Review of the New Apple TV
Last Thursday I received my new 3rd generation Apple TV. First off, I can tell you that I’ve spent too many hours researching, debating, and analyzing whether or not I should buy the $99 device. Seriously, my wife and I going to a Saturday night dinner at a NYC restaurant easily tops $99, so I don’t know why I spent hours deciding. But I digress. The new Apple TV is just fun! The device is crazy small and the interface is clean and easy to use. Apple and Netflix movies in HD (1080p) play flawlessly – 1080p streaming was just introduced in the updated version. I also have access to all of my music via iTunes Music Match and any movies I purchased in iTunes. I had a lot of fun just exploring the features and watching some TV series I purchased in iTunes but never completed because I hate watching shows on my computer.
Now, some might say, “well, I already have Netflix from my blu-ray player or PS3/XBox.” True, but I found using the Apple TV is so much easier than those systems. Also, as of right now Netflix only stream 1080p with the Apple TV. One thing I don’t like is the remote that comes with the Apple TV – the skinny silver one. Luckily, I don’t use the remote often because on my iPhone I have the Remote app. The Remote app is great and makes controlling the Apple TV easy.
My recommendation: buy the Apple TV….for $99 you won’t be disappointed. And if you really want to go crazy, jailbreak the Apple TV and install XBMC.