Summary: I guess from the perspective that it lasted longer than a day after the warranty expired, I got lucky. I bought the TV in July of 2010 and it's taken until August of 2013 for the band to appear. I thought I had done the right thing when I switched brand loyalty from the Sony's I've always bought in the past (after Sony burned me with a DLP set that didn't last more then a couple of years).
Summary: ...and guess what? I still love it!!!!!!!!! The apps are great. I stream Hulu daily. I don't have Netflix but that app is available as well as Pandora and several games. I love the picture on a plasma set and wouldn't trade my bundle of joy for the world. There does seem to be a slight hum when the tv is idle but's it's nothing to go dropping ratings about. Plus, it is going on being 2 years old.
Summary: So... New, out of the box it was OK but about 6 months later it developed a purple stripe about 10 inches wide across the screen in the top section. Samsung replaced the screen, under warranty only to find the stripe was still there. Their technicians argued that it was a defective screen and two weeks later another screen was put in place. That one turned the purple stripe into a grey one which eventually turned purple again in the last day of warranty.
Summary: Bought one of these and have had it about a year. After 2 months it started displaying a wide pink bar hoiozontally across the screen. Under warranty the panel was replaced but it still displays this somewhat. With normal pictures it seems to do OK but with any bright or white background or same but with writting it has troubles displaying images. I recommend you look elsewhere.
Summary: The set up was extremely simple. I replaced a 52" Toshiba DLP that was about 6 years old with this Plasma TV. I did a considerable amount of Internet and in-store research on this TV before I pulled the trigger. I couldn't be happier with the purchase. I'm probably a mid-level audio and videophile. The picture upgrade when comparing this to my DLP is significant.