I’ve had this tv for a couple of months now and overall i’m impressed with it. For the cost it gives you a lot of features and is good quality. Android tv is something i wanted due to previous issues of relying on the tv manufactures keeping their apps updated and working – the last samsung we had (which cost the same money) had issues with the apps and two of the main ones just kept stopping working and there was nothing we could do. The tv has plenty of picture adjustments so you can get it exactly how you want, if you aren’t sure what you need to adjust then it has a quick way of setting it up by asking you how like to watch tv. Or you can go onto youtube and there are some videos on how to adjust it to your liking. In terms of on-demand tv apps, there is one big issue – you cannot get all of the catch-up apps on the tv as they don’t support the way of controlling them with the remote. Currently all4, itv, demand5/my5 won’t work with the tv remote – you can side load the apks and the apps will run but you’d need a mouse to control them. I don’t know why philips haven’t done anything about this as it is, in my mind, a really disadvantage. The ambilight is actually quite good.At first it seemed a bit distracting but you get used to it and if you then turn it off you feel there’s something missing so it’s worth giving it a go.
Fantastic imaging, breathtaking quality and depth of colour. This tv has a built in guide but doesn’t answer my one problem of how to stop the tv going into standby every 10 minutes. Having a comprehensive built in book for complete guidance on all matters i discovered a help line phone number for support. I contacted philips by phone they were incredibly helpful regarding my one problem. I was advised to follow the instructions for reinstalling the tv. It stopped my tv going into standby and i standby my own earlier comments. The ambilight interaction is brilliant, fantastic depth in colour and built in sound. Everything is easy to follow and installing is easy. If you are looking for a new tv this would not be a disappointing choice. I bought the 43′ because my lounge is not really big enough to accomodate a larger model.
***editing after a couple of weeks more use. I’ve improved the score to 4 as i took in not only improved pq but also the amount we paid into the equation. So it took a while of playing around and removing all the presets philips used on this. Turning down the gamma (making brighter) made a huge (massive) difference. The colour and contrast to my eye is so much better and black levels now better too. It’s certainly not perfect but for just over £500 its very reasonable. Quality is massively improved after much fiddling and we are now pretty happy. As said below the ambilight is great. We don’t use this for gaming.
Its picture is truly amazing. It has cd/m2 rating of 350 which is higher than an lg 8100 series tv. Which is 320 cd/m2 ref display specification’s. . There has been a system update recently 17 oct. It fixed allot of issues apart except the rca issue at the back of the tv, though you can use the head phone socket instead. Hopefully the it will be fixed with a later up date. I have no regrets what’s so ever. It all i hoped for and more. As you wound expect from an android based tv. For those who wish to order the tv from rep of ireland. It tv took 6 weeks to arrive. As it was out of stock when i order it a £490 so had wait until new stock came in at this price.
I had been in the market for a new tv as our old panasonic plasma was slowly giving up the will to live. I’d initially settled on getting a sony and had been waiting for the black friday deals. This one popped up and after a bit of googling i couldn’t really find a lot of info on it. But had seen great reviews on the cheaper model, so decided to take a punt on it. At £400 it was kind of a no brainer. I work in the creative industry in animation, so i feel fairly qualified in saying the picture quality on this tv is absolutely stunning. Out of the box it looks great. But with a bit of tweaking (there are many settings) it really is a beautiful bright and punchy image. I was really unsure whether the ambilight feature would be distracting, but we absolutely love it. Friends and family that have been over also say the same.
I work as a film editor so quality of image is very important to me. I had been looking at the philips 9002 oled. But i’m still not sold on tech that has inherent screen burn issues that companies refuse to cover with warranty. For well over a grand that’s simply an investment i decided i wasn’t willing to make. So when i checked the rest of this years philips lineup and saw that the pus7303 series used a direct lit led panel. Not only that, but it’s va too (vertical alignment) as opposed to ips (in plane switching). In short, direct lit led panels have the screen lights behind and across the entire screen. This means you get far superior blacks and conformity of image. As opposed to the cheaper and far more common edge lit panels of today where the screen is lit from lights around the edges.
