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LG Smart TV 2013 – The LG Cloud

The

last feature to discuss in this review is a nifty innovation from LG

that we’re sure others will adopt at some point: the LG Cloud.

This

provides 5GB of free storage space to which you can upload videos,

photos and songs so that you can access them from any of your connected

devices – including LG’s new Smart TVs – without needing to connect

other hardware sources. The system is even clever enough that if you

stop streaming something from the cloud onto your Smart device it will

resume from the point you left off if you start playing it on your TV.

This is a great way of taking the ‘hardware connection’ step out of

sharing your content.

LG 2013 Smart TV system

How does the LG Smart TV system compare?

While

we’re not sure many people would buy a TV solely on the basis of its

Smart TV offering, there’s no doubt that LG’s 2013 Smart TV engine is a

compelling option that certainly adds to the appeal of LG’s TVs.

The

Magic Remote proves to be the best alternative navigation system we’ve

seen this year (trouncing the touchpad remotes of Samsung and

Panasonic); LG’s TV Remote app is well-featured and elegantly executed;

and its onscreen interface is elegantly and efficiently designed, as

well as being customisable.

In an ideal world LG would offer

more of the UK’s terrestrial catch-up TV services and its TV Remote app

would offer greater feature parity across Android devices. But the

platform remains a great effort overall.

Verdict

Although

it’s not as sophisticated or ambitious in feature terms as Samsung’s

latest Smart TV system, and could do with being more selective with its

apps, LG’s latest Smart TV offering is brilliantly user friendly, easy

to personalise, and much more stable than LG smart systems of the past.

In

fact, thanks in particular to the brilliant Magic Remote control

system, LG’s new Smart TV service is up there with Panasonic’s

wonderfully friendly My Home Screen system at the top of our 2013 Smart

TV league table.

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