Harry J. Kazianis
And why I love my Samsung QLED and TCL 6-series. It all comes down to the OS.
Yes, OLED smart TVs deliver an amazing picture—it literally takes my breath away. There is no denying that.
These TVs win all the awards, get all the hype and billions of dollars have been spent by consumers world-wide to hang them all over their homes. OLED is supposed to be the standard that makes QLED by Samsung and now TCL second tier.
We all know the reasons why: deep blacks, amazing colors—clearly the best TV on the market, at least according to the so-called experts.
Well, I will tell you this: I hate my OLED TV. Hate. It.
In fact, I rarely turn it on. I end up using my TCL—but that too has its issues.
The model I am referencing is the LG 2018 B8, 55 inch.
The reason has nothing to do with the picture—it’s clearly amazing, it crushes my TCL and even the QLED Q60 and Q80 Samsung models I own.
No, it has nothing to do with performance at all to be honest with you. There is no home theatre experience I love more than popping in a 4K Ultra HD movie and seeing colors, pixels and action that seems to fly off the screen. The TV is literally a work of art posing as high-technology.
The problem is simple: The TV’s operating system is a joke. To get specific, the LG OLED’s OS feels like Windows Vista—a total trainwreck.
Now, maybe I am spoiled. Maybe I have spent too many hours in front of my TCL 6-series and just have become accustomed to its ease of use through the Roku platform that makes it tick. The menus are easy to navigate, making picture and sound tweaks is easy. Anyone, at least I would argue, can pick it up from the second you plug it into your electrical socket, get it on your home wi-fi connection, and get content very quickly. I can get literally any app I want for anything: Fox News, Showtime, HBO—anything.
My LG, on the other hand, just feels super clunky, hard to find apps, some apps I love are missing or they don’t work properly. The apps themselves sometimes take minutes to install. The OS just feels old, out of date, slow and a pain to use and operate. Bad OS, bad TV, at least my humble opinion.