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Picture good -- firmware not so much
on June 23, 2013
I upgraded to the UN60F7500 from a six-year-old Sharp 46" LCD. So you can imagine how much better (and bigger) the picture looks. Yes, it's great though I am not sure how much of it is due to my eyes adjusting to a much bigger screen and how much of it is just the progress of the technology.
Still, there are somethings I take issue with.
1). Out of the box the motion compensation and color balance tend to make things look extraordinarily artificial -- but in a an attractive way. That is, if you don't mind your TV looking like it's not real, you're all set with the defaults. I set the TV to some recommendations I found in the UN60F7500 forum on avsforum.com and things look much better to me.
2). Even after an upgrade, the TV occasionally crashes and reboots. That's a change for me from the Sharp which was just an appliance. The firmware is buggy. For example, when set to power on and power off my FiOS STB, it will only power it on.
3). The remote is, in a word, awful. It has Bluetooth lag. It doesn't allow basic channel jumping without a complex sequence of strokes. It requires too many different presses to do simple things. The sensor strips at the top and sides are both too sensitive and not sensitive enough. Give me back my 2007 Sharp button-filled remote!
4). I miss a printed, complete user manual. The online "E-manual" is insufficient. Feature details are missing and illogically explained. Samsung documentation ranges from stilted US English to incomprehensible.
5). If your viewing position is below about the midpoint of the screen, you can forget using the camera. It pops up to be flush with the top bezel. It's not possible to tilt it down.
All in all, it's a very nice upgrade. I took what I perceived to be a risk buying from Amazon but all went smoothly. Of course, this doesn't say much about what would happen if things didn't go well. But if you are playing the odds, they're in your favor with Amazon.
While I am enjoying the picture quality, I wanted to update this review to say that it's for some SERIOUS firmware issues, which I have only begun to experience as I got more familiar with the TV.
1). Most Samsung apps don't really understand the 2013 Smart Remote, causing all kinds of odd, inconsistent interactions. Some get so stuck that even a power off/reboot doesn't reset the EV
2), The DLNA functionality is MESSED UP. I have a Netgear ReadyNAS -- it's got an excellent DLNA implemenation. But the UN60F7500 cannot read the directories when selecting "photos" but can read the same directories when selecting "all" content. Go figure.
Samsung promises an update in February -- until then, if the Smart TV portion of this device is why you are buying it, I'd recommend you hold off.