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Techie Gift

If you’re looking for a gift for a gadget person, I have a recommendation.

The Logitech Revue is a Google TV device that hooks to your TV via a HDMI cable and is also connected to the Internet. You can surf sites (like do home searches on SloCountyHomes.com) with an included wireless keyboard with mouse pad. Logitech isn’t going to be offering these devices after what’s on the shelves is sold. So why am I recommending it? Well, Google stepped in and helped with development to get the latest Google TV on the Logitech Revue (aka. the Honeycomb release). I just updated mine and what it’s added is the ability to go to the Android Marketplace and download apps. I downloaded Flixster (which plays movie trailers), Zenga Poker and played some online Texas Hold Em, and a couple other video-related apps.

The reason why I recommend the Revue is because of the keyboard. I also have an Apple TV but the interface is horrible. You have a small remote and if you want to enter a login, you have to choose the letter, one at a time, using this remote (like a TIVO). Apple does some cool things but they’ve fallen way short on their Apple TV controller. If Apple came out with a good IPAD/Iphone app to remote control the Apple TV, then maybe it will improve it.

Other apps I use the Revue for is Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Video on Demand, and MLB games.

The Logitech Revue is $99 at Best Buy. You can get other products that have Google TV, but they don’t have the wireless keyboard.

Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile