put Silverlight (a Microsoft closed source framework) into their devices when everything is going HTML5?

  • Cwserver

    From my Soap-box ...

    We'll see (and I think you're getting a nerd-off on Google TV and missing the human factor!) ... cos people prefer to browse the web (and it's text content especially) close up like a book ... and so many obviously like to do it with direct touch access (iPad style).

    Apple are more people conscious than any other tech biz ... period! Their successes are not accidental whether you like it or not. There's good reason why 500+ Apple retail stores are endlessly crowded while the rest of the mall is virtually empty. Most technophiles will never understand this, and being one myself I can certainly appreciate why.

    Read my lips Google and Google fan-boys ... MS Web-TV was a BIG FAIL. People tire quickly of READING off a TV screen or any relatively far off device. What's more, you better be single or hog your own TV, cos surfing is going to be a) NOT PRIVATE ... and potentially embarrassing in front of friends or family. b) You are going to be pissed when no one else in the room wants to see the same web content that you feel like consuming. Solution ... don't dump your individually enjoyable laptop, net-book, iPad or smartphone just yet ;-)

    Oh ... and I'm sorry that the truth is going to hurt (again) when all this technobabbling about the future of TV is history and reality takes over. Been there, done that, and got the T-Shirts!

  • Christophor Rick

    It seems many of YOU are missing the point and instead attempting to blame me.You see, I didn't say I wanted to surf the web with this (though some things will certainly be viable in this regard). I don't think that's what Google is aiming for with Google TV. All you Apple fanboys need to stop reading on those tiny little screens so you can see the big picture, and it is all about pictures..moving ones in fact. That's why it's called Google TV. Your arguments are all laughable. "90% of Apple TV's coolness is music..." - That's a Jukebox"it's not meant to be for surfing the web..." - Neither is Google TV, it's about watching online video...on your TV."everytime I've tried to do this it's been a really frsutrating experience" - no surprise if you were trying it on your Apple TV."do you really think Google will put Silverlight into their devices" - Yes I do. Just like they are open to allowing for Flash, which Apple can't seem to do. It's just a plug-in... "cos people prefer to browse the web (and it's text content especially) close up like a book" - This must explain the tunnel vision you all show...as it's called Google TV and not Google Text...if I wanted to surf the web, I would use a PC. If I want to watch online video on a big screen I'll use Google TV... "Apple are more people conscious than any other tech biz " - HAHAHAHA... drink more cool-aid! I'll go take some photos of empty Apple stores for you...in the middle of crowded malls.I find if funny that each and every Apple fanboy who commented talked about surfing the web and completely missed the point of it...which is total control of your video content, broadcast, online and recorded... It's not about surfing text-based content... duh!

    • Christophor Rick

      oh and finally...you're all attacking a mostly factual article. Sure, I threw my two cents in, that's what I'm paid for. But the facts are just that, the facts.

      • Davidstepteau

        Yes facts are facts! This is true! I am Apple and Google fan! THis is why I have both types of devices in my home and pocket! But the facts are Apple rules the media world content! Google rules web content! Someone already mentioned that there was something called WEBTV! That failed, and I still have it in the basement; in a box! There so many other things out there that do this already! Just a few PS3, Wii, Iphone via cable or app, Laptop or computer via VGA....etc... People don't care about surfing the web and the dvr is already on the cable setup! The only thing that really shines is the web video! And again there are many other devises that we all probably already own that can do this! Buy a long vga cable it will cost one tenth of the price!

      • Some Dude

        Actually the facts as you state them are not entirely true in a few cases (this article understandably being written prior to release). Ignoring the obvious slant towards Google's product, it still seems like a much better offering. Thanks for the comparison, it was informative.

      • Kevin Stacy

        So much for journalostic integrity, sorry I wasted my time on this POS article.

    • gbuell

      "I'll go take some photos of empty Apple stores for you...in the middle of crowded malls."

      wtf? I've never seen an empty Apple store in my life. They're always packed.

      How much do you think the Google TV will cost? Also, your "no Netflix" point is moot. And what the hell makes you think YouTube support in Apple TV is going to go away? Of course it's not.

    • Kevin Stacy

      You're not to bright, you're taking what others have said and are replying with it. Do you have any thoughts of your own or just what people tell you. Seriously. You're a Google tool, admit it.

    • Kevin Stacy

      Journalistic integrity = None. You're a tool.

  • http://www.directorysubmissionservices.net Nick

    I think both the brand have there nice name so it was difficult which one is good for that we will have to first judge it..thanks for sharing this post..

