If you wished you could have Samsung's Smart TV software features alongside picture quality that rivals Panasonic's best plasmas, then you'll be impressed by the F8500. Samsung goes all in with its Smart TV feature set, as TrustedReviews says that the content is right "out in front," with apps like Netflix, the ability to watch videos from your DLNA device, and even access to cloud storage. But maybe it's a bit much, with Digital Trends saying the TV is "loaded with too many features." Looking past the TV's software, FlatPanelsHD says the F8500 color performance is "impressive" and "on par with Panasonic's plasma TVs," and HDTVTest agrees, saying the F8500 produces "outstanding picture quality with extreme contrast performance." If you buy the Samsung F8500 you will be happy with everything it has to offer, but you can get the Panasonic ST60 for about $500 cheaper without sacrificing picture quality.
There should be no doubt that Samsung’s revolutionary work in delivering a plasma TV that combines groundbreaking brightness with truly inky black levels deserves to win the heart of many serious AV fans – especially those whose rooms tend to have a bit of ambient light to contend with.
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I considered this Samsung PN60F8500 against the 60-inch Panasonic ZT60. I didn't see either of them in advance of receiving the Samsung, which just went on sale about two weeks ago. The Panasonic won't...
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