You're right about LG being a step ahead with its update on
the Cinema 3D series. I also agree with you that there's a 3D technology arms
race between LG and Samsung. The next big thing people are anticipating for is
glasses-free 3D. Samsung, however, officially stated that such technology
wouldn't be possible. But I've read somewhere on the forum that there're
already a couple glasses-free 3D TVs out in Asia (there are only a couple of
them out and they're super expensive) (Maybe Samsung meant it's impossible to
have glasses-free 3D that's also affordable to regular people?). On the other
hand, LG is being pretty positive about the development of glasses-free 3D
technology. If LG comes up with glasses-free 3D technology that's not crazy
expensive, LG will definitely be THE brand to go with even more than it is now.
I'm on the same page as you and look forward to what LG and Samsung will do
next to firm its ground.
I think 3D technology is an interesting technology TV and I'd like to buy one but I'm quite indifferent about active vs. passive 3D TVs. I know the debate between active vs. passive is pretty hot here and on other forum sites as well... Some people say that active 3D TVs (Samsung is the most popular one I think.. I've read many negative reviews about Panasonic so it's not an option for me.) have better image quality and higher resolution while some others say that passive 3D TVs (I'm mostly looking at LG Cinema 3D—it seems like most people who like passive TV are going for LG over Toshiba or Vizio) are flicker free, crosstalk free and better in terms of the 3D glasses (battery free) . I mean, obviously different products have pros and cons but comfort and image quality are both important especially with 3D TVs. Interestingly, LG has recently made an announcement saying that they've updated the firmware and software on LG Cinema 3D series to improve the picture quality and resolution. Instead of showing 2 frames in 1/200 seconds, now LG's Cinema 3D series shows 4 frames in the same time period to create a 1080p (almost twice the resolution than before) picture. After this update, I'm kind of leaning towards LG Cinema 3D, but it's obvious that 3D technology arms race between LG and Samsung is pretty intense and I wonder what Samsung will come up with next. Right now, LG is obviously a step ahead with LG Cinema 3D being a flicker free, crosstalk free passive 3D TV that doesn't sacrifice the high image quality.