It took the power on button to understand the hype around this OLED panel. The response from my installation assistant was "That Black is Black!" Even from the initial setup screen you can see how good the picture is. The colours are bright and the darks are dark, even in the Eco display the richness of colour is excellent, and switch to Vivid and you have yourself a technicolour dreamcoat of a screen! Paired with my set top box on 2160p 10 bit setting the G1 automatically adjusted the display to deeper rich colours so there was no work needed to find the optimum settings.
The G1 is super thin too, you almost don't notice it's there from the side profile, you have to double check when you walk in that it hasnt disappeared! That being said it doesn't stop the G1 from packing some weight, over 20kg, making it a 2 person install job!
The UEX is nice, things seem to all be in one place on the home screen which is handy and the menus are easy to navigate. There is a great selection of apps available from the webOS so plenty of options to suit your subscriptions. The quick menu offers a number of useful options and can be customised to suit your requirements. But the extended menu could be a little friendlier, the ability to simply go back from a selected menu isn't there and you have to start from the beginning if you go into the wrong option. Connectivity for sound is also a little frustrating, using a soundbar for audio when watching through built in apps I found you have connect via Bluetooth, but it doesn't seem to connect automatically, despite being the only device paired, you have to manually select, waiting for a menu to appear to select the device then another menu to connect. It's a bit of an unnecessary process. It's what loses a star for me to be honest. The sound itself is as expected from a wall mounted TV, so I'd say a soundbar is needed if you want that proper Dolby Atmos experience, the TV speakers just don't live up to a full set up if you are used to it.
If you are in the market for an OLED then it's what you should expect to pay, 55 inches is probably too small to do the G1 justice, you want that big screen, big colour, experience but for that you will to have to pay for it. There are probably cheaper alternatives out there so I'd say it comes down to brand preference. You know what to expect from LG, and the G1's look and feel warrant the price tag. It's a great looking product, and performs to an exceptional level. Picture perfect!