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Question What are the best and worst OS and interfaces?

chezkeightley

Standard Member
Hi,

I am looking for a new TV. I currently have a 10 year old Sony and so have no experience with how intuitive, or user friendly the user interface/os is between the different brands.

Any advice? How do Samsung, Hisense, LG, Sony compare?????

Thanks
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
Speed will depend what budget you are shopping with, most manufacturers put more powerful chips on their higher end TVs, so smart TV runs better on them than the lower end ones. The most noticeable difference will be with Philips and Sony Android TVs, with the higher end models now running fast, but the lower end ones having a few slow downs.

As a general rule people tend to prefer Samsung and LG the most. They run fast on all there TVs, but faster on the higher end ones. They have the best selection of apps too.

With LG you need to buy a model with the magic remote if you want the full experience, LG also only currently have iPlayer as a UK catch up app. They plan to add others later.

With Samsung the downside is they have advertisements.

Hisense/Panasonic's system is basic, snappy but not as feature-full, all the basic apps are there but they don't have big libraries of apps like others do.

Android TV found on Sony/Philips models is a lot better than it used to be, but still the least logical to use in my opinion - others may tell you differently. The app choice is very good, but not quite as good as Samsung/LG. With Android you get more flexibility if you are an advance user.

Support on all smart TV platforms is generally very poor, you can expect a few years out of them before the smart apps start to slow down and no longer receive updates. Generally they are not as good as using dedicated smart devices still, especially since you can swap out and upgrade an external device as you like. But in some circumstances, particular if you are buying a higher end model with good HDR capabilities using built in apps like Netflix/Amazon is essential.
 

chezkeightley

Standard Member
Speed will depend what budget you are shopping with, most manufacturers put more powerful chips on their higher end TVs, so smart TV runs better on them than the lower end ones. The most noticeable difference will be with Philips and Sony Android TVs, with the higher end models now running fast, but the lower end ones having a few slow downs.

As a general rule people tend to prefer Samsung and LG the most. They run fast on all there TVs, but faster on the higher end ones. They have the best selection of apps too.

With LG you need to buy a model with the magic remote if you want the full experience, LG also only currently have iPlayer as a UK catch up app. They plan to add others later.

With Samsung the downside is they have advertisements.

Hisense/Panasonic's system is basic, snappy but not as feature-full, all the basic apps are there but they don't have big libraries of apps like others do.

Android TV found on Sony/Philips models is a lot better than it used to be, but still the least logical to use in my opinion - others may tell you differently. The app choice is very good, but not quite as good as Samsung/LG. With Android you get more flexibility if you are an advance user.

Support on all smart TV platforms is generally very poor, you can expect a few years out of them before the smart apps start to slow down and no longer receive updates. Generally they are not as good as using dedicated smart devices still, especially since you can swap out and upgrade an external device as you like. But in some circumstances, particular if you are buying a higher end model with good HDR capabilities using built in apps like Netflix/Amazon is essential.
Cheers. You have answered many questions on this and other post. Thing I am leaning towards a Samsung Q60R or Q60T or TU8500
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
Cheers. You have answered many questions on this and other post. Thing I am leaning towards a Samsung Q60R or Q60T or TU8500
What sizes and budget?

Never mind, saw your other posts. Hisense U8Q will smash those TVs for six for picture quality, despite having a poorer OS.
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
How bad is the hisense os?
Its not bad, its just basic. You could pair the TV with a separate smart device if you aren't satisfied with it.

Are there any apps you wanted built in to the TV in particular? The basic catch up apps are there.

To get an idea of how much more expensive other TVs are right now you'd need to look at TVs like the Samsung Q80T or Q90T to be similar overall TVs to the Hisense, they are a lot more expensive. If you don't want to buy the Hisense, you are best waiting to buy at a later time when those TVs are discounted.
 

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