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Smart TV Buying Guide: All you need to know about a Smart TV

 Planning to buy a new Smart TV? Do you know what features to consider while buying one? What is the size of the perfect screen for your room? If not, then read ahead to know more about the specifications, features and various types of smart TV. 

Nov 14, 2019 17:17 IST
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Smart Tv Guide
Smart Tv Guide

We all have experienced the fascination of glowing TV screens whenever we visit an electronics store.. More advanced the technology more is the crowd around a particular model. With so many options available it is confusing to choose the right smart TV. We have here compiled every necessary detail related to buying a Smart TV for your convenience. 

Smart TV is a technological convergence of computers, television sets, and set-top boxes. It is a traditional television set with integrated Internet and interactive "Web 2.0" features which allows users to stream music and videos, browse the internet, and view photos. 

If you are planning to buy a smart TV, consider these 5 things to make your Smart TV search easier. 

1. Size of the screen

2. Operating System

3. Storage and RAM

4. Connectivity

5. Remote features

Let's discuss each point in-depth to understand the use of these 5 parameters.

1. Screen Size

Most people prefer to buy a smart TV with the concept of “Bigger the Better” as long as it suits their budget. However, one thing needs to be considered while finalizing the screen size of your TV; measure the distance between your couch/bed and the TV. The size of the TV screen is calculated diagonally. Consider the table below to know which size screen will best suit your room based on its distance from your couch. 

 

VIEWING DISTANCE

(feet)

SCREEN SIZE

(Inches)

RESOLUTION

 

Up to 5 feet

32 inches

HD Quality

6-8 feet

32 inches

Full HD

8-12 feet

40-42 inches

Full HD

13-15 feet

50 inches

Full HD or 4K

Above 15 feet

55 inches & above

4K

2. Operating System

There are mainly five types of smart operating systems: Android TV, WebOS, Tizen, Roku TV, and SmartCast used by Sony, LG, Samsung, TCL, and Vizio, respectively. Panasonic also uses its own proprietary system called MyHomeScreen. 

Android TV

Android TV is the nearest smart TV universe has to a standardized operating system. Google Certified Android TVs come with Google cast and lets you sync your phone apps with the TV. You can also download apps from the Google Play Store on your Smart TV. This OS is usually used in Sony 4k and OLED TVs. 

Custom OS TVs

LG’s WebOS comes with innovative features, such as Magic Remote, Tellybean, LG Content Store, and more. While. It comes with Alexa and Google Assistant integration. 

Tizen OS is found on Samsung 2019 QLED and NU-Series TVs. On some of the higher-end Samsung TVs, you'll also get Bixby built-in as well as Samsung SmartThings that allows your TV to act as the center of your connected home.

3. Storage & RAM

Your Smart TV is similar to a mid-range smartphone with an enormous display. Like smartphones, Smart TVs have certain limitations. The most prominent being space. With an array of features and apps pre-loaded on most Smart TVs, users have limited storage to play around with. So before buying a smart TV make sure to check the RAM and internal storage.

Usually, 2 GB of RAM and 8 Gb of storage is sufficient for a smart TV to work smoothly and play around with all the preloaded and newly downloaded apps smoothly. 

Here some of the best options with the optimum capacity to support your binge-watching. 

4. Connectivity

Take the internet out of a Smart TV and you lose out on most of its smartness quotient. With most Smart TVs being 4K enabled internet data speeds plays a vital role for streaming. One needs a stable high-speed internet connection to enjoy seamless browsing.

Your Smart TV will feature wireless connectivity and support external wired/wireless accessories. For optimal use of Smart TV, it is essential to use these connectivity options to the best of user interests. To ease the struggle of searching for your fvaorite shows and aid any typing task, it is advisable to pair your TV with a wireless touch panel keyboard. If you are planning to play games on a large display, connect it to a wireless controller and game on!

5. Remote Features

A smart TV is of no use if the remote is basic. Whenever looking for a smart TV always ensure you look for these features in the TV remote:

- Voice Recognition Feature

With Smart remote, you can access content, adjust settings, and more with just your voice commands. 

- Mobile Controls

Some smart TVs also allow you to control the TV functions through your mobile. 

Browse for Smart TVs with smart remotes available on Amazon.

These are 5 specifications to be considered while buying a smart TV. We hope the guide helped you in finding the best smart TV. 

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