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.