With the advancement in technology and almost every little gadget getting smart and smarter, it is high time we update the box that works as a window that opens up to a whole world of myriad choices of constructive leisure activities and entertainment.
One of the major reasons it’s being believed that the purchase of Smart TVs is not just a passing trend but a fad that is here to stay is, that you can pick what to watch and when to watch and not be puppets in the hands of television networks.
A smart TV has the ability to connect to the internet as it has a built in wifi. Apart from facilitating the service of a conventional television set, it provides for activities like: Internet TV, interactive media on real time basis, on demand streaming media etc.
The user will not have the need to switch back and forth between television, smart phone, and computer, users are able to get all of their entertainment needs from one device – the smart TV.
Table of Contents
- Best Budget Smart TVs
- Mi LED TV 4C PRO 80 cm (32) HD Ready Android TV
- Kevin 80 cm (32 Inches) HD Ready LED Smart TV K32CV338H
- Vu Official Android 109cm (43 inch) Ultra HD (4K) LED Smart TV (43SU128)
- TCL 99.8 cm (40 Inches) Full HD LED Smart TV 40S62FS
- Sony Bravia 80 cm (32 Inches) Full HD LED Smart TV KLV-32W672F
- Panasonic 108 cm (43 Inches) Full HD LED Smart TV TH-43FS601D
- Best Mid range Smart TVs
- The premium segment
- Smart TV buying guide
- Smart TV – Frequently asked questions
Best Budget Smart TVs
Mi LED TV 4C PRO 80 cm (32) HD Ready Android TV
This is the most economical smart TV out in the market making it one of the best crowd pleasers. This product is available in 2 sizes that is 32 inches and 49 inches.
Kevin 80 cm (32 Inches) HD Ready LED Smart TV K32CV338H
This smart TV is pocket friendly and also comes packed with many features like:
Vu Official Android 109cm (43 inch) Ultra HD (4K) LED Smart TV (43SU128)
Vu is one of the emerging companies in the smart TV segment and is gaining popularity due to its hi-tech features. This product comes in 3 different sizes they are 43 inches, 45 inches and 52 inches. Some of its notable features are:
TCL 99.8 cm (40 Inches) Full HD LED Smart TV 40S62FS
Having some features like those of a more expensive smart TV, TCL is proving a steal deal with this model of its smart TV.
Sony Bravia 80 cm (32 Inches) Full HD LED Smart TV KLV-32W672F
Sony is a well known brand in the field of electronics and is popular for providing its customers with top notch quality. This budget friendly smart TV by Sony is no exception to its former credibility.
Panasonic 108 cm (43 Inches) Full HD LED Smart TV TH-43FS601D
Panasonic is famous for producing some of the most innovative products at affordable prices. This smart TV is packed with some great features like:
Best Mid range Smart TVs
Samsung 123 cm (49 Inches) Full HD LED Smart TV UA49N5300AR
This TV comes in 43 and 49 inches of size which is a full fledged smart TV. Here are the features that make it worth its price:
LG 108 cm (43 Inches) 4K UHD LED Smart TV 43UK6360PTE
This TV has ThinQ AI which is the first time that LG introduced this technology in its smart TV series. It has been integrated with WebOS to provide with advanced voice command which can process up to 800 commands. This model of smart TV comes in 4 sizes they are 43 inches, 49 inches, 55 inches and 65 inches, you can select your preferred size as per your need and budget.
Sony Bravia 108 cm (43 Inches) 4K UHD LED Smart TV KD-43X7002F
This TV looks like a premium smart TV which has matching stands and has some exciting features like:
The premium segment
Samsung 123 cm (49 Inches) Series 8 4K UHD LED Smart TV UA49NU8000K
This TV is LED TV with 4K UHD and has a high dynamic range with whitest of whites to darkest black. it comes with a crystal colour display which has a large colour palettes.
LG 138 cm (55 Inches) 4K UHD OLED Smart TV OLED55C8PTA
This smart TV is heavenly for people who are looking for a full fledged smart TV with some amazing picture quality and sound. It has the following features that have made it carve a niche of its own:
Sony Bravia 138 cm (55 Inches) 4K UHD LED Smart Android TV KD-55X9000F
Here the TV has 4K HDR meaning it has a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. The display technology used is LED.
Smart TV buying guide
Key uses of smart TV
As we have mentioned before, a smart TV can be understood to be a hybrid of a computer and a standard TV set. Therefore to perform tasks that a computer performs, the smart TV needs an Operating system.
