3 Important Tips You Must Know Before Buying a Smart TV
Are you envious of your neighbor’s brand new Samsung Smart TV? You know, the one that glows through the window every night and makes his living room look like a movie theater? Everywhere you look you see better and newer TVs than ever before. There are 4K TVs, 3D TVs, and the new thing – curved screens. With so many choices, how do you know which is the right fit for your lifestyle and family needs? Here at Tekoia, having the best experience with your SURE Universal and Smart TV is important to us. In today’s post, we’ll go over the benefits of choosing a Smart TV, the different types of screens available, and the top brands to look at when buying a Smart TV.
1. Buying a Smart TV: What You Can Expect
If you are unsure what exactly a Smart TV is, it’s a TV that has the capability to connect to the internet through a wireless – or wired – connection. When your TV is online, you can stream TV shows, watch movies on Netflix, kick back and watch a little YouTube, or monitor your social profiles and more. A Smart TV functions just like a normal television as well, allowing you to connect a wide range of media devices like Blu-ray players and Apple TVs – and of course watch standard TV, cable and satellite programs. Some great benefits of having a Smart TV are:
- Seamlessly share content like photos and media from any mobile phone, laptop or desktop computer in your house
- Can use some Smart TVs for video calls (e.g., Skype)
- Can shop online
- Can access online music stations
To get the most out of your Smart TV, you may consider buying extra devices. Some popular accessories are a home theater system, wall mount and a wireless keyboard.
2. Choosing the Right Display Screen
When you step into an electronics store and start looking at TVs, you’ll often feel like you’re being bombarded with acronyms, features, and numbers. What do they all mean? Well, some of those acronyms explain the type of display screen the Smart TV has. Let’s look at three popular types you can choose from:
What is LCD?
This stands for Liquid Crystal Display. These types of TVs are usually quite thin – though not typically as thin as more modern LED TVs – and are much lighter than the type of technology it replaced: rear-projection and plasma TVs. LCD technology was responsible for the worldwide shift away from big, heavy CRT televisions, to small, light, flat panel displays. These TVs are by far the cheapest and most plentiful option you’ll see when searching for a budget TV – but the higher end televisions with Smart TV technology have mostly switched to using similar LED technology. So, is LCD the way to go? If you just want a standard TV – say for the second bedroom – it will work just fine. But, if you need Smart TV features, or plan on using it in a home theater or for gaming, the features, color and quality may not necessarily be up to current standards.
What is LED?
LED TVs are essentially LCD TVs that uses LED backlighting. Some LED TVs have local dimming, which means a better viewing experience because of its attention to the contrast ratio of light and dark. If you are concerned about power usage and living as green as possible, LED TVs use less power than LCD TVs. Most large, high-end flat panel displays are using this technology nowadays. You will find that many of the most current, most popular 4K TVs are all using LED displays.
What is OLED?
OLED – Organic Light-Emitting Diode – TVs are currently the “cream of the crop” when it comes to high quality displays – and many home theater enthusiasts have an OLED TV on their wish list. This technology generates bright, high-quality pictures, has a very fast response time (excellent for gamers) and reduced power consumption when compared to traditional LCD and LED TVs. When it comes to thinness, OLED TVs don’t require a backlight and therefore are among the thinnest display technologies available. All of this comes at a price though, and OLED TVs – currently primarily manufactured only by LG – can be incredibly expensive versus the more common but less technologically advanced LED TV.
3. What’s the Best Smart TV?
Currently, the top two brands that most people choose are Samsung and LG. It’s no wonder Samsung is in the lead of most Smart TV sales; they were the first to dub these TVs as Smart. Some of the new models even feature voice and gesture control. Many people feel LG TVs are by far the sleekest and most simply designed TVs on the market. If you are not the kind of person who is “into technology”, LG TVs are often considered more user-friendly and less intimidating. Other Smart TV brands to consider are:
- Panasonic Smart TV – introduced the My Home Screen user interface. This makes it easy to customize your screens with favorite apps and wallpaper.
- Sony Smart TV – has an easy to use interface that’s modern and sleek, unique apps (like the free TV SlideView) and a great history option.
- Philips Smart TV – it’s more digitally integrated and has features like a Tweet button and a menu of your apps on the bottom of your screen.
Of course, once you settle on a brand, other factors come to mind like design, price, advanced functionality, warranty, and support options Whenever you think of buying a smart TV and whichever Smart TV you do decide to get, make sure to connect it to your SURE Universal and have fun!