What to Consider when Buying a Smart TV

With TV technology constantly upgrading you might be at a loss when you are in the market for a new TV, some of us remember times when a dial had to be turned to change channels. It was never possible to get it 100 percent tuned in, and you had to settle for a black and white picture, but everyone was quite happy to watch with a bit of snowing or ghosting, as long as they were watching together.

As the times have changed so have our needs and wants, our demands are higher and expectations almost unreachable, but the tv market does its best. We now have tv’s we can control purely with our voices, and the choice of HD ready, Full HD, Ultra HD, LED, LCD etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, but what does this all mean, and how can we explain to the older generation who might be in the market for a new tv. I’m sure if Granny had the best tv everyone would go to her house to watch the F1 racing because we all know, Grannies make the best snacks.

What is a Smart tv?

Trying to explain this to someone with a little technical background may be a bit challenging. One could say that a smart tv, is similar to a tv and a computer rolled into one. For those with a basic understanding of technology, the definition is simple; a Smart TV has web browsers built into it as part of its operating system. The tv can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and once a connection is established, you’ll be able to use the preinstalled apps and download others, like you would on a tablet or cell phone. If you have a Netflix membership you could watch your movies and series to your heart’s content, no adverts or missing important scenes. Many of the Smart TVs have voice control and will follow commands as Google Assistant or Siri does.

Deciding Factors

Smart TVs have different operating systems, and therefore their interfaces change, so when helping someone with technological deficiencies, consider a TV with a user-friendly interface. For someone who won’t be using Ultra High Definition to watch YouTube for fear of data consumption, spending loads of extra money just for 4k would be pointless, the same as buying a 65” curved TV for a Granny flat. On the other hand, buying an HD ready tv for the same price as a Full HD tv wouldn’t make any sense.

Consider the size, what the TV will essentially be used to watch, how often it will be watched, who will have to learn to use it, the buyer’s budget and how will it be mounted and do some research for tv’s matching that criteria. User reviews are great sources of information, just remember to take the negative ratings with a pinch of salt, read what the user is unhappy about, it could be bad delivery and that has nothing really to do with the performance of the tv.