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Buying a new television these days is no easy feat. With the plethora of options with similar offerings available (i.e. full HD display, Android OS, Dolby speakers and etc.), choosing the one TV that can satisfy your requirements can be hard. But, if you’re in the market for a premium TV that’s uniquely “different,” then Samsung the Frame TV Frames could be the right option for you.
Samsung’s The Frame TV is, for starters, not powered by Android, and for a good reason. It comes with a custom Tizen OS-based interface offers a much better experience compared to Android TV. Not only will you get support for Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV, and all the popular entertainment platforms, but the Frame TV also lets you watch everything that you desire.
Samsung The Frame TV Frames Features
The Frame TV comes in a 55-inch size and resembles a (yep that’s right) photo frame. It is generally meant to be mounted on a wall, but it comes with a table stand as well. You can even choose to have a separate studio stand to make it even more classy in appearance. It also comes with a Samsung One Connect box that has all the connectivity ports and one transparent cable that connects the box to the TV. This feature makes it look neat and takes away the trouble of sticking USB drives behind the TV.
One of the most distinctive features of Samsung The Frame TV Frames is that the screen doesn’t go completely black when you switch it off. Instead, it displays different realistic artworks. The best part about it is that you can buy some of those artworks too. Samsung has partnered with different art galleries and artists all over the world to give you access to thousands of beautiful and exquisite artworks you can display in your home. In addition, you also have the option to change the bezel or frames of the TV by attaching different colored magnetic frame that connects on the sides.
The Samsung The Frame TV Frames has other features that are sure to entice you to get one for your home. For example, it also has this feature that allows you to connect your smartphone to view the TV privately. This is useful for when you go on vacations, and you can use your phone to live stream your holiday on the TV for other family members to see.
The Frame TV also lets you connect to your office PC and continue working from home with it. It has a dedicated browser where you can control smart lights from the TV itself.
The Frame TV comes with a number of features that makes it rather difficult for other TVs in its range to catch up, especially with its price point.
The Samsung The Frame TV is not just about what more a Smart TV can offer, but how it can be more than just an entertainment device. This race to add more features without compromising the display and audio quality is he reason why TVs like these are expensive.
The Art Mode is main attraction of the Frame TV. When you press the power button on your TV after you’re done watching your shows instead of going on standby, the TV will show you artworks and images you picked as part of the setup process.
You have the option to select from among 100 photographs and digital images that Samsung has bundled with the TV set, or pay a subscription to the Art Store at $4.99 a month to choose from a bigger collection of photographs, classic prints, artworks, and a whole lot more. You can access this feature via the TV’s settings or through Samsung’s Smart View app on both Android and iOS. Y
Unfortunately, the Art Mode doesn’t enable a “random” or “slideshow” mode for the artworks. This is in order to maintain the frame metaphor, which will only break if someone sees the image change in front of your eyes. This puts the responsibility on you to choose the artworks and masterpieces you want to be displayed in your living room. Some people pointed out that black and white photographs work best if you’re really bent on passing the Frame TV off as just a frame while it’s on standby or “Art Mode.” You may have better luck with color images too, but it mostly depends on how much ambient light you have in your room. It is also entirely possible to create a collage of up to 3 images through the app and have it displayed on the TV.
Samsung The Frame TV Frame’s Art Mode also comes with an ambient light sensor. This enables the TV to adjust its brightness and color of images to make sure they don’t look to bright or dull whenever lighting conditions change. This only works in Art Mode and not when you are watching shows or movies.
So What’s The Verdict?
Samsung was able to execute a rather interesting concept pretty well despite the capabilities and limitations of current technology. Samsung The Frame TV’s Art Mode might appear like a novelty or gimmick to some, but it’s one that could find home in your living room, and it will definitely draw a lot of attention whenever you have guests over. Hopefully Samsung will introduce newer and better features like this in the future. The ability to wake up to a new art piece every morning seems like a lovely idea.
Here’s the catch though: the 65-inch Samsung The Frame TV Frames uses 48.8 watts of power on Art Mode—representing 27% of power it needs when in TV Mode. Meanwhile, the 55-inch model uses 46.9 watts of power in Art Mode—a 31% general power consumption.
Although the Frame TV works quite well as a television (as it should!), if you’re only interested in using it as a TV, then you better just buy an ordinary LED TV instead. But if you want to up the ante in your living room and use your TV for more than just entertainment, then you will definitely get your money’s worth with the Frame TV.