Another contributing factor is that Samsung F8500 can actually output a higher brightness than most other plasma TVs, including Panasonics plasma TVs such as the . The higher brightness helps reduce color washout during daytime and makes F8500 a better fit for brightly lit living rooms. It is not as bright as LED models but it is getting closer.
Samsung F8500 is a plasma TV, obviously, and consists of glass layers. Samsung has tried hard to reduce reflections in its plasma TVs over the years and it shows on F8500. It still suffers from reflections, sure, and colors get a bit faded in brightly lit rooms but Samsungs filter is quite effective in screening of light coming from top and bottom. Jump to the viewing angles section for a bit more on the subject.
This has deep black levels, important in plasma TVs. Samsung's Real Black Pro filter gives it a contrast panel deeper than most of its competitors. Samsung doesn't publish a specific contrast ratio like the competition, but without a standardized test for all the best plasma brands, the comparing the actual numbers can be misleading. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and the Samsung F8500's picture quality is hard to top in a side-by-side comparison.