Weigh your options and make the right decision for your new Smart TV
Smart TV is a fundamental tool in our life, each home has at least one TV.
TVs have gotten much smarter in recent years, and most models now include some form of voice control.
Whether you’re shopping for your first TV or your tenth, we are sharing with you the best tips to help you choose a set you’ll love watching for years with your tv channels.
Are you looking for a new family member?
Your new TV could be your family’s best friend for years to come. This isn’t like shopping for your clothes closet — You’re going to get this right, and that’s what our 2020 TV Buying Guide is all about.
Top 10 tips to buy a smart TV
Step 1. Determine your price limit.
TV prices have come way down in the last 3-5 years, and right now, less than a grand will buy you a gorgeous, top-of-the-line, 42-inch, 4K smart TV loaded with almost every bell and whistle possible. Spend more, and you can bring home the same thing, but at 65 or 75-inches… and with every feature under the sun.
Step 2. Pick your TV size.
The one thing every serious review of current 4K TVs will tell you: bigger is better. Go too small, and you will regret it. That’s how amazing TVs are these days, not only concerning picture but design as well. We’ve gone from big, gaudy black boxes that take up space and clash with everything to incredibly thin, beautifully designed TVs that work with your room and range in size from 32-inch to 100-inch. (100” is a little over 8 feet — and an 8-foot wide 4K TV is, in a word, stupefying. Out-of-body. Front-row-seats-to-everything.)
Step 3. Choose OLED or LED.
OLED is more expensive, it’s by far the best picture technology.
To be precise: Though OLED obtains the picture contest, a good 4K LED TV still offers a spectacular viewing experience — and the good ones come with the same smart TV features found in OLED TVs. Add to that, 4K LED TVs cost less than OLED TVs.
What are the specific differences between LED and OLED?
Price: LED TVs are less expensive than OLED TVs, though OLED prices are coming down.
Picture: LED TVs are backlit, which indicates a light shines through a panel of crystals to create the picture. OLED TVs are not backlit. Instead, every single pixel in an OLED 4K TV (and we’re talking 8,847,360 pixels in all) turns on and off and adjusts on its own.
The result = picture that is far better and more lifelike.
Brightness: LEDs and OLEDs both work well in all lighting conditions. LEDs are especially good in well-lit spaces and can be made even brighter for sunny Florida rooms. OLED is spectacular in dimmer rooms.
Contrast: Given LED TVs cannot go completely dark, shadow detail suffers. With OLED, colors pop, black is truly black, and contrast and shadow detail are true to life.
Black Levels: The deeper the blacks, the better the contrast. And the better the contrast, the better the picture. Add to that: it’s not just the depth of the blacks, it’s the details in the blacks that make a great picture.
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TV Depth: Both LED and OLED TVs are thin, but OLED is thinner. Some LED TVs are 1/4 inch thin, but some OLED TVs are as thin as a couple of credit cards. Hint: Some TVs have a “bump” on the back that prohibits a tight fit, but professional installation can bury the bump in the wall for a perfectly flush-to-the-wall look.
Viewing Angles: Lower-end LED TVs often have viewing angle issues — you have to sit directly in front of the TV to see the best picture. If you’re off to the side, the picture fades.
Important: Make sure your TV will look good from various angles in your particular room!
This is not an issue with OLED technology — every viewing angle is optimum.
Fast Action: Both LED and OLED TVs irregularly strive with fast action content, like a football game — it’s one of the most difficult things for a TV to do. A better TV generally is great out of the box with factory settings, but they do come with menu settings that improve fast action — though sometimes at the expense of the picture.
Step 4. Choose your TV resolution.
4K is quite exactly four times better than old HD standards, and four times better isn’t a subtle improvement. And though there’s not a ton of 4K channels available yet, content providers of all sorts are preparing to release almost everything in 4K… and your new 4K TV will be equipped to handle this exciting future.
Step 5. Unnecessary features.
If you get a good, quality TV, you’re already covered below.
Refresh rates: The faster or higher the rate, the smoother the picture which means it’s great for sports, games, and movies.
Contrast Ratios: Every brand rates these differently and some don’t even mention contrast ratios.
Step 6. Get smart, get streaming.
Smart TVs are much standard these days, and this is a good thing. If you’re not streaming content now, you will soon. The world is going this way.
Smart TV lets you:
Cut the cord… and enjoy wireless freedom and control: Smart TVs make it possible to cut the cord and get rid of your cable or satellite service, thanks to the native apps they come with: streaming services like Netflix, Prime, Hulu, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video.
View pretty much any content on your TV: including all the home videos, photos, and music on your phone or computer.
Step 7. Get connected, stay connected.
The thicker than typical TV cables you need to hook things together (cable box to TV for example) are called HDMI cables, and HDMI cables plug into HDMI ports.
- Cables: A higher-quality HDMI cable indeed makes a difference. Better AV cables pass a wider signal faster, and thus better handle the greater bandwidth necessary to get every bit of quality from source to the TV.
- Ports: Look for 4 HDMI ports on your TV at a minimum. And if you’re getting a 4K Ultra HD TV, check to see that your HDMI ports support HDMI 2.0 for many current 4K devices. You should also inquire about HDCP compatibility (or high-bandwidth digital content protection).
- Bluetooth connectivity: Many TVs come to Bluetooth enabled, and if you have Bluetooth headphones that work with your TV, you may be golden! The ability to walk around the house listening to your favorite show with headphones and not disturb others or watch TV in bed while your significant other is asleep is a beautiful thing.
Step 8. Upgrade your audio.
A decent audio upgrade doesn’t have to be pricey — as little as $69 to $99 will offer a significant improvement, and $399 will get you sound worthy of a good 4K TV.
Every TV these days — whether 1080p or 4K Ultra HD — comes with a digital sound port or two in the back that just begs for an upgrade.
Step 9. Do not buy a TV because you fancy the remote.
You can upgrade your TV remote at any time, and some of the newer third-party remote controls are Excellent.
And, though one universal remote that replaces all other remotes is the gold standard, lots of nations still use their cable or Dish remote to do everything.
Step 10. Check your TV warranty
Most TV manufacturers (LG, Sony, and Samsung) have nationwide authorized service centers where many times if there’s an issue, they come to your house. What’s more, with an authorized dealer, you also get the phone and email support from the dealer in addition to the in-home coverage and support from the manufacturer.
If you’re still not sure what TV is right for you, or if you have a question we didn’t answer or a unique situation, do not hesitate to email us for more details!