"Best AppleTV Yet!"5.0 starson by JGowan
Pros: Faster, Smaller, Cheaper! I've been wanting to get an ATV but have waited until now. I don't care about buying content on the device if it keeps the price low. If I need to buy, I'll buy a real copy from Wal-Mart and rip it myself --> then stream it!
Cons: No customer accessible USB port to add a hard drive to. This isn't really a big deal though as streaming takes care of what I need to do. One thing I always wanted in an ATV was a blu-ray drive but that would never happen and would've made it more $!
Summary: In order for this to become a success, Apple needed to get the price to $99. I think it's an impulse buy now for those buying a computer or even an iPad. With 8GB of onboard storage, we'll be getting Apps on this and this will become the box that can do it all. Any shortcomings on TV rentals will disappear as networks offer their own apps.
I own a lot of DVDs that I've ripped and just want to be able to use on either TV (I have two 50" HDTVs) and I have a Mac Mini on one room. I like it but you still have to use a mouse and keyboard to get things started. Also, the setup is too cumbersome to tote back and forth from livingroom and bedroom. The AppleTV however will very portable and I'll be able to move it back and forth with ease. Mainly I just want to be able to stream whatever I have to either set and the ATV lets me do this without any problems and is much cheaper than investing in another Mini which is what I've been thinking of doing.
I think that Apple has finally the hardware and software just right to get these into millions of homes. I think that with an App store, this would just be a magical device!