I have been using Chromecasts since they first appeared. They were interesting at first. But the use of having to cast any media from a mobile phone soon lost its appeal.
The photo display (Photo Frame) was always handy and made a great screen saver & easy way to share photos on the larger TV screen for others to see and interact with .
But aside from the photos, I didn’t use it as much as I thought.
The new iteration “Chromecast with Google TV” changes the game completely.
It now can compete with Apple TV, Firestick, Roku etc
1. Main device – Chromecast
2. Power supply
3. Remote Control...
Simple, Efficient and Effective. Well done Google!
If I had known this device was coming to the marketplace. I would not have spent my money on a new Samsung TV in June 202O because Google’s software and hardware work so much better than Samsung’s in my personal view.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing!
Sony obviously went with Google for a reason as the Japanese know/understand superior design and build quality.
Purchased in December 2020 for A$99.00.
So simple, so well-done.
I questioned whether paying $100 was worth the upgrade from our old chromecast dongle... I'm confident it was.
This product does a great job unifying multiple modern components, including our TV (even TV input selection), soundbar (Sonos in our case - the remote independently controls the volume), to content from basically every streaming service imaginable, all in a single unified interface.
The connection has been more stable, and the remote has remarkably few buttons which still manage to intuitively get across all functions.
For us this also makes everything way easier for the kids. Not sure this is necessarily a good thing, but it has to be said that as a product, this is very successful.
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Frustrating and disappointing experience with Google
The device seems good but just pray you don't have a faulty item.
After 2 weeks I've set up all, my remote control stopped working, trying relentelessly to synchronise with the device and not being able to. I followed all instructions from the community forums, from people that already had this problem, but unfortunately mine still didn't work.
After contacting Google Customer Service for several times I was able to get the set of documents to print (4 different documents and forms, from many links!!!) to send them the faulty remote.
Really like the interface and the seamless integration of chromecast.
However the controller while compact has no texturing and is like a cake of soap to hold.
8/10. Would recommend for someone needing a simple streaming device.
Brilliant and easy to turn dumb TV into easy to use SMART TV.
This is a great device.
What I love:
Easy to set up.
Has dedicated YouTube and Netflix buttons.
Easy to use remote. I normally have trouble using remotes but this one just seems really intuitive and feels right in the hand.
Was soooooooo easy to setup Netflix and other apps. ...I absolutely LOVE the voice search on remote for YouTube watching. The interface is lovely. Easy to navigate, search and find your fav shows. If you want to turn a dumb TV into a really easy to use Smart TV then this is the go for sure. Rather than buying a new TV just buy this. So many app choices too. What could be improved: I just wish it had the laser pointer in the remote like our LG TV. I miss that function. I didn't realise how much I rely on that function until using this remote. Still highly recommend though.
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Aggregation of all of your subscribed services into one simple stream is what we've all been waiting for. Unfortunately, when you start using it you quickly discover that every second or third row is full of Google rentals and items for sale. It's full of this Google spam, and there's no option to disable it. Well, there is, but in true Google style (like their privacy options), if you disable something they don't want you to, they basically lobotomise the service so it's extremely basic and no longer useful; well beyond what should be necessar...y. It's much like Amazon Fire devices which are dirt-cheap because they're primarily tools designed to help you buy more from Amazon. Unlike Amazon Fire devices, the Chromecast with Google TV is $100 in Australia which is not much less than what regular non-spammy Android TV devices cost. Aside from this invasive advertising, the device is very nice to use. It's fast and the remote is decent, although the navigation buttons are designed in such a way that it is very easily to accidentally select letters that you don't mean to when navigating the keyboard.
I've only had this a day, but so far so good.
The set up was pretty easy (1 x HDMI cable in, plus a power socket needed) and took about 30mins, but most of that time was with Google uploading/updating.
The set-up prompts, both onscreen TV and via my phone, were easy to use and follow. I've set this up on an older "smart" TV...that isn't so smart anymore. It's an old Sony and they stopped updating the apps on it a while back. Now I have a whole new TV again.....I've downloaded all the catch-up TV apps for all the major stations, plus Netf...
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