If you people wondered what our future would be like 5 years ago, then you would have thought about Smart TV’s or internet TV’s in homes and pictured families watching the latest movies together and browsing the internet on large screens. Well folks, it seems that time has arrived earlier than expected. Smart TV’s have come into the fore and are looking to dominate sales of TV’s in the coming years. Here are some of the best Smart TV’s that you can buy.
Sony NSX 40GT-1
Sony has pounced on this opportunity to begin its domination in the Smart TV’s segment. This 40 inch Smart TV comes with a built in Wi-fi and comes with full browsing capabilities, which most internet TV’s today lack. This TV allows users to open two windows on the screen at the same time, thus allowing users to watch TV as well as browse the internet simultaneously. But you must have Dish TV to search your TV listings at the same time as your LAN connected electronics. This TV comes with Google TV compatibility, and the Google Chrome browser wont allow users to download add-ons or extensions directly through it. Another feature that we wished was there is the Adobe Flash Player support. This TV does not have that. So you will not be able to stream videos through the internet that require Adobe Flash support.
But all in all, this TV is a hit and can be an attractive addition to your living room.
LG has not really made much progress in the Smart TV segment since it was introduced to the world by companies like Samsung and Sony. But, now, they seem ready to take on the challenge and seem to have got things right with their new product.
This 42 inch TV comes with 1080p resolution, frame rates of 120Hz and easy picture calibration.The LG 42LV5500 comes with an LED screen and backlighting. The screen has an impressive response time of 2.4 milliseconds, which is really fast.
This new LG TV comes with Energy Star approval, consuming up to 155 watts when at its maximum. Turning the Energy setting on may cause a difference in the brightness of your screen. But if that annoys you , you can always turn it off.
Unlike the Sony Smart TV that comes with a QWERTY keypad on the remote, this TV has a motion sensing remote that detects the movements of the remote and you can then select the options on the screen.
The LG 42LV5500 allows you to watch your favorite movies from Netflix, search for information on the internet, share videos with your friends, check Facebook updates, download games, browse apps or just sit back and enjoy some quality time with your TV. To access the internet, you will need to connect the TV to your home internet connection using an Ethernet cable. The TV even has a wireless connection capability. So if you have wireless internet connection in your home, then you can connect the TV to the internet using the wireless connection functionality.
With internet access and space for about 1000 apps, this Smart TV provides one of the best internet TV experiences that you will find.
Another 42 inch beast by LG. This too has an LED screen with a viewing angle of 178 degrees from right to left, giving you a great view from almost anywhere in the room. It comes with a 1920x1080p resolution and progressive scan, meaning it is most definitely a full HD TV. Watch movies in 24 frames per second, which is standard for movie viewing. With a 4,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a 16:9 aspect ratio, you can expect its picture quality to be second to none.
This again comes with the same MagicMotion remote that allows you to point and direct the cursor on your screen. But the disappointing thing is that this remote will not be available to you with the TV. You will have to purchase it separately.
The internet TV can be connected through LAN. It uses Nero Software to conduct searches in your folders. Another big disappointment is that this TV does not have storage space for your apps. So you will have to connect a USB drive every time you want to install and use an app from the internet. The LG 42LV3700 does not support Adobe Flash 10 or HTML 5. So you will notice these limitations as you go on using these features.
The TV comes with 18 preinstalled apps which include, Netflix, YouTube, MLB,Facebook, Twitter,VUDU, Napster, NBA, Picasa among the most popular.
This TV uses almost half the energy used by similar internet TV’s. So in the long run, this TV will save you money.
Samsung’s 40 inch LED internet TV has a 1920x1080p resolution and a video format of 24 frames per second, 16:9 aspect ratio and a dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1.
The Samsung 6000 series has a built-in Wi-fi. This means you can take your internet TV, set up the Wi-fi and you’ll be able to access internet on your TV.
But Samsung does not allows you to browse through the internet like you do on your computer. The internet capabilities of this TV is limited to the apps that you install. But on the upside, Samsung comes with a huge apps store, so you will most probably find what you want in the apps.
Preinstalled apps include Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Facebook and Blockbuster. On the manufacturer’s website, you can see the apps that are compatible with your TV and then browse through a large collection of apps and download them on to the TV.
Samsung 6000 series TV’s come with an Anynet+ remote that can control all DLNA certified Samsung products.
There are some limitations to this TV. But considering the huge number of apps and the quality of pictures that are made available on this TV, these limitations can certainly be overlooked.
This Razor LED VIZIO has a 42 inch screen with a standard viewing angle of 178 degrees. It is a standard HDTV with a 1920x1080p resolution displaying at 24 frames per second when playing movies. It has a standard aspect ratio of 16:9 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1.
