To answer some of your questions...
Originally Posted by dyevin
i picked this thing up last night a have spent roughly an hour playing around with it.
my main reasons for picking this up were blu-ray/dvd, netflix and local content streaming in one box.
i currently just have it hooked up directly to my tv with no cable box integration but will be testing with my SA 8240HDC this weekend.
the first thing i'm not sure i can live with is the blu-ray player does not remember it's place on a disc when powered off or when switching back to the home screen/another function. i have 10 yr old dvd players that can remember where it was when i power them off or change settings/functions - i'm still amazed when a product released today does not have this ability.
This is not Sony specific. Just about all Blu-Ray players are like this. What you need to do is set a bookmark(not sure how to yet on this machine tho) and then if you wanna go back, pull up a list of bookmarks and goto it.
the chrome browser does not have an address bar, does not allow extensions or syncing and has minimal adjustment of settings. very stripped down compared to the version available for pc's
Press the search button on the remote for an address bar. I believe there are some options if you press and hold the Home button on the remote while in Chrome. I have not tried this personally yet, as I just read about it elsewhere.
personally i feel the interface is weak. i've been using android since the G1 phone, am currently using a samsung vibrant and love the platform but this just feels like android lite to me. not blown away with any of the interfacing and lack of adjustments and ability to customize.
While I won't say it's weak, I do agree with you that it needs more custizability. For instance with the TV windowed, I would like to move that but it won't let me. There are things for a custom "shelf". You can add it by editing the main home menu and pressing the + button on screen. This will also allow you to add the Amazon VOD pieces to the menu as well as add a custom shelf.
as far as the remote is concerned - once i get it hooked up to my main setup with my cable box and receiver i may change my mind though based on lack of universal control. actually using the remote i have no issues with however.
This is my main beef with the system... a TWO handed remote. I want something I can use with one hand to move thru the menus and everything else but typing. With this, buttons are poorly places, small and it's not backlit. There needs to be a way to allow peope to use their existing universals with the system. I'm hoping a 3rd party develops an IR to RF converter for this thing.
Also, if they expect us to use their remote then why in the heck isn't it a LEARNING remote. I don't expect Sony to be able to cover all the bases with regard to equipment thus why it should have been a learning remote.
android apps. yea i knew there wouldn't be any until 2011, not a huge deal but it will be interesting to see what shows up.
Yea, but I am a bit miffed as to why won't be anything until the Spring of next year. Seems WAY too long to me. They should have been more prepared on this front.
as of today i doubt i'll be keeping the player as it just doesn't work they way i need it to in order to fulfill my requirements. if i can get streaming working consistently, added file support showed up and a fix was pushed out for the blu-ray player saving it's position on the disc i could probably overlook some of the more trivial issues hoping updates to the OS kept coming.
To be honest, if this were in my main viewing room, it would be going back because of the lack of Universal remote support. That would be a killer for me and I would think others as well. But since it is in the bedroom currently, I may just stick it out and hope that the 3rd party vendors start pumping out better remotes and such.
I had the scaling issue too with SD content with my HR20 Directv HD DVR. The ONLY way I could get it to fill the screen was to set an option in the HR20 DVR to stretch SD content. No amount of other setting did the trick.
Also we have been informed by a Google TV product manager via a post on this thread that Sony is currently working on a patch so that 5.1 will be passed thru from a connected device to the output device.