Google TV Is Not On Wall Street Journal Christmas Present List

Wall Street Journal tech reporter Walter S. Mossberg had a look at Google TV and said he would "wait for Google TV to improve."

In his All Things Digital column Mossberg gives a very detailed review of the product and notes it "made an admirably bold effort, but, like others before, it has missed the mark, at least in its first effort."

Google TV is available in three ways, Mossberg noted, the Logitech Revue - a small black top set box costing $300, a Sony BluRay player that incorporates the feature for $400 and with a Sony TC that has internet access built in, starting at $600.

The reviewer had problems with pixelated images and buffering slowdowns and the inability to run Quicktime video - the Apple video format.

No doubt many will be buying Google TV and Mossberg did state "for now, I'd relegate Google TV to the category of a geek product, not a mainstream, easy solution ready for average users. It's too complicated, in my view, and some of its functions fall short."

Some of his problems with the system like searching for shows, I am sure the readers here would be more adept.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.