Has anyone seen those TCL TVs you can get from JB Hi Fi?
Yep bought the 55" one for $798 on Friday.
Never heard of the brand and thought it was an inhouse brand like Soniq or Veon but then saw Heathcotes, Farmers, Appliance Shed selling the brand so I did some research (googling). Turns out they're a reasonably big outfit (3rd largest tv supplier based on volume). I'm liking it to where Huawei were say 5 years ago when no one knew who they were.
Anyway never was too keen on smart tv's , after hearing of the tv manufacturers abandoning support and apps no longer working. Always preferred a separate box which could be upgraded. This 55" comes with android tv 6.0 and it's nice, really nice - better than any android box I've ever used.
Setup was a breeze - turned the tv on, fired up my android phone and then "ok google, set up my device" and it was away. Didn't have to connect to my wifi or anything.
I was setting it up running netflix, installing Kodi and linking that to my network for streaming, playing around with the various apps, after 1.5 hours it occurred to me to see how the free to air tv works.
TV takes around 30 secs to boot up but that's not uncommon for android tv.
Comes with a decent range of apps installed - GoLive for chinese channels, Freeview Plus (although I notice some programs (like Young Sheldon) don't seem to work), netflix, youtube. Has the playstore plus their own TCL app store.
UMI is responsive and remote works well. Can use my phone as well (I was on the loo changing channels to annoy my wife while she watched tv - TMI?)
Can't common on picture quality as my standards are fairly low. Same with sound.
3 x HDMI, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 should cover all my needs.
Builtin chromecast as well
I'm quite happy with it especially for the price. Will be interesting to see if the OS gets updated much.
I'm definitely tempted to get one, don't think I can convince the wife though. We have an old 50" Plasma that is super reflective and pretty awful.