Google TV teardown a letdown

Reviewer iFixit feels let down; compares Google TV to Apple TV

A teardown of the Logitech Revue, the first Google TV product on the market, shows a device whose innards are comparable in many ways to a netbook computer.

According to iFixit, which undressed the Logitech Revue, the device is basically a plastic box with a motherboard inside. It resembles a netbook in processing power, keyboard and its overall feel, says iFixit’s Miro Djuric.

The $300 product is designed to enable watching TV and movies, surfing the web and using Android-based apps in any combination. Google has been making partnerships left and right for Google TV, such as with the NBA, HBO and CNN. 

Slideshow: Google TV on the Logitech Revue 

The Revue has slightly more oomph than an Apple TV device, but costs a couple of hundred dollars more, says iFixit, which earlier this year expanded beyond teardowns to introduce a publicly accessible and editable wiki designed for people to share their expertise at fixing things. 

Specs include a 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor compared to Apple’s 1GHz A4 processor; 1GB DDR3 RAM vs. Apple TV’s 256MB of RAM; and 5GB NAND of flash memory whereas Apple uses an 8GB Samsung NAND flash module.

Highlights of the Revue include an Atheros chip that offloads 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi processing from other components of the system, plus lots of empty space that should help to keep the set-top box from overheating. IFixit also likes “a nifty duct that directs the air flow across the CPU heat sink.”

IFixit gives the Revue a score of 8 out of 10 for repairability in that the device is easy to open and its parts are easily accessible for tinkering with.

Other iFixit teardowns:

Droid 2 smartphone (August, 2010)

Dell Streak tablet (August, 2010)

Playstation Move controller (September, 2010)

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