I bought this in the sale price of £450. I bought the 50′ version to replace my 50′ plasma screen. I was thrown back by how bright this screen is compared to my plasma. The pictures are from planet earth 2, which looks absolutely stunning. The pictures don’t do it any justice, just for a reference. I was a bit skeptical about 4k havihg only ever seen it in shops where everything is maxed out to look more enticing. I have to say, once setup properly, it does look amazing. The hdr looks very nice, and has dynamic contrast settings for non hdr sources. 1080p films also look amazing in comparison to the 5 year old plasma that this replaced.
Ok, i bought this and lasted two weeks before sending back, because apps like netflix and plex kept freezing and when i switched to hdmi, the picture was blank. I took the view that must be faulty, no one is really complaining, so i had a replacement. Now i have the second one about a month and the apps don’t freeze but the hdmi issue remains, so i get up and restart the tv and hdmi comes back to life. I have searched on the web and found other philips tvs give the same issue. Send back or live with (i have chosen to live with, perhaps may get fixed with an update, i hope)picture quality from sky hd, ps4 and internal apps is very good, just wish i had a theatre sized screen, as those black bars of wasted screen do bug me when watching films, but fine on sky hd, the wife can watch casualty happy and i do watch a lot of tv series from my plex server. That ambient light feature did not make it past day 1, don’t like it, that will be a personal preference of people, but i don’t live in a night club and don’t need it. In conclusion, nice design, respectable picture but please philips fix your software, so if the hdmi is blank, refresh to make sure its blank.
Firstly i’ve not tried gaming on it but would have no reason to believe at this stage that playing any of the games from the play store would be an issue. There is nothing not to like. Fast processor certainly compared to the sony android i have. Ambilight is clever and interesting. Probably not amazing but that said i like having it and it’s definitely not a disadvantage. It can be switched off regardless. Install firedl and well the world is your oyster with this set then.
Wow, i have to say i was nervous about this tv, but when it arrived and i set it up, it’s just stunning. It’s sleak, angular design looks perfect in my living room. Picture quality is great and the ambilight function is visually stunning, especially when watching animation films.The android smart features on the tv i feel are the best ones on the market, especially as you can download apps to the tv from google store such as vlc player to watch movies/shows stored on an external hard drive plugged in via usb. One thing to mention here (which i learned the hard way) is that pretty much all tv’s do not support external hard drives with a capacity greater than 2tb, because of the power needed to run them. This isn’t a philips problem but an industry wide caveat so does not affect my review of this tv. The one thing that stops me giving the tv 5 stars, is the remote. It’s such a shame that philips decided to put the text colour on the remote buttons to a shade of grey which is not far off from the colour of the buttons, so it’s actually quite difficult to see the text – i’ve attached a photo for reference. I find myself bringing the remote right in front of my eyes to make sure i’m pressing the correct buttons.
The picture quality is truly the best in class and great value for money in my opinion. Vibrant, true to life colours combined with a sharp image makes watching any hd or uhd content a pleasure. Android tv is a great os even if it doesn’t support all the uk catchup apps currently. The built in microphone and keyboard make input easy; better than competitors’ solutions. Cons:•sound quality – this doesn’t effect me as i use external speakers but the built-in speakers sound hollow; i’d reccomend a sound bar if you’re purchasing this tv•outdated software – while this is being updated to android 8. 0 at the begging of 2019 (i contacted philips to ask), android tv 9. 0 has recently been released. Like most manufacturers, it’s going to be a generation behind. This isn’t a huge issue howeveroverall, i would reccomend this tv. Great image quality, fluid software and wide variety of features make it a pleasure to use. I looked at many models such as sony, samsung and lg and this offered the best overall package for the price.
Brought this tv on a black friday deal at reduced price. For the price i’m very happy with it, picture quality is great, black levels look really good and colours really pop, even the sound isn’t too bad compared to similar tvs. Not had any issue with input lag for gaming with my ps4 either. Ambilight is a real bonus, if you haven’t tried it before i’d give it ago, really brings the tv to life in a dark room. Plus android os is really slick. Well picture takes a while to set just right, there is a multitude of settings and took me quite a few attempts to get the sweet spot between it being overly bright and obnoxious or dull and lifeless. I’ve tried streaming a couple of things via the inbuilt chromecast, and there’s been a delay between sound and picture, although this may be the streaming service i used. There also seems to be a niggle with the hdmi ports where it won’t recognise the input occasionally and you have to unplug and replug back in. Not a massive problem but is certainly irritating and expect better from a £700 tv.