An operating system is software that assists in the basic functioning of a computer without which it is as good as a piece of furniture.
Just the way computers have multiple options to choose from as an operating system, even a TV’s operating system comes with a variety of options to meet the different sects of the customers. To name some of the operating systems for a smart TV, are:
Smart TV – Operating System
Android used by Sony smart TV
The one thing that sets an Android TV apart from the rest of the smart TVs is homogeneity in terms of its operations. The user has multiple options with respect to the content that are displayed as per his preferences.
The Home page on the screen shows a bunch of videos from YouTube and Google videos that perhaps pop as per your historical views and likes. There’s also a row of content selected specifically by Sony, which is then followed by apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, links to the Google Play Store, Google Play Music, Google Play Movies and TV, YouTube.
The coolest feature offered by android TV is that the user can operate the TV using any other android device he owns like a phone or tab.[/su_note]
- Since android has been widely used, controlling a TV with the same operating system makes things a lot easier and fitting
- Pleasing layout
- Equipped with Google assistant for verbal controls
- Complains of bugs and system break down
WebOS by LG
LG transformed the world of smart TV by starting webOS as it is a simple and user friendly interface. The app support provided by WebOS is brilliant. Netflix streams 4K with HDR and Dolby Vision, as well as Dolby Atmos audio.
You can also find Amazon with UHD HDR and YouTube in 4K UHD. Other options comprise of Now TV, Sky Store, plus all the main channel catch-up services.
These streaming pps remain open and live even when you switch to doing something else. There by making navigation simpler and you can simply pick the choice of your view right from where you left it.
- Google assistant and Alexa enabled for oral control
- Swift and convenient navigation
- Great response and speed
- Only selective apps can be found
Smart hub and Tizen operating system by Samsung
The biggest advantage that Smasung provides with its new launch is that the users get a lot of shortcuts, apps and icons to access content and the cherry on the cake is that it also has a ‘Recent box’ that lists down all the freshly opened apps and channels. It offers access to BBC iPlayer, ITVhub, All4, Demand 5, Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube.
Tizen Smart hub gives the option to split the screen for multi tasking. The OS cuts down on clutter to dispel confusion, but this sometimes proves to be a downside as the user has to go through the screen one by one to get the desired app.
But that’s when Smart hub comes to the rescue that divides the content from apps and from your own USB sticks/home network, making it easier to locate the needed app.
- Easy to navigate
- Convenient layout
- Unpaid channels to keep your pocket heavy
- Limited app options
- Needs improvement in Universal search
My home screen 2.0 by Panasonic
This is among the top 5 Operating systems for television, my home screen 2.0 gives a wide ranged ‘make as per order’ options. Although the platform looks very basic, it offers the flexibility to tailor it to your liking by adding pins, folders etc. The app provision is also good.
You can stream Netflix in 4K along with HDR, Amazon Video and YouTube also it offer 4K support. You can even get catch-up TV service support as it is integrated through Freeview Play. It includes iPlayer, ITVHub, Demand 5 and All4. Moreover, the usability of the board is immense.
- The layout can be customized
- Good response
- User friendly
- May turn out to be a little plain for some users
Smart TVs can be rendered stupid without proper use of the apps. To enjoy the best of what a smart TV can offer, having pat apps is essential. Here are some of the apps that are popular and a must have for every smart TV:
Popular Smart TV Apps
Having spoken about smart TVs and the popular apps that meet most of your basic needs, let’s get into some technicalities to make sure you make the best pick.
Mirroring and casting
Let us first understand the difference between mirroring and casting, as they both have a very fine line that separates the two concepts.
In case of mirroring, the display on the source device is literally replayed on the smart TV. On the other hand, casting is when what is on the source device is not exactly displayed on the smart TV.
Meaning, the source device can again function as it is while the content that’s being cast keeps streaming on the smart TV. Hence we can say that casting has an edge over screen mirroring.
In lay man’s language, screen mirroring means exactly copying what is happening on the mobile device on the TV screen. Screen mirroring needs the source device to be connected to a common network in order to display the same content on the display screen, which in our case is a TV.
Screen mirroring technology has undergone significant changes over a couple of years and one of the best methods to mirror your screen owing to various factors like how long ago the model was introduced, model and manufacturer of your source device and TV.
There are two screen mirroring dongle options that are currently available to the masses, namely- Chromecast and Miracast.
It is a dongle (just like a pendrive) that is to be plugged to the smart TV’s HDMI port which is to be connected to the Internet via a WiFi network.
