Apple TV

This weekend I acquired the new 2012 Apple TV (thanks to my Dad and Step-Mother) and I wanted to share my review, thoughts and pictures of the un-boxing process. Skipping all the blah, blah, blah and diving right in…

User Interface – 9 out of 10

After using several media streaming interfaces including Wii, XBOX and a couple Blue-ray devices, I can say with assurance the Apple TV user interface is among the best in the market today. You’ll find the interface is easy to use, simply beautiful (course it is, it’s an Apple product) and pretty quick. I really like the remote – it’s simple/minimal which makes using it fun and easy.

The only reason I didn’t rate this a 10 out of 10 is because I find a few function in the user interface sorta annoying. This could be due to my own ignorance (since I’ve only owned it for 48 hours) but none of these are deal breakers.

Device Size, Weight, etc. – 10 out of 10

The new Apple TV is super small and completely light weight. You’ll find the device only requires to cords to operate – the power cord and the HDMI cord. I can’t tell you how shocked I was at the size of this thing – Apple outdid themselves on this one.

Setup – 10 out of 10

Setup was a breeze – my grandmother could do it – which is why I am giving it a 10 out of 10. Just simply enter in your Apple ID information and you’re done. Setup was quick, easy and a great experience.

Speed – 10 out of 10

Long as you have a decent internet connection and router, you won’t find yourself waiting on the Apple TV. Opening channels such as Netflix or YouTube is SUPER quick. Finding new movies is super fast. When it comes to speed, the new  Apple TVs got it!

Value – 9 out of 10

Value is a biggie for me and probably all consumers. The reason this is a 9 out of 10 is simply because the lack of media channels the Apple TV offers. You’ll find it has Netflix, several sport channels (which don’t interest me particularly), Vimeo, YouTube and a access your photo stream, music and videos. This would be an easy 10 out of 10 if Hulu, Crackle and an internet browser were offered.

However, we must remember it’s only $99. For $99 you get a wireless device that can stream Netflix, rent movies & TV shoes on the fly, access all your purchased movies and AirPlay (iPad/iPhone streaming) which is actually really cool!

Can you buy a Wii which has a wireless connection and a Netflix app for cheaper? Of course, but the user interface and overall video quality is horrible.The new 2012 Apple using 1080P so the quality is amazing.

Can you buy an XBOX with a great UI for around the same price? It’s possible but you’ll pay monthly/yearly for XBOX live + the media channel costs.

Can you buy a blue-ray player and have access to Netflix? Yup, but you’ll pay more than $99 for it and will NOT be able to access your purchased movies, use AirPlay or rent movies/tv shows on the fly through iTunes.

In conclusion…

If you own an iPad and/or an iPhone (like myself) the Apple TV is really a no brainier for someone looking for a great media streaming device (again, AirPlay is SWEET!). It’s cheap, does exactly what you’d expect and is simply a great little unit. I’d highly recommend the product and say it’s well worth the money.

If you don’t own any Apple iOS devices, I’d personally still say it’s worth it and my device of choice, but see why some would go with the Roku since it does offer more channels.

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Image credit: Apple.com