This will be my second philips ambilight tv, the first being the 6401 model from 2016. After my first i switched to a more expensive sony bravia, however i have just missed my philips tv since and decided to switch back as these really are underrated and awesome televisions that offer a unique experience that no other brand has. Not to mention motion processing, colour reproduction and contrast as good as if not better than more expensive models. Philips settings can be a little on the fiddly side at times to get the best out of them but for the price these televisions are in a class of their own. Cannot recommend them enough. Here are the specifications for the Philips 50PUS7303/12 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV:
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- Ambilight 3 sided makes your viewing experience more immersive by emitting a wide glow from your TV screen onto the wall. Colour and excitement move beyond the screen.
- Ultra HD has 4X the resolution of standard Full HD. This gives sharper, crisper, more detailed images, and with HDR Plus enjoy improved colour and contrast.
- P5 perfect picture engine optimises sharpness, colour, contrast and motion.
- Automate your lighting experience with Philips Hue and control your lights from home or away – never come home to a dark house; you can also voice control Philips Hue lights with Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Apple HomeKit
- Connect to the Hue Bridge and add up to 50 lights; expand your system with up to 12 Hue accessories (sold separately) such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap or Hue Motion Sensor
- Install the LED lights as you would install ordinary bulbs and pair them with the Hue Bridge, which allows you to control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue app
The picture is good, and ambilight looks great. Although the tv guide is basic, it works, but it’s not a patch on freeview play or youview where you can scroll back and catch up via the guide. Really basic pvr when you plug in a memory stuck or hdd, it does pause and record, but no time shifting/ rewind of live tv. I returned it even though i got it for great price of£419 on black friday, just couldn’t justify to my wife spending good money on a tv to then have to use either a fire stick or set top box in order to watch itv programmes on demand, pause and rewind, she just wants to be able to watch corrie on catch up with minimal fuss. It’s just not quite smart enough when you still have to use a £25 fire tv stick for catch up, or a £40 youview box for pause and rewind and catch up.
Nice tv but a few annoying things. First cannot get teletext to work, constantly says not available, this despite no problem on any other tvs in the house and a new aerial being fitted. The second issue is the constant loss of the network connection the constant asking which area we live in. I have updated the software but the issues still persists. Getting the set to accept your google store account if you have any sort of google security turned on is a complete nightmare. Would suggest turning it all off prior to setting this feature up. Picture and sound quality are excellent and having a built in satellite tuner and android is a bonus too as is the ability to record onto a usb memory stick. Altogether, although a few issues, given the price against features it is excellent at what it does. I also bought an lg which has similar spec, however it does not use android and would not record on the usb stick. Although the lg is a good tv, this philips is superior in just about every respect for the same cost.
This was such a good purchase i will never regret making. The 4k direct backlit panel allows for deep blacks and crisp pictures which look stunning when watching 4k content from netflix or youtube. The sound of the built in speakers was very impressive too, but at higher volumes the bass frequencies distort a bit so i would recommend a soundbar with the tv. The led ambiance was the main feature which makes this tv stand out and wow, it isn’t a gimmick. The level of immersion this tv has is steps beyond any other, you can configure then to follow sound or video or have them off or still on one colour and this versatility makes it perfect for everyone. My personal favourite is when it follows the video as this extends the colours and gives you the unique experience no other tv can. The remote of the tv has a keyboard on the back of it which was a very nice addition and making typing a much better experience. Android tv is a better os than most and has voice recognition built into the remote. It also has the ability to download games from the google store and you can download apk files from google so with a ps4 bluetooth controller i was able to play gta san andreas directly off the tv with no console, something no other tv can do. Definitely would recommend for the price and unique experience.
Great value for money with fantastic picture quality. Perfect for gaming with my ps4 pro, and i love watching movies on it. Ambilight can be a little distracting when watching movies, but you can just turn it off when i suits you. If youre looking to upgrade to a 4k television, this is the one of recommend. Plus, the remote is awesome.