It is to be known that Chromcast needs an app in order to be used. Once chromecast is being used, the user can stream the videos of his choice from the source device to the television.
Brands that support chromecast on their smart TV are:-
- The app usage increases the compatibility The user can multitask
- Most of the well known multimedia apps can be used
- It is dependent on the internet
- The display being mirrored on the TV can look discoloured.
it’s again a dongle device like Chromecast that makes a replica of the content on the portable device to another device and then to the smart TV. It establishes a device to device connection instead of connecting via internet, which ensures that it functions without having to depend on the internet connection. Brands that support Miracast on their smart TV are:-
- Does not depend on the internet.
- Apt for professional use
- Does not use any cable, thereby cutting down on the clutter
- The user can not multitask
The size of the television
One might think that having a bigger screen equals to having better view. But there are certain things to be kept in mind when deciding the size of the screen, some of the basic points being the size of the room, the distance between the viewer and the smart TV, the number of viewers watching the TV simultaneously.
Other than these little factors, the resolution of the TV is also to be considered. High resolution can let the viewer sit at a closer proximity without pixilation being spotted and therefore, a smaller screen can be opted for while a lower resolution will require the TV to be set at a farther distance requiring a larger screen.
Here is a standardized chart that may assist you to pick your choice of size
|Distance||Ideal screen size|
|5-6 feet||32 inches|
|6-9 feet||40-45 inches|
|9-10 feet||50 inches|
|10-12 feet||60-65 inches|
A smart TV considering all the other features it comes with is actually purchased to watch a content of the viewer’s choice. This makes the display type of the smart TV one of the most crutial points to consider when purchasing it. The display type is directly related to the picture quality the TV will be able to produce. It includes the health of colours and all the little details in the picture. The major display types are:
Plasma screens are made by sticking two sheets of glasses and between these sheets certain gasses are injected and then sealed. These gasses trapped inside the galsses react with electricity and lightens up the screen.
Compared to LCD and LED, Plasma has an upper as its colour accuracy as impeccable and sharpness of the image is unmatched. It is said to be able to display 16.77 million colours.
- Has a high resolution
- There is no image distortion and glaze
- Greater viewing angles
- Little mishandling can cause damage
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
LCD has a flat panel having multiple blocks where each block is filled with liquid crystals and they can block or allow the light to pass and this feature is used to illuminate and dim the view of the screen. However it must be noted that LCD cannot produce light of its own and needs external light source for illumination.
- Very little geometric deformation
- Thin in size hence more convenient
- Has above average display quality
- The resolution that it has when manufactured remains and can’t be altered.
- Limited viewing angles
LEDs can be described as a more advanced and updated version of LCDs. The advancement made here is that instead of using an external source like a light bulb to illuminate as it is needed in LCD, LEDs use light emitting diodes to illuminate itself.
- Very efficient
- Does not heat up easily
- slender in shape
- Sensitive to change in temperature especially heat
- Slightly on the expensive side
OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode)
This is the latest advancement in the screen display sector. Unlike LED’s and LCD’s OLED does not have a requirement of a backlight to light up the screen area.
OLED is known for producing infinite contrast ratio, true blacks and deep colour. It uses organic equipment to create light. OLED also gives much better picture quality by offering robust colours, real life like contrasts and a much faster image processing.
- Very good picture quality
- Little or no noise distortion
- Slim shape
- Priced on the higher end.
All the smart TVs need to be connected to the internet to be able to use it complete potential. Many smart TVs have Ethernet on the rear end to connect it to the internet router while some have built in connectivity.
Every smart TV needs to have the basic connectivity available for it to function with other devices that are standard and universal to almost all the gadgets.
Some of the basic connectivity options for input developed are:
The buyers take a lot of care when picking the right display with the best resolution and overall picture quality when purchasing a TV but often they miss out on checking the sound system of the set.
The TVs have become much slimmer and compact than the older versions leaving very little space for the speakers. It won’t be wrong to say that the slim smart TV sets do not have a satisfactory sound quality hence it often requires a sound system to boost the sound quality.
Some of the most famous brands synonymous with sound system are:
- Dolby digital
- Digital theatre system
Dolby digital can be said to be the front runner in this field as it has theatre like sound effects brought to you at your home and it also caters to the professional sound system needs. Dolby digital’s sound system meant for TVs are:
Smart TV – Frequently asked questions
Let us now look at some of the best smart TVs in India 2019.
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Shiva Kumar is a 25-year-old Blogger from India. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. Constantly funny – Randomly Serious!