Our previous smart tv was a Philips tv, which was a little lackluster on the smart. So when it started going bad after only 3 years of owning it, we decided to just buy new. We previously bought a 32" TCL tv which was working well for us and we liked it, so we decided to go with the 55" 4K TCL. Its not a name brand we heard of before the 32", but the reviews were good so we decided to try it.
Its only been a week so far but we are happy we gave it a try! The built in Roku gives you tons of app choices. The picture on the tv is excellent. Quite the upgrade from our 1080p tv we had. The smart guide for the local channels is great! No longer clicking through all the channels 5 times to see what's playing, all while trying to do that during commercials on half of them. I love that you can use the Roku app on your phone as a remote for several reasons. (1) its wifi enabled (I left the tv on and went upstairs to go to bed thinking my wife was coming back down to watch it, but she didn't. I used my phone from the bedroom to shut it off. Its the little things that please me) (2) with a child who steals remotes sitting on the end table, we lose them often, but the phone can take its place (3) by far my favorite feature so far, you can plug headphones into the phone and stream the sound to that while the tv is muted. This is awesome for me as I like loud action movies but cant watch them usually until the kids are sleeping, therefore have to watch them on the tv with the volume down. Not anymore. Plug the headphones in, switch to private listening and crank it. If you don't already have surround sound, this can help give you something similar while letting the kids sleep in peace. There is about a 1 second delay when the movie starts playing but the sound doesn't start, but I cant see this being a big issue.
We did have one issue. When trying to watch Kodi on our firestick, we had blue streaking all over the place. In trying to solve the issue, I switched to the local channels and back to the input and it went away and has not come back. I read in another review that something like this may happen and the tv needs to learn the best viewing options for an input and then doesn't come back again. That seems to be what happened.
Overall we love the tv so far and hope it lasts a long time. We also bought two additional 32" TCL's for the kids bedrooms. This family is going all in on TCL, so here's to hoping they don't disappoint.