Comparing Smart TVs to Get the Best Deal
Smart TVs have many advantages over traditional TVs, and knowing how to compare current models can you get the best deal on a modern, web-enabled Smart TV. The anchor feature most Smart TVs include is the ability to connect to the internet, often wirelessly through your home or business network. Other features to compare when shopping for a Smart TV are Operating System, resolution and display quality, and compatibility with your favorite applications.
The biggest advantage Smart TVs offer is internet access, which allows you to download and stream media such as TV shows, movies and video games right to your television set, potentially without having to connect a computer or storage device. If you don’t intend connect a storage device such as an external harddrive or DVR, then you should shop for a Smart TV with included storage space. Sony, Panasonic and Samsung all have models offering media storage, as do some of the newer, less expensive brands. Most Smart TVs will offer wireless capability, but check the specifications if buying a discounted or discontinued model, as Ethernet-only connectivity can be a real disadvantage.
The operating system (OS) of your Smart TV can be as important as the one on your computer. There are two kinds operating systems to choose from, proprietary and open source. The advantage of choosing a proprietary OS is that each manufacturer can offer specific software and marketplaces that you can’t otherwise access. An example of this is Panasonic’s Viera Cast, or Phillip’s NetTV, each offering unique marketplaces. An open source OS, on the other hand, offers compatibility with your open source media servers such as Linux or android systems, and most android based cell phones. Those who prefer greater compatibility and ease of access should choose a Smart TV with an open source operating system and browser such as OpenTV and FireFox.
Smart TVs have advanced display ratios, high quality picture and modern back lighting, much like traditional TV models. Many are now offered in 4K resolution, meaning they can display 4000 pixels in the horizontal field, making up about 8 million pixels in a standard 53 set. Some Smart TVs on the market now offer a curved screen, for a more immersive viewing experience. This is especially important to gamers, or for those watching 3D movies.
The first step in comparing Smart TVs is deciding the price range you are shopping in. Smart TVs generally start at around $300, with some of the lesser known brands such as Vizio and Hisense. At the $300 to $500 price range, you will be looking at a Smart TV with 1080p High Definition with basic LCD backlighting, and most likely under 40 inches in diagonal length. The next price range up, $500 to $900 will open you up to more esteemed brands such as RCA, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, and LG. You can purchase a 40 to 53 inch set for this price range, and you can even get Ultra High Definition resolution (UHD,) such as an efficient LED backlit 4K display. Those looking for the ultimate, most cutting edge Smart TV should look in the higher price range, from $900 to $1600. At this level you will find Smart TVs with 53 to over 70 inch displays, Bluetooth connectivity, high speed wireless, built in media servers and even curved screens.
Compare Smart TVs using the features discussed here to make sure you get the best display for your money. Watch for compatibility and resolution specifications, especially if the set is going to incorporate into your pre-existing network of devices. Expect to get what you pay for as far as size and extra features, but sometimes going with the lesser known brands can save you money at little or no reduction in quality.