I just don't see how a television that has floating black, brightness pops and pink gray scale in the mid range (vs low range) can possibly be the best when the others don't have those issues.
Granted they will most likely be made better. It is my understanding, from what I heard watching the shootout, that the recent firmware release didn't fix it but made it better and I have to go with that. After all, not everyone sees/experiences those fluctuations the same. Panasonic made it better on the 30 series with firmware release but didn't fix it, however it was fixed in the 50 series. It seems to me that Samsung should have done everything to ensure that didn't happen this year.
Granted the F8500 gets brighter, however that does make colors look different, some people prefer that "look". One can get the same look from a lcd/led but then you've got the problem of off angle views. If higher brightness, even to the point of affecting color is desirable, or elevates one panel above another, then by that logic the F8000 should probably receive higher consideration, and other leds as well.
Speaking of color, when they showed the reports, didn't Panasonic do better both out of the box and after calibration? I wish day 2's video was up so I could take a look at them again since I was very sleepy by the time they were presented.