I must say that I was very excited to get the GS7. I have had the GT1 for some years now and wanted a second box for the bedroom. The keyboard on the GS7 is really underwhelming. After using it for almost a month now, I still can't get used to it. Here are my issues with it. If you have a solution, please post a reply. 1. Where are the skip forward and skip backward keys? That's something I really liked on the GT1, but on the GS7, it is FUNCTION+LEFT or RIGHT ARROW. Sigh. 2. Where is the TOP-MENU button on the GS7? On the GT1, that button corresponds to the DirecTV's "menu button" on the remote, so that one can get access to the series manager, search and other items on the DirecTV set-top box. 3. The "Record" key. OMG. Why does it have to be FUNCTION+STAR? Again, if we are expected to replace the functionality of our set-top boxes with this remote (and reduce remote control clutter), then at least make this thing more user friendly. 4. The "Channel +" and "Channel -" rocker switch. Come on. I understand why it is there, if you have the touchpad facing upwards, and the volume control is on the side. BUT as with my point #1, the skip buttons are on they keyboard side of the remote, and you will, inadvertently nudge the channel change button and you will go from "???" to "#^&#%!!!" It would help very much if they kept all the navigation controls on one side of the remote. I don't know who designed the remote. I have always liked all the other Sony remote controls that they have for their TVs, BD/DVD players, amps and so on. This is the only one that I think was designed by an intern or something. The button placements are all off, it does not feel balanced in your hand, etc. OK. So I got tired of the remote, and then I found the "Google TV Remote" app that is available for both IOS and Android. I downloaded it, thought I could repurpose an old iPod Touch or neglected Samsung Galaxy Ace as a remote. Guess what? There is no "Skip forward", no "Skip backward", no "Record" buttons. I can't be the minority here who wants these basic functions on a remote control, am I? Then I thought, maybe I should just buy that GT1 remote/keyboard because it is just that much better (ok, just a little). And I look on Amazon. And I look on eBay. $99 for a remote control. It costs as much as the GS7!!! Thanks for reading my rant.