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A Few of My Favorite Things

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Now that procrastination shopping time is in full swing I figured it was time for a gift guide of sorts. This isn’t a comprehensive list, and it may not cover everyone on your shopping list, but these would certainly make my Christmas merry.

First up, the Sony Reader Daily Edition. Any of the Reader line will do, though the Daily Edition is my favorite of the bunch. The Sony Reader offers the best selection in content options, thanks to public library partnerships and Google Books among other perks. The touch screen is fast and responsive, and the book is light enough to take anywhere. There are certainly other quality e-book readers out there but Sony’s really stands out among the rest. I’m holding out for a black version of the Daily Edition, since the silver doesn’t do much for me. For $300 it should be attractive, right? If I were to receive it in Silver I doubt I’d complain though, especially as there’s been no announcement of an intent to offer additional colors.

Next up is the Sony Internet TV. I really like the Logitech Revue as a Google TV option but I am in the market for a new TV, making the Sony’s offering rise to the top of my wish list. I have absolutely no interest in 3-D TV, so the fact that the Internet TVs are cheaper is another perk. The Sony Internet TV is a decent TV even without Google TV, and as I just mentioned, the price is attractive. In my review of Sony’s Internet TV I noted that the remote is more geek-friendly than user-friendly. This would be a good choice for your favorite geek.

At this point I’m aware that it looks like I only want or own Sony products. The fact that the PlayStation Move from Sony is next on my list is purely coincidence, I assure you. The Move was a very welcome addition to my PlayStation 3 gaming experience. I’ve spent many hours with Sports Champions, and even got the Platinum trophy for my efforts. I think the Move’s precision lend to a more realistic gaming experience, especially for sports. Playing Table Tennis and Disc Golf on Sports Champions really felt like the real thing. The Move is far beyond the pale of comparison to the Wii. It does what it needs to, every time. I’ve been pretty frustrated with the motion detection offered by the Wii, so the Move really hit the spot for motion gaming. Incidentally, I don’t have too much against the Kinnect for Xbox, but the available games are not to my taste at this point. The Kinnect’s value is in the video conferencing capability as well. This helps the Move stand alone in its genre.

Android has come a long way this year. There has been a constant stream of updates and improvements, and even a few OS versions along the way. The Android Market is maturing both in usability and in quality and number of available apps. Even with AT&T doing its best to stall upgrades on its Android powered phones in order to bolster iPhone sales it has continued to thrive. Android has grown from phones into tablets. I am looking forward to seeing where Android goes in the coming year. All indications are that things are looking good. It will be nice to see the Android Market made available on a wider variety of Android devices. Hopefully this is an option. I think it will go a long way in supporting Android’s rising status.

There are a few video games that I’ve really enjoyed this year. The Force Unleashed II is among them. I’m currently playing Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and am almost to the Platinum trophy. The X-Men Arcade game I downloaded last night was pretty fun too. I have a few on deck that I’ll be enjoying during my Christmas vacation including Transformers:War for Cybertron, Assassin’s Creed 2, and God of War III. On my wish list is Call of Duty: Black Ops, Goldeneye, and Uncharted 2 to name a few. I think it’s been a pretty good year for gaming. NExt year has some promising titles as well. Batman: Arkham City, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Infamous 2, and Uncharted 3 are definitely on my radar.

There you have it – a few of my favorite things. There were some gadgets I wanted to cover that didn’t make it into this post, so a follow-up might be coming in the foreseeable future. What about you? What are some of your favorite gadgets/tech this year? Let me know in the comments.

Sony Internet TV – First Impressions

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I spent some time with the Sony Internet TV. I chose to approach my test blind, without reading up on the controller functionality and such, in order to see how easy it is to pick up from a consumer’s viewpoint. Here are my impressions.

At first glance, Google TV via the Sony Internet TV looks pretty straightforward. I was able to change the channels easily enough, and to get the satellite menu open. The TV I tested was connected to DirecTV, interestingly enough. As far as the TV went, so far, so good. I was more interested in the internet side of things though, so I quickly moved on.

I had heard something about Hulu incompatability so I checked that out first. Sure enough there is an error message. See the image above. It was good to see that Hulu intends to make it work, even if it was not currently available. Hopefully the Hulu support will come soon.

The keyboard remote is pretty intricate. There are lots of choices available on a fairly small device. The remote is slightly larger than a video game controller, comparable in size to the Xbox 360 controller. There are some really obvious buttons, and some not so obvious ones. I poked around a bit without referring to the display, again trying to see how well the average person could navigate the device. In short, it wasn’t so easy.

I was able to figure out how to load Chrome easily enough. I also pulled off some Google searches and loaded YouTube. Pretty easy. I went to Twitter to file the obligatory Tweet, and ran into my first major roadblock. I use special characters and caps in my Twitter password, and couldn’t see an obvious way to input those with the remote. After a few trials and errors, I found out how to hold down certain keys to make it work. I logged into Twitter, posted a tweet, and moved on.

I tried the picture in picture while searching next. The WTA tournament was on, so I picked one of the players at random and did a search for her. I found her website easily enough and was able to keep my eye on the game while I read her stats. Searching and picture in picture worked pretty well.

Overall I had a pretty good experience testing out the Sony Internet TV/Google TV. As a nerd, I was pretty happy. I am not sure that an average Joe would be as excited though. The keyboard is really complicated. As Google develops the voice search features on Google TV, this won’t be as big an issue, but for now it is easiest for the tech savvy. I’m not saying that the average person can’t use the device, just that I am not sure they’d want to.

Like I said, I really liked the Sony Internet TV. I plan to get one in the relatively near future. My Logitech Revue is on its way and I’ll run some more Google TV tests with it. I think either way you go, Google TV has a lot to offer though. As I play with it more I’ll be sure to talk about it here.

Sony Internet TV Now Available for Pre-Order

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Sony’s line of Internet TVs compatible with Google TV is now available for pre-order.

At a launch event today, Sony announced pricing and size information. Sony Internet TVs range from 24 – 46 inches, and from $599 to $1,399. See the pricing info below.

Model Size Price
NSX-24GT1 24″ $599.99
NSX-32GT1 32″ $799.99
NSX-40GT1 40″ $999.99
NSX-46GT1 46″ $1,399.99

Sony offers a comparison chart to show what the Internet TV has over other vendors, including Apple TV. It is a bit skewed at this point, since the other vendors (excluding Apple) have yet to announce specs on their upcoming devices. As for Sony’s offering, check out the specs:

  • Google TV built in
  • Seamless search across TV & Internet
  • Dual View
  • Full Browser
  • QWERTY Keypad Remote
  • Upgradeable OS
  • Synch Phone & Control TV
  • Downloadable Apps

The Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player has all of the above features plus a couple more. There is the obvious Blu-ray Disc Player, and it connects to your existing HDTV.

Sony Internet TV is available now for pre-order on sonystyle.com. It will be available in Sony Style stores by the weekend. Best Buy will start carrying it on October 24. Welcome to the future of television. Sony will be the first among many other Google TV compatible televisions. I wasn’t terribly interested in 3-D TV, but the Internet TV by Sony is definitely worth a look.