It is high time to present a TV with Android. A TV that also has a very good image, has a 3D function, and not from the last point of view, it has Ambilight on 4 sides.
We’re speaking about Philips 48PFS8209 (and of course this also applies to its diagonal big brother 55PFS8209), a Smart TV that meets all the qualifications for a premium product, and whose offer price makes it irresistible.
Design and connections
The thin frame has under half a centimeter when merged with the screen and this thickness does not exceed 1 cm at the top. The frame shade is a light metallic and the table stand consists of two parts, and has the same look. It is a design similar to that one used by the LG on certain models. Overall, this model is very elegant, and the details will please the pretentious customers.
At the bottom we have integrated a retractable webcam, with LED lighting logo, which starts automatically when you press the menu button. An interesting and unique solution applied on Philips 48PFS8209 / 12.
As connections this Smart TV is very good. Two CI + slots, two for satellite LNB jacks, two USB ports, and 4 HDMI jacks are more than sufficient. There are also the rest of traditional jacks.
We arrived at one of the most important aspects: the picture. Frankly, I watched some various materials both SD and HD, on this TV. The screen is Full HD, and although this is the year of 4K TVs, but I do not think it’s a minus at the moment.
We tested this model alongside 46H7000 from Samsung to make a comparison.
Contrast is excellent and brightness is above average. As depth and black level, this model is superior in my view to Samsung 46H7000. The images in bright colors, black areas are displayed perfectly, without the indigo hue found on other models where the back lighting is not very well designed, for a higher contrast.
Colors are excellent and the range of available shades rather complex, showing that Philips 48PFS8209 hides it under the chassis a quality LCD panel. To say more we have a fast image sharpness index of 800 Hz, which generates clear images in any situation, be it gaming or fast scenes like the football (soccer) matches.
3D is the active type, and together with Ambilight, you can have a real cinema experience. Speaking of Ambilight, this one is superior to other models from different series. The light generated by strategically placed LEDs, is projected on all 4 sides towards the wall where the TV is mounted. Projecting a light virtually identical as color with what we run on TV, we feel a bigger diagonal, a more obvious three-dimensional effect and also reduces eye fatigue.
To conclude here, the picture has quality although the colors are not so intense, as on top models from Samsung.
The sound is ok, for playing music and for watching movies. Even if this model has a small woofer installed on the back, it does not feel like a noticeable difference on the bass, but the clarity and the impression, is a good one.
Smart TV with Android
Here we got to the Smart TV part. For the first time on our site, we are talking about a model that has an Android operating system. It is another major feature of this model. Philips 48PFS8209 is the same to use the applications, as any other tablet or smartphone. You can install games and applications from Google Play which, to our surprise, is running as ok as on mobile devices. TV is limited by storage space of only 1.6 GB for applications.
Interaction with the Smart TV
For such a model, the people from Philips have thought of more interaction modes. The remote has a QWERTY keyboard on one side, for easy input of web addresses. The same remote control turns into a pointer (like Magic Remote, if we press the OK button). It’s pretty easy to use and allows with ease using it on Smart TV mode. There can be attached if you’re more comfortable, a keyboard & wireless mouse. Webcam is very ok for Skype, but we need to have sufficient light in the room.
The microphone on the remote control allows vocal search, meaning you can simply speak the name of a song and the TV automatically connects to Youtube, playing the song required.
Overall, on this Android TV we can feel the difference in functioning and loading speed of the browser, compared to the Web OS smart TVs, or those from Samsung.
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Although we were never Philips fans, this model has surprised us in all features. A Smart TV with fast Android with an excellent picture and Ambilight, completed by 3D, and top notch as connections and functions. The price of this model can turn it into a best seller, especially in promotions, where we saw that it received a 40% discount. If you are interested in a premium TV to impress with and receive a good rating, then Philips 48PFS8209 might be the appropriate purchase.