Internet TV Viera Connect from Panasonic
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Panasonic's new app store makes Connect worth a second look
Pros: USB keyboard option, access to an app store, generally straightforward to use, good selection of pre-loaded apps
Cons: Odd screen layout requires lots of awkward shuffling between screens, not many options to customise app layouts
Pick of the apps: YouTube, Dailymotion, Acetrax, Facebook, Twitter, Google maps, Picasa, Skype
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Panasonic Viera cast morphs into Viera Connect
Panasonic’s 2010 Viera Cast suite of internet apps has morphed into Viera Connect. The big difference? Viera Connect gives you access to an online app marketplace where you can download new apps. Other than that, it looks remarkably similar: tellingly, Panasonic forgot to change the name from Cast to Connect on the remote control on the models we tested.
Just like last year’s models the presentation of apps on screen looks odd and it’s awkward to shuffle between screens. We’d like the option to customise the apps a bit more (such as choosing favourites and creating folders), though the ability to plug a keyboard into the USB port is a hugely welcome extra. The addition of a picture-in-picture feature is a nice touch too. This lets you watch app content while still on the main screen.
Connect is straightforward to set-up
Setting-up is straightforward enough, thanks to a useful wizard which guides you through both the wired ethernet, or optional wi-fi settings (though wireless is standard on the top-of-the-range models). A basic on-screen instruction manual doesn't add much and the old-fashioned instruction manual uses too much jargon in places. Small text and diagrams don't help.
Annoyingly, the DT30 locked up several times in our test and plugging the ethernet cable into the GT30 is frustratingly awkward.
Model tested: Viera TX-L32DT30, TX-P42GT30, TX-L42E30
Internet TV rating: 3 out of 5
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