Apple TV and Roku 2 XS modern and affordable streaming media players
Apple TV is a small black box with dimensions of 23x98x98 mm and weigh of 0.27 kg. The box is capable of streaming of full HD 1080p video and equipped with HDMI, microUSB and Ethernet ports as well as audio jack. Thin silver colored remote control of the device has a few buttons: menu, paly, pause and arrow keys.
The new Apple TV uses iOs 5.1 powered user interface. Setting up of Apple TV is a quick and easy process. Select the language and enter login and the password of the wireless network from the main menu and you are done. In order to start watching movies, TV shows and listen music you must log in to your account with iTunes Store.
Apple TV setup process is much simpler than the set-up of Roku box. There is no need to activate anything on the Internet. The new Apple TV interface lets you go to Netflix without visiting of the home page service. Apple provided simple and easy to use user interface to iTune services as well as to Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo and MLB.tv. The only notable missing service is Hulu Plus.
Apple TV is tightly integrated with other Apple devices such as iPad and iPhone through AirPlay interface. Streaming video and music with AirPlay interface is as easy as a couple of clicks. Devices running iOS can also be used as a touch screen remote control making much easier searching of movies and music. Apple TV supports full HD video with the resolution of 1080p. If you TV is over 40-inch and supports full HD then the quality of the streaming picture is significantly better.
If you want to view streaming video and music from iTunes and Netflix then Apple TV is the best choice for you. If you are the proud owner of iPhone, iPod touch or iPad then the benefits even more obvious because of the AirPlay interface and the ability of Apple devices function as a remote control device.
If you have plenty of content encoded in a variety of formats and store that content on a standard PC and is looking for more Internet video options then the Roku hardware would likely be a better fit for you since it supports a variety of formats and media
Apple iPod touch
Apple iPod touch officially positioned as a music player on the market. But in fact Apple iPod touch is a multimedia device with Wi-Fi support, capability of playing video and music, reading books and much more. Elegant and compact device Apple iPod touch comes with 3.5” touch screen powered by Multi Touch interface capable of capturing of sliding fingers along the screen. High-quality screen of Apple iPod touch does not fade when exposed to sunlight. The resolution of 320×480 pixels provides quality of display images, text and video. Icons and labels on the screen of Apple iPod touch are large and convenient for the device management. The user interface of the iPod touch is well designed, natural and intuitive. There is only one built-in button on the front panel. The button is used for wake up of the Apple iPod touch and navigates to the main menu. The power button is located on the left side. All other functionality is available through the menu on the touch screen of the Apple iPod touch. There are icons of Safari browser, your calendar, contacts and YouTube on the top part of the screen. Music, photos, videos and iTunes Music Store icons are located on the bottom. Using mobile Safari browser you can explore internet, actively participate in online forums and manage your emails. Unfortunately the Apple iPod touch does not support flash. The most important characteristics of any player is the quality of sound and video. Apple iPod touch provides very rich and high quality sound and video. Conversion of video files in iTunes is just a matter of a few clicks. The Apple iPod touch is charged via USB-cable. A full charge takes about 1.5 hours. The battery of the Apple iPod touch provides enough energy for either about 20 hours of listening music or about 5 hours watching video without recharging
Pros of the Apple iPod touch:
Intuitive user interface,
Perfect Multi Touch interface,
Superior quality display,
Cons of the Apple iPod touch:
Some video files could not be played without conversion to other format.
The rear surface of the device has no resistance to scratching.
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