In general, I was able to get used to the characteristics of the Tizen interface very quickly and it is quite satisfactory. But there are still some points that Samsung should urgently improve.
On the other hand, there are annoying message windows that slow down the smooth operation. For example, when changing the picture mode from standard mode to movie mode (and others), a screen pops up indicating a possible increase in power consumption with the changed mode. Nothing against the notification itself, but these are classic messages that should be deactivated. For example, by checking the box: “Do not display this note again in the future.” Currently windows must be clicked with additional keystrokes each time.
Another example of poorly executed playback can be found when controlling recordings with a connected hard drive. Plus point preset: Several series recorded one by one automatically play one after the other. This practical. Otherwise, control is horror.
Within the recording, you can fast forward and backward in three slow steps. To fast forward, simply press and hold the right button while playing. If you hold this button for too long (about two or three seconds), the fast-forward speed increases dramatically and you’ll be at the end of the recording in no time at all – the next recording starts automatically.
To record a program on Panasonic, all I had to do was hit the record button in the EPG for the required program. With Samsung, you first select “Recording plan” in a menu with three items and then flick away again at a window that indicates a message five minutes before recording starts and provides the option to set recording times. very complicated!
In addition, ongoing recordings cannot be interrupted or deleted. (At least I haven’t found a way to do this yet.) Last but not least, the QN900B provides a time shift, but not a permanent recording, which starts automatically once you switch to a station and then a preset time (eg. 180 minutes) stores. A six-year-old Panasonic can do just that – and has the most comfortable recording management and control.
Recording management on Samsung is very poor. First of all, it is not at all clear the order of the recordings. There is no time code under individual recordings and no numbering. The existing sort options don’t help either. It took me a while to figure out the logic behind this, but this only helps to a limited extent. When deleting a registry, you have to overcome many button presses and redundant information windows. (First a security query, then: “Registration deleted successfully.” It must be confirmed with “OK.” – Congratulations, Samsung). Please fix this mess!
In short: The HDD recording functions of the QN900B are a real afterthought and are poorly implemented compared to Panasonic.
The above annoying notifications and hard drive functionality are also the main points of my criticism. Other than those aspects, things get a lot better. Especially the picture…
In short: breathtaking! But one after another.
A specific understanding of the different functions of a TV is useful for making optimal use of picture quality. Of course, the QN900B also offers a great picture experience “out of the box” and without any additional modification, but with a high-end device like this, some help from the user (or the retailer) is very helpful.
For example, there is a function to calibrate the TV for local lighting conditions using the iPhone or iPad. I have to admit I haven’t dealt with it yet because I found manual settings that I no longer want to mess with. Not only have I had positive experiences with the auto calibration functions and I don’t want to spoil my current setup as a result. If OCB is replaced by Samsung due to the command described above, all settings will disappear anyway. Then I will try this feature again and add it here.
Speaking of which: User-created channel lists can be exported to a USB storage device and imported again at any time. Unfortunately, this does not work for all other user settings. why not?
Very important: photo mode
To get started, potential buyers of this Samsung device (or something similar) should know something about switchable picture modes. There are four of them:
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Each of them can be individually adjusted in several parameters. In my experience, you can ignore the “dynamic” mode for now. The basic setup is more for trade fairs. The remaining three modes are important.
Two parameters in the image settings are of particular importance. It is in the menu Picture -> [jeweiliger Bildmodus] -> Expert settings -> Image sharpness settings and there is vibration reduction. This is used to compensate for motion shake in content recorded at 24 frames per second. The high setting makes even the choppy film as smooth as butter, but it also creates what’s called a soap opera effect. Then the photos look as if they were taken with a video camera and lose the effect of the typical movie familiar in the cinema. A compromise can be determined with the judgment controller, which in my case is Level 3. This results in a noticeable reduction in vibration without the image becoming too “soapy”.
I leave the blur reduction at 10 in standard photo mode, and I lower it to 8 in movie mode. (Judder is also here in 3.)
Another important point can be found in the Expert settings a little lower: I set the tone to “Warm 1” in all picture modes.
There are of course many other criteria. Some of these are really only for expert understanding. However, I was able to leave most of these other settings at default values.
Now it is still important to know when to select a photo mode, and above all, what is Filmmaker mode.
Movie Maker Mode is an attempt by a large coalition of hardware manufacturers, film studios and other companies to provide viewers with content exactly as the manufacturers intended, in the simplest way possible. So that the film looks like a jumble and retains its images, assuming there are darkrooms. Just a cinematic atmosphere. Filmmaker mode is not only supported by Samsung but also by other big names like LG, Sony, etc. But while Filmmaker mode on some TVs must be activated manually via a button, on Samsung it is automatically activated by a tag in the metadata.
So far, I’ve only experienced automatic activation of Filmmaker mode on some Prime Video content. Including Stallone’s current movie “Samaritan” (IMDB 5.9) and the series “Paper Girls” (IMDB 7.2). Netflix and ATV+ don’t seem to support this yet.
In fact, Filmmaker mode automatically provides a very cinematic experience. Most picture enhancers in TVs are turned off by default. If you wish, you can still step in here, or turn off the mode altogether. – Or turn it on manually if you think it’s convenient.
Other than that, the normal movie mode is a good choice for all 4K and HDR content. Netflix “Sandman” example (amazing series, IMDB 7.8): It’s surprising how well Samsung manages the brightness balancing work on this 4K/HDR series. With Vibration set to 3 and Blur reduced to 8 – and without slowing down the QN900B’s brightness reserves – the picture feels better than in any cinema. Bright areas in dark scenes, or even real daylight shots, look more realistic than I’ve seen on any OLED thanks to the QN900B’s brilliance.
Here are some “screenshots” taken. Unfortunately, they cannot convey what Samsung can actually do, because traditional computer screens or smart devices simply cannot reproduce it.
Unfortunately, the vast brightness reserves of the QN900B cannot be reproduced here. (screenshots from Netflix; “Sandman”)
Standard mode is recommended for content such as news, documentaries and TV shows, but also for cartoons, old TV series, etc.