Originally Posted by woody777
Is Netflix 1080p/DD+? Is it the same interface as the 220?
Yes and yes, except that the interface navigation is much
more responsive, especially navigation of the television series episode selection sub-menu, which is so lagged in the 220 that I'd often overshoot my goal and start playback of the wrong one.
Is YouTube in HD? Does it use the "leanback" interface? Can you log in with your user id and password to access favorites, playlists, and subscriptions?
Not in HD and no Leanback UI (I haven't seen an embedded device with HD YouTube as yet, nor have I seen the Leanback UI, though I'm sure Google TV devices must have these). You can log in and access your subscriptions, favorites, playlists and YouTube's recommendations; it remembers your account and logs you in every time. Other than not having HD, the interface is surprisingly nice and full-featured--I hadn't played with it until just now. Much better than what I remember of the Viera Cast YouTube player. (I still have the 220 but I don't feel like swapping it in to test).
Is Vudu in HDX (1080p/DD+)?
Yep--same old VUDU UI and features as on any other device I've tried (except the Xbox, the only device I know which doesn't support 1080p in VUDU).
Is Amazon 1080p/dd+ (what is the best video/audio quality for Amazon -- I actually have no idea)?
Amazon's best is 720p w/basic DD surround (you get 1080i downloads on TiVo, but not streams). The S390 does 5.1 sound, which the 220 currently does not, its sole redeeming quality.
Do the streaming apps use 24p like the 220 does?
Any difference in picture quality on the streaming apps (mostly Netflix)?
Difference to what?
How are the menus (especially in Netflix) compared to the 220? My 220 just seems so slow and unresponsive.
As I said before, the Netflix UI is much
more responsive, though it's stream start time is slow, require at least 15 seconds for me, sometime over 20. YouTube is very responsive and starts up in only a few seconds and starts streams quickly. The Amazon UI is responsive, but a horrible design with very slow stream start-up, but it works, with HD and 5.1 sound support. I'm hoping that they replace it in an update.
One knock against the S390 is text entry in Sony apps (YouTube and Amazon being the only ones I've used), which is via a crude numeric keypad via T9. This is mitigated by Sony's excellent Android remote, which provides a QWERTY keyboard and, on devices with microphones, can even accept voice-to-text input. It's superior to the Panasonic Android remote in several other regards--when it knows the title of what you're looking at it shows it in the app and it can look it up on the net with the IMDb and Wikipedia apps. (Sadly, the remote keyboard doesn't work in Netflix or VUDU--they could probably work it into their Webkit implementation and get it working in Netflix).