In partnership with Philips, six of our readers are evaluating the brand's new Oled range through 55OLED806 / 55OLED856 televisions. After getting started, here are their opinions on the design and ergonomics of these models.
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Johnson Latouche, Noisy-le-Grand (93)
Very practical, its rotating chrome foot allows you to perfectly adjust the viewing angle of the TV
The Philips 55OLED856 TV is a high-end model that stands out for its design, the finesse of its Oled panel and its almost non-existent borders. Very practical, its rotating chrome foot allows you to perfectly adjust the viewing angle of the television. The raising of the screen thanks to the foot leaves space for the lower Ambilight, which is very appreciable. The Android TV interface is fluid, intuitive and aesthetically successful. We will appreciate the possibility of switching from an interface full of personalized content suggestions to a more refined interface offering only the various applications installed.
Philips OLED TV tested by Johnson
The integration of Google Assistant is very practical, because it allows, among other things, to turn the device on / off, adjust the volume, or launch content via a smartphone or voice commands. The parameter menu offers a multitude of settings allowing you to personalize your experience as much as possible. However, it is unfortunate that you have to make at least 5 clicks to change the image or sound mode. We will appreciate the backlit remote control with its multitude of shortcut keys and media controls.
Nicolas Pham, Jouy-le-Moutier (95)
The fine outline is not flashy and does not draw the eye to the object rather than the image. It's perfect !Nicolas Pham
If the unpacking / assembly is well explained on the box, it's another kettle of fish to get the TV out of its box. Two people are not too many! The installation of the legs is really very simple, and the fact that they are securely anchored to the frame inspires confidence. I appreciate the sober and modern design of this model. The fine outline is not flashy and does not draw the eye to the object rather than the image. It's perfect ! There is nothing to complain about the general finish which is very good. Ditto for the very complete and backlit remote control, which unfortunately does not have a motion detector. To quibble a little, I regret that the feet are not larger in order to be able to place a sound bar under the TV.
Philips OLED TV tested by Nicolas
On the other hand, it is possible with the Philips OLED856 model. The connection is complete and allows you to connect a TV box, game consoles or an HC amplifier for audio feedback. When starting up, a wizard guides us step by step, very simply, through the configuration: network, image, sound, Google, etc. The configuration menus are complete, and everything is explained in Spanish. It only takes a few minutes to make all the settings. Android TV is a bit messy in my opinion, but the system is fully customizable. By taking a little time, it is possible to appropriate the interface which is particularly fluid on this model. I like to be given a choice in terms of configuration, and this is the case with this Philips model.
Geoffrey Kergoat, Noisy-le-Sec (93)
Those who are used to Android TV will quickly be comfortable with this model.Geoffrey Kergoat
After a perilous exit from the cardboard box (it's heavy and we don't have a grip), the assembly of the feet is simple, but I wondered how they were going to be able to hold this mastodon! The quick start guide that comes in the box is simple and effective. Compared to my 500 inch Sony KDLEX37 TV, the Philips model is taller and much thinner! The materials used exude quality. There are no cracking plastics, even when handling the device. Regarding the connections, the first surprise is that my HDMI cables have sockets too high to fit into the slots on the back. I was able to fall back on those on the sides, but I noticed in passing that they are ARC. Only the Switch's HDMI easily goes through the rear slots and my aerial socket just goes.
Philips OLED TV tested by Geoffrey
The rest of the connection is very complete except for connecting my PC, because there is neither DVI nor VGA. Even though these are connections from another age, that would have helped me a lot. The surprisingly infrared remote control is quite austere, but well made. The backlighting is really appreciable, even if it goes out a bit quickly. Those who are used to Android TV will quickly be comfortable with this model. The channel search is fast and you quickly find yourself in front of a program. The settings of the image, the sound, the Ambilight are bloated, but I will certainly have to come back to them several times.