    • Davidstepteau

      I would say that the google TV is good if you don't have a anything other then a Desk Top PC! Or if you are looking for something for the man cave. Over all it comes down to preference! I have so many other tech-no gadgets in the house, this thing would really just sit without usage. What I think is cool is that some TV's will have it installed. Then you have to look at the over all cost! If I was not a tech freak this might be interesting, but I think its a step backwards for google. I would love to be wrong, I just don't see how this is going to be a useable product. I get the feeling like its going to be somewhat "redundant" hardware.

  • Josefina Argüello

    I almost get the impression from reading this article, that Apple and Google are AGREEING to an arms race because they both want innovation (although they both take different avenues of approach getting there) and they know that the two of them can change things that not necessarily one of them can (i.e. Apple the sleek hardware and Google the cutting-edge services). These two companies hold a large amount of sway in both the consumer and business markets.

    So it makes me wonder if they aren't doing on purpose (remember all those arguments and public photos of Jobs and Schmidt together near the beginning of the year?)

    Josefina Argüello - Posicionamiento en Google

  • Cwserver

    Huh? You responded ...

    "I find if funny that each and every Apple fanboy who commented talked about surfing the web..."

    ... and you had written in your article about Google TV:
    "Web Browsing: That’s the whole purpose via built-in Google Chrome and integration of web and TV."

    Is it any wonder you've drawn out these comments ?
    Seems like Back-Pedalling if now you say... "I didn't say I wanted to surf the web with this" when you have made it look like a serious feature to browse the web with chrome (no-thanks)."

    • Christophor Rick

      It's web surfing for video content as well as additional information pertaining directly to the current program you are watching. It's not trying to completely replace your computer-based browsing experience. Seriously, I don't even know why I do respond to trolls. You're too set in your ways to attempt to wrap your head around something.

      You all make it sound like people are going to be surfing porn sites in their living room with the whole family gathered around talking about how there will be a loss of privacy blah blah blah...

      Perhaps, the Google TV product is just SO different that you can't fit it into your narrow views of technology. Or perhaps you're all just brainwashed into thinking that you need a touch interface to surf the web.

      Remember fanboys, the Internet was around much longer than the commercially available touch screen...It wasn't actually designed for the touch interface. I don't do my Internet reading like a book, I do it like a newspaper, at arm's length.

  • Cwserver

    By the way (out of curiosity) ... I'm interested to know where you've found an empty Apple store, since that would indicate which parts of the country have "Apple fanboys" and which don't. The Chicagoland stores are always bustling... so count one major Metro area as an Apple Fandom I guess ;-)

    • Christophor Rick

      The one in Prague is eternally empty....maybe they're just resistant to the cool-aid in this part of the world. And really, "always bustling" is sort of ridiculous exaggeration I think... Unless you mean the army of drones that are manning the store in hopes of making a sale on the overpriced stuff they peddle :)

  • Cwserver

    Don't get me wrong ... I'm keen to see what Google TV is actually capable of, since I use multiple technologies as suits my own needs, and naturally GTV's foremost purpose is video watching. I've always advocated "may the best and most innovative technologies prevail"!

    What seems to be getting overlooked here is that the biggest deal about the new ATV is it's Netflix watching capability, and the leverage Netflix have with the Studios (along with their vast ready to go content)! Apple finally woke up to the fact that they are still behind the curve on movie and TV rental depth of catalog. Adding $8.99/month Netflix accessibility to $99 slickly user and HDTV interfaced Apple TV, and the soon to be even slicker iDevice eco system, looks like a masterstroke that the press and Apple TV competitors have largely ignored! It's certainly conspicuously absent from the features listed above ...

    While looking for Netflix mention in your article ... also found more confusion in your points of view:

    "No more running to get more information from the web on the computer when I can do it right from where I am"

    ... contradicted by your comment below "It's called Google TV and not Google Text...if I wanted to surf the web, I would use a PC."

    Also ...

    "After all, if you’ve got a Google Chrome browser, you will most assuredly be able to see your Google Calendar right? That also means checking your email on your monster TV while sipping your coffee"

    If your intention as stated is to remove any potential confusion, can you make your mind up about GTV in relation to video and text content please? ... duh!

    • Christophor Rick

      "may the best and most innovative technologies prevail"! (provided they're made by Apple as it's the tech company most concerned with the people!)

      "looks like a masterstroke that the press and Apple TV competitors have largely ignored" - Probably because everything else already has it and it's only logical that Apple added Netflix. Perhaps what's surprising is that they actually admitted they are flawed and not that they added Netflix...

      As to you final remarks about web surfing,

      Yes, I can envision checking my Google Calendar on a large screen, those of us with busy schedules (unlike yourself who has time to troll and troll and troll) require organization in our schedules. So being able to check it on any device is handy, even the TV... I doubt it will result in a loss of privacy.

