While much of LG’s Premium content is now strong and the interface is extremely pretty, we’re still less impressed with both the reliability of LG’s servers right now, and the amount of second-tier and generally utterly trivial apps found in LG’s App Store.
Regarding the reliability, it took two days for the TV to decide to do the critical updates that added lots more online options to LG’s Smart TV offering. Prior to that, we hadn’t even been able to get the TV to automatically detect what country it was in – a fact which might have been responsible for the delay in downloading the two firmware updates.
We also experienced frequent frustrating ‘dropped’ connections or network errors when we tried to access some of the TV’s apps, even the premium ones. These sort of glitches are guaranteed to wind up/put off a typical TV user, and so LG needs to start fixing things up as we enter 2012.
Powering the 47LW650T’s full HD-resolution screen is a processing engine capable of delivering an ‘850Hz Motion Clarity Index figure (to use LG’s own terminology), and locally dimmable edge LED lighting reckoned to produce a hefty contrast ratio of 9,000,000:1. The dimming comes courtesy of 16 separately controllable light ‘blocks’.
The set’s attractive set-up menus are packed with picture adjustments too, centred around colour balance, white balance and gamma controls as well as options for fine-tuning almost all elements of the TV’s processing engine. It’s no surprise that the 47LW650T comes with the full backing of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).
One final point to mention before finding out how the 47LW650T’s pictures stack up is that you can access the 47LW650T’s menus via one of LG’s cute ‘magic remotes’, which allow you to control the TV in a more ‘Wiimote’-style if you don’t feel comfortable with the normal remote.
So, the 47LW650T’s picture quality. Since the application of the 47LW650T’s FPR filter was raised earlier as a potential bone of contention, let’s immediately get stuck into that. On the downside, it is easily possible to see the effects of the filter during 2D and 3D viewing. With 2D, the edges of very bright objects look slightly stripey or ‘jagged’, especially at the shallowest parts of curves. And we could see this from a perfectly reasonable viewing distance; we didn’t have to stick our heads right up against the screen. However, the effect is predictably less obvious from a sensible viewing range than it was on the 55LW650T.
Even more importantly, only very rarely can you see on the 47LW650T the horizontal line structure of the filter lying right across bright image material like you could on the 55LW650T. So that’s a relief.
With 3D, the lines over bright edges and over small bright objects like the lanterns in Tangled’s notorious chapter 8 sequence are more apparent, and join with an occasional bit of shimmering noise over fine detail to sometimes give the 47LW650T’s passive 3D images a fractionally coarse look.
BUT! While the 47LW650T is large enough to expose – albeit only slightly – passive 3D’s flaws, it also showcases its strengths. Starting most powerfully with the almost complete absence of crosstalk from its pictures (unless you watch from above or below the screen). As 2011 has progressed we’ve become increasingly fed up with the double ghosting crosstalk problem on almost all active 3D TVs (bar Panasonic’s LCD and plasma models), so it comes as a lovely relief not to find 3D images plagued by it on the 47LW650T.