"Top Choice for the Money!"4.5 starson by ctboater
Pros: Amazing Picture in Dim and Brighter Rooms
True motion handling for blu-rays (no judder or flicker)
Extensive picture options
Perfect for gaming (no phosphorus trails!)
Quiet, Attractive Set/like the red, and outstanding PQ
Cons: May have slightly lighter blacks then the Panny's/Kuros on paper (doesnt bother me at all)
Not as cheap as the same sized Panasonic (but I prefered this picture)
Plasmas are heavy!
Remote is garbage
Summary: First off, my main uses for the TV are HD content (movies) and gaming. Standard def cable channels were secondary to me (but still look good). That being said, like most people on this forum, as well as the rest of the internet, I was stuck between the Panasonic G10 series and the Sammy B650. Went to a couple of stores with a PS3, to test each out. Immediately the Samsungs caught my eye for a slightly sharper and more vibrant picture (kindof reminiscent of an LCD). Both pictures were nice, but the overall PQ nod in both bright lighting, and dim lighting (good for me since I dont often watch tv in perfect darkness) went to the Samsung set.
Next i tried out a little Call of Duty, and while neither sets had ghosting (lcd problem) or noticeable input lag, I did see green phosphorus trails on the panasonic unit. Another mark for the Samsung.
Overall, im glad I went home with the B650 in the end. (good price on it too!) If your not looking for the absolute best blacks or flawless colors but instead want an all around beautiful set, you cant go wrong here! Friends still say "wow" when they see it.
Daytime PQ - 5/5
Nighttime PQ - 4.5/5
Motion Handling/Movies - 4.5/5
Gaming - 5/5
Style - 4/5
Controls - 3/5