Originally Posted by zhelder
LOL. Would you mind expanding on that?
there are a bunch of reasons, but I'll try to keep it brief
1) I am one of at least 2 people in this thread alone who bought the GA and returned it for the LA after being disappointed. So, if that means anything to you... but on to some more specific details
2) The pointer on the GA is horrible compared to the LA. Yes, the LA lacks the qwerty keyboard, but the pointer is so damned good I've had zero issues using the soft remote that comes up on the screen for alphanumeric input. The LA, quite simply, feels a ton better (and the other guy who did the same thing agreed with my assessment on the pointer quality 100%)
3) The GA leverages GoogleTV, which seems like a dying product, ESPECIALLY with the recent launch and focus of Google on the Chromecast dongle, which is selling better than google tv ever did. You don't want to get stuck with a $1500 orphaned product, do you? I know I don't.
4) Also, like all 3rd party products running Android, it takes a while to get updates, even month after google updates their software. For example, GTV was updated to Android 4.2.2 back in May I believe. LG GTVs are still running Android 3.x, and the # of apps is extremely limited. Even when they go to 4.2.2 and get API compatibility with other android platforms, the fact is that you're going to have apps.. but they will likely be designed for phones and tablets, not your TV. So there are bound to be some usage issues with them.
5) The built-in app quality on the GA is not near what it is on the LA7400. In particular the SmartShare application, which serves as the foundation for streaming media from network based sources, is much clunkier interface wise, and it is less stable internally (I had a few failures to play media on the GTV that I haven't had issues with at all on the LA7400).
6) Lastly, and this is probably the biggest deal for me - Miracast is not supported on the GA, while it is on the LA. Miracast is a must have if you're going to be buying a new smart tv in 2013. Anything else is essentially buying last year's tech.
That said, there are a few things the GTV does better. Voice search is one (the LA7400's voice recognition is garbage). Multitasking is another. Being built on android, it has zero problems with background apps.. something that is really nice when you want to listen to pandora in the background and do something else in the foreground, for example.
BUT... those are only a couple of small things, compared to the laundry list of usability and technology issues I listed above. And if GTV ever becomes a truly compelling product, you can always buy a set-top box for it for what, $100-$200, which will give you a much better GTV experience than the built-in stuff on the LG anyway.
tl;dr - DON'T BUY THE GA.