Many new TVs offer smart TVs, no matter how silly these smart TV features are. A smart TV is such a vague term that you can call it any TV that is equipped with an internet connection and a few lame apps. Fortunately, there are also some highly impressive Smart TVs on the market. You don’t have to use a feature just because it’s “awesome”. There is a middle ground between a Smart TV that is dull on the one hand and misunderstood on the other. Here are the best smart TV features you need in a smart TV if you’re buying one.
What is a Smart TV?
A smart TV includes an operating system that allows users to access streaming content without connecting an external device. Smart TVs are famous for people who enjoy watching the newest shows on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming platforms. You can access, manage and view online and network content using your smart TV.
Choose Your screen size:
The mistake many of us make is to assume that the bigger the screen size, the better the TV viewing experience would be. However, this is a myth – placing too large a TV in a small room would mean you could end up with frequent headaches. The brightness and colours of the screen would become too sharp and the overall set of images on your TV would begin to appear arrogant.
Buying a TV that is too small for your room would also spoil the experience. This would then just become a functional purchase, something that wouldn’t allow you to enjoy the content – but take it as a last resort. This is due to the coverage of the television screen area concerning human eyes.For human eyes, if the TV covers most of your line of sight and only misses your peripheral vision (or the corner of your eyes), it will be the ideal screen size. This is because peripheral vision helps the involuntary reflexes of the human brain and therefore does not create stress on the conscious mind. With that in mind, make sure the TV you buy is the right size for your room.
you should also check if the price of the Smart TV matches its features and performance. The easiest way to do this would be to check the competition, i.e., other TVs in the segment.
Samsung, Sony, and LG smart TVs are usually expensive. In contrast, brands like Xiaomi, Real me, OnePlus, VU, TCL, etc. will offer slightly better value for money. But then again, you will always have to pay extra for brand value and after-sales services.
Screen Resolution, HDR:
Screen resolution determines the number of pixels on the screen, i.e., how sharp and crisp it is. Higher resolution means more pixels and sharper image quality. We currently do not recommend purchasing HD-capable smart TVs. If your budget allows, go for Full-HD or 4K resolution panels.
Ultra-HD (4K) panels have four times more pixels than Full-HD. This will make the objects on the screen appear richer and have more details. With advancements in technology, we now have 8K TVs as well, but to get the most out of it, you’ll need real 8K content. In addition, you should also check if your TV has HDR. HDR or High Dynamic Range helps to provide more colours, more contrast levels, and also higher brightness.
AI-powered digital voice assistants can do things like change channels, control volume, switch video input, find answers to your questions, update sports scores, and more. Android TVs come with Google Assistant which is the best in terms of quality and voice recognition.
Software and Apps:
Smart TVs need a smart operating system to run apps, have smart features and maintain compatibility with various accessories. There are three main operating systems you can find on smart TVs running Android TV, Tizen, and WebOS. Several TVs use the Amazon Fire TV operating system, which in turn is based on Android, but it is difficult to finance such TVs in the Indian market.
Android is the richest operating system of all smart TV platforms. However, it is also among the slowest. While there isn’t much of a difference, Android TVs feel slightly slower when turning on the TV, opening apps, and switching between apps.
One of the most captivating features of a smart TV is its capability to integrate with other smart devices in your home and use voice commands. So, if you have a smart home with many Google devices, Android TV will allow you to control your devices through the TV.
If you have Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like Echo Shows or Echo Dots at home, buying a smart TV that integrates Alexa makes sense. When determining whether to buy a smart TV that incorporates a particular platform, consider your home, your other devices, and your preferences.
How well the TV can be viewed from an angle can be a big issue in many living rooms. To check this on the TV you’re interested in, stop an image on the screen that contains a bright, ideally colored object on a dark background and start walking around it directly opposite its sides, looking for the following:
- Significant grey in parts of the image that appear black when viewed directly.
- Colours lose their vibrancy.
- Increased occurrence of cloud backlighting, streaks, or halos.
Once one or more of these issues become intrusively obvious, note roughly the angle you’re viewing the screen from and apply it to your living room seating.
Media players that carry DLNA provide entrance to digital videos, photos, and music stored on network-attached storage devices or computers interconnected to your home network. For example, Plex can organise, categorise and convert your digital content so that all your digital stuff is instantly available.
This was our step-by-step guide to buying a Smart TV for 2022. We have mentioned all the important things that you need to consider or look for when buying a Smart TV, whatever your budget.
So, check out the available options in the offline and online markets, analyse all the specifications and features, compare them with the competition, find out any applicable offers, and then make a purchase decision. We desire this article to make it easier for you to search for the best Smart TV for your home.