Excerpt: Google's thirst for expansion reads like a case study in capitalism. First it was nothing more than one out of many web browsers, now it's one of the largest internet corporations in the world. With Android it owns half of the smartphone market, Gmail is dominant, everyone uses Google Maps, and millions of people watch Youtube every day. So what's missing from the portfolio? Television. Enter Google TV.
Excerpt: When I decided to review two Google TV media streamers back to back, I thought there would be little difference between them. After all, Google TVs run on an Android platform, and both the Sony Internet Player with Google TV and Vizio’s Co-Star would have most of the same apps— pre-loaded apps or those available through the Google Play Android Market. I was surprised to find that there was more difference than I had expected.
Conclusion: The Sony NSZ-GS7 is a typical example of Sony engineering – well constructed, designed with understatement and generally well thought out. There’s also a healthy set of connections for a device so compact and the ability to ‘sit between’ another HDMI device and the TV sets it apart from the likes of the Apple TV.
Pros: Sits between HDMI devices and TV, Controller makes web use very palatable, Very vesatile, Well engineered, Lots of potential, Google Chrome, Good media file support
Cons: Chronic lack of dedicated apps, User interface might put some off, Some lock ups, Price seems a little high
Summary: In the end, the Sony NSZ-GS7 is a solid follow-up with some much-appreciated enhancements over previous Google TV hardware. The remote is far and away the greatest improvement, but the presence of HDMI-CEC and other fresh hardware features don't go unnoticed. At $199, it's one of the least expensive ways to get the Google ecosystem onto your TV, but almost twice what many have come to expect to pay for the hockey puck streamers like Roku and Apple TV .
Sony’s Google box does Web browsing and apps on your TV
Good Gear Guide.au
11 September 2012
Summary: Sony's debut Google TV device in Australia is effective at bringing Web browsing to the big screen -- the Chrome browser works very well. The Google Play app store claims thousands of apps, but few are appealing. Some of the best Google TV apps - HBO Go, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video -- aren't available in Australia, so the Sony box's appeal is largely limited to Web browsing and Sony’s video and music services.
Pros: Chrome Web browser is very good, YouTube and Sony Entertainment Network apps are good
Cons: Some localisation issues, Google Play library is small and unappealing, No popular streaming video on demand services