Interesting (sarcasm) posts on here but I doubt most of them are from people have used the Google TV. I've been accused of being an Apple fan boy due to owning so many of their products. And while I'm an owner of the now "old" ATV, I was disappointed by the direction the new iteration went in.
When Google TV came out, I was interested but also confused about exactly what it would and wouldn't do. Well, since I'm a Dish TV customer and Dish allows the Logitech Revue to interface with their DVR's AND is selling the Revue for $179, I bit. The main thing I was looking forward to was a better/easier interface than the DVR. Here's what I've found so far:
* Set up was extremely easy. You definitely don't need to be a "geek."
* The Dish DVR and Logitech Revue communicate seemlessly. They seem to be a part of each other and don't interfere with one another.
* I like hitting the little search button on the keyboard and typing "Myth" for example, and a list pops up showing a folder with all my episodes of mythbusters on my DVR, future shows coming up, an area to search the web for it and a couple other options.
* Searching for a sporting event is a lot easier than doing it through the DVR remote.
* Generally very pleased with the web performance with the one caveat that the bookmarks are stored outside of Chrome and back on the GTV homepage. But web pages are easy to read and resize as there is a dedicated button on the keyboard.
* The keyboard is VERY light, responsive and easy to use. The track pad also works well. Dragging two fingers on it lets you scroll web pages.
The one bad thing I can mention is that there is no Gmail app. I assumed that there would be and that maybe I could even set it up to display a little box showing when I get an email from someone. But there is no such app. You can access it through the browser but that takes too many clicks. In fact, there are very few apps. Not even a little weather app. If apps or widgets are what you're looking for, GTV doesn't have them yet. If you're looking for DVR interface and light web browsing, it is good.
GTV is still in its infancy but so far I like it a lot. The price was reasonable and performance has been perfect. Not laggy at all. I had REALLY hoped ATV would eventually partner with Dish, DirectTV and cable and interface with them but alas they have not. I also don't like that the new ATV doesn't allow me to store my media on it, but rather I must have my computer on all the time.
Anyway, just my two cents from someone that is currently using both...although my ATV is getting much less use these days. Hoping Apple will step it up here