Internet TV Sony Bravia KDL-40NX713
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Sony Bravia video on the 2010 series NX713. Watch the Which? test lab review:
Sony Bravia KDL-40NX713
Net TV interface: Bravia Internet TV and Bravia (Yahoo) widgets
Pros: Great selection of video apps, built-in wireless on this model
Cons: Confusing menu system, awful on-screen keyboard, remote sluggish on Yahoo
Pick of the apps: iPLayer, LoveFilm, YouTube, Demand Five
Sony Bravia flatters to confuse
If it’s apps you’re after, then Sony isn’t a million miles behind Samsung’s internet@TV offering. YouTube, iPlayer, LoveFilm and Demand Five (the channel 5 equivalent of BBC’s iPlayer) are among more than 30 apps on offer.
Overly complex and oddly designed
But finding many of them is harder than it should be. The Sony apps are scattered through the menu system, gathered by content type (ie video or music) rather than in one neat app screen. Two shortcut buttons on the remote (one for video and one for widgets) take you to different bits of the overly complex menu system (there’s a seemingly entirely separate set of Bravia/Applicast widgets).
Entering text with the oddly designed on-screen keyboard is laborious and confusing and the remote felt sluggish, especially when we used it with the Applicast widgets, and there’ll be plenty of us who can’t make out the text from the comfort of an armchair. You can download more Applicast widgets - but they tend to be far less appealing than the fully fledged Bravia video apps.
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