When it comes to TVs it is no secret that Samsung are at the top of their game, not only in features but also in the design as well. The Korean consumer electronics maker is always pushing the boundaries and trying to come up with the next big thing — and Samsung Smart TV is one of them. We thought we would offer a review and give our first impressions.
Samsung Smart TV is a lot like having an oversized iPhone in your home, as you cannot only look for Samsung apps, but also search for TV shows, movies, as well as being able to surf the net. The living room has always been the main hub of any home, and this new service from Samsung helps to emphasize on that.
Before we get started there are around 300 apps available so far, but these will increase just as they did for Apple’s App Store — but nowhere near as fast and extensive. Not only can you gain access to media rich content from the likes of Netflix or Blockbuster, Hulu Plus, but you can also get much closer to all the latest sports action via ESPN.
For those of you who use or have used Netscape 5.0, then you will be familiar with the web browser on Smart TV. You will also be pleased to know that you can view Flash to give you that full web browsing experience — something that most TVs cannot give you. Well maybe all except Sony.
One feature we like is how you can be watching a TV show and you need to learn more about it by surfing the web to get further information. This does not sound like much, and is a basic feature, but to some it is just another feature to add to Smart TVs collection.
The Video on demand apps are few and far between, but once Samsung get into their stride in 2011 we will start to see a greater choice, such as StarHub and Singtel MioTV, which are both on-demand services. You can clearly see that apps will play a major role in the success of Samsung Smart TV, we just hope that more become available — and we mean those that are more worthwhile to the consumer.
We have mentioned on a number of occasions that Samsung Smart TV is still in its infancy, but we can see good things coming in the next few years. We have even heard suggestions that the new service could even replace console gaming — but that is just being too presumptuous. For more details visit Samsung.
What are your thoughts on Samsung Smart TV?