Rated 4 out of 5 by Innovator Impressive, with some (temporary) drawbacks
As a first time Google TV owner, I have to say that overall, I'm impressed with this device. The new voice search works extremely well, and the new PrimeTime app is a breath of fresh air in discovering live content. The remote control is also refreshing to use in that in addition to using traditional remote control arrow keys, I can now use a touch track pad, backlit keyboard, or my voice to search for, and interact with new content on my device.
As for cons, the initial device set-up takes (by it's own menu’s admission) a solid 20 minutes to complete, which seems unusually long for such an advanced device. I also wish the Google Play app store had more compatible apps for the NSZ-GS8, as so many apps currently in the Google Play store are only compatible with mobile Android devices. However, at the very least, I wish for now this player would gain support for the HBO GO and Hulu Plus apps. Integration with Facebook, and especially its new Graph search tool to show Google TV users what's trending inside of their own social networks would also be a welcome addition down the road...
Also, as for the three free movies Sony offers, well you only get to choose from 15 movies: Anonymous, Battle Los Angeles, Colombiana, Friends with Benefits, Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Jack & Jill, Just Go With It, Men In Black, Men In Black 2, Moneyball, Smurfs, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits -- This isn’t exactly the most robust or most desirable collection to choose from. So for future Google TV customers, I hope Sony expands their offerings.
In conclusion, even with the limitations listed above, this is a very impressive device, if for no other reason than because its Google TV voice and PrimeTime user interfaces make accessible a new world of content to users that in my opinion have essentially been “locked away” behind poor user interfaces for years. This device is a true game changer that I have no doubt will only improve in the months to come.
July 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by chanda73 So good I bought a second one
Very easy setup, fast download, access to more content than I was even expecting. We loved the first one so much I bought a second one to use in another area.
June 19, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by heynnema Sony vs Logitech
I replaced my Logitech Revue with this Sony Google TV, and I expected a lot. The plusses... it's a little faster than the Logitech. The minusses... the keyboard/controller. The Logitech has a full size keyboard/controller. But... the BIG disappointment is that there are as few apps in the Google Play Store, maybe even fewer, than the Logitech Revue. It also has the same operating system version of 3.2, and I hoped that Sony would have come out with newer, based on the fact that it's still being sold and supported by Sony.
June 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mrmalo Best media player Ever!!!!
Very good media player and tv. Very pleased with the purchase. Only concern is response time is not too fast and memory capability for storage it gets low if several apps are inatalled. Overall very good. Well done sony
June 17, 2014