Ps4 pro for hdr games and 4k netflix/prime content. Easy setup out of the box but got a lot of static while unboxing. Wall mounted replaced a 5yo samsung 40′ no probs. Instantly impressed with the picture quality without messing about with the settings. After a minor tweek and realising that only 2 of the hdmi ports support hdr i’m very happy with the picture. Got a lot of hue anyway so this integrated perfectly and ambilight is a joy which won my missus over after i rashly bought this set for £399 on offer. Haven’t used much of the android features as i mostly run with the ps4. Also have a 4k fire stick but don’t really need it as it receives chrome casting due the the os.
I have had the 50′ model for a couple of days now. I have only tweaked picture settings a little so far (mainly dynamic contrast settings, motion settings and the like) and i am very pleased with the image quality. I am sure given time i may have a look at weaking some of the other picture/colour settings but as it stands now the colours seem perfectly good to me. I have seen some other reviews mentioning issues with contrast/black levels, but speaking for myself i am happy again. The blacks are deep black and i can only assume that for others it may possibly be down to picture settings. Regarding the audio, i was actually pleasantly surprised by the tv’s speakers. I wasnt expecting much from them given the price i payed (bought during black friday sales), but i would actually have been happy enough making use of them though i am not due to the fact i already had a sound system in place. The tv was straight forward enough to set up, and after choosing to connect to philips servers the tv notified me of an available update. It took a few minutes to download and install it but it was perfectly straight forward. Finally there is the ambilight feature.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Perfect. Don’t hesitate. You won’t regret it.
- Not bad, could do better, but dont regret buying
- Unique TV at a great price.
This arrived yesterday, and since then i have been able to assuage my greatest fear – the input lag is excellent. I find the picture to be better in monitor mode than game mode when upscaling my 1080p xbox, but either one is just as responsive, the input lag is absolutely not noticeable and i am massively relieved as i couldn’t find much information on this pre-purchase and it’s a big deal for me as i like to play some fairly twitchy games (titanfall 2 and battlefield 1 of late). Android tv interface is okay, a little slow, but to be honest i’ll be using the xbox / sky most of the time anyway, it loads into netflix quickly enough and that’s the main thing. Haven’t had time to play around with the picture settings yet but it all seems much better to my untrained eye than my old 1080p samsung 48h5000 (as expected i guess). I haven’t seen a lot of 4k tvs to compare it to but no complaints from me and i’m quite picky about this stuff. Sound not great but to be expected for a thin tv – the magnets have to go somewhere. – but got a sound bar plugged in so no bother there. Ambilight is actually excellent, wasn’t sure if i was going to like it but it’s very immersive so very happy with that. All in all very happy with my purchase, and at just over £500 in a pre-black friday sale i feel the value for money is excellent.
Excellent tv ambilight is an amazing future, you can change it to follow the music, etc or turn it off completely. Android cost a bit more compared to other version however its the whole point i wanted android so you can download anything from google play. Netflix button is very handy you can also download amazon app etc. The picture is good but what you receive from freeview is not going to be enough for the tv so you have blurry even the hd channel quality is not perfect because of the poor quality of freeview signal. I am guessing it would be better with sky hd but have not tried. Within the first week we were going to return it back because of the bad quality even it was worse than my old lg, so after some research found out that tv is ultra hd and has higher pixel rate and that need to be filled with quality signal and its currently not possible with freeview. As we mostly watch netflix so it doesnt really bother, however if the signal improves this would not be outdated tv on the future. We have this tv on ultra slim bracked on a white wall and it is awesome lighting around the tv especially night time its really different experience watching tv with ambilight and just for this future, we love this tv. The remote control is quite chunky like an old phone but its awesome it has a keyboard on one side and usually buttons on the other so you can fast type if you need to type anything, but if you brake it might cost a bit to replace.
The speakers that come inbuilt with the tv are quite poor, that is its main drawback. I use a surround speaker setup so not a concern for me. The user interface is a little sluggish but capable enough and i had no issues connecting via arc to a receiver and to dlna sources. Toslink was another matter and the interface doesn’t directly allow you to select it, seemed to mostly work if the speakers were turned off but spotty on its support of dolby digital and dts passthrough, but passthrough has worked ok with the main formats over arc. The picture is usually great, the upscaling looks good with decent source material. The processing does have moments when it gets it wrong and introduces artefacts or over sharpens the image. The tv by default is always frame interpolating giving it that crisp movement style. The hdr works well enough in that it can get reasonably bright at times but it is limited in just how bright it does manage to get, but i didn’t notice much in the way of bloom from the bright points. The blacks are good, they don’t get genuinely black really quite impressively dark for an lcd. Really happy with it at the sale price, looks and runs better than i expected.
