Hey guys, what’s up Dale here today I wanted to do a quick review of the new Apple TV. This device retails for $150 for a 32 gigabyte model, and $200 for a 64 gigabyte model. Now I wanted to do this video just like really quick and not compare it to an other devices, I wanted to just talk about the Apple TV itself. Now we’ll be comparing this to other devices in the near future. But for now in the box, we are going to get the Apple TV itself. They’re going to get the cable to connect this to the wall. And then some documentation Apple stickers along with a lightning to USB cable to charge the controller.
Now the Apple TV itself is just a little bit taller than the last generation, I really liked that they went with a taller form factor wider form factor. Because the devices that have gone wider, I’ve noticed that just a lot of people aren’t able to really fit them into their media centers, you know, it is better to just take up height, that surface area. So really good that they went with that. However, it’s still pretty much the same design, we got the matte end on the top, the glossy corner around the Apple TV, and then the rubber bottoms, that it doesn’t get pulled with cables or moves around on your entertainment middle or you know on your table.
Now taking a closer look at the remote. You can see that there’s two different endings on the top of the remote. So it’s really nice that it has all these features built right in. Now one thing that I do want to note is that this is the best controller that I’ve ever used, it is light, it feels great, it feels high quality, there’s still really nice heft to it. And it just looks like a tiny iPod Touch, it has that really nice silverback with black friends. And this is the color that I want for an iPhone. But you know, hopefully Apple does that with the iPhone seven. Aside from that, it just looks really great. All the buttons are clicky. The touchpad itself clicks, you can you know, click through things and select things.
And everything is just really responsive. And it’s just a really great controller. With all that said, the important thing for this is the apps, Apple has finally allowed developers to upload their apps onto the Apple TV for you know, everyone to consume. And that’s really great because it allows developers to create apps for a new medium. There’s a lot of developers that develop only iOS apps. And the problem with that is that a lot of these other systems like the fire stick and all that don’t get many apps because you know, there’s a bunch of developers just developing for iOS. So now developers are probably going to move on to making apps for the Apple TV. And then there’ll be like, Well, that wasn’t that hard, you know, this is quite good. And then maybe they’ll try making it for the other platforms, or at least hopefully Now you be wondering, Well, I mean, what’s the Point of the apps?
Why? Why would I want something like Twitter, anything on the big screen, I mean, there’s no Twitter app. But a lot of these apps are really nicely optimized for the Apple TV. I mean, games like Rain Man and asphalt look amazing. And they look better than the other consoles that I’ve used them on. So that’s something very good to know. Because this machine does not play 4k, it’s only 1080 ps, you can’t watch 4k movies or anything like that. But the image quality and the games and everything is so nicely optimized, that it looks really really great. Now a great example of an app that has been optimized, is the QVC app, you basically can watch the live stream, off the bat, you can click a button and buy something and I think that’s just insanely great.
Well, I wouldn’t purchase anything from QVC, I can really see where they took this. And you know, if there’s future of TV, it’s that right there, you know, being able to watch something and get something that you see on TV right away, or you know, get information or interactive media being pushed right onto your screen and you being able to interact with it in a way that you’ve never been able to do before. I mean, there’s apps for quite a few things. I mean, there’s only dozen apps right now.
And I’m sure that more will come over the next many months. But for now, it’s a solid selection of apps. You of course have the the big players Netflix, you know, HBO, Hulu, CBS, NBC and all those. Now there are quite a few of those apps require authentication. So you do have to have a cable subscription for them to work. So if you don’t have that that a lot of the apps aren’t going to work with that. But this is great if you do have a cable subscription and you want to put this box in another room where you don’t have access to a, you know, to connect the cable or anything like that. And you know, you’re going to get quite a few channels without having to connect it to your actual you know, cable provider, which is quite nice. As the setup process.
For this goes, it’s quite simple, but it’s going to take quite some time to get everything running wonderfully and smoothly. So you can click on everything and not having issues. This mainly because apps like asphalt require additional downloads after you open the app. So that’s going to take time. And then you have to authenticate all these different apps like HBO, and you know, sign into Hulu, sign into Netflix, and all that good stuff all separately. So it’s gonna take quite a bit of time now the or credentials transfer over from the iPhone. And it’s quite a hassle. Because the screen or the keyboard on this is the worst, if not one of the worst keyboards that I have ever used in interface ever.
It’s worse than the last Apple TV. I don’t know why. But it takes me forever to navigate through this because mainly because of the touchpad. And you have to scroll from left to right quickly. So it’s just going to take a really long time, I don’t know why they didn’t go with a box type of keyboard so that I can just kind of scroll through around my finger in a circular motion kind of type things out quicker. And it’s kind of hard to explain. But if you’ve used that, it’s definitely a much better interface for keyboards like this. So I’m not sure why they went with the straight line. I guess it looks nicer.
But I mean, really Apple, it really takes a long time to type all this stuff in now All in all, this device retails for $150. This is quite a bit more expensive than some of the other devices that you can find right now you can get like a Nexus player for like 40 bucks, you can get a Chromecast you can get a fire stick, you can get an older Fire TV, all of which are very capable devices. But I’ll talk about that in a future video. Now I did mention this does have Siri built in, it does have some pretty neat features. I mean, I’m never really going to use these. But it’s kind of cool.
So if you’re watching a video on Netflix or on YouTube or anything like that, it’s going to turn on captions. When you say What did he say? What did she say anything like that, it all go back in time and then play the captions, depending on the app that you’re in. Now one of the things that’s kind of weird about this is that if you tell play music or play a radio station, then it’s not going to launch beats radio like a does, or it’s not going to play of your music, you have to go into the music app and manually play the music. It just doesn’t work with it yet. Siri doesn’t let you type into of the search bar.
So you can’t search with Siri, with your voice on YouTube or anything like that, which is a big downside to it. Because I mentioned, the keyboard isn’t great. Aside from that, it’s pretty much the same thing the competitor. So there’s nothing really amazing about Siri on this guy. Now, is this worth $150? I would say if you think that the options that are on here are enough for you, and maybe you have a cable subscription, then yeah, I think the $150 are solid, they are definitely much more worth it than the last Apple TVs.
So I think you know, $150, you’re gonna get a very nice user interface, you are not going to get 4k, so it’s not future proof. But then again, the amount of 4k content available right now is very slim, so you’re not really missing out on anything. So yeah, guys, that’s pretty much it. If you guys have questions, feel free to ask me down below or on Twitter at armar dnl or at our Gadgets. I’ll get back to you can and answer specific questions. Aside from that, thank you guys for watching this video and I’ll catch you guys in the next one. Goodbye.