VIZIO TV’s have 79 preinstalled apps but the browsing capabilities are limited when compared to other TV’s. To access these apps, you will need an internet connection that can be connected to the TV using an Ethernet cable or through the built-in Wi-fi.
VIZIO TV’s have a QWERTY keyboard remote which makes it easy to navigate around the screen. The remote works via Bluetooth and Infrared. It is a universal device. So you can control other appliances in your home using the same remote.
All in all, VIZIO has a very basic outlook to what an internet TV must be like. So, you will be given access to around 80 odd apps preinstalled on to the TV and switching from internet to TV is easy with the QWERTY remote.
The VIZIO M421VT has a 42 inch screen with a standard resolution of 1920x1080p. Its response rate is 5 milliseconds, which is a bit slower than other internet TV’s but can be neglected as it is fast enough for the human eye. This LED TV has a lower dynamic contrast ratio when compared to other internet TV’s of 1,000,000:1. The dynamic contrast ratio determines how dark and bright the screen can become. So this is one aspect that must be taken into account while buying a TV.
This VIZIO Razor LED TV uses only 92 watts of power and meets the Energy Star qualifications. The VIZIO M421VT comes with two 10 watt speakers.
The VIZIO M421VT allows you to watch TV while you spend some time browsing the internet. With a qwerty slide out keyboard remote, it makes navigation around the functions easier. This TV has slightly better features than the one discussed above and can be considered as a viable option when looking for a TV.
Panasonic TC-L42E30 is a 42 inch LED TV with a 1920x1080p resolution that plays movies at a standard 24 frames per second. The TV has an impressive dynamic aspect ratio of 4,000,000:1 which makes the dark colors darker and the white colors brighter. The response time of this TV is 8 milliseconds which is quite slow. The TV utilizes 104 watts of power on average when its running and meets the Energy Star approval.
The TV has parental controls that perform two functions. The child lock allows you to control the internet apps your children can access. It also allows you to block certain TV content based on the FCC ratings.
As usual, you can connect the TV to the internet through LAN or Wi-fi. Preinstalled apps include Netflix, Amazon video on demand, Napster, Pandora, CinemaNow and Facebook.
Panasonic’s Internet TV comes with a basic remote that has buttons allowing you to access your internet apps and SD card. The numeric keypad doubles for the alphabet keys.
Panasonic uniquely offers email, telephone and live chat support from the TV.
With a 42 inch screen and running on an average of 120 volts of energy, this beast has a resolution of 1920x1080p and a 240 Hz refresh rate which is so fast, you wont be able to detect it. It even comes with 3D capabilities which most TV’s in this segment don’t offer.
The TV comes with parental controls and can hide certain TV channels from your kids. But the child lock doesn’t hide the internet apps and files connected to your LAN.
The remote available is mainly meant for the TV. The TV can perform one function at a time. This means you can either watch TV, or use the internet and cant do both simultaneously which most of the other TV’s allow.
The internet connectivity can be attained either through LAN or the built-in Wi-fi. There are some preinstalled apps but the TV does not come with an apps store.
There are many limitations with this TV. So, if you’re mainly looking for a low cost upgrade to a Smart TV, then this is a good choice.
This 42 inch TV from Panasonic comes with a plasma screen with 3D capabilities. But you will have to purchase 3D glasses separately as they don’t come with the TV. Since this is a plasma TV, it offers better refresh rates of 600 Hz and a dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1. So the darker colors will seem darker and brighter colors will look brighter.
This internet ready TV uses 99 watts of power on average which is certainly within the Energy Star Approval. The TV comes with two 10 watt speakers.
While the number of apps that can be accessed are limited, the 3D capabilities and internet usage more than make up for it.
You can access movies, internet apps and files using LAN with this TV.
This 40 inch internet TV from Philips comes with a 1920x1080p screen which displays a standard 24 frames per second in movie mode. With a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 178 degree viewing angle, you can watch TV from anywhere in the room. The dynamic contrast ratio is seemingly low with 90,000:1 which renders low quality black levels on the TV.
At, 205 watts, this TV consumes quite a lot of power when compared to other TV’s in this segment. But that may be because of the four 20 watt speakers present in it. So sound quality will not be an issue here.
The Philips 5000 series LCD TV comes with a basic remote that works with your TV, cable box, DVD-VCR and audio. There is a button to access Aquos Net and your apps. Arrow keys and number keys help you to navigate around the screen.
Philips 5000 series TV’s come equipped with only 3 preinstalled apps and doesn’t have an app store. So, as long as you’re happy with the available apps and have no issues with the low Dynamic Contrast Ratio, you will enjoy the experience on this TV.
So these are some of the latest intelligent TV’s that have hit the market. Hope this article has helped you in deciding what all factors you would like to consider before buying a Smart TV.