Watch for press releases in the first two weeks of January.
Hearing feedback is an awesome idea, <b>jbhassoc</b>. I may pin this idea to the top of the thread.
I will be meeting with many of the engineers and product managers in early January (short notice, of course) but if there are improvements and ideas that you'd like me to address, I'd be happy to do so.
If I may humbly request, let's keep this thread from becoming an extention of problems being experienced in other threads.
1. Tuner issues - trust me, I will be addressing.
2. 850 IR issues - trust me, I will be addressing.
3. PIP issues - trust me, I will be addressing.
That said, what are your ideas? What would make life easier for you in the next generation?
I've seen some ideas for implementing Youtube, a different internal audio frame that would allow an easier surround sound setup, and the post above mine noted "flatter panels". Wireless seems to be hot, so where would you like to see that expand to? Touch of color?
If someone has suggested something you like, feel free to echo. Don't worry about redundancy, I'd like to get a clear snapshot of your ideas.
Also, feel free to expound on your ideas. For instance, jbhassoc said (thanks in advance for letting me use your example) that he wanted to see "full internet capability". So what does that mean?
Designing a browser is one thing. Active X controls, adobe reader, flashplayers and other plugins are another, and where do we store these things? How much memory do they take, and every year, the upgrades get bigger, so becoming obselete is a distinct possibility. A popular website (YouTube, for fun) might change its format, and suddenly stops working - it worked before, but it's out of our control: now what? Is it our responsibility to fix that? Think in terms of engineering, and marketing and try to look at it from our point of view also: Is it worth a $600.00 difference for this limited first-gen feature when someone could, TODAY, just hook up a $500.00 PC with a wireless keyboard and mouse, and surf flawlessly from the couch?
These are things that the engineers are likely to ask ME, so I have to have a pretty compelling argument.
If you want to offer an idea, great.
If you want to discuss it and interact with me, great. Just ask.
Last thing: Product specifications are likely in place for next year's products already, so think in terms of 2010 product lines (I know, no booing or hissing! But I'm being realistic about it, and at least give me that!). I'm interested in seeing how close we are this year in anticipating our customers' needs and wants by seeing which of your "wants" in the next few weeks is actually a product spec in the lines we will be announcing soon.
This could be interesting and fun, and I invite everyone to participate.
So... what do you want to see?
According to a Samsung csr the 08 models will stop production in Feb 09. New sets will arrive later in the spring. Any conjecture on design changes and new features? Would like to see all models thinner (ie. the A850/A860) and a more effective anti-reflective coating on the Ultra Clear Panel or a matte panel available as an option. Would also like to see full Internet browser capability. This is a great place to present user ideas. Anyone else have 'wish list' items?
I want to personally thank Samsung and the Samsung HD Tech for being so attentive, responsive and helpful to the needs of their customers. This kind of customer service is unheard of from other manufactures and outstanding benefit to owning a Samsung a product.