Excerpt: First off, I love this TV. The brightness is very good. I try to position my TV so that it isn't in direct sunlight but there is a large window in my living room. Despite this the images don’t get washed out and the contrast is very good. Viewing angles are excellent also. I have a rather long L-shaped sofa which means that people on opposite ends of the sofa have an off-center view.
Pros: This is a slick looking tv. It works very well in my bright family room. The picture is extremely vivid and makes you feel like you're watching 3d images when you're not. It's light...my plasma was HEAVY! I've been told the 3-d is "cool".
Cons: It was set way too bright so we adjusted that and it's better now. Samsung advertised the free qwerty and glasses as included...BB salesman said they were both in the box. Neither were included and I had to either submit via internet or mail to get them
Summary: Almost perfect picture and good sound. My main complaints are around the "smart" claim. If I want to watch a film stored on my NAS drive, the TV takes about 10 minutes from switch on before it will recognise the NAS drive. I have complained to Samsung support who said they would put it to their software people to see if a cure can be included in a future firmware upgrade. The included apps are not very inspiring and the internet browser is awfull.
Summary: What can i say! i brought this tv about 3 days ago now and i am stunned by its shear quality. I mainly use the tv as a gaming monitor and with the old samsung plasma 3d tv i had i always got really bad image burn. So first thing i did was test this baby out. left computer on for about 8 hours and then loaded a film with the black bars top and bottom. there was nothing there at all. no windows bar ect! brilliant!
Summary: Cool, Beautiful, but not so Smart. The new Smart 8000 55" TV is beautiful, with a very slim chrome trim. It 's also a cool high quality TV with awesome video and sound quality. It's easy to set up and fairly straightforward out of the box. It's quite light and easy to handle but don't waste your time with the Samsung cable wall mount.. It doesn't work if you have a bunch of cables connected and it too easy to knock crooked. The hype about the TV is overblown.
Summary: I was hoping to buy a Panasonic Viera but couldn't find a vendor who had both the television set and the 3D glasses. I then went to an independant shop who had the Viera but also had this in stock and said it was "better". I went for the Samsung 8 instead, and paid a premium for it. One of the main draws is that it is a 55" set but only marginally larger than my previous 50" set (by 2cm in width). In my small house that works really well with space being limited.
Pros: 2d picture quality, set design, 55" tv the size of a 50", firmware updates