Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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I suspect if I had a G7, as I was likely going to purchase before I preordered the A1E sight-unseen, I'd be OK with it. Esthetically though, my A1E tops the G7 by not having the ugly sound bar bringing attention to itself that I would never use because of my AVR and 7.2 surround system. I still don't like the A1E's Android interface even with V7, and would likely prefer webOS, but that's just me. IMHO it's down to a lot of subjective decisions we can each make on a choice between the two OLEDs or maybe some other LED. Since I have my A1E, it's paid-for, and I've lived with it for 2 weeks -- it's my favorite, I'm glad I made the decision I did, and I'm able to move on from some of the discussion detail. Enjoy whatever works best for you. I am!
- It's bright enough -- equal to or better than my plasma was. Sure, I'd love additional brightness to see even more very dark detail during the day, but I don't believe ANY TV tech I can afford today could provide enough AND give me the wide viewing angle I require in my room. As it is now with this week's firmware update (which is POST most of the reviews cited here), watching in a more dimly lit room so the detail is most evident, both SDR and HDR bright flashes in some movies are enough to make me squint -- just like at the movie theatre, but was never possible on my old plasma. Right or wrong, I believe I can see more dark area detail of my old HD 1080p source material, and of course in the few new 4K HDR Blu-rays I own, than I ever could. What this panel provides in brightness is enough for me in practical use. I don't believe some small number of nit difference would be visually apparent to me in practical use where I care most about content, as it is perhaps to some that are more into looking at the underlying technology or purposely-or-not fixating on visual problems they can find.
- I've only seen annoying black crush as I played with some setting combinations before getting things better dialed-in for my taste. It is not something I consider an issue with my A1E.
- I have had exactly ONE time I noticed a banding problem, and it was a brief moment while watching golf on DirecTV (1080i). When it happened, I was a little taken-back, but as I've paid more attention to this in the past few days, I consider it to have been an odd source issue, not some pervasive problem that drives me nuts. Again, banding is not an issue for me in practical use of my A1E.
- I also have no issues with motion that a few others here continue to describe or be concerned with. Perhaps I'm not as sensitive, or it's that I wear bifocals 100% of the time, or I won the panel lottery, or some combination of those things. Regardless, "motion" is not a problem in my day-to-day viewing and the inconsequential amount of gaming I do.