"Samsung Does It Right Again"4.5 starson by By-John
Pros: + Set is thin, light weight, has a great base, fantastic display, and many smart capabilities
+ Great wi-fi and wired ethernet capability
+ Sound is decently powerful
+ Backlight remote
+ Easy set up
Cons: - Expensive set
- Remote is a bit small
Summary: First, the screen is glossy. Anyone buying this set should know that. If you have a very well lit room, natural or artificial, glare may be an issue. Most people buying this set (including myself) are or should be aware of this. As such, there is no point deduction for the glossy screen. Which by the way renders very beautiful and crisp images.Edit:
Second, the Samsung UN55F6300 (likely all 6300 class Samsung's) is complex. Essentially you have a computer inside the set, which is able to run an app store, applications, and various functions (including a browser, support for keyboards, mice, etc) which often is associated with a computer of some sort (laptop, tablet, PC). The computer is not very fast, it has a graphical interface, and works well for the functions it provides. Total storage for apps and data seems to be about 1.5 GB, which I'm guessing is something like you'd find in a memory stick. It is fast, and lasts across power cycles, even if unplugged, the memory remains in tact.
Associated with your Samsung smart TV will be an account on Samsung, to enable loading, and potentially purchasing apps. Also to register your product for warranty coverage. The set has great Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet capability. Generally I prefer wired, but the wireless features on this set are strong.
Applications include Amazon streaming, Amazon cloud player, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, a media player, a plex interface, DLNA, and many other functions. Many news stations (mostly local Fox stations seem to have apps at the Samsung store, this gives news shorts from various larger cities).
Special note about the Amazon app, it is the best Smart TV Amazon app I have come across yet. My smart TV's include 2013 and 2012 Panasonic sets, a 2011 LG, and an older 2010 Vizio smart set. The Samsung Amazon app, lets me look at my Amazon watchlist and also lets me see recently viewed content. This makes the Amazon interface on Samsung very friendly, the watchlist functions as a favorites, the recently viewed lets me finish stuff later without having to search for it.
There is a sophisticated interface with DirecTV, which while interesting, I elected to ignore. As learning to use Samsung's interpretation of the DirecTV video guide seemed like spending energy for little benefit (other than having a single remote for both, which doesn't really run DirecTV DVR's well). There is an extension cable which connects to the back of the set, and can transmit IR signals to a set top box (satellite, cable or other). Some may find this very useful, others not, though it's nice to have.
Set up out of the box, is relatively easy. A large area to place the set face down (I used a bed) and to attach the stand was very easy. 4 screws to attach the base to the mount, and 4 screws to attach the mount to the back of the set. The remote uses 2 AAA batteries which are included (alkaline).
On initial set up the set will likely want to run an update after network connectivity is established, this can take a while. I did this as it seemed reasonable, just be prepared to wait a few minutes. The set lets you set up an account at the Samsung Smart Hub store, I advise against this as the password rules at the store (via a web device) are different from the rules on the Samsung web site (the set lets you use 6 letter passwords, the web based Samsung Smart Hub store requires 8 letter or more passwords, and only works with 8 letter or longer passwords).
The remote is a bit small, people with large hands may find it a bit difficult at first. After a while, even with large hands it was easy to get used to. It's a bit long, and narrow, buttons are somewhat close together. The remote has a backlight capability, which is helpful in a dark room, though it could be a bit brighter for my taste.
Overall, I'm very pleased, the set is thin, light weight, has a great base, fantastic display, and many smart capabilities. If there were one downside it would be the bundled speakers are a bit weak, somewhat weaker than other sets I've used (Vizio, LG, Olivia, and others). The set has many preferences for color, light intensity, and various "eco" features, many forums discuss combinations of settings and features which work well together.
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Updated on Dec 4, 2013
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