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Samsung UE55D8000 - 'Apps' Aplenty

John Archer

By John Archer



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Samsung UE55D8000


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Going back to the apps, there were 37 to choose from during our test period with the 55D8000. This number will certainly grow ahead of the formal launch of the TV by the end of March, though. For instance, we couldn't spot the BBC iPlayer, but Samsung assures us this will be there by launch time.

It should also be said that all 37 of the apps we took a look at were free to download, with many of the more 'specialist interest' ones only populating the apps section of the Smart Hub after you'd chosen to download them.

Among these more niche apps were an extensive series of mostly forgettable games, access to the Picasa photo storage site, and a few 'daily update'-style services such as an 'on this day in history' tool from The History Channel. Among the more headline services that get pride of place in another 'Featured' section of the Smart Hub screen are the AceTrax movie download service, LoveFilm, YouTube, Skype, and Google Talk.

Inevitably, some of the apps offered by the 55D8000 are less than useful. Most of the games, for instance, will probably never get touched more than once. What we maintain might well get some regular use, though, are the various video services on offer. Services which we expect to see expanding sooner rather than later.

With so much to talk about regarding the 55D8000's Smart Hub and, in a moment, 3D capabilities, we won't go into as much detail as we normally might on the sort of picture fine-tuning adjustments the set carries. What we must say, though, is that despite the set not having ISF or THX endorsement, it's certainly not short of tweaks and adjustments. Including such appreciated calibration aids as a 10-point white balance, a variety of gamma tools, and a colour management system.

Michael G

March 10, 2011, 2:16 pm

£2500 TVs, £2000 projection screens...yeah I think I see the direction TR is heading in.


March 10, 2011, 2:44 pm

Yeah, god, that's all we ever review...



March 10, 2011, 8:53 pm

Stunningly elemental design spoilt somewhat by the sadly necessary lapel at the bottom. I would have preferred you to detail it's SD upscaling qualities too since that's what the majority of content that'll be viewed on this.


March 10, 2011, 10:53 pm

One the Swedish Samsung site (www.samsung.se) there's a TV called UE55D8005 and I guess it's the same thing as the one reviewed here. Anyway, according to the information on the site, UE55D8005 has a built-in web browser. Did you find a web browser on this one, with the option to browse the entire Internet? Did you test it? Was it good?


March 11, 2011, 2:54 pm

@OneMoreMartin - I'm afraid John Archer doesn't respond to questions or comments.


March 11, 2011, 8:04 pm

@Metalex - it's because he's developed square (or widescreen) eyes from all the up close and personal TV testing he's undertaken over the years!

His eyes fail to recognise the glyphs in our comments - his eyes are too busy checking out the shade and geometry of the individual pixels.

He's the stig of the visual entertainment world.




March 11, 2011, 10:42 pm

@Metalex - well, I guess I will find out sooner or later. Someone, somewhere, somewhen should have the answer. Maybe it's you, maybe it's me, John Archer it doesn't have to be.


March 11, 2011, 11:41 pm

Now that's what I call FREE MARKET COMPETITION. Top that Pani!!

Given the HIGH scores for picture quality, at first I thought it was a plasma tv and had to read the first few paragraphs a second time to make sure there wasn't some mistake.

Thus in fact I would expect a similar spec and quality plasma tv to be priced at £1999.99.

As for the web browsing with this tv, well it should not be beyond the bonds of current technology and the concept has at least been seen by me in American (non sci-fi) tv programmes. As I cannot see in the context of the stories that it was done specifically for the programmes I would say it was done with real technology.

So well done Sams.


March 22, 2011, 6:35 pm

Ok - I'm liking this TV a lot ! An awful lot in fact.

Love the very slim bezel design. Love the apps built in (is iPlayer coming?).

Not a fan of 3D but I guess it just can't be avoided on this size TV now.

Wish the stand was a little less lary, and protuded a little less at the front but I'll have to consider that if I go ahead and buy it. Guess I should let the price settle anyway / see how the other new sets for this year compare before leaping in.

Very very interesting though.


May 25, 2011, 8:25 pm

Design is good, but there are a lot of problems whis new D series models, like pixel burnout (like on plasma tv's), 3D is a little bit better then on C series, Motion in horizontal direction is much more worse than on C series and main problem what i hate is - No Digital programm sorting WTF?
Sony is much more better

Jan Andersen

June 8, 2011, 3:45 am

If Samsung made a 21:9 50" as above, I promise I will not request more from a TV.

Now that Philips somehow is on its way out - can we pray that Samsung will pickup the lead, and continue what Philips started.


February 27, 2012, 7:22 am

Samsung Electronics may have been good last year but I'm afraid Samsung won't be able to win this time with their new OLED TV technology since many fingers are pointing towards LG OLED TV and even Sony is going up very strongly as well. The truth is that Samsung has had a lot of complains and even lawsuit for their LCD/Plasma TVs power defects. Some here: http://www.engadget.com/201...


December 4, 2012, 11:42 pm

I have this model from Samsung at home. The picture is great, but is lagging behind the audio. I tried connecting a Lip Sync Corrector to the TV, but it only goes up to 300 ms, which unfortunately is not enough. Is there a way to fix the problem? Paying appr. $3000 for a TV that cannot manage to hold sound and vision together, is unacceptable.

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