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Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Nexus Q: Media Streamers Compared

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    Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Nexus Q: Media streamers compared | TV and Home Theater - CNET Reviews (click for full article)

    "There is a battle going on for control of your living room, and while there's many combatants there's yet to be a clear victor. Thanks to a handful of so-called set-top boxes, Internet-delivered video and audio is becoming a big source -- if not the main source -- of TV entertainment for a growing number of people.

    Nearly all Blu-ray players and game consoles (not to mention TVs themselves) now double as Web-centric entertainment device. In the market for "pure" streaming boxes, two products have dominated to date: the Apple TV ($100) and the Roku box ($50 to $100, depending on features). But a new player has thrown its hat into the ring: Google has finally released its first living room "AV system," the Nexus Q.

    But at $300, the Google Nexus Q is expensive far more expensive than the Apple and Roku competitors. Does the Nexus Q deliver something more for that hefty price? And which of these should you be spending your money on? Let's take a look at each."
     
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    Google Nexus Q: Simple, Sleek, Sexy And Made In The USA - Forbes (click for full article)

    "Everything I said about Google TV a few days ago does not seem to apply to the new New Nexus Q streaming media player. Where the Google TV software is trying to do too much, the Nexus Q is starting out by limiting itself to simple Google functions, like streaming music from Google Play and videos from YouTube.


    Where the new Sony hardware that supports Google TV is complicated with buttons and a dual-sided remote, the Nexus Q invites direct, intuitive manipulation of its matte, black surface. And, although the sleek, black orb may draw hackles from Star Wars fans who might already think of Google as the evil empire (and giggles from aficionados of Woody Allen's "Sleeper"), this "Death Star" look-alike may mark a crucial pivot in how the company represents itself to consumers. Are these two products made by the same company?


    Google, of course, is not mainly competing against itself, but against Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung. Mostly, Apple.


    And one thing Google has been making a point of saying about the Nexus Q, that Apple cannot say about any of its products, is that it is "Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A." A dig at Apple? Of course."
     
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    Is the Nexus Q Worth Buying? (click for full article)

    "Dear Lifehacker,

    The new Nexus Q looks pretty rad, but it's also pretty expensive. Still, I'd love to have one device that streams all of my music to my stereo and video to my HDTV. Should I buy one?

    Sincerely,
    Early Adopter


    Dear Early Adopter,

    The Nexus Q is a neat device, isn't it? We can see how you might be into the slick (if ostentatious) looks, but you're right-it's definitely pricey, especially for what you get. There are theories for that, but to answer your question we'll need to look at what the Nexus Q really does versus other options available, why it costs so much, and then get to the heart of whether it's worth your hard-earned money. Let's get started."
     
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    Google Tries Something Retro: Made in the U.S.A. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (click for full article)

    June 28, 2012 1:03 pm

    By JOHN MARKOFF / The New York Times

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Etched into the base of Google's new wireless home media player that was introduced on Wednesday is its most intriguing feature. On the underside of the Nexus Q is a simple inscription: "Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A."

    The Google executives and engineers who decided to build the player here are engaged in an experiment in American manufacturing. "We've been absent for so long, we decided, 'Why don't we try it and see what happens?' " said Andy Rubin, the Google executive who leads the company's Android mobile business.

    Google is not saying a lot about its domestic manufacturing, declining even to disclose publicly where the factory is in Silicon Valley. It also is not saying much about the source of many of its parts in the United States. And Mr. Rubin said the company was not engaged in a crusade."
     
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    Google Nexus Q Review & Rating | PCMag.com (click for full article)

    "Pros

    Attractively designed. Built-in amp. Integrates well with Android Music and YouTube apps. NFC app link is handy (assuming your Android device supports NFC).

    Cons

    Expensive. Requires an Android smartphone or tablet to work. Can't play video stored on your Android device. No Netflix or Hulu Plus. No streaming audio apps.

    Bottom Line

    Google's Nexus Q is a good-looking media hub, but its meager app selection and reliance on Android devices don't come close to justifying its high price."
     
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    It is hard to really argue with anything he said.

    I suspect Google understands that by placing a $300 tag on it...it needs to produce big and quickly...I am just not sure where that will take place
     
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    Nexus Q review: Google's mysterious little social streamer -- Engadget (click for full article)

    "When setting up a gadget for review, delicately unboxing and smelling the carcinogenic whiff of freshly molded plastics, we typically feel some amount of excitement and anticipation to see how it stacks up against the competition. It's either that or a resigned sense of duty as we run yet another iterative evolution of this or that laptop through the same benchmarks to see just how this year's model stacks up to the older model now being sold on discount. With the Nexus Q, though, we felt something different altogether: genuine curiosity."
     

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