Here I am defending the Google TV remote again.
To be clear, I’m talking about the Logitech Revue remote:
Not the Sony one:
First off, I have a Logitech Revue, which Google sent me after Google IO 2010. I like the idea of Google TV, and the latest bump to Honeycomb has cleaned up the experience quite a bit. Protip: having Netflix makes Google TV awesome. Google needs to line up more content for Google TV, and I’m more bullish now than I was initially. Still, the device has an uphill journey.
Back to the remote, I read some criticism of the Sony remote coming out of CES, and it reminded me to write this post.
The Logitech remote looks bulky and inconvenient, but believe me when I say it’s awesome. I wish more remotes would follow in its path.
What do I like about:
- It’s starkly utilitarian and uncompromising, no bells or whistles or tiny keys.
- It’s a full-size keyboard (unlike the Sony remote) so typing is comfortable, and the keys are tactile, not rubber, which I prefer.
- It’s easy to learn how to use because it’s a known quantity, a keyboard. Look at your remotes and see how similar they are; you basically have to relearn the major functions for each remote.
- It’s wireless so unlike most remotes, there’s not IR line-of-sight limitation, which is a nice feature.
- It’s size makes it much harder to lose, a common remote problem. It’s lightweight and thin so you can operate it with one hand, but its dimensions keep it from sinking into the couch.
It’s not just me either. My wife loves this remote too. I was actually shocked when she told me this because generally, she dislikes learning new gadgets.
Logitech got it right with this remote, whereas I’m not so sure about the Sony version.
Anyway, the point here is that utility trumps beauty in everyday devices.
Anyone out there have a Google TV? Care to comment?