A high-quality OLED panel, stylish lighting and an amazing Smart TV system are the main bonuses of the new 55-inch TV from Philips. Read the test results and our opinion about the product in this article.
Superb performance at a still affordable price is our conclusion from our testing of the Philips 55POS9002 UHD TV. Particularly convincing are the image quality of the OLED panels and the generous equipment, combined with the Android TV operating system. In addition, stylish Ambilight lighting and rich sound provide a complete home theater experience. Even the level of power consumption for a TV of this size is in order.
excellent OLED display
comprehensive Android TV operating system
value for money on the verge of reasonable
Philips 55POS9002 test results
- Price-quality ratio
- Place in the overall ranking
8 out of 37
- Value for money: 69
- Image quality (50%): 96.2
- Sound quality (5%): 89
- Equipment (25%): 91.6
- Ergonomics (15%): 94.8
- Energy efficiency (5%): 75.3
Turn off the light, turn on the movie
After Philips has already successfully used a UHD (3840x2160 pixels) OLED panel in its 55POS901F, the manufacturer seems to love this technology. The 55POS9002 also uses organic light emitting diodes, so that each point of the image can have any degree of illumination. In the contrast test, this delivered strong results of 2894:1 (maximum contrast ratio) and 203:1 (checkerboard contrast ratio). The maximum brightness of 544 cd / m2 is also excellent, so even direct sunlight does not interfere with enjoying the TV. Well, in the end, thanks to OLED technology, the stability of viewing angles is almost perfect. By comparison, a classic LCD TV such as the Sony KD-55XE9305 only maintains a constant contrast ratio at viewing angles up to 30 degrees. In the case of Philips 55POS9002 we are talking about 100 degrees.
By the way, the quality of the image does not matter at all what signal the TV has to work with. The picture from the integrated triple tuner (including DVB-T2), as well as from Blu-ray or other devices will be displayed naturally and clearly. HDR content looks breathtakingly beautiful, which is distinguished by its special contrast and brilliance. To ensure that the sound is at the right level, take care of two speakers with a power of 15 W, which, even at a volume exceeding that required for living spaces, still sound good. The equipment of the TV-cinema is complemented by the Ambilight system, which illuminates the wall behind the device with colors that match what is happening on the screen.
Lack of 3D won’t hurt anyone
In the rest of the equipment, Philips cannot be faulted either. The 55POS9002 has four HDMI‑2.0 ports, as well as analog and digital audio outputs. The device can access the Internet through a WLAN module or through a classic LAN connection, at the user’s choice. In addition, the TV can be supplied with film materials via two USB ports. It supports all the most important formats, including DivX. Other noteworthy features include DLNA support and the option to record from DVB tuners via USB. Philips (like many other manufacturers) refuses to support 3D — it seems that this standard is slowly dying out.
Surprising for us, on the contrary, was the level of energy consumption. Despite the power-hungry OLED panel and extensive hardware, a 55-inch TV consumes “only” 107 watts in normal mode. With the activated ECO mode — even less. In standby mode, we measured 0.2 W, which also deserves some attention. For these results, the TV was awarded the energy efficiency label “B” according to the EU criteria.
Things don’t work without Android TV
“Never touch a running system” (“working — do not touch”) — most likely, this is how Philips reasoned when developing its top-end TVs when it came to Smart TV systems. As with its predecessor, the 55POS9002 again uses Android TV. Here you have access to all the biggest video-on-demand services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Maxdome. Thousands of other apps and games can be installed through the Google Play Store. There really is no better Smart TV system.
The control is carried out by choice: either through a free application for a smartphone, or using the remote control included in the package. The latter on its back side offers a QWERTY keyboard, thanks to which text entry becomes fast and convenient. Thus, the TV is suitable even for occasional web surfing. If the cost of 150 thousand rubles does not scare you, then you definitely will not be mistaken by choosing the Philips 55POS9002.
OLED alternative: LG 55B7D
In terms of picture quality, the LG OLED 55B7D is even marginally better than the Philips TV. If you do not pay attention to the absence of the Ambilight system, then in terms of equipment and ergonomics, this 55-inch device will not yield to the competitor. Small compromises will have to be made only in terms of sound quality and power consumption. But it is somewhat cheaper than the Panasonic model presented in our review.
LCD alternative: Sony KD-55XE9305
Image quality in 4K resolution can be convincing without the use of an OLED panel. Sony KD-55XE9305 proves this by its example. What it lacks in OLED technology, this TV makes up for with an excellent brightness of 1666 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 11676:1. In terms of equipment and sound quality, Sony is on par with Philips and even surpasses it in some ways. But they are equal in price.
- LG OLED 55B7D TV test and review: Saturated colors
- Sony KD-55XE9305 55-inch UHD TV test: it will light up the entire living room
- 4K OLED TV with Ambilight Philips 55POS901F: the future of TVs
Philips 55POS9002 test results
Specifications and test results Philips 55POS9002
|Screen and backlight type
|Image quality: HD TV
|Image quality: Blu-ray
|3D: glasses included
|Horizontal viewing angle (1/2 maximum contrast ratio)
|Vertical viewing angle (1/2 maximum contrast ratio)
|Power consumption during operation
|Standby Power Consumption
|Power saving mode
|Stand: swivel joint
|Digital Cable TV Tuner
|Digital satellite TV tuner
|Connectors: Composite (FBAS)
|Smart TV: Facebook
|Smart TV: Amazon Instant Video
|Smart TV: Netflix
|Smart TV: Youtube
|Smart TV: Installing additional software
|Smart TV: Browser
|USB: TV recording
|Network: DLNA support
|Digital audio output
|Dimensions (with stand)
|Width (without stand)
|screen inch price
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