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AnthonyL (24.08.2017, 14:47)
Anyone any experience of these Polaroid TVs?

50" Full HD Smart LED at 299.

The old 28" is just too small especially for sports. Not bothered
about internet connectivity as not fast enough broadband.
R. Mark Clayton (24.08.2017, 15:21)
On Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:47:54 UTC+1, AnthonyL wrote:
> Anyone any experience of these Polaroid TVs?
> 50" Full HD Smart LED at £299.
> The old 28" is just too small especially for sports. Not bothered
> about internet connectivity as not fast enough broadband.
> --
> AnthonyL


Plug I saw indicated no Freeview HD, but elsewhere suggests it has it. Asda site hopeless for spec' details.
Bill Wright (24.08.2017, 15:27)
On 24/08/2017 12:47, AnthonyL wrote:
> Anyone any experience of these Polaroid TVs?
> 50" Full HD Smart LED at £299.
> The old 28" is just too small especially for sports. Not bothered
> about internet connectivity as not fast enough broadband.


Dreadful tellys

Bill
Brian Gaff (24.08.2017, 20:55)
Polaroid is just another name these days.
I'm not sure who is making them. the time to start worrying is when you get
a Heinz tv.
Brian
johnt (25.08.2017, 00:07)
"AnthonyL" <nospam> wrote in message
news:3812
> Anyone any experience of these Polaroid TVs?
> 50" Full HD Smart LED at 299.
> The old 28" is just too small especially for sports. Not bothered
> about internet connectivity as not fast enough broadband.


There is a review (of sorts) here:

......but 299 for a 50 inch TV does sound rather low. I tend to the view
that you pay for what you get.
Ian Field (25.08.2017, 00:15)
A lot of cheap supermarket stuff is made by Vestel.

Search for service info on the model number and you usually find out.

"Brian Gaff" <briang1> wrote in message
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Roderick Stewart (25.08.2017, 12:35)
Polaroid was originally the company that made instant photographic
film and the cameras that used it. Now they seem to make everything,
mostly nothing to do with film at all. Most large retail places
nowadays have a name they just seem to have stuck on a lot of products
to make them their own brand by implying they all come from one
trusted source. In reality, my understanding is that they just come
from whichever Chinese sweatshop happens to be free this week, so
these "own brand" names although presumably intended to imply
consistency are no guarantee of it at all. Remember Matsui, for
example? Then there's PC World with their brand "AOC", which I've seen
explained as standing for "Any Old Crap" (though I'm sure that can't
be justified at all of course).

Maybe the marketing people think it's easier to adopt an existing name
that's already well known (regardless of what it's actually well known
for) than to try to invent a new one, and that lots of people will
think it's good and buy it anyway. Maybe they're right. Maybe your
prediction of a Heinz TV is not so far fetched after all. If I ever
see one, I'll remember who thought of it first.

Rod.

On Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:55:40 +0100, "Brian Gaff"
<briang1> wrote:
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Huge (25.08.2017, 13:03)
On 2017-08-25, Roderick Stewart <rjfs> wrote:
> Polaroid was originally the company that made instant photographic
> film and the cameras that used it. Now they seem to make everything,
> mostly nothing to do with film at all.


I wonder why that is? :o)
Kenny (25.08.2017, 13:50)
"johnt" wrote in message news:sbu1

"AnthonyL" <nospam> wrote in message
news:3812
> Anyone any experience of these Polaroid TVs?
> 50" Full HD Smart LED at 299.
> The old 28" is just too small especially for sports. Not bothered
> about internet connectivity as not fast enough broadband.


There is a review (of sorts) here:

......but 299 for a 50 inch TV does sound rather low. I tend to the view
that you pay for what you get.
MR (25.08.2017, 14:16)
On Friday, 25 August 2017 10:35:30 UTC+1, Roderick Stewart wrote:
[..]
> Rod.
> On Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:55:40 +0100, "Brian Gaff"
> <briang1> wrote:


There's Bush, Celsus etc. Aren't they just last year's model? Using up old LCD panels when the big boys come out with something new.

MR
AnthonyL (25.08.2017, 14:19)
On Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:07:56 +0100, "johnt" <donotspam>
wrote:

>"AnthonyL" <nospam> wrote in message
>news:3812
>There is a review (of sorts) here:
>
>.....but 299 for a 50 inch TV does sound rather low. I tend to the view
>that you pay for what you get.


Well yea - they want people to send in their comments because ...
ermm ... they haven't reviewed it.

Which? don't have anything on the "Polaroid" TV range which is
annoying as they appear to be made by Vestel is quoted as:

"Vestel is currently the largest manufacturer of televisions in Europe
and that also makes it one of the biggest TV manufacturers in the
world. Founded in 1984 the Turkish company has long been committed to
creating high volume goods, but has always had an eye towards the
future."

Given that other major consumer outlets would also use them a bit more
objective appraisal beyond Bill Wright's throwaway comment might be
more useful.
R. Mark Clayton (25.08.2017, 15:24)
On Friday, 25 August 2017 11:50:01 UTC+1, Kenny wrote:
[..]
> pleased with picture quality and virtually every kind of connection socket.
> Only slight niggle would be limited number of apps available.
> Kenny


Hisense are sold by Richer Sounds with their 6 year guarantee. The spec's certainly seem good and the prices are low. I would need to see one, but the panel is probably common to several makes.
Brian Gaff (25.08.2017, 16:29)
The trouble with the Heinz tv is that it only has 57 channels.
Brian
Brian Gaff (25.08.2017, 16:39)
Yes, well, Amstrad were Schneider in Germany, For most of the time now,
Philips are just a name stuck on like Wharfdale, Goodmans Harvard, Alba, and
sundry others. I think sony were the first to realise that you could just
make flagship models yourself and just licence the name to any old lot to
make the cheap stuff. I have to say though that Polaroid video tapes were
always good. It transpired they were using Hitachi/Maxell tape, so no
wonder.

Going back many years to the old Sinclair Spectrum Microdrive carts. Most of
the ones you bought had BASF Chrome tape in them, but a few of the Ablex
manufactured ones for the one per desk computer were more reliable as they
used Maxel tape.
All to show there is nothing new. Its just a con job to brand loyalists.

Or in other cases, a way to keep manufacturing out of date stuff to
prolong the life of a product.

Back to Sinclair. Who remembers the IC12 amplifier on a chip? It had that
fan like heat sink on it. it was however very easy to blow them up as they
were entirely dc coupled internally with no protection. After Sinclair moved
on the same chip came out and was used in TVs made by Texas Instruments,
with a totally unmemorable number. they used to pop off whenever the speaker
shorted some turns. In those days one had to bend quad in line pins to fit
a dil socket as the dil ones were obsolete when they tended to blow up...
Brian
Brian Gaff (25.08.2017, 16:44)
It made me laugh when Polaroid, or more rightly the Land family, won a
patent infringement suite over Kodaks instant picture cameras. Kodak,
although they used a different process, used the same basic idea and way of
implementing it. Now these days of course Kodak and Polaroid are no longer
functioning companies. Both have been overtaken by the digital way, even
though it was Kodak engineers who built the first ccd camera element. they
simply saw it as useful for things like satellites and defence.
Brian

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