"Great picture, nice features, poor user interface"3.5 starson by StephenDD55
Pros: Great picture, great 1080i, 720 and 480i when derived from an HD video stream.
Great features, including Amazaon video download (after upgrading firmware over the internet).
Cons: User Interface is marginal. Uses 0-9/A-Z when it could use channel icons.
Too many clicks to get to sleep timer, favorites etc.
Most frequent-used buttons on remote are not bunched together (a bane to us channel surfers).
Summary: This is my first flat screen, so no previous ?flat? experience to compare to. I confess to a predilection for the Sony product. My previous TV was a Sony V-class tube TV which had a great picture many one-click features such as on-screen TVGuide, sleep timer and well-placed buttons (grouped by frequency of use). It could also control other devices.
But I couldn't afford the XBR6 series so I had to hunt for the best bang-for-my-budget. Knowing that I would be stuck with my choice for many years (if my choice is reliable) and being an analytical type, I spent many an hour scanning the web looking at specifications, learning HDTV principles, reading reviews and standing in front of a lot of LCD and plasma TVs including the Pioneer KURO (not that I could afford it). CNET Reviews helped me narrow the field to this Panasonic G10 series, but I could not afford the 50 inch model until Best Buy put it on sale during July 4th weekend ($1300!).
Unfortunately, the on-screen user interface leaves is less than fun. It gets the job done, but not elegantly. Except for VieraCast, everything is displayed in numbers and letters, when it could show channel icons. The screen is large enough to present all 30 favorites at one time, but only 10 are presented at a time, but no icons. Then you have to scroll down (first move your finger to a different part of the remote) until you get to the channel of choice, or punch an oversized digit key. Most commonly-used buttons should be adjacent but aren't.
Too many clicks to get to specific favorite channel, sleep timer and other features
Wish it had on screen TVGuide (like Rovi Liquid!!).
Wish it had a variable audio output (to control)
I do not have a blu-ray player so I can?t tell how 1080p looks but 1080i channels from my cable provider are great.
For the $$ this is a great deal. I just wish the user interface were more efficient and fun.