      You are so focused on being down on it that you fail to see all the potential. Perhaps you should just to back to posting "You suck" comments on the Google TV developer channel on YouTube.

      Finally, and this will be my last as I have other things to do. I did state right in the beginning that they are totally different products and that this comparison was to show people the difference. The fact that I added my opinions in was also stated up front. If you don't like the article, no one is forcing you to read it...but thank you for reading it over, and over, and over....and generating more traffic for ReelSEO.

  • Rarunach

    Good comparison.. informative

  • Christophor Rick

    "may the best and most innovative technologies prevail"! (provided they're made by Apple as it's the tech company most concerned with the people!)

    "looks like a masterstroke that the press and Apple TV competitors have largely ignored" - Probably because everything else already has it and it's only logical that Apple added Netflix. Perhaps what's surprising is that they [Apple] actually admitted they are flawed and not that they added Netflix...

    As to you final remarks about web surfing,

    Yes, I can envision checking my Google Calendar on a large screen, those of us with busy schedules (unlike yourself who has time to troll and troll and troll) require organization in our schedules. So being able to check it on any device is handy, even the TV... I doubt it will result in a loss of privacy.

    You are so focused on being down on it that you fail to see all the potential. Perhaps you should just to back to posting "You suck" comments on the Google TV developer channel on YouTube.

    Finally, and this will be my last as I have other things to do. I did state right in the beginning that they are totally different products and that this comparison was to show people the difference. The fact that I added my opinions in was also stated up front. If you don't like the article, no one is forcing you to read it...but thank you for reading it over, and over, and over....and generating more traffic for ReelSEO.

    • Cwserver

      Also have a Wintel machine, Naim Hi-fi system, non-apple software, Fujifim F31 camera, Panasonic Plasma, and many other brands of tech stuff that I've selected over the years ...

      I don't have an iPod (cos I have an iP4 ;-)

      Sorry but you're still missing the point about Netflix & ATV. It's not that other things can do that man! It's the combination of what ATV is and has, ALONG WITH Netflix ... in one tiny box. That's a killer App combo for the man on the street IMHO.

      Calendars ... Firstly mine is obliterated with tasks to prioritize and get done, and I do see your point (and please then Apple add iCal to ATV at least ... and gotta sense that tons of apps will be available with the first software update for new ATV since it will now have iOS!) Secondly, I have been too busy to "troll" which is not at all my MO ... but am interested in Web & TV as a hot topic currently, so when I have a chance online I have a peek at current state of play, and get involved. Probably much to your Chagrin ... but oh well you can figure it goes with the territory you're in, especially when you have at least 'fessed up with a stated preference for GTV. Hopefully you are as open-minded and able to take criticism as I am, since other opinions than your own have a balancing effect. If ReelSEO has gained traffic thru it, then that's fine with me ... glad to help.

      Lastly ... I AM interested in testing GTV and ATV, and have no time to waste being a real troll on YouTube thanks :P

  • radovich

    I'll choose Google TV, because apple has so many compititors, SAMSUNG, blackberry... (iphone 4, ipad). It's an astonishing phenomena that apple provide users the same content (services) as its compititors with itunes, And the video converter and dvd ripper are no bussiness of "apple" or "blackberry"(both can use them)...on free offline videos (you can get many free videos converter and dvd rippers which are working on windows and different with handbrake from aneesoft official website, but ifunia is should be paid for apple devices on mac). So I'll choose which can offer many of the entertainment sources online.
    http://www.ifunia.com/articles/the-beginners-guide-to-ipad-video-conversion-on-mac.html

  • guest

    One sided much?

  • P Balbas

    ahh yes Google TV would be Awesome except for the fact it is $299 and my dish box already does most of that.

  • Manojavm

    Hi rick, its a nice article. what would be the impact of Google TV on set top box i mean the tradiitonal set box technology..? please share your thoughts on this..!

  • Mr True

    biased... You love Google and just don't know how to declare yourself... gay!

  • Nick21

    Wow, what a weak article this was. If your going to honestly compare two products please leave your sad opinions out of the article and give an honest review of both products. I tunes is the most popular well functioning media platform there is. The ipod has pretty much retired CD's and just about everyone I know has one. Apple TV brings all of your personal media together (music, photos, movies, tv shows,) etc.etc. It is by far the best method of utilizing your media thru-out your home on your TV's. If your a fan of Hulu or some other type of online video streaming I could see Google TV being pretty cool but I definitely won't be paying $300 to stream Hulu. Good luck with your next review, hope it's not as biast and un-informative as this one.

    • http://www.reelseo.com/ Mark Robertson

      haha... "please leave your sad opinions out" followed by "I tunes is the
      most popular well functioning media platform there is" (completely
      subjective)....

