Sony, Google and Logitech have all been making quite a fuss lately about their new technology that aims to bring the web to your TV.
With a set top box from Logitech and an Internet enabled Blue ray player and integrated TV from Sony, the hardware side of things is looking pretty good.
Google TV as a software platform
Google’s Internet TV is a software platform that offers to change the way you use your television, so let’s take a look at Sony’s new range of Internet TVs and see if they do just that.
Looking at the Sony Internet TV, you’d be mistaken for thinking that it’s just another HDTV, but besides its rather minimalist looks, Sony’s new invention is hiding Google TV, and an experience that might very well change your world.
To get there – all you need to do is to turn it on, set it up with a wired or wireless network connection (Wireless 802.11.A/B/G/N included) and then enjoy the show.
Targeting the low-end market with attractive pricing
Price wise, the Sony Internet TV starts at $599 at 24” and goes up to $1399 for the top of the line 46” model. While these Internet TV’s are by no means expensive, judging by their 60” Hz refresh rates and mediocre contrast ratios, Sony aims to capture the low-end market that’s looking to move up to HD TV.
Ultimately, where the product shines is in the connectivity and the software it runs. With 4 USB ports and 4 HDMI inputs, the only thing that this feature-packed TV is missing is perhaps a webcam. With a feature-packed remote that’s more like a keyboard, there’s not a lot more you could ask for.
Average as a hardware, fantastic as a service
The TV itself in terms of performance is entirely average. Google TV software is however fantastic, but still in early stages which shouldn’t be an off-putter for those who are thinking about investing in a Google TV, because the TV itself will automatically update.
With a 5GB internal hard disk to store user apps from the Android TV store which is due to launch early 2011, on the whole, Google provides an integrated, enjoyable HDTV experience that’s easy to use and really enjoyable.
It’s still in early days
On the whole, it’s a great product, but no matter the hype that’s surrounded the Sony / Google partnership, it’s still early days. With more and more integrated solutions such as the Roku / Boxee Box, the Sony TV is an expensive investment for a TV that by all standards is just mediocre.
What this is however is an indication that it’s only going to be a matter of time until the TV is a fully integrated with everything as standard.
Continue reading about the Internet TV revolution and what’s in it for you.