Originally Posted by tgenius
Let us know what you think of it.
My first impression: excellent hardware; awful software.
Here are my initial pet peeves:
The TV appears to violate the WPA standard
by not allowing tildes (~) in the Wi-Fi password. It's probably a programming bug. According to Wikipedia, WPA-compliant devices should accept 8 to 63 printable ASCII characters
. The tilde is the highest-numbered printable ASCII character, so if the programmer accidentally used a less-than symbol (<) rather than a less-than-or-equal-to symbol (<=) when defining the range of printable characters (a common beginner mistake) he would disallow the valid tilde. I had to change the Wi-Fi password on seven other wireless devices in my home just to set up the TV.
There are lots of examples of broken English throughout the software and user guide. Since LG is a Korean company, I'm guessing that native Korean speakers wrote the software.
The Magic Remote is a pain in the ass. I constantly have to shake it to wake it up. The Magic Remote is pretty lame as a universal remote. You can't set it up to operate streaming media devices like the Roku, Apple TV, or WD TV Play. The configuration software simply doesn't recognize that this category of devices even exists.
The Magic Remote configuration software only recognizes the existence of four types of input devices: cable set-top boxes, DVD/Blu-ray players, Home Theaters, and Soundbars. Furthermore, as far as the remote is concerned, you can only have one of each type of device. I have a legacy DVD player and a brand new Blu-ray player. Even though they use different TV inputs (currently Composite AV and HDMI 1), I can only set up the remote to use one of them.
The remote also doesn't recognize the possibility of two complementary devices on the same input. I have an AV receiver that I use for sound. I wanted to set that up as my home theater for all inputs, but the configuration software wouldn't allow it. You can have either a DVD/Blu-ray player or a home theater on a given input, but not both. Basically, from the mindset of LG's programmers, no one would ever use a Blu-ray player and a sound bar simultaneously. This actually isn't a big problem, but it is bizarre.
Another software problem related to the Magic Remote is the use of the remote's Quick Menu (Q.MENU) button. The Quick Menu button is a fast way to switch input sources or change the picture mode without loading the main Smart TV application. However, this only works for input sources for which an input device is specified. So, for example, it won't work for my Roku input source and it will only work for one of my two DVD/Blu-ray input sources. I just figured out a workaround, which is to lie to the TV. I tell the TV that my Blu-ray input source is a "DVD/Blu-ray" (the truth), my Roku input source is a "Home Theater" (sort of true), and my DVD input source is a "Sound bar" (complete lie).
My final complaint is that the Smart TV software appears to prioritize generating revenue for LG over convenience for users. It places an uneditable selection of premium services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) in the center of the main screen. I'm guessing that LG gets paid to display these services prominently. The user's preferred apps get pushed to the bottom and right of the main screen. In the long run this will likely benefit users, because the only way TV manufacturers will have an incentive to continue supporting older Smart TVs is if those TVs continue to generate profits years down the road.
Well, those are my criticisms. I'll save my compliments until after I've calibrated my screen
and had a chance to watch more content. Right now I'm using the Cinema picture mode and I've been playing around with the TruMotion settings. I think a user setting of [De-Judder: 2; De-Blur: 7] is probably better than turning TruMotion completely off. I can easily spot the effects of the de-judder setting, but I can't quite tell what the de-blur setting is doing.
I haven't watched any 3D content yet. The glasses are still in the box.Edited by James Parsons - 12/20/13 at 2:10pm