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LG webOS 2.0 Review - Setup and Performance Review


LG webOS 2.0 – Setup

If you really want to get a feel for webOS’s DNA, you need look no further than its setup menus. For it’s here that you get to meet the Bean Bird.

The Bean Bird is an animated character that pops up in attractive and amusing vignettes between different stages of an LG webOS 2.0 TV’s initial setup process. Sometimes it will guide you through the steps ahead; sometimes it will be recapping what you’ve already done.

It’s completely unnecessary, of course – you don’t need Bean Bird to help set up any other smart TV. But the fact that the webOS 2.0 designers have gone to the trouble of designing the Bean Bird interludes just to make the TV feel more friendly tells you everything you need to know about the system’s motivations.

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LG WebOS 2.0Illustration of a TV setup screen with a located device message.

LG webOS 2.0 – Performance

It’s in performance that we’d say version 2.0 of webOS has advanced over its predecessor. It really does run noticeably faster, with almost no lag between your input and the response of the onscreen menus. We spent far less time looking at webOS’s “busy loading” icon than we did with 2014’s version of the platform, and apps seem to load noticeably more quickly as well.
LG WebOS 2.0Smart TV interface showing quick access menu and content options.
Just as important, the new webOS seems to run far more stable. We didn’t suffer a single crash or bug during our many days using the system, which is in stark contrast to the latest smart TV systems from Samsung and Sony we’ve tested. There’s no overstating how important this sort of stability is: the last TV owners want is to feel as though their TV has turned into another buggy computer.

Overall webOS 2.0’s improved performance makes it feel even more user-friendly than the original version, and you really can’t ask for more than that.

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