Apple TV passes the "girlfriend test"

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by SouthernMac, May 12, 2008.


Passes the test?

  1. Yes, it's almost too easy to use.

    63 vote(s)
  2. Nope, everybody in my house is confused.

    5 vote(s)
  1. SouthernMac macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2007
    I know that this has been mentioned before, but the girlfriend test with electronics is a killer for me. I like to share the joy of my gadgets, but my girlfriend just doesn't get most of them. They are all too much trouble or whatever. She was skeptical about the Apple TV at first too. She said "it's the same thing as hooking your iPod to the TV." I had to just shake my head and say yes. After using it though she loves it (she was skeptical about using a Mac too, but now she won't even touch her old Dell laptop). I ripped all her palates DVDs and it was all over. So without further ado, does your apple tv pass the "girlfriend" test? For the record ladies I'm not meaning to be sexist, this is just my situation. Apply my analogy however it fits... kids, grandma, etc.
  2. stomer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    It's the only home entertainment device that my wife can use. She'll quite happily navigate to her weekly episodes of Lost all on her own.
  3. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Practically nobody understands the purpose of our Apple TV at first, until I explain that it's a giant iPod that uses our TV and audio system instead of its own screen and speakers.

    Today, in fact, is the third day in a row I've explained it that way to someone.
  4. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
  5. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000


    May 30, 2004
    Madison, WI
    My younger sister figured it out without me even having to show her how. I was pretty amazed.
  6. uva25 macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2008
    It passes the kids test for home movies. As for wife, nothing will ever top when we first got Tivo.
  7. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Well I haven't played a DVD in the fam room for about 5 months. I got the Apple TV 5 months ago. So there you go. Easy.
  8. EarthDawn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2008
    Long-eye Land, NY
    at first I got the old "Did you really need this ?" ... and now she wont give up the damn remote !!!!

    and she leaves DVD's that she wants Handbraked onto it on my desk ... lol

    Best thing I bought since the Plasma !
  9. Cleverboy macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2007
    Pocket Universe, nth Dimensional Complex Manifold
    I can confidently say that my girlfriend has approved. She'd asking me to throw things on there now.

    ~ CB
  10. AppleMatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2003
    Yep she loves the AppleTV, more than anything else 'Apple' I own (although she loves her green iPod mini).

  11. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Doesn't vibrate so no. She can't work it very well, keeps pressing menu when she gets back to the main menu so it flicks back and fourth, then chucks the remote to me.

    How many girlfriends do you have? Since the second option says "everybody in my house..." :p
  12. plaidhippo macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2007
    same thing happened here...

    after gf moved in, she took a few weeks to warm up to my powerbook, but since then has not touched her viao laptop. we ended up selling it.

    she also got hooked on ipods and she gave me an apple tv as a wedding present last year. but after using it a few times, she has been addicted to the apple tv too! she likes watching some movies multiple times, so having it available in a split second (or two seconds, after the take two "upgrade" :p), that makes her very very happy. i love it too, just having access to any song, any music video, any home movie in a matter of seconds, it totally is worth the price of admission. and since we started renting movies, we don't even visit the stores anymore.

    as much as apple can improve on the speed of the interface, i have to admit i really do love the device. and so does she!!

    apple tv = passed
    mac = passed
    ipod = passed
    iphone = passed (used a friends, loved it)
  13. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I'd say Apple passed the boyfriend test.

    I had a IBM ThinkPad when I met my girlfriend, and she had a red CRT iMac. After a few months, I stopped using the ThinkPad and got a PowerBook. :D

    No apple TV here, but Time Machine passes. Network shares are a complete bafflement to her though :(
  14. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    If my electronics should pass girlfriend/wife test before purchase I would not be surfing on the net.
  15. afd macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2005
    No luck here, apparently, I have "turned the telly into a computer" :confused:
  16. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    She hates it & to be honest so do I, barely any decent rentals now they've changed to 'Buy Only':eek:(For most)
  17. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK

    This is what i am met with when suggesting AppleTV to my fiancee!

    We just dont have space to put all of our dvds on show and i hate hiding them away unless they are going to be kept hidden.... solution, AppleTV!

    Her answer 'NO!'

  18. fastgraham macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2008
    lay down the law

    If you are letting your fiancee dictate what you can buy now, it will only get worse. Be a man, tell her that you are going to buy this thing because you work hard and you want it.

    Is she going to let you tell her that she can't get a $120 hair cut? She "needs" that, right?

    My only point is that for a marriage to work, you have to speak your mind and sometimes that means being harsher that you usually are. But in my experience a woman ultimately respects you more for being a man, even if that means disagreeing with her.
  19. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Or do what I do and buy it see what happens
  20. askthedust macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2003

    Wife got it for me for my birthday when it came out. We keep the kids movies on it (read pixar) and grown-up movies in a shared library on external drive...

    perfect set-up. my 2 year old loves it and often hands me the remote because he wants to watch a movie...
  21. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Grown Up movies eh;)
  22. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    I think the only hard part about the Apple TV is ripping DVDs for it. It's not hard for me because I know what I'm doing, but to someone who doesn't know what they're doing, they could use the wrong settings and get very frustrated (especially considering how long movies take to rip). With Handbrake, there's no easy button... you pretty much gotta know what to look for since not all DVDs are the same... Interlace, Deinterlace, FPS, Bitrate, 2-Pass, Detelecine, VFR, Audio, File Type, and all that jazz.
  23. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    HB's AppleTV preset will suffice for 90+ % . The only thing you should have to concern yourself with other than that is deinterlace.
  24. blackpond macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008
    Yes, yes and yes

    My wife was very skeptical but loves it. My friends and relatives who I have shown it to all want one.

    But here's the kicker..

    My two-year-old... I thought it would be too hard for a two-year-old so didn't bother setting Parental Controls... oops. At age two he navigates the interface, finds movies he likes, and rents them just as easy as he fists mac-and-cheese into his face at lunch time.

    Fun movies in the house now come from the "Apple TV" according to my two-year-old.
  25. lyonsden macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2002
    Passes the 'kid' test

    I purchased mine shortly after it was announced, and the day after I discovered three DVDs ruined by the careless handling of my kids.

    All of my kids except the three-year old and newborn can operate it easily and are not affraid of it at all.

    My only complaint, is that I like the original interface better, but I don't use it that much, so it's not a big deal.

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