Reviews and Problems with Apple TV 1st-gen 40GB-160GB / MA711 / MB189
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Apple TV Review
16 September 2013
Summary: The Apple TV is a well-thought device. It is great if you have an iPhone or iPad, mostly if you buy lots of contents on the iTunes Store. It actually brings your iTunes’ content to your living room (or sleeping room, or kitchen) TV.
Excerpt: For those who subscribe to the Apple way, owning an Apple TV set-top box is a given. It integrates seamlessly with Apple’s existing iTunes and iCloud services and connects instantly to other Mac and iOS devices, effortlessly pulling video, audio and photographic content from these disparate sources...
Pros: 1080p, finally. Purchases from iTunes are stored in iCloud for syncing across devices. If you’re an iTunes Match subscriber, you can stream your tunes and playlists from iCloud. Use AirPlay to stream from any iOS device, or from any iTunes library on your network. Browsing and navigation is mostl...
Cons: Similarly-priced boxes (like the Roku 2 XS) offer more streaming services. Can’t remove or rearrange icons in main menu. 8GB storage is for caching only, and you can’t side-load content through the microUSB port. Remote is too simple and too easy to lose — luckily, the iOS Remote app is a solid s...
Conclusion: Many times have my colleagues and I here at Big Picture Big Sound shared the wonders of Internet-ready TVs, as technologies have converged to bring once-unimaginable benefits to the home theater enthusiast.
Pros: A comprehensive portal to our current digital entertainment, plus online rentals, Eye-popping video quality, with 5.1 audio and nifty menus, HDMI-only video output: This thing is hardcore!, iPhone/iPod Touch remote app works great (and impressed the wife)
Cons: HDMI-only video output: Is this thing too hardcore?, High-definition movie rentals painfully slow, Included remote control pales next to iPhone/iPod touch app (see Turn-Ons)
Excerpt: The latest version of the Apple TV is a big change over the previous version, more for what it no longer has than for what it now has. But the real question is; Can Apple TV 2.0 evolve from the realm of a Cupertino plaything, to a viable and worthy entertainment device?
Pros: Plays streaming video/audio/pictures very well, Netflix & YouTube streaming, Connects with MobileMe and Flickr for pictures and video, Streams anything in your iTunes library from a computer, Video quality is great, Interface is neat and simple to use, Small footprint, Easy to set up, Runs iOS gi...
Cons: No Hulu, Limited TV content (only ABC and FOX), Only rents content from Apple directly from device, Streaming from other iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) not implemented yet, Wi-Fi login credentials kept getting lost requiring re-entry, No hard drive connection, No support for displays that...
Excerpt: The Good Smaller design Black housing Simple UI Netflix streaming iTunes rentals YouTube, Flickr AirPlay streaming from iOS devices Streaming from computers The Bad No way to connect to NAS Cannot attach external hard drive Limited access to third-party content providers Limited support for popular...
Pros: Smaller design, Black housing, Simple UI, Netflix streaming, iTunes rentals, YouTube, Flickr, AirPlay streaming from iOS devices, Streaming from computers
Cons: No way to connect to NAS, Cannot attach external hard drive, Limited access to third-party content providers, Limited support for popular video formats
Conclusion: Now with an improved, streamlined interface, Internet radio, Genius, and LP support—and a lower price, Apple TV is finally a blockbuster home-entertainment device.
Pros: Basically, an iPod for your HDTV. Easy-to-use, efficient, attractive interface. Streams iTunes content from up to six computers. Gives you the ability to rent and purchase content from the sofa without a computer. Integrates YouTube, Flickr, and Internet Radio.
Cons: Requires a widescreen HDTV. No access to App Store (yet). Bundled bare-bones remote could be improved.
Excerpt: Apple previously described its foray into the living room as a “hobby”. Now that the tiny black puck has been launched side-by-side with the new iPad , it seems more like the ultimate tablet accessory.
Ready Now & Ready For Future Media: Apple TV 160GB
Personal Electronics buzz
3 January 2008
Excerpt: If you are the kind of person who enjoys being in the curl of the wave or on the crest of the wave, the Apple TV 160GB is for you. Granted, the Apple TV is a console and you need a compatible high definition display or HDTV with compatible HDMI video and audio or DVI or component inputs.