So, Apple is renowned for creating great design, and in this post, Zach compares the Apple remote with the remotes for Google TV designed by Sony and Logitech.
Bit of an unfair comparison.
The remote for Apple TV trades hardware simplicity for software complexity. I don’t have an Apple TV, maybe Chet (@oraclenerd) can comment, but I assume Apple has built the keyboard into the software, similar to what TiVo does, creating a navigation puzzle.
So, yeah the remote is svelte and pretty, but the cost is transferred to the software.
Data entry will take longer using software vs. hardware, and that cute little remote will definitely get lost, whereas the chunky Google TV one won’t get swallowed by the couch or by a pet, child.
Apple generally gets it right with interface design, but which approach is better?
In this particular case, I’m going with ugly form and better hardware function.
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