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  1. I actually prefer VA over IPS on TVs because of the much better contrast ratio. Blacks appear to be grey on most IPS TVs when the lights are down.
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    Note 9 or Wait?

    I was astonished with the results of this A/B comparison: http://youtu.be/2U9Vw0U1f0A The Building 1 and Building 2 tests threw me off, as I am partial towards dedicated cameras.
  3. 2:2 pulldowns are done on 50, 75 and 100 Hz panels too (2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:2:3 pulldown to be precise; some people just call it 'Euro pulldown'). They still call it 2:2 pulldown to be concise, but it is converting 24 Hz to 25 Hz. Panasonic sold a lot of 100 Hz Plasmas (mostly to PAL countries). I actually own one (and it lets you choose if you want it to run at 50Hz or 100Hz). These TVs exhibit noticeable judder when displaying 24 Hz material.
  4. You are correct in saying *most*. Panasonic and some other makers released Plasma TVs that cannot handle 24Hz natively (they had to perform 2:2 or 3:2 pulldowns); it stayed this way for a long time (especially for entry level models).
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    LG UJ630V vs Samsung MU6400

    An ADS panel is virtually the same as IPS. I suggest looking for a model with a VA panel if you want good contrast. Direct LED is generally better for uniformity, especially for entry level TVs with IPS panels.
  6. PowerDVD is probably the best PC software for this right now, but it sure isn't perfect.
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    Galaxy J7 or Essential Phone?

    Nobody ever said that the A1 is a poor option. I like how it has a good amount of RAM and is in the Android One program. Its main downside is the under-performing camera (especially under low light).
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    Galaxy J7 or Essential Phone?

    It is because the TS is looking for a phone at that price range. At the size of the J5 Pro, the 720p isn't a big disadvantage. It is sharp enough for most people (ppi not far from the iPhone 8), the contrast is top-notch, and it helps in keeping frame rates high (despite the midrange SoC).
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    Galaxy J7 or Essential Phone?

    The Galaxy J5 Pro is a same-priced alternative. Better camera, modern SoC and AMOLED screen (though it does have less memory).
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    Galaxy J7 or Essential Phone?

    The Mi Note 3 is plenty good for the price (good performance, build and camera). That is like their Goldilocks product at the moment, in my opinion. Way better than the Nokia 6, but it only supports 1 out of the 2 LTE bands used by Bell (locked out by software, afaik).
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    Buying a budget TV: send help

    If you don't need UHD HDR and the Smart features, the Sharp LC-60LE360D3 can be had for 35k from online agents of Anson's and Savers Appliance. For the TVs you mentioned, Samsung UA49MU6103 by a mile. Contrast / black level and uniformity are just much better than the Sony and LG options that you mentioned (and we haven't even looked at resolution and color volume). LG is known for great after-sales customer service in the PH, however.
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    Help to choose the right TV, Please!

    I'd say the Samsung. Sony uses IPS panels on their lower lines, which results in very shallow blacks and poor uniformity.
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    4K Upgrade Advice...

    Benq vs Optoma
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    4K Upgrade Advice...

    You are correct with high intensity needed to present HDR convincingly. A projector can do pretty well if you have a dark room with dark walls and preferably a high gain ALR screen (just don't expect it to pop as much as an LCD or an OLED screen). Between the Benq and the Optoma, the Optoma has a higher resolution DMD chip. This results in finer pixels and less overlap, so I'd favor the Optoma. The Benq does look like a decent projector too. Are you looking at the UHD65 or the UHD60? If you can tolerate a "smaller" screen, then a TV is much more versatile (you can view it in different lighting conditions). Prices are low this Feb as the 2018 models are around the corner. I think it's a great time to buy. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-82-class-82-diag--led-2160p-smart-4k-ultra-hd-tv-with-high-dynamic-range/5886000.p?skuId=5886000
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    TV Suggestions needed

    You are correct. They do tend to differentiate certain features between geographies/countries, but the main items are often left unchanged.