Richard Arlanda, Issy-les-Moulineaux (92)
Whether with 4K or even HD content, it offers the possibility of rediscovering your favorite TV channels and shows with more vivid and intense colors.Richard Arlanda
The installation of the Philips OLED806 television was very intuitive. All you have to do is follow the instructions in the guide that comes with the device. The screen turns out to be very well made with a beautiful brightness and a very beautiful image. Whether with 4K or even HD content, it offers the possibility of rediscovering its favorite TV channels and shows with more vivid and intense colors. Being in the past already equipped with a Philips 4K television, I was able to familiarize myself very quickly with the locations of the sockets which remain identical. I nevertheless regret the somewhat simplistic design. Unlike the previous model, there is no backlit logo, and the thinness of the screen turns out to be a bit spoiled by the device's overly thick back. However, these are details that the quality of the image quickly makes you forget.
Philips OLED TV tested by Richard
The Philips interface has evolved slightly and does not always highlight menus. However, intelligent detection offers automated adjustments depending on the sources and equipment. Note also the excellent responsiveness of the interface, thanks in particular to the new high-performance P5 processor. It is possible to play on the brightness, the contrasts and other classic adjustments through different levels (minimum, average, maximum), or even preconfigured profiles in order to simplify the adjustment process. The remote control is ergonomic and pleasant thanks to its leather feel. Compared to its big sister, it also enjoys voice recognition and backlit keys, but it does not include the keyboard on the back.
Damien Argenty, Saulx-les-Chartreux (91)
Once unpacked, the television impresses with its sleek design with a black panel and a 75 cm wide chrome stand (model 800) that exudes quality and robustness!Damien Argenty
Once unpacked, the television impresses with its sleek design with a black panel and a 75 cm wide chrome stand (model 800) that exudes quality and robustness! On the back, there is an impressive number of connectors as well as the many LEDs of the Ambilight system. Two covers hide the cables connected to the screen, and a cable gland groups them behind the stand, making the assembly very clean. The screen itself is surrounded by a border of about 8 mm thick which is very quickly forgotten once the screen is on. A simple device, but really very classy! The installation takes little time: you plug in the power cable (the transformer is integrated into the screen), the RJ45 cable, and possibly an HDMI socket to connect a home cinema and you're done!
Philips OLED TV tested by Damien
After a few quick settings to fill in, we quickly find ourselves on the Android TV interface in version 10. Those who are used to Nvidia Shield type boxes will not be disoriented, but, for others, it will take some time to adaptation. It is indeed necessary to connect to your Google account, to sort through the applications, to configure "channels", or to carry out updates. The Android TV experience is very smooth and playing video files in 4K is done without difficulty via applications like Kodi, or Netflix. Special mention to the little pop-up that appears when the file read is in HDR or Dolby Atmos or others. Ambilight technology is finally bluffing and allows you to have, at your choice, a light atmosphere of fixed color that follows the images displayed or the rhythm of music. A must.
Sullivan Tilleul, Asnières-sur-Seine (92)
This model really gives the feeling of being in the presence of a premium product.Sullivan Tilleul
The packaging is simple and includes the essentials, but it takes two to unpack the television. We find the foot to be mounted, cable covers, as well as the remote control. The stand is not particularly easy to install, especially since it is imperative to place it on a flat surface to be able to fix it. Personally, I did not install a cable cover, as they are concealed behind the TV which is against a wall. The thinness of the device is really impressive. Special mention for the swivel foot which greatly facilitates connections. This model really gives the feeling of being in the presence of a premium product. I connected my Philips soundbar and my Xbox without a problem.
Philips OLED TV tested by Sullivan
All equipment is recognized on startup. Configuration with Android is really easy, because most of it is already preinstalled on the system. The menu is not the most ergonomic that I know. Having a Philips TV already, I haven't noticed any other changes apart from the presets which are pretty well calibrated by default. The remote control is pleasant to use thanks in particular to the backlighting of the keys. The interface turns out to be fluid and fast.
Our readers' first contact with their test Philips 55OLED806 / 55OLED856 television is overall very positive. Although many of them recommend providing two pairs of arms, unpacking and assembly were not a problem. The perceived quality of the TV stands visibly impressed our participants. Ditto for the materials and the finish which pleasantly surprised them. The interface of Philips and more generally that of Android TV is also one of the very popular points. Several of them emphasized the simplicity of the connections, but also of the screen configuration, notably thanks to an assistant guiding users step by step. Opinions about the remote control are a little more divergent, even if everyone agrees that its backlit buttons make its use very pleasant in the end. See you in a few days to discover our readers' opinions on the gaming experience and display quality of Philips 55OLED806 / 55OLED856 televisions.