Okay, after watching some various channels with the Auto Motion Plus set to smooth, as suggested, I gotta say that I still can't find this "artificial" motion tolerable. This is very frustrating because I'm about ready at this point to give up completely. I never had any of these frustrating issues with my old CRT, and even though it was a piece of crap, low-end CRT, it had no motion issues whatsoever. Sure, it was only standard definition, and it had all the drawbacks you would expect of a crappy low-end CRT, but I ENJOYED watching it. I don't know that I can do that with these LED sets.
I just can't stand the horrible "soap opera effect" - and I can't understand how anybody thinks it is actually an "improvement" to the look of film. It is driving me nuts, even set to smooth, and my only other option is to turn it off completely and then it is still unwatchable because many HD channels are unacceptably choppy without it enabled. My crappy CRT always had smooth film-like motion, without any drawbacks. I know that NTSC had it's problems, but I'll take the motion of my CRT any day over what this Samsung is giving me.
So at this point I'm very depressed about these sets. Is it bright? Sure, in fact way way brighter than necessary. Does it have nice color and razor-sharp HD images? Sure, it looks great when I watch sports channels. Except - I don't watch sports. I watch movies and tv shows, most of which are totally ruined by the "soap opera effect" or the studdering or any combination of the two. If this set was a couple hundred dollars, I could understand making sacrifices. But not for a thousand dollar tv. I can't afford this to begin with and neither can my girlfriend - we had to do the 36-month payment thing to even consider it. But I figured, why spend $500 or $600 and not like the set, might as well spend a bit more and get a tv we will love. I am simply amazed that even on a $1,200+ tv people are expected to put up with intolerable motion issues that we never had to deal with before, just to enjoy a sharper picture. TBS HD is completely unwatchable the studdering and skipping is so bad. It's like the image is having a seizure. TNT HD is just as bad. And many others also.
I will say I was impressed with the 3D - I only tested one quick .ts file from a USB stick so far, but it looked amazing in 3D. But I just don't know if I can put up with the motion issues of these sets. I'm really trying to like this tv, but it just ain't working. Plus there's clouding and flashlighting also. Can I ignore it? Probably, but just how many different image flaws are we expected to "deal with" just to have a nice big sharp picture? And I haven't even begun to set up my surround yet. I can't imagine how much fun that will be with getting the sound to sync up.
As a side note, current plasma sets aren't even an option either since they are toally, completely ruined by the auto brightness limiters that are in all the current sets. I watched some in various stores and I would go with a plasma in a second if it wasn't for the fact that anytime there's white on the screen it dims by 70%.