After purchasing Apple TV for my husband as a Christmas gift last year, it’s taken me some time to come up with an adequate review. Given a gentle nudge by some recently asked questions regarding Apple TV and other streaming devices, it seems now is the time.
Apple TV is the hands-down choice for those Apple fanatics out there. It’s got a very low price point (for an Apple product) and works well with your other iOS devices (and the Cloud!). We often rent movies from iTunes and have even purchased some on occasion. The kids like to watch YouTube videos (even ones they make themselves) on the big screen in the den. They find it very satisfying to see the end result of their creative process on the family TV. Steve Jobs would be proud to see the intersection between creativity and technology going on in our house. Can you tell I’m reading the new Steve Jobs book this week?
That being said, I’m going to post a link to a review of the AppleTV and Roku comparison that was posted on CNET a few weeks ago and hope that it offers a good analysis of both systems.
Check it out here.
Apple TV (so you can see size)
Roku-a smidge bigger…but not much.
I have had many questions recently regarding what the “best” way to watch movies is. Obviously, after much research I chose the Apple TV for our household. The reasoning was heavily skewed by the fact that I am a huge Apple fan. I am very pleased with every other Apple product I own and I’m a strong supporter of the company. Apple products work well with other Apple products, and this integration is very effective in our house. I guess you could say I’m a loyalist. I do think there are some advantages to Roku for many users, especially if you aren’t much of an Apple user.
Any Roku users out there? Please comment on advantages/disadvantages. I haven’t heard many disadvantages at all from the users I know personally. What about Apple TV? Anyone else have one?