  • JAHOODYS2222

    I am not going to lie, i am a as you put it "apple fan-boy" but i think you threw in your 2 cents in way too much. you should have just put the facts and comparison in first, and threw your opinion in later. i have neither of these products, but i want to get one, and i think for those of us who are open minded deserves an unbiased opinion on the products. Apple and Google are both revolutionary tech companies (Apple revolutionizing computers, phones and etc. and Google is making how efficient those products are), and its clear that this is the future of technology but we deserve a fair comparison.

    SN: I live in NJ and i have never seen an empty Apple store.

  • Androx

    yeah i do agree. i own a google tv and it has changed the whole game for me. entertaining friends during the weekend drinkfests with youtube videos, listening to online radio, playing flash games on my tv, playing pics and vid on my plasma off of my pc through the network using dlna, keeping up with tweets while watching tv, watching netflix movies.
    in my opinion this is an entertainment system at its best.
    i do not think its right to compare this to apple tv though, because they are two different things alltogether. i mean this is a layered system that is to seamlesly layer your television service with online entertainment in a user friendly package. and why does everyone compare everything to apple anyway? i mean sheesh ive had two iphones and an ipad and didnt really think they were really special enough to be the keystone of everyones comparison scheme. i recently sold my ipad and bought a droid x and have found using my droid x and google tv that google and their openness and freedom is wotrh comparison but only to be compared with things that trend towards similar marketing criteria.
    people like apple for its simplicity and pure functionality and that is not a reason to bash.
    i find that the majority of people dont want overcomplication that freeedom brings, it is the few like me that wants that freedom and am willing to fiddle a bit to make it work. thats why some buy macs and others use linux, i for one use linux. so to each their own and who knows we could all be wrong we get to heaven and all of Gods people probably use blackberries anyway lol.

  • Androx

    and on a different note, why does everyone get so uptight when someone using a different device than theirs shows up? who gives a shart, i dont use apple because i am a tech power user and a programmer, so i need the complication of android, linux, and others of the sort. but i dont shove my droid x in my best buddies face {whom of which has an iphone} and try to make him feel stupid, he loves his phone, i love mine, and you know what? our phones share a lot of apps allowing me and my buddy to communicate rather well. so who gives a crap whats hooked up to your tv or in your pocket, it doesnt define you as a person and it sure wont aid in getting you laid so get over it and lets just all get along.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.calise Scott Calise

    I think all Google TV fans are also forgetting that right now Google has no content. Most major networks have blocked their content from streaming on Google TV. So you're pretty much stuck with YouTube, which Apple TV has and gets old after the 5th Liquid Mountaineering video (search it, trust me)
    Networks may not like the $.99 per episode price tag Apple is using but at least most major networks content is avail through apple TV.

  • ZSCHULTZ

    I recently purchased a Logitech Revue. I love the fact that it has turned my TV into a computer. While watching TV it is great to be able to pull up a website for a commercial or even just to pull up ESPN to see scores from other games. I got a sneak peak of the Revue before it was announced to the public since I work for DISH Network. I knew from that day I would have to purchase my own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775005067 Clive Blessed Cousley

    I hatecthat they say google tv is falling, I got mine and I love playing xbox and serving the wwb on on screen... Apple got the jump on putting pretty wheels on its band wagon.. Still prefer android 100 times over.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1205031858 Irvin Numbaz Harvey

      Yea the iPhone is only fun when it's hacked. Other than that I wouldve been switched over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000141957068 Jimmy Hsueh

    Thanks for your sharing of this.

  • 文德蘭

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  • william kendrick

    ok idiots. stop hemming and hawing.
    fact is, apple sucks. their stores being full simply means a full store of idiots, and that does no one any good.
    GTV is for the guys who not only want cutting edge, but versatility. and SORRY MORONS, but no working mom's gonna have time to pry their kids off the computer to check their email. gtv fills a niche that has been lacking for quite a long time. in addition, no one likes apple.. i have never bought any of their devices, and i never will. i'm glad steve jobs is dead, and i hope his son commits suicide. our country should not cater to apples whim. google is the future, and apple is already dead. they just dont detect the tumour yet.

  • NormySkins BigDaddy Davis

    I love Apple and have Apple everything...but Apple TV. I own Google TV and it is pretty cool. They need more apps though.

  • Ted Wachholz

    I love Google and everything they have done (or tried to do). So kudos to Google. I just happen to love Apple a bit more. Apple truly drives everything that is innovative, changing industry after industry to provide consumers a better experience (rather than just a better mousetrap, aka, technology). Another thing of beauty with Apple is that regardless of whether I am using my iPhone, iMac, iPad, or Apple TV, through iCloud and iMatch I can now enjoy ALL of my music and video in a single seamless, integrated way.