Summary: Sony has abandoned this device. It needs updates for flash and google chrome and god knows what else. Based on Sony's performance in maintaining functional firmware, I won't be buying any product from Sony in the future that requires firmware updates. The response from sony support is "We are sorry". I have had this device for two years and have watched functionality steadily go away. This device gives Google TV a bad name. The blue ray player is fine.
This is the best electronics purchase I've ever made
Andrew Stevens, Amazon
18 April 2012
Summary: I have no idea how anyone could complain about this now. It's possible that it wasn't as good before the honeycomb update, but i can say that now it's fantastic. -It is much faster than I expected. there is a little bit of delay when loading netflix or doing some stuff on the internet, but the menus are always snappy -The Netflix interface is much better than my previous panasonic blu ray player.
Summary: I was a little hesitant to order this Blu-ray player because the description seemed to imply that the ony DVRs that are fully supported are those from Dish Network. But, I went ahead and bought it even though I have DirectTv. I figured I could also hook up the DVR directly if the Sony didn't work smoothly with it. I am happy to report that my DirectTv DVR coexists perfectly with the Sony box.
Summary: The full-key remote made it easy to browse the internet. Make sure you have decent high-speed internet connection and a good network router. I have to upgrade mine to COX preferred in order to play YouTube HD videos smoothly.
Summary: It's kind of a shame that this was release over a year ago and the initial reviews, which leave a correct negative impression are what most people still think of the product. As an early adopter for Google TV I was initially disappointed with everything people are referring to now but I was willing to hang in their for updates and have not been disappointed. Here are some things that I think get overlooked and are worth considering with Sony's Google TV Solution: 1.
Summary: I was originally looking for a Blu-Ray player to fit on a specific shelf. I have Ikea shelves on each side of the TV, the ones that just connect seamlessly at the wall without any brackets showing (LACK shelves. direct link ([...])). Apparently the market research folks of every blu-ray player manufacturer have determined the majority of the public wants razor-thin players and have no issues with width. Well, I am in the 1% apparently.
Summary: (See end of review for Updates) I recently purchased a used unit after keeping an eye on this device since its release. In full disclosure, I am partial to Google products - I have been using GMail for years, and use Chrome web browser and Android phones. With that said, I am very comfortable with the Android operating system that this device uses, and I appreciate its potential to be a great machine in the next year or two.
Summary: My First Impressions: -Now, remember I just got this thing so if I am missing any unlearned knowledge that is understandable. As far as the design itself, it is a beautiful piece of work: sleek and well built. Especially the remote with its compact yet easy to use shape. I do however have a few deal-breaking design complaints. One is that the remote is not back-lit and for $250 I would think a high end remote would be included.
Summary: I just purchased this and it does much more than I expected. -My previous hardware included an HTPC (browsing, streaming videos from my server and google music), an external bluray player connected to HTPC (for passable bluray) and a Roku and the Sony unit replaced all three. -Bluray playback is excellent -The unit streams videos from my upnp server (Mediatomb) and plays MKV files easily.