Other Things to Consider
Your main interface with webOS 2.0 is the latest version of LG’s Magic Remote. This comfortable handset manages to combine traditional buttons with a point-and-click system and clever “wheel” navigator to mostly outstanding effect. It’s hard to shake the feeling that one day all TV control systems will work in this way.
There’s still room for improvement, however. We found that the point-and-click system was a little over-responsive at times, making it fiddly to get the pointer to settle in the right place – and remain in that position – while we hit the Select button.
LG has added a voice-control system to webOS 2.0, which works passably well. While it’s good to see LG attempting to be ambitious with the system, we’ve found that we’re only really tempted to use the voice control on smart TVs when inputting text into search fields.
Should you buy a TV with the LG webOS 2.0 smart system?
If smart features will be your main consideration when buying a TV, then the glorious stability and simplicity of webOS 2.0 will be hard to resist.
Personally we’d recommend that you take a more rounded view with your next TV purchase. For example, not even its use of a particularly fast version of webOS 2.0 could make up for picture flaws of the recently tested LG 65UF950V.
Put with an excellent TV such as LG’s recent 55EG960V OLED TV, however, and webOS 2.0 is at the very least some serious icing on the cake.
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With its faster, more stable software – and small but mostly welcome refinements – version 2.0 of webOS strikes that dream balance of being a smart TV system complex enough to cater for heavy-duty users while being simple enough that even your parents could manage it.
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