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Review of the New Apple TV

ImageLast 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.

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About Geoffrey Bourne

CTO at Ladders

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