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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2009
Hi everyone,
Just purchased this 7" Phillips TV for my mom for Christmas, it is very good. With the Digital conversion from analog to digital I was unsure if I would get one because I didn't know if it was going to get the channels. But to my amazement I did receive all of my channels here at the Metro-Houston Area. The small antenna does wonders; I was even able to pick up channels that I can't get on my regular TV.

It was ready to use, comes with a wall adapter, remote control, & built in battery last a little above the 2.5 hr mark. Remote control has no volume up or down and also can't turn off the TV; but my guess is since it is a small TV, why would you need a remote since you have to be close to it anyways ^_^. Haven't tested it in a moving vehicle but if I moved the antenna too much the TV says it can't pick up the channel so my guess is that in a moving vehicle it will be a little difficult to pick up channels.

All I wish now is for an SD slot, Mp3 slot, and DVD player; it will be great if Phillips decided to make one. :)Will recommend to all my friends.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2010
Our set was purchased through Amazon via Citi's ThankYou Rewards program. It's a well-made, high-performance portable with a few distinct design idiosyncrasies. Set-up is easy and intuitive, whether the remote control is used or not. If connected to cable, the PVD700 can index all Clear QAM digital signals and will automatically suppress display of encrypted discrete cable signals for which no picture is available. [We have a traditional analog/digital feed from Time Warner Cable, so digital pass-through signals from the broadcast stations were found, but cable-only networks like CNN were not. The PVD700/37 uses a legacy-free ATSC/QAM digital-only tuner; the digital signals for those channels are encrypted, requiring a cable box which this set absolutely can't handle.]

While auto-detect on the 75-ohm coaxial input can manage either over-the-air or digital cable signals by menu selection, there are no auxiliary line inputs (Composite, S-video, Component, or HDMI) whatsoever (any of which would have allowed for a cable box), and just a headphone jack output. A small cabinet like this one may not have room onboard for such, but I have seen suitable breakout-cable accessory solutions for this. I would love to have seen an SD-card slot; this set could also then function perfectly as a handy photo/video viewer. The included small portable antenna is convenient with its magnetic base, but it can pick up ONLY UHF-band ATSC signals. Channel aliasing is now very common, with many legacy VHF stations (2-13) now in fact digital in the UHF spectrum, but you must obtain a different type of antenna to receive any "real" VHF-spectrum signals on the PVD-700. [After the cord on our portable antenna wore out, I replaced it with a somewhat disappointing Philips SDV1225T/27 which features a bi-fold UHF element and VHF rabbit-ears. Fortunately, one local VHF station here also simulcasts its primary channel on the (-3)sub-feed of another UHF station it owns, and one other has its own local UHF digital repeater.] Channel memory is separate for cable and OTA but only the latter can be manually tweaked after an auto-scan.

The remote control is slender and attractive but with many small, narrow buttons. You can easily change channels or mute the sound, but you can't set volume or turn the set on/off, because the PVD700 has a rotary-thumbwheel potentiometer and a physical slide-switch instead of push-button controls like most modern TV's. However, this set is less remote-dependent than most devices; if the remote's Display menu button had been replicated on the TV then there would have been no functional dependency except for the channel-editing delete/favorite/hide performed by the remote's red/green/yellow buttons. Aspect ratio (4x3, 16x9, 16x9 movie) can be changed from the Display menu, or via a small dedicated key on the remote. This button should be larger and more conveniently placed, as this TV can't auto-preset it by channel or by program metadata (as my Zenith over-the-air converter box can).

If you own an iPad, iPod, or iPhone you are familiar with rechargeable devices having a non-replaceable battery; this Philips TV is also in that category. The very compact AC adapter charges the battery only when the power switch is set to "off"; a red LED indicator goes out when charging is complete. Three hours of playing time is expected; the Display menu has a 5-level power-save setting in addition to the regular brightness control. While the adapter is 9 volts (tip-positive) the set's power input will accept up to 12 volts, making the PVD700 car and RV-friendly. [However, ATSC signals were never designed for optimal reception inside a moving vehicle; your kids in the back are better off with DVD's.] An easel-stand pop-out is built-in for tabletop viewing, but the manual makes no mention of the pair of wall-mounting recesses on either side of it, or where suitable accessory hardware to fit them might be obtained.

Just add a protective carrying case with pouches for the antenna and AC adapter, and a 12-volt vehicle charging cord, and you will have a go-anywhere TV that won't disappoint. I have previously enjoyed Norelco and Magnavox products, and expect that long-term ownership of our PVD700/37 will be equally as satisfying.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2010
I purchased this tv for my husband to watch in the kitchen while cooking or outside while grilling. It is fantastic and worth every penny. The picture is fantastic and it even has a magnetic antenna. This was such a great gift that is very functional and now he can watch football anywhere he wants!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised by the picture on this 7" screen. I really like the TV. Cons-you can't control the volume with the remote, and the antenae doesn't have very strong reception--can't pick up all of my local channels. I haven't tried using it with just the battery, so can't comment on the battery life. Overall, though, this is a good little TV for the price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a great little TV. Bright crisp picture. Setup very easy. Sound is a little tinny but great with headphones. I bought this to use out on the porch. Has worked good everywhere in the house I tried it with its own antenna. I am very pleased.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2010
I bought this tv for emergencies. Picks up the weather channel best. It meets all my requirements for quality and ease of use. My only complaint is with accessories. It did not include an automobile power adapter. Just might want to take it with me camping. When I did my initial scan the tv picked up 18 channels. Correct positioning of the antenna helps. Works better outside than inside.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
The antenna provided is only for VHF stations. Most HD channels are transmitted in UHF. I purchased a separate UHV antenna and still had trouble getting all of the channels in the DFW area. I live in NE Tarrant county TX.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2010
I bought this for when I lose electrical power. I also got a 12 volt to 9 volt adapter & run the TV off a car battery for hours when
the power is out....GREAT TV.....Philips does have pretty good products, my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2011
I am so pleased that I decided to purchase this Philips portable TV. I bought it primarily for emergencies when the power goes out It works great anywhere in the house, even in the basement without windows. I get the best picture when I place the magnet based antenna on metal. I'm thrilled that it works so well in the basement because that's where we go when we have tornado warnings. I had previously bought a Haier portable TV and that not only didn't work in the basement, it worked only in the kitchen, nowhere else in the house. This Philips portable has a crystal clear picture and brings in lots of channels. On the downside, I can't get ABC but I can live with that. I get the other local channels. It really depends on your location. I notice that many other reviewers get all the network channels. Some reviewers are not thrilled with the remote TV because you can't turn the TV on with it or control the volume. I don't have a problem with that at all for a TV of this size. If you're looking for a small portable TV that has a beautiful picture and good sound, lots of channels, this is it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2010
For a little TV that you can take anywhere, this is a great one. Clear picture and sound.
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