About a year ago I purchased the $4,500 80″ Sharp Aquos TV (model LC-80LE632U, current model is the Sharp LE650). It wasn’t long afterwards that I began to regret that choice. Now I simply loathe the 80″ monster.
Hmmm. Let me step back and think about it a bit. Do I really loathe this TV? YES! YES, I do! (Anyone want to buy a used 80″ Sharp TV?)
When we pay a significant amount of money we generally have certain expectations that go along with receipt of the goods. And when we pay a premium, we have even higher expectations. So when a company like Sharp sells us on a list of features, we expect them to not only work – but work well. Unfortunately, it turns out that Sharp has the dumbest Smart TVs in the industry.
Not Fulfilling Promises
Sharp makes a number of promises when it comes to their extremely expensive 80″ TVs. But I have yet to see them deliver on any.
Straight from the Sharp website comes the promise that your Sharp 80″ TV:
“automatically updates its software as improvements and optimizations are developed.”
Yet in the year I’ve had it, the TV hasn’t had a single update. So did they lie? Well, if they are only promising updates “as they are developed” and they haven’t developed any – then I guess not! But what was implied was that Sharp is constantly developing updates and we will see them consistently rolled out. Meaning that the User Interface we have today should actually improve over time as new things are added!
Meanwhile, the Samsung and Vizio TVs I have in the home have had several updates each, and literally every single other smart TV I own personally, or that Geek Beat owns or has tested, has more functionality than the Sharp.
To underscore how badly out of date the Sharp is, the built in Web browser still has a Copyright 2008 notification! And the freakin’ TV was purchased in 2012!
Meanwhile, Sharp promises a remote control app for both iOS and Android devices.
But I defy you to actually find a link to the app on the Sharp website, or even to find the name of the app or its real intended function. Luckily a search on the Google Play website reveals four Sharp apps. Unfortunately, they have absolutely dismal ratings. In fact, the lowest ratings of ANY TV manufacturer’s apps! Partially because they literally don’t work.
Size Isn’t Everything
The reason I even purchased the Sharp 80″ TV was that I wanted size. And I figured it was a Smart TV, so even if it wasn’t the best interface, at least I’d only need a single remote for online services and things like that.
I was wrong. Sharp has no support for major services such as Amazon, or Pandora, or… well its easier to tell you what they DO have. Netflix, and Vudu. THAT’S IT! Oh, and they don’t even do those well. The Netflix app constantly requires a restart, it runs slow, and the interface is crap compared to AppleTV, Roku or others.
Do NOT, under any circumstances, purchase a Sharp TV. ANY Sharp TV. If this is what the highest end customers experience, its likely that things at the lower end are even worse.
We recommend essentially anything over a Sharp. Take a look at Samsung, Vizio, LG, even Hisense or no name brands. But whatever you do, don’t make a decision based on size alone. It’s not just how big it is, its what you can do with it!