Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV now available

July 21, 2012
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    You know television technology is changing when “live tv” is talked about as an unassuming, almost secondary feature. That is the growing trend with the advent of Smart TVs, and set top boxes that are now being called internet players. One such “internet player” is the Sony NSZ-GS7 set-top box with Google TV.

    We’ve been hearing a lot about the Sony Google TV since its announcement during this year’s CES back in February. Late last month, we finally got our hands on some release dates for the UK, Australia, and the US. In line with the announcement, and in fact, a few days earlier, the Sony NSZ-GS7 is now available and being shipped from Amazon, for only $199.

    What does $199 get you? Feature’s of the Sony Google TV include:

    • TV & Movies app for easy access to all your TV programming, including live TV or online services such as Netflix.
    • Unique universal remote design. Clickable touchpad works like a laptop mouse-pad, including multi-touch and pinch-and-pull for zoom. Gaming is possible thanks to a 3-axis motion sensor. Flipping the remote over gives a full backlit QWERTY keyboard.
    • Apps can be downloaded directly onto your TV from the Google Play Store. Apart from “just” video and music apps, you can download games, social networking apps, and any others that you use often, just like with your handheld device.
    • Google Search functionality lets you cross-search and find results from your cable provider, the Internet, and apps very easily.
    • Web experience on the TV is enhanced with the built-in Google Chrome browser.
    • WiFi enabled, allowing you to wirelessly stream video and music from the internet, or your home network.
    • 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor ensures fast and lag-free functionality.
    • Picture-in-picture feature allows you to watch videos and surf the web (or anything else) at the same time.
    • Your Android phone or tablet can be converted to a remote control with a free Media Remote app available on the Play Store.
    •  Automatic updates ensures that the device software is always current.

    If all these features seem worth it to you for just $199 (it does to me), you can buy the Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV from Amazon here.

    What are your thoughts? Will you be buying the Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV? If you’ve already done so, let us know your experience in the comments section below.

    Comments

    • Lisa Lloyd

      Sony sent me one of these to trial, and so far I’ve been very impressed. One of my favourite features is picture in picture. I have my cable TV connected through HDMI, which means I can watch cable and surf the web at the same time. I also love the Media Remote app which I added to my Android phone, which allows me to use it as a remote plus other cool features. It has a function called Catch and Throw, which allows me to bring up a website on my phone and press a button to throw it to the TV, or pull a site from the TV down to my phone. The standard remote is also awesome, with so many different ways to use it. It has the QWERTY keyboard on one side, and a standard remote and mousepad on the other. I’ve been impressed by how easy the Internet Player was, ready to go straight out of the box. Check out my short video review here: http://youtu.be/bUbw9BxNbE8

    • Joshua

      Not too bad so far. I too am very impressed, however without Google Play or OnLive integration, I might return it and get TWO vizio costars.

    • dislandguy

      Unit is good, but the flexibility of the remote is disappointing. I talked to sony support and there’s no way to customize any keys, which makes the remote not live up to the label that Sony gave it of being a universal remote. You have to use Function and a key press on the qwerty keyboard in order to go forward 30 seconds or back 10 in TV mode (I have Dish Network). Also, teh Function toggle turns off after something like 30 seconds, so you have to keep pressing Function first every time you want to skip forward or back if 30 seconds have passed. And if you’re using your A/V unit for audio, you have to press Function every time in order to turn the volume up or down. My universal remote from Walmart for $12 allows me to program keys, so what gives Sony? I now only use the remote when I’m surfing the web or similar. Also, the Pandora app won’t keep playing once you leave it, so if you want to watch tv and listen to pandora at the same time (which I do often when watching a sports game), you’re out of luck. So the unit good, but not great. Still got a ways to go

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