How Do You Get Started (Continued)

Apple TV:

Pros:

  • This is literally the definition of plug and play.  I have the first generation
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    Screenshot of my setup for the Apple TV

    Apple TV at home and found that all I had to do was open the box plug in the power cord and plug it into the TV and I was ready to go.

  • The latest generation Apple TV allows you to download apps, much like the Android box, through their App Store.  Already there is a plethora of apps available to use on the TV.  With Apple releasing their code for developers to create new apps for use on the App store, the possibilities are endless for what can be available in the future.
  • This device is easy to use.  Like really easy.  The designers created it with the idea being that a new user could plug it in and go.  The remote is slimmed down to only two or three buttons and a track pad.

Cons:

  • There is no customization with this.  Apple is notorious for their closed systems, which means that to really optimize the device you pretty much need to commit to Apple products completely.
  • There aren’t a lot of options for streaming movies or television shows for free.  Most streaming services available for download on the Apple TV require you to have a paid account.  Which means that in order to keep as many options open to your viewing habits, you might be racking up some high credit card bills.

Apple claims that they are on a mission to revolutionize the way we watch television much the same way we now use mobile phones.  They are still a long way off in my opinion.  However, they are on the right path.  Allowing apps to be developed can lead to new ways we use our television, integrating them into our lives in ways we haven’t imagined yet.

 

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