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.
Conclusion: The new Apple TV with 1080p looks exactly the same. Nothing has changed since the last generation of the box. The remote control is that same and you can use the same Remote app for your iPhone/iPad. But this is not a bad thing because last year’s box was a great design and package.
Pros: User experience & friendliness, AirPlay, 1080p movies & Netflix, Control everything with iOS devices, Home Sharing, Ridiculously low power consumption
Cons: Requires other Apple devices, No 1080p24 support, No TV apps, 1080p a bit too compressed
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: While Apple dominated in the mobile market and is thriving with their line of laptops, they have never been able to grasp the home theater crowd with their video solutions, namely the first two revisions of the Apple TV (reviews here and here).
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
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.
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.