I bought this tv on a black friday sale and within one month i sent it back and replaced it. Ambilight, everyone raves on about this and it isn’t just a gimmick. It really does add to the immersion of playing games or watching films, it helps your eyes to strain less while focusing on the screen. The sharpness is superb whether 4k native or 4k uprezzed. The colours are punchy and vibrantnow the negatives:1. Even on my replacement some of the direct lit led strips are placed too far forward leaving bright white streaks vertical and horizontal. It also leaves dark patches on either side of the streaks. Its very annoying when the screen goes bright with blues and whites. Both tvs suffer from it and the replacement is worse than the first2. The first tv had terrible gray uniformity and the replacement it better but more vertical strips are present. Black levels on the first tv degraded in the first 3 weeks, resulting in poor hdr and clouding which appeared orange and the led strip showing in dark scenes.
Of all of the current smart tv platforms, android tv still makes the most sense to me – google play, standard interface and built in chromecast – it really is a simple choice. Or is it?this tv was snapped up for a good price on a lightning deal – bear in mind – an equivalent, non-android tv will be circa £100 cheaper. The picture quality really is good, some reviews mention the display lacks colour depth – i don’t see it personally, sure compared to a super amoled it doesn’t pop, but then again the colour representation is realistic and accurate. Ambilight as a feature, this is a difficult subject; does it look good – absolutely, is it impressive – for sure, can i honestly say it improves the overall experience – not yet. Colours are represented clearly and accurately even reflecting the briefest appearance of on screen menu but genuinely this is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Elsewhere this set is business as usual, freeview, freesat and usb recording all features that don’t necessarily appear together on high end sets sometimes. The remote again, love or hate, voice remote is excellent, the qwerty keyboard on the reverse seems very much like an after thought. Between the two halves of the keyboard it looks like a touchpad in pictures, but isn’t. Overall i can recommend this tv, compared to a non android equivalent the functionality is considerably better. Worth at least the £400 i paid.
I bought this tv for two things, ambilight and hue integration. I can happily say that the ambilight is an incredible feature that is so unique to all other tv manufactures currently out there. Its my new favourite party trick. And then there’s the hue integration which is rather. The responsiveness of the ambilight is very quick and sharp matching the picture on the screen perfectly whereas the hue bulbs are slow to react and don’t really match the colours as well as the ambilight does. The setup process was horrific also, rather than use the ‘entertainment areas’ much like the computer application does, it has its own built in setup which is very limited and cannot accurately portray where the lights are placed. I have this tv wall mounted which has left no access to the bottom ports so bare that in mind and wire it all up before wall mounting although saying that, the two 4k 60hz hdmi ports are on the side of the tv thankfully. Rather annoying that only two out of the four hdmi ports are not 4k 60hz, saying that though the i/o is adequate for many peoples needs. Onto the picture quality, this is my very first 4k tv so naturally i think its incredible, watching youtube or netflix shows in 4k is a delighful experience, the colours really pop and the clarity is wonderful. Which sadly brings me to the next point, watching tv in standard definition looks awful on this tv, worse than other screens i have in the house although i think it may have something to do with the 4k panel. The builtin speakers are actually fairly decent, not mind blowing but vastly better than other speakers i’ve heard on tvs, will eventually upgrade to a sound bar but for now they do the job rather well. The remote is okay, its chunky but does have a keyboard which is a nice addition, too bad the apps on the tv swap between both sides of the remote constantly which makes it confusing. The buttons appear to lack accuracy as buttons will require more than one press for it to be registered by the tv properly.
Found this tv just ‘as it says on the tin’ the but comes with the price point, its approx £150 dearer than its little brother the 63 series. Although you do get a better performance from the 73 there’s a few niggles for me at the price you pay. There is no freeview with this tv , which means ** no catch up tv ** you cant even add the apps to it because they’re not compatible. You cant use bluetooth headphones ** once again not compatible **i know the niggles can be overcome using. But should you really have to ????its like buying a car and paying extra for the mirrors (was going to put ashtray.