When LG's Smart+ system, then called webOS, was a launched at CES 2014 it caused a sensation.
The ease of navigation is increased thanks to LG's Magic Remote, which the company has been developing and refining over the last few years. The latest version is the best yet and the remote sits comfortably in the hand and provides motion control with a high degree of accuracy. Smart+ is the system the Magic Remote was created for and the two work perfectly together, allowing the user to navigate the system with complete freedom. After only a few minutes the seamless combination of Smart+ and the Magic Remote make all other smart systems just seem antiquated.
As you look at the launcher menu there is a window on the left that shows the previous app you opened and to the right of this is the LG Store. When you open this feature you get a single page that combines content from a host of different sources including live TV, catch-up and streaming services. The system will provide recommendations and provide an easy way to find something to watch, all from a single location.
EPG & PVR Features
- Integrated into the TV itself
- Very intuitive
- Easy to use
- Extremely responsive
- Excellent app support
- Comprehensive system architecture
- Missing a couple of catch-up services
LG Smart+ (webOS) System Review
In addition everything is treated as an app, so whatever you want, you can find it on the launcher menu. Whether its live TV, the TV Guide, Netflix, HDMI1 or an attached USB drive, they all appear as apps on the launcher menu and if you click on the pop-up tab, Smart+ takes you straight to them. Not only are all the features easy to access but Smart+ includes everything you will need from the TV Guide to the Time Machine PVR feature; from the SmartShare to the Media Player; from the Remote App to the WebBrowser; and not forgetting the all-important catch-up and streaming video services. The Magic Remote is the icing on the cake, making navigation and interaction a dream.
The Smart TV has finally come of age and Smart+ is genuinely revolutionary, leaving the competition in the Stone Age. As a result, Smart+ is the reference point to which all other systems will be compared, and thus deserving of a Reference Status badge.
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