Longtime lurker to these forums, first time poster.
I am a recent purchaser of the 65" Sony AG8 Model for 2019. I was essentially replacing the 65" 2015 XBR930C from 2015 which was starting to have a multitude of problems with staying connected to Wifi, and generally being very, very slow as of late with the latest round of application upgrades.
Also, as a frame of reference, I also have the LG OLED C8 55" in my upstairs and a cheapie TCL Roku 4k TV in my bedroom, so I have a little but of a direct comparison with Sony and LG Oleds here. I am by no means a technically driven videophone, I just know what my eyes like.
Just had a 1.) comment on The AG8 model, 2.) a quick comparison between LG and Sony OLED (After watching a handful of 4k oled demo videos on youtube side by side), and 3.) a question for the forum here that hopefully someone knows the answer to with the Android OS.
Comment on AG8
: Great TV overall, VERY happy with my purchase - The picture is great and is a significant upgrade to my 2015 model. The picture was configured really close to how I wanted it with the Cinema Mode preset. Also, given my issues with the 2015 Sony, I was initially impressed with how technology has improved in the Sony TV working with Android OS from 2015 mode (FYI I am comparing the 2019 tv with the Oreo OS already installed).
To be specific, 2 things I saw with the 2015 model which are greatly improved: 1.) The network switching....This was super frustrating, as this tv is the only device in my house that would constantly lose connection with the internet. It just seemed like the logic to keep a connection had issues, and would ultimately drop my connection on a regular basis (Only a restart seemed to fix this). 2. The actual way the OS handles the amount of data for videos and streaming seems to be much more intelligent. I experienced absolutely no buffering at anytime, loading up a variety of 4k videos on youtube. Almost was never the case with my 2015 Bravia.
Lastly, a comment on the OS in general. I am in the camp of preferring Android OS and having my TV be open and configurable with whatever apps I want vs being locked down with WebOS on LG. For me, I can tolerate most minor ui design flaws/bugs for that level of customization (Feels familiarly like the Apple vs Android, Mac vs PC age old debate.
Again, overall, I am very happy with the purchase, and for my own personal home use, I didnt feel the A9G had enough to warrant the extra 1000 or so on the purchase (Someone convince me otherwise to take back the A8G for the 9.
Comparison of AG8 to my LG C8
: So before I mounted the AG8, I set it up in the same room as my LG, and did a quick comparison of the tv (Thank god for these new 40 lb tvs these days!) In the youtube OLED demo videos I watched on the two tvs, two things remained apparent. The LG definitely pops more upon first view and is much brighter with colors, but I really feel the complexity of the colors and overall pictureon the Sony is slightly better. Overall though , very minimal difference between the two, and I support the statement ive read by other folks. I dont want to start a war
, so ill just leave it at that. My initially gut visual comparison had me feeling like I got more of what I wanted to see in my Sony.
Question for the forum:
So I am hoping someone can answer this. I have been a cord cutter for the last 5 years, relying only on streaming apps. I do not use HDMI or even over the air tv, and rely on a streaming service for my tv. Is there a way to get the OS to default not load anything, or even just load a specific application on TV startup, instead of loading one of the Inputs. I have looked everywhere, but didnt see a way how to do this. with the 2019 the OS is lightning fast, so no issues there, but with the 2015 this input thing would take 30 seconds or more sometimes to clear out of to the main OS screen, and it was super frustrating!! Any help of this would be greatly appreciated.