Logitech Revue w/ Google TV

Review of the functions, ease of use, and shortcomings of the device.

GoogleTV Homescreen with ICS Launcher

GoogleTV Homescreen with ICS Launcher

The Logitech Revue (with Google TV) received an upgrade to Android 3.1 during the month of December. It also was “dumped” by Logitech who lost around $100 million on the device. In my opinion, they had it overpriced (originally $299) – especially for the feature set that it had when it was released in the fall of 2010. However, with the new version of Android, Logitech’s fire sale price ($99 0r reconditioned for $80 at Amazon), and a new ICS Launcher (that I side-loaded), it is now a pretty nice addition to my HDTV system. It still has some shortcomings but it holds a lot of value at the present price-point.

The video is (admittedly) shaky and unprofessional. I tried to capture it by myself (working the device, the TV and the camera at same time. However, it is valuable in that it displays the Google TV in actual use. I may try to create a replacement video later.

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Logitech Revue, or Google TV?

This review is specific to the Logitech Revue but I am pretty certain that much (all) of what you can do with the Revue, you could also do with the Sony NSZ-GT1 BluRay Player (with Google TV) at $218 on Amazon. The concept of Google TV is a bit difficult to put into words.  It uses a mini-computer (with a wireless keyboard & mouse) to link Audio and Video from the Internet onto your high definition TV set. But it is MUCH more than that. It allows you to install Android applications to perform specific tasks that would be difficult or impossible to do otherwise.

Not only does the device include a version of the Chrome Internet browser to allow you to surf the ‘net, you can download and install applications for games, news, social media, finance, email, calendar, and other personal digital assistant (pda) functions. You can install apps to read & write word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet functions — all compatible with MS Office ™ or other major office software. You can synchronize your documents, email, photos, and music with your other devices via Google’s (free) cloud storage servers.

But, the most revolutionary (IMHO) applications are those that filter and organize the video that is available to you (RIGHT NOW 0r upcoming) and present it to you in a logical and usable manner. This includes both free, paid, and subscription shows available via  your set-top box (DirecTV, cable, etc), the pre-installed Netflix application, and a myriad of other online sources. If you have DirecTV, it will give you full control of the DVR and other functions on the system.

The screen shots show the type of information that apps like Clicker, BuddyTV, & TV&Movies will provide. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge it. Mouse over the enlarged photo to see the note attached to it. Us the next/previous arrows (below each photo) to step through the gallery – or use the slideshop to see them without interaction.

Whether you have this device or not, I would really like to hear your comments about it. I will be posting more detail in the future – based upon what you have to say.

Note1: Thanks to Clark Wimberly for his post on how to do screen shots on the Revue.

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