Samsung French Door Refrigerator RF4289

18 July, 2011 | Posted by Marvyn
Replaced a leaking old GE fridge for a Samsung - 28.0 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator with LCD Touch Screen and Apps (Stainless-Steel). It's very similar to their 2010 top-of-the-line model, but with an LCD display for $400 more.

It's Noisy

Occasionally the fridge will make a large grumble sound lasting 5-10 seconds. The waterline isn't hooked up to it, so my guess is that it's trying to bring in water to store in it's reservoir for cooling. Otherwise there's a low frequency pitch while it's bringing temps down.

Apps

Memo: It's a virtual yellow Post-It app. You can create new memo's and have the option to pin them to the home screen. I've used it a few times to remind me of things, but I wish it was a little more sophisticated in when to show the memo. For example, if our dog has a vet appointment a month from now, I'd like to create a memo to remind me the week of. But there's no way for it to automatically do that. Either leave it attached to the home screen for a month or hopefully remember to pin it the week of. Photos: Cool app that lets you upload your pictures through the memory card slot (I forgot what type) or upload from your Google Picasa account. I found it easier to do the latter as it's much easier to get photos scattered across various computers onto Picasa compared to hooking up the card reader. One little annoyance is the "select all photos" toggle. It only selects all the photo's in the paginated display. You have to move to the next page and toggle it again. A bit annoying if you want to show off a 100 photo slideshow. Epicurious: I'm not the cook in the house, but my wife has cooked a few dishes while using the app. Mary said she prefers other recipe apps, but this will do. Google Calendar: I don't use Google Calendar so I can say much on how useful it is to have on the fridge. But from what I experimented with (arrrr...arrrrrr /Tim Allen) you can't add events directly to the calendar. You're only allowed to see what you may have entered from your computer. Weather Bug: I don't use this app all that much. Rather the weather display shown in the screensaver is what I rely on. I'm assuming though that it's powered by Weather Bug. AP News: I don't use this app all that much either. You can add it to the screensaver, but I took it out as I'm more interested in see my pictures. Pandora: Speaker quality is decent while listening to Pandora. You have to create your stations on your computer to listen to specific music categories. I already had a Pandora account so I don't know what happens when you first access Pandora w/o one. One major drawback is that the app cannot run in the background. There's no way to continue listening to music and then checking Epicurious for a recipe. Twitter: I don't use this app either. There's an option to add it to the screensaver rotation if you really need to keep up with Chloe and Lamar or any of your favorite celebs. Settings: Here you can turn on/off ice cube making, adjust the light options, etc. I haven't really tinkered with the settings other than to dial in the fridge/freezer temps and set the screensaver rotation.

Bottom Line

If you've got the extra cash, splurge for the LCD model. It adds a little extra to the kitchen. If I had to do it all over again I certainly wouldn't hesitate choosing the RF4289.
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