More and more TV with online connection come on the market. connect Samsung Internet@TV on the test bench has been the solution.
Current TV models offer more frequent Internet clients for online content. Now, a corresponding device from the House of Samsung – the LE46C679 – must make the practice test.
Powerful equipment on board
Total 34 led were at the time of the test, to have LCD and plasma models of the Korean manufacturer equipped with Internet@TV. The LE46C679 for 1500 euro reached connect as a test device. The TV has a 116 centimeters large display and belongs to the LCD series 6 Samsung, who represents the upscale middle class in its product portfolio. In addition the well processed piece brings a triple tuner for DVB-T, DVB – C and DVB-S2 reception as well as a good media player for video, music and photo files.
The media content can be both from the network come as well via an optional stick for 100 euro via Wi-Fi or USB device is directly transferred to the TV. Also the streaming content through AllShare – this is used the wireless DLNA networking technology – about the Smartphone Samsung wave S8500 is possible. However a fast Wi-Fi network is necessary here in practice after n standard because it might cause disconnections.
Key to the Web?
Called Internet@TV via a dedicated key on the remote control. If you press them, appears on the screen a clearly designed main menu with recommendations and already installed applications such as YouTube and Facebook on the right side; the smaller TV image of the current programme, tips and tricks, the setting menu, as well as access to Samsung apps can be found on the left side of the screen. However, a possibility to surf on the Web not offers Internet@TV like also solutions by Philips and Sony. A QWERTY keyboard would be urgently needed, because the input must be made currently by TV remote control with virtual phone keyboard.
From the settings menu, the user can create multiple accounts including password for themselves and the remaining family members. So then every access has on its own account from Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, and YouTube. Also, you can manage well its installed apps or check the available disk space for more apps.
The simple design of the operation and the speed to earn Kudos – here Samsung is currently best positioned; waiting times are pleasantly short compared to the competitors.
Little food in the app store
You can download new online applications directly through Samsung’s app store, who is constantly being updated, but still quite poorly equipped at the time of the test. Here, the future must show whether the software developers on the subject to start and provide more bandwidth. In everyday life, but also the available apps offer some comfort: so, Accu Weather and radar provide current weather information, Google maps facilitated vacation planning with the known comfortable map views, while for gamers several exciting games to choose from.
The applications available sorted according to topics to download with the Samsung LE46C679 provided a total of only about 330 megabytes storage for soft tuning. Unfortunately there is not a video-on-demand Department rental of films, instead can be seen videos from YouTube and Dailymotion, what is little fun because of their generally low resolution on the big screen, however. After all, both bring HD content on the Samsung TV. Also on board: news and the television guide of digital TV.
Skype for top models only
Seven Internet@TV-Modelle of the LED Series 7 and 8 from Samsung master also the video telephony via Skype. Is needed the camera talk-7180, equipped with four microphones for $150 from the Skype Shop (our site). These maximum resolves with 640 x 480 pixels and 30 frames per second and is simply connected via USB to the TV. Using the holder supplied with the camera above the unit can be placed – and nothing in the way is the practical and free video calling over the Internet.
Overall, Samsung Internet@TV with simple, fast operation and a clear display can please. The range of apps was still very tight but at least at the time of the test. Nevertheless, Internet@TV about the Samsung LE46C679 offers a significant added value in the